Thursday, 7 March 2019

Stripes on the shoreline - in conclusion

Stripes on the shoreline no.s 1 - 28   paper collages mounted individually on paper 15x20.5cm   ©2019Lisa Le Quelenec

When I started this project I didn't really have many preconceived ideas about where it was going to go, if anywhere at all. I was kind of 'giving myself permission' to try new things and play for a while whilst I worked on a big project that was going to require lots of brain work and technical learning. (more on that later..) The thirty minutes constraint was my 'play time' away to relax, reset and reward myself.

Seeing all the pieces laid out together I can see connections with the pebble project from last year which makes me think I am perhaps transitioning slowly but surely into a new way of working. Sometimes the process of evolving is so slow and incremental that I don't notice until I have travelled far down the path.  

Stripes from the shoreline no.8   paper collage mounted on paper 15x20.5cm   ©2019Lisa Le Quelenec

I had thought I would end up with a whole project of completely minimalist pieces after the first few days. I was very surprised that it only took seven days for me to start gravitating to recognisable imagery from more pure abstract leanings. It seemed like the sediment of ideas was starting to settle a bit and a clearer way forward was emerging at around day 8 along with the realisation that the project was becoming just about the groynes and their relation to the environment they were placed in and their defiance in the face of the elements.

When I first moved to Bournemouth the groynes seemed really odd, cumbersome and out of place. I was used to wide open sand with nothing in the way. They frustrated me somewhat as they got in the way of walking on the beach as depending on how much the sea and wind has shifted the sand they can stand quite high from the beach so you end up walking in a big zig zag up and down and not really getting too far. Now I am used to them they are part of the furniture of the beach and I don't 'see' them. I'm starting really see them again after this project and feel like I want to explore them much more and in detail.

Stripes from the shoreline no.12   paper collage mounted on paper 15x20.5cm   ©2019Lisa Le Quelenec

Although I had flirted with the idea of a moon symbol in the squares from day 6, I'm not sure I realised it at the time. By day 12 I was ready to embrace it for a while. It felt good to have some curves, just a little bit of softness with all the hard edges.

A lightening of the palette occurred at day 18 which coincided with a noticeable lengthening of the days for me. I find February dark and dismal it always seems reluctant to let Winter go and Spring to begin. I always find myself feeling impatient during this month. My energy levels were starting to increase and things feel more positive with the changing of the light. The further on in the month the warmer the palette starts to feel too - I don't think this was a conscious decision, just an indication of how influenced I am by my environment. We had the warmest day in February since records began on the 25th.


As a way of getting through the month it was very productive and I think I will find another project for next year using a similar strategy. I really looked forward to the part of the day where I could make the next piece. Next time though I will record and document them in batches as doing it everyday was problematic at times with a school half term and a virus that hit our household and then chicken pox arrived...even the dog was sick for a couple of days which didn't help. That was the only aspect of the project that felt pressured though ( I think due to the scale of work) - making the work felt like a natural flow and progression.

I have found the time constraint of the project to be one of the most valuable lessons. It really helped to focus the mind away from distractions some days, on others to slow down and think in more depth about the process. It is definitely an aspect that I will use going forward - especially on days that are about generating ideas and experimenting. As well, these pieces are very small scale and I think I would like to use the same process but larger so I will continue for a while along side other projects to see where that leads. A few of the pieces feel like starting points for more work, they are seeds of ideas that I would like to explore further.

All pieces are available at Folksy and reproductions and cards at Red Bubble.


RH Carpenter said...

Thank you so much for a month’s worth of beautiful experimentation. I really loved so many of these and couldn’t pick out even 5 favorites (I’d have to pick out at least 10-15 favorites :). And I appreciate your thinking process, looking back, to discover even more meaning in these. I wish I could think through my processes as well! And here’s to a lovely spring to come!

Chris Lally said...

School, viruses, chicken pox, sick dog - here's to happy endings, Lisa!

I wish an art publication would pick up this blog post for a feature in a magazine. Aside from the stunning work, it is chock full of such valuable insights.

Well done, my friend!!! Very well done! I enjoyed every minute of it.

Judy said...

It's great to see them all together, and see how colours and shapes evolved. Beautiful!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Lisa - it was such a pleasure to see them all together. It is as you said they became warmer with the days growing longer. Love the moon symbols...all are wonderful. You are inspiring me to do something along this type of abstracts. Mine would be land since I do not live by a large body of water. Hope everyone has recovered from the virus and chicken pox. Take care and have a lovely day. Hugs!

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi again Lisa!... Again... Your artistic assimilation of ideas... materials and reflections based upon your own beautiful natural surroundings have led you in new directions. Wonderful... how you maintain your blue palette... but that you conjure its use magically in different forms and arrangements.

It is truly exciting to follow your growth and thinking throughout each step of your new discoveries.

Good luck with finding new outcomes! You are inspiring to all of us who visit your site!

Warmest regards,

Caroline Simmill said...

So interesting to read about your new project Lisa. I wish you all the best with it and look forward to hearing more about it later on. February is indeed a tiresome month, yet quite beautiful when by the sea at times, though it can be very stormy. Keep up the great work with blue being the dominant colour of it all!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Wow! Thank you so much Rhonda.

Hi Chris, thank you. Why is it everyone gets sick at the same time and when you're really busy eh? I thought February was going to be quiet...

Thank you Judy.

Hi Debbie - I hope you will post yours, I would love to see.

Thank you Bruce. It is fun to branch out and look at old ground in new ways. I'm looking forward to seeing how your new environment influences your work. Best wishes in your new home and I hope the back issues for both you and Deb are resolving themselves.

Hi Caroline, thank you. I love the blues in your latest painting. I could get lost in them.

ashok said...

so talented

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Thank you so much Ashok :o)