Thursday, 22 March 2018

Ebb and flow - collagraph and mixed media

Ebb & Flow   28x18cm collagraph collage and mixed media   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

Following on from the Elemental triptych a couple more mixed media pieces. They have proved very difficult to photograph I'm not sure if it is a problem with my camera or just that it can't cope with the subtleties of texture and tone in the printed elements.

Edges, line, boundaries, balance and texture seem to be my focus at the moment. I think I need to spend some time drawing - thinking with a pencil (or whatever else comes to hand.....).

Ebb & Flow II   28x18cm collagraph collage and mixed media   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

Monday, 19 March 2018

Some Canadian sunshine on a snowy day

Zavicon Island, Canada  pen and wash ©AWBruceSherman

A gift of sunshine and friendship was delivered to me for which I am very grateful. Isn't it a beaut'! 'Zavicon Island' a slice of Spring all the way from Canada. It has arrived, ironically, on a snowy day here in Dorset - we don't get many.

If you aren't familiar with Bruce's blog
I urge you to pay it a visit, he generously shares his insights in painting and life  - always thought provoking and uplifting - you will be richer for it.

Thank you Bruce, once again, I will be doing a happy dance on the way to the framers this weekend :o)

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Elemental I, II and III - block print and collage

Elemental I, II & III   block print and collage each image 11x18cm   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

A combination of techniques and materials has been used to create this triptch. First three blocks printed using a blended pass of blue ink. Once these had dried I collaged the pebble shapes using a mixture of inked paper and shapes from previous collagraph prints. Also areas of tracing and tissue paper are collaged in I like the mix of opacity and transparency.

Detail from Elemental III showing ink texture ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

I have tried to show in the detail photograph some of the lovely texture from the ink in the block print. The variation in tone and lovely granulatory qualities bring to mind looking at