Friday, 20 June 2014

Inspired by this years storms

This Winter saw some terrible storms here in the UK with much damage and flooding. As well as flooding from the river and very high tides locally we have also had some landslides with sections of the cliffs tumbling onto the beach. Luckily they have happened at times when no one was around to get hurt. As much as I love a good storm to clear the air, this Winter was hard on many people and I could take no pleasure in them.

This painting was inspired by the feeling of the dark and relentless rain - longing for drier days to come.

Toward the light   watercolour on paper 20x20cm ©2014 Lisa Le Quelenec

Those drier days are here now, touch wood, we have had some lovely hot weather. I still spare a thought for those who are still waiting for their houses to dry out though. It's such a long process and there must be quite a few still waiting to get back to normal.

I enjoy painting storms in watercolour and am wondering if they would work as well in acrylic on a large scale. What do you think? Whilst I like dark watercolour I'm not so keen on dark acrylic, perhaps because of the more dense nature of the medium. I would have to adjust it to a brighter tonal range perhaps? Time to experiment....


Vandy said...

Fantastic atmosphere, Lisa.

Vandy said...

Fantastic atmosphere, Lisa.

Lorraine Brown said...

Watercolour at its best in your sky Lisa

Kev's Art said...

Great handling of the medium here!! It proves that a watercolour can have presence and power. Your comparison with watercolour and acrylic darks got me thinking. I think maybe even with darks, watercolour has a certain life if done well as in your picture. Interestingly, I've just done an acrylic version of an old watercolour and your thoughts have been useful in how I compare them so thank you for that. I really like the atmosphere in this picture. I would love to be there!!

loriann signori said...

Wow, beeeeautiful!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Vandy, thank you.

Wow, thank you Lorraine!

Hi Kev, thank you very much. It's interesting to do a compare and contrast between mediums with similar compositions isn't it. I like your Widemouth Bay painting, I could feel the crackle in the air from that storm. Aren't skies like that exciting.

Hi Lorriann, thank you. I'm still thinking about your lazy river....bliss.

eM said...

Lisa your watercolor painting is so stunning, you´ve expressed the atmosphere this storm clouds in painting very much, but in real weather i donˇt like them...we have had flood here too, a month ago...Wish you lovely summer days!

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi there Lisa!... A subject shrouded in an atmosphere of uncertainty... but tinged by Hope. "Towards the Light is a real winner in every respect.

Right back in the seaside painting groove it would seem Lisa! Paint on!

Good Painting!
Warmest regards,

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Marcela, thank you. It has been so hot here I wish we would get a storm to clear the air a bit. I hope you are having a great summer.

Hi Bruce, thank you. I lost my groove a little, things are taking a long time as I juggle the demands of the little one. It won't be long before I put a brush in his hand. (so far we have just used hands and feet lol). Best wishes.