Thursday, 11 July 2019

Coastal collages and mixed media - a larger format.

Ocean View I   mixed media collage 30x30cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Working on a larger format and suddenly there is more air... space to breathe.... - they become more like my 'big empties'. The process feels longer, like pacing yourself for a days hike rather than a morning walk. Still I flit between abstractions and more recogniseable imagery...I am still searching for my answers.

Ocean View II   mixed media collage 30x30cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Ocean View III   mixed media collage 30x30cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Ocean View IV   mixed media collage 30x30cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

All of the above are available at Seaside Studios UK on Etsy.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Palette inspirations - digital sketchbook pages and colour notes

I forget to show images of the things I use as as palette inspiration. I have posted about my colour notebook before here and I thought I would show a little of my notebook, digital sketchbook and scrapbook that I refer to when I work. I make these grids and medleys on down days as a way of getting my self going again. Just like looking at old sketchbooks and photos can be the little spark I need that leads to an inferno of ideas.

Ideas are not in short supply at the moment but unfortunately the small dexterity issue that I am experiencing with my hand means I cannot proceed with the work that I had intended. A lesson in patience for me but there is always something else that can be done. For now I am filling notebooks with thumbnails, catching up on admin and making some more medleys like these.

Colour notebook pages, photos and the paintings that they inspired  ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Magazine snippets, paint charts, beach finds and a sketch that became the basis of a drypoint  ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Snippets from a clothing catalogue with beach finds and amazonite beads   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Colour notebook pages, photos and the paintings that they inspired  ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Friday, 14 June 2019

Groynes sketchbook pages - going back to the source

Sketchbook pages - drawing the groynes   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I hadn't realised just how long I had been awol. I have been having a bit of trouble with my right hand this year but I am hoping to get it fixed soon. It has been making working a little difficult so I am thinking about how I can get around this. Anyway today I am relooking at sketchbooks and wondering/wandering where I will go next.....

The sketches above are from this year and below are from 2012 - I had completely forgotten about them! Funny how ideas and themes take a while to weave their way back into your conciousness and rise to the top. I think some printmaking might be in order soon but first a little more drawing.

Groynes sketches from summer 2012 ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Friday, 3 May 2019

Marine I - VI collage and mixed media

Marine I - VI   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I have been playing with abstraction again over the last couple of weeks. Textures, edges and markmaking seem to be the common themes that are developing at the moment. Experiments with paint and ink application (rollering, spattering, frottage, resists, glazing, washes, drybrush, printing) in the making of the 'paper palettes' to collage together have been liberating and I have been using my colour notebook extensively to choose colour combinations. The backing paper for these is a creamy off white textured watercolour paper. It has warmed everything up over all. I think I will start working a little bigger now and compare a change of scale.

Whilst making these, each piece seemed to inform the next making me feel like I had taken a walk physically along the shore seeing the changing light over the course of a day, observing the colours, textures and changing temperatures.

All six are available at Seaside Studios UK on Etsy.

Marine I   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine II   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine III   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine IV   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine V   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine IVI   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Coastal collages and mixed media

Coast I - IV   15.5x15.5cm each   mixed media and collage   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Four little-uns exploring some notes I made during the February project. I have been really enjoying working in this way. After the weekends hot spell and blazing sunshine my palette has brightened again. I seem to be very influenced by the weather and light - I wonder if this is a particularly British thing....we do talk about the weather a lot ;o)

All four are available at SeasidestudiosUK on Etsy.

Coast I   15.5x15.5cm mixed media and collage   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

Coast II   15.5x15.5cm mixed media and collage   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

Coast III   15.5x15.5cm mixed media and collage   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

Coast IV   15.5x15.5cm mixed media and collage   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

Monday, 15 April 2019

Etchings and drypoint prints shop updates

I have been catching up on printing for both SeasidestudiosUk on Etsy and Seasidestudiosuk on Folksy. There are now prints from both the 'Summer's Eve' , 'Ammonite' and 'Feather I' editions available for sale. All three are variable editions and each print that I do is unique in the handling of the ink and the overall effect of the print.

Summer's Eve   6x6cm etching   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Feather I   14.5x8cm drypoint   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Ammonite   15x20.5cm solar etching   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Thursday, 4 April 2019

A fun little project - carving stamps and making cards.

Three little carved stamps   4x7cm each   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I had carved this set of little stamps some time ago and used them to make a set of greetings cards. It was a fun little project and they became best sellers when I used to do fairs and demonstrations. I thought I would re-print them and have made them available on Seasidestudiosuk on Folksy. I think I might make some new designs as it is an enjoyable project especially for a rainy afternoon.

Card design ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Thursday, 28 March 2019

From the Groynes II & III

From the Groynes II   mixed media 22x22cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I still haven't committed to the background, I am constantly changing my mind like the tide...

From the Groynes II   mixed media 22x22cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Friday, 22 March 2019

From the Groynes

From the Groynes I   mixed media   22x22cm ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I love technology....when it works :o)  I have been without internet for a little while. It has been very on and off-able for some reason and I don't know why. I finally had a lovely couple of hours catching up and blog hopping - there is some very exciting stuff going on at the moment!

I feel a little excited at the moment too. It's a Spring feeling - out with the old and in with the new. Once February has passed the new year feels like it has really begun for me. I have been looking at my February project, re-reading notes made during the process, re-evaluating, tinkering in my sketchbook and pressing on. Above is the first image to emerge - a little bigger and this time working into the collage with paint. This is a scan of the work with a background of a beautifully tactile piece of handmade paper made from denim. I'm not sure if I prefer the clean look of a white backing or this greyed indigo - I haven't committed yet. What do you think?

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.