Thursday 28 June 2012

Flying through the storm

Flying Through the Storm I, II & III acrylic on board 13x13cm ©2012 Lisa Le Quelenec

Yay! I'm back online, all is fixed and quickly too. What a relief.

These three little paintings pretty much sum up what I have been seeing over the last week or so. If it's not been pouring then it has been threatening to. There has been a number of gulls endlessly circling and swooping when I look out the window, more than usual. They never fail to surprise me with their size and startling whiteness when I see them up close. Strangely I saw a swan at the beach the other day too. I pointed him in the direction of the river but he seemed quite happy bobbing along near the shore, maybe he fancied a change of scene.

Monday 25 June 2012


The sound my computer made last week as it gave up the ghost. Fingers crossed that the old girl will be patched up soon and I will be back to posting in the next few days. I'm missing looking up everyone's blogs and seeing what is going on but will be back soon with new work to share.

Monday 18 June 2012

True blue

True Blue acrylic on canvas 30x60cm © Lisa Le Quelenec

Well after a couple of hours more painting, lightening the sand on the lower right and quietening down some of the tonal contrasts everywhere else I can now call this painting finished. Knocking everything else back so the sole focus is on the breaking wave with a softening glaze now brings much more attention to the crest and the delicious shadow that I've tried to capture. Thank you  Bruce  and   Zoe   for your help over this painting, your comments and feedback are much appreciated.

Saturday 16 June 2012

True Blue - maybe..

True Blue   acrylic on canvas 30x60cm   ©Lisa Le Quelenec 2012

Yesterday I was ready to call this painting done, today I am not so sure. There is something not quite right but I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the tone of the sand in the bottom right, too dark perhaps? Maybe it doesn't need the sand and I should continue the shallow water through to the bottom of the canvas. What would you suggest? Time spent painting this canvas has felt disjointed with everything else that has been going on. I'm feeling the if, buts and maybes... maybe I will just live with it a while longer....

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Shell studies

Shell studies   watercolour on paper   ©Lisa Le Quelenec 2012

I've been sitting in the gallery and painting studies in between meeting all the lovely visitors to the exhibition. Seeing paintings in the context of a gallery setting and through the eyes of the public, listening to their thoughts and comments on the work is always interesting. Ideas for new work, new avenues to explore and experiment with are jotted down whilst saying goodbye to work as it goes off to it's new home..... a kind of ebb and flow.

A day of painting in the studio, continuing a canvas started a couple of weeks ago. The break for getting exhibition ready has made it a little harder to settle back into so it's back to battle I go.

Monday 11 June 2012

Summer storms

Summer Storms acrylic on board 17x17cm ©2012 Lisa Le Quelenec

This painting just about sums up the weather we are having at the moment, although I have to confess the light at the horizon is my wishful thinking. Here in the UK we have hosepipe bans as our reservoirs are low and yet over the weekend some areas, in particular Wales, have been flooded due to heavy rain. It's hard to believe that two weeks ago I was writing about how hot it had been, the British weather is so changeable.

Wednesday 6 June 2012

4ART at the 'loft

I'll be exhibiting with fellow painters Joyce Bailey, Morag Dixon, Dennis Male and Linda Patterson. I'm nearly packed and ready for hanging the exhibition tomorrow, just a few last minutes mounts to cut. If you are in the area do pop in for a visit.

Friday 1 June 2012

Poppy party

The skies may be cooler than previous days this week but the poppies are hot, hot, hot in the garden! Large cheery blooms are bobbing in the breeze and today some more have opened - white this time. If only I had some blue Himalayan ones I could of had a jubilee red, white and blue.

Poppies I, II & III watercolour over acrylic ink drawing  12x12cm ©2012 Lisa Le Quelenec

Wishing you all a wonderful celebratory weekend....