Saturday, 1 October 2022

1 Sea Mist - acrylic on linen board

Here is the finished painting....

Sea Mist acrylic 20x20cm   ©LisaLeQuelenec2022

I thought I would try a little video....I hope it worked...

From now until October 31st I will be posting a painting a day that I have made over Spring and Summer. Some have been inspired by a quote from poetry or literature, things that I felt important enough to jot down in notebooks and sketchbooks over the years. For others the quote found me after the painting had been made and just seemed to fit perfectly. Either way I hope you enjoy the series. 

The inspiration for this painting came from a poem by Clinton Scollard called The Mist and the Sea'

'The mist crept in from the sea

Out of the void and the vast;

And bore the silver rain

A shimmering guest in its train...'

                                                                                              Clinton Scollard

The rest of the poem is beautiful, I loved the imagery that it captured and the gentle rhythms of its flow.

This painting is available in my Folksy store.

Monday, 12 September 2022

Sale on Folksy


Paintings and mixed media available in my Folksy Sale ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Watercolour ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Watercolour ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Mixed media collage ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Mixed media collage ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Mixed media collage ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Available here in my Folksy store.

Thursday, 8 September 2022

Studio sale on Folksy


Some of the prints available in the sale over on Folksy.

Selected prints available in my Folksy sale ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Feather I drypoint etching ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Feather I drypoint etching ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Monday, 5 September 2022

End of summer studio sale on Folksy


Something new for me.... a little end of summer studio sale.

I had a few paintings returned from an exhibition and as the mountboard colour has been discontinued I can no longer replicate the framing. So I thought I should pop them in the shop unframed at a discounted rate. 

Sale watercolours mounted to fit 40x50cm available individually in my Folksy store ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Looking around the studio and through my plan chest I have found a few more paintings and prints which I have made available at discounted rates. Some are older pieces that just haven't found a home yet, some were artist proof prints where I tested colours before editioning. 

Scallop watercolour mounted to fit frame size 40x50cm ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Urchins watercolour mounted to fit frame size 40x50cm ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Starfish watercolour mounted to fit frame size 40x50cm ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Three feathers watercolour mounted to fit frame size 40x50cm ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

I have set up a separate section in my Folksy store where they can all be viewed together for the next couple of weeks here.

Do you see anything you like?

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Collections of pebbles and hag stones in monoprint


Collection I   collagraph monoprint   29x19cm   ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

I have been experimenting and exploring again this time the shapes and textures in pebbles gathered locally. They are a geological history of this part of the coast whose history fascinates me. I often wonder at how different it must have looked with the Isle of Wight's Needles still joined to Old Harry Rocks and where was it exactly that the sea breached and eroded to form the two iconic landmarks that gives us the beach we enjoy today. Was it where Poole harbour is? Being the second largest natural harbour in the world could make it a possibility...or did that come later as the water found the lowest point to pool in and wash away the softer land? These are things that I ponder as I walk along the beach picking up pebbles and looking through the hag stones that have been pushed around by the tide. How much of this history has this pebble seen? Or this one?

Collection II   collagraph monoprint   29x19cm   ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

My experiments have taken the form of collagraph making individual plates of each stone, choosing textures to describe each pebble individually and then intuitively placing them to print in different combinations. It has the element of chance and surprise for me that echoes the way that I gather the pebbles they have been inspired by. The process is long as each pebble plate is inked separately again echoing the process that formed the rock.

Hagstones ©LisaLeQuelenec

Colours are taken directly from the source material but are also reflected back at me on my walks as the lack of rain and very hot, dry weather are parching the land. I haven't known the river to be so low, even at high tide it doesn't look the same. We have warnings along the coast to be mindful that the heat may produce cliff falls - the process continues to shape the land just as it did to shape the pebbles in my hand.

Needles - Isle of Wight   23x20cm   ghost print and mixed media   ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Tradition says that the fairy folk can be seen through a hag stone but I have only spied a 'polar bear' ;o)  Have you seen the Wight bear?

All of the above prints are available in my Folksy Store.

