Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Beach Treasures in mixed media



Beach Treasures   etching and mixed media    ©2018LisaLeQuelenec




Following on from the etchings in last weeks post I couldn't resist playing with a set in coloured pencil. I have scanned them and made the available as cards and reproduction prints on Redbubble .



Beach treasures   etching and coloured pencil   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec



Sunday, 12 August 2018

Beach treasures etchings and process



Sketches and preliminary sketchbook work for the Beach Treasures etching ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

I had begun to plan my most ambitious etching project to date some time ago. As always it started in my sketchbook and was a kind of continuation of the watercolour beach treasures collections to begin with I wasn't sure if the compositions were going to be in watercolour or print. I had even gotten as far as thinking about colour when I decided to go the etching route.



Concept sketch for Beach Treasures etching plates ©2018LisaLeQuelenec


Refining the shapes and drawing for each plate took some time as I wanted to get the spacing and balance perfect for each individual plate and for it to work just as well as a triptych. Once that was done I was ready to make the plates and could easily transfer each outline onto the prepared zinc. Carefully I added in the hatching to render the form of the objects. There is a lovely parallel between the hardness of the shells and pebbles and the delicate marks they have and recreating it on a hard metal plate.

Once completed the plates are bathed in acid for the drawing to be eaten away giving a 'tooth' for the ink to settle in and imprint on the paper. After carefully cleaning away the rest of the ground (the substance used as a barrier to keep the acid from eating away at the metal where you don't want a mark) the plate is ready for inking.



The plates all ready for printing - Beach treasures ©2018LisaLeQueleenc


I have proofed the plates individually (made test prints) in both black and blue/black ink and am happy with the results. It really does pay for me to spend time in the preparation before starting the plate making.

The proof prints are both available mounted as you can see here at Seaside Studios UK on Etsy. Prints of individual plates are available on both Etsy and in my Folksy store.



Beach treasures I, II & III   original etchings, first artists proof prints mounted to 30x50cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec




Beach treasures I, II & III   original etchings, second artists proof prints mounted to 30x50cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec




Beach Treasures I, II & III   etchings 6.5x13.5cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Seaweeds - new watercolours


Three new seaweeds available at Seaside Studios UK

Seaweeds   watercolour on paper 21x30cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec



Country Homes & Interiors August Edition 2018




The seaweed painting below that appears on the cover of Country Homes & Interiors magazine's August Edition has already found it's new home in Norway. The article looks gorgeous and I would like to say a big thank you for the opportunity to Features & Art Director Sara Bird, Stylist Selina Lake, Style Assistant Sarah Prall and Photographer David Brittain .








Seaweed   30x21cm approx watercolour on paper   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec



Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A pause for paws...


Toddler sized chairs are also perfectly sized puppy chairs don'tcha know


I am taking a break to train up my new apprentice. Not quite soft kitty paws Bruce, more thunking big labrador puppy ones. She's very young but seems willing to pick up the ropes... lead... collar... shoes... slippers... rug and what ever else she thinks she can get away with - which is quite a bit as she is really very cute  ;o)  I think she will be keeping me on my toes for a bit. What an adventure!!!


I will still be keeping the Etsy and Folksy shops open and reproductions are available at RedBubble and Fine Art America. For all other enquiries drop me an email at seasidestudios [@] hotmail.com I will get back to you as soon as I can.


Friday, 8 June 2018

FOG!



Sailing through the mist II  watercolour on paper 14x19cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec



We had a little early morning fog a couple of weeks ago. Fog is soft and silent. It muffles sound, confusing the listener. Things loom in and out of focus making everything soft and silhouetted. Yet every time I see, hear or read the word fog in my mind I hear Brian Blessed too much watching Peppa Pig - he is the voice of Grampy Rabbit, and I smile. (I have included a link to a wikipedia page for anyone not familiar with his name or the variety of his achievements - what a life!)



Sailing through the mist  watercolour on paper 14x19cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec


I will leave you with a quote from the 1980 film Flash Gordon and Brian Blessed's most famous catchphrase;

'GORDON'S ALIVE!!!'

I hope it brightens your day ;o)

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Softly silently crept the tide




Softly, Silently   watercolour on paper 12x18cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec


Ssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........



