Friday, 24 February 2012

On a summer breeze

On summer breeze
Acrylic on paper 38x38cm
©2012 Lisa Le Quelenec

This painting has been a little difficult to photograph. I can't capture the colour, there is lots of broken colour with five different blues dry brushed and glazed on top of a warm neutral ground. The blues have been built up in many layers and the painting has a kind of shimmer to it. The birds are painted some on top and some embedded into the blues.

Travelling LightYesterday I finished a book  of short stories that I have been dipping in and out of since Christmas. I rarely read fiction these days as normally I have my nose buried in art books but this is an exception. Tove Jansson is one of my favourite authors. I first discovered her work as a child when I was a big fan of the Moomins. Then later, as an adult I rediscovered her work when I read  The Summer Book   which has become one of my all time favourite books - EVER. It is absolutely enchanting and I am impatiently awaiting the next book to be translated. (Art and Nature is out 7th June 2012 published by Sort Of Books ).  I think it would be worth learning Swedish to be able to read her books in her language despite the translations being so good. If only there was the time... Information about Tove Jansson can be found  here .

'That there can still be as-yet untranslated fiction by Jansson is simultaneously an aberration and a delight, like finding buried treasure.' (Ali Smith)'

Sorry I digress.... it wasn't until I finished the last page and closed the book that I had a real light bulb moment. Just check out the cover! Was this subconsciously the nudge that started this series of paintings? How come I didn't notice before? Have you ever had this happen to you?


Judy said...

What a coincidence! I love your seagull paintings, they are so ethereal! Thanks for the book info, I'll check it out!

Gerry Snape said...

great seagull painting...

Lydie said...

An original theme that keeps the head in the clouds, dreaming for hours. It's great!

Jeanette Jobson said...

Its beautiful. these a real sense of heat and height in this.

Caroline Simmill said...

A lovely painting Lisa, you must have been inspired by the book you were reading. The blue colour is very restful to behold and the birds in flight are so peaceful looking.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hello Judy, let me know what you think of the book. They're the kind that I can read again and again. Thank you about the paintings.

Thank you Gerry!

Thanks Lydie, maybe all the time spent day dreaming gazing out of the window is going to pay off ;o)

I'm so glad that you mentioned the heat Jeanette. I was hoping the shimmery broken colour would express that. Thank you.

Hi Caroline, I think I must have subconciously picked up on the cover. I still can't believe that I got to the end of the book before I realised. It was a Homer Simpson 'doh!' moment.