Friday, 5 August 2022

A trip home....and refilling the inspiration well

I have just come back from a trip home (I call it home even though I haven't actually lived there for nearly thirty years..) to Jersey. It had been far too long. My last stay had been pre-covid.  It was lovely to catch up with my folks and walk along the beaches which are so different to the ones in Dorset. For a start there is a much, much wider tidal ranges so interesting treasures are waiting to be found that are left by the tide. Also my eyes were opened to just how much litter is unfortunately left on the beach in Bournemouth during the summer, which is a sad observation to make. Jersey beaches are immaculately clean at any time of day or evening.

Anyway I thought I would bore you with some holiday snaps ;o)

Along the beach   photos ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

So many colours, shapes and textures.. I think a lifetimes work could be made just within these nine photos.

Whilst on the way to visit the Maritime Museum I was fascinated by the reflection patterns in the marina. The museum is absolutely wonderful and I would definitely recommend a visit.

We fitted in two castles and La Hougue Bie Museum too. The passage grave at La Hougue Bie is thought to be one of the ten oldest buildings in the world! It was lovely and cool to walk doubled over and crablike through the tunnel on what was a very hot day.

Sketchbook pages of water reflections in the marina ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Marina reflections photograph ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Unfortunately we came across this compass jellyfish left by the tide on one of our beach walks. Such a beautiful pattern of markings, I think I will be revisiting this page in the not too distant future.

Compass jellyfish and sketchbook pages   ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

As you can see someone else enjoyed her first visit too, especially the paddling and extra treats from Nanny and Grumpy.

So lots of new inspiration and ideas are now whizzing through head and waiting to emerge from my brushes.

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Sea worn textures shaped by the tide


Sea worn and sun bleached   ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

We are experiencing a heatwave here in the UK. I find hot summer days a trial at the best of times without it going to extremes so I'm not looking forward to the weekend and early part of next week. Instead of heading to the beach I will be inside with my collections revisiting inspirations already found. 

Arranging my beach findings, photographing and playing digitally with them always inspires new colour combinations, marks, textures etc, It is something to take time over and meditate on, to recognise connections and I don't get frustrated with paint or ink drying too quickly ;o) although a sketchbook will probably be pulled out for a play at some point. So that is where I will be for a while, looking at pretty things and refilling the well. I hope you enjoy the sunshine if that is your thing and if not enjoy the shade like me. Best wishes.

Thursday, 30 June 2022

New store at Society6


Lines in the Water - Blues   framed print available at Society6   ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

The last few weeks I have been working on making work available as reproductions in a new store on Society6. I am very happy with how it is going so far and will be adding more work in the coming weeks. I have heard good feedback from other artists of the quality and service from this company so thought I would give it a whirl. I'd love to know what you think of the store if you take a peek.

It just so happens that they are having a Forth of July Sale at the moment which means 40% off art prints & posters and 30% off wall art and home decor. 

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Mussels from Knoll Bay sketchbook page and acrylic painting

Mussels from Knoll Bay   watercolour A6 sketchbook   ©2022 Lisa Le Quelenec

An old sketchbook page from 2016.... I was really drawn to the shapes left by the barnacles on the top shell and the unusual strip markings on the lower. I have gathered shells like these from Shell Bay to Barton-on-sea and they are quite different as you move along the coast but I had never seen a striped one like this before. The shell above shows scars in it's surface from barnacles.

skip to 2022 and a new mini painting.... available in my Folksy Store.

Mussel shell with Barnacles   acrylic on linen board 10x10cm   ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

These shells were collected between 2016 -2018 in Spring ....

These shells were collected between 2020 in Spring ....

Both sets were collected at the same beach. The difference is quite marked in their colouring with this years being much paler and also shimmery. I can't think of any reason except maybe different pollution levels being a possibility to cause this. Does anyone know? Or have any ideas? I am going to make a note to go to the same beach next Spring and see if there is any difference again. It is puzzling me...

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Lines in the Water II & III - linoprints


Lines in the Water II   linoprint 15x15cm   ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

Two more in the series, once again varied, open editions. I will have fun exploring and experimenting with different inking techniques and colourways. 

Prints available in my Folksy Store.

Lines in the Water III   linoprint 15x15cm   ©2022LisaLeQuelenec

A big thank you to the lovely anonymous buyer of journals, RedBubble doesn't tell me who you are but I think I know....thank you Kentucky I hope you  love them ;o)