Thursday, 17 May 2018

Time and Tide - a mini art book


I continue to think about the effects of time and errosion and the part they have played in shaping the coast where I live. How the pebbles that I pick up along the shore were once part of the land and how much the coastline has changed over thousands of years and how it could change in years to come. Old Harry Rocks was once joined to The Needles on the Isle of Wight....Harry has already lost his 'wife' a chalk stack that fell into the sea circa 1896 and at some point Old Harry will probably join her though I shouldn't think that will be in my lifetime especially as UNESCO has teams working to try and protect him. I wonder just how they can stop the tide... or even if they should? What treasures lie waiting for the tide to reveal?



Time & Tide collages 8x14cm ©2018LisaLeQuelenec
Time & Tide collage 8x14cm ©2018LisaLeQuelenec


















I started to play with ideas on small pieces of card only 8x14cm using collage and drawing. I ended up with quite a collection and wanted a way to order and present them. Whittling it down to just five I have mounted them into a concertina book that I have made. A book as a finished piece is not a format that I have worked in before but it feels 'right' for this mini project. In my mind I am not thinking of it as a book as such but maybe more of a small chapter in a much longer narrative that I will never see completed.



Time & Tide   a mix media and collage concertina book   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec



Time & Tide   a mix media and collage concertina book   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec


Time & Tide   a mix media and collage concertina book   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec



Time & Tide   a mix media and collage concertina book   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec


On the final page is a small explanation about the inspiration behind the work which you can read below.


Like many coastal areas Dorset has a wealth of tales of myth and legend, some of which centre around Old Harry Rocks. These are chalk stacks formed by coastal erosion that lie at the gateway to the Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage site. The erosion that formed the chalk stacks also threatens their destruction and teams from UNESCO are working to save them.

One legend states that the rocks are named after a man called Harry Paye (d. 1419) a privateer and smuggler from Poole who intercepted hundreds of French and Spanish ships bringing his spoils back to the busy port of Poole.

Another naturally occurring phenomenon are hag stones which are pebbles with holes also made by erosion. Folklore states that they provide protection from witchcraft, disease and by looking through the hole you can see the fairy folk. Dorset fishermen used to tie them onto their boats for luck. I wonder if Harry Paye and his crew kept a hag stone or two on their ship…




Time & Tide   a mix media and collage concertina book   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Well weathered - a series in mixed media and collage



Well weathered 1 - 6   10.5x16.5cm collage and mixed media   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec


I can get up to all sorts of mischief whilst waiting for ink to dry ;o) I have been working into some drypoint and etching prints with pencils, paint and collage - looking at them afresh and thinking about time and errosion.

The original six are available here.


Well weathered I 10.5x16.5cm mixed media ©2018LisaLeQuelenec
Well weathered II 10.5x16.5cm mixed media ©2018LisaLeQuelenec
Well weathered III 10.5x16.5cm mixed media ©2018LisaLeQuelenec
Well weathered IV 10.5x16.5cm mixed media ©2018LisaLeQuelenec
Well weathered V 10.5x16.5cm mixed media ©2018LisaLeQuelenec
Well weathered VI 10.5x16.5cm mixed media ©2018LisaLeQuelenec




They are also available as prints, cards and notebooks on RedBubble here.


Well Weathered VI by LisaLeQuelenec as prints, cards and notebooks on RedBubble



Thursday, 3 May 2018

Three Pebbles - proofing an etching plate and an experiment.


Two little pebble etching proof prints - trying out ideas for inking - both available on Folksy.



Three Pebbles   artist proof no.2  3x10cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec
Three Pebbles   artist proof no.3  3x10cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec



....then a little experiment mixing printing techniques and adding drawing. The darker pebble shapes are the individual collagraph plates from a few posts back over-printed onto the etching. Another avenue of possibilities to explore.




Pebbles   etching, collagraph monoprint and watersoluble pencil   17x11.5cm ©2018LisaLeQuelenec



Thursday, 26 April 2018

Transformation collage and monoprint



Transformation I  monoprint and collage   29.5x21cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec



Transformation II  monoprint and collage   29.5x21cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec



Following on from Ebb and Flow I and II a couple more compositions using monoprint this time. I like the different kind of marks with direct monoprint and the feathery line quality because I did those sections on a textured watercolour paper it is more pronounced than it would have been on a smoother surface giving a softer feel that contrasts with the harder lines of the pebble shapes.

I will start to add these to the Etsy shop over the next few days and make some from the series available as prints and cards on RedBubble.

The pebble project is progressing well and there is much work in progress. However waiting for layers of ink to dry is getting a little frustrating. It means that posts may end up being a bit like buses with lots to share in one go with big gaps in between :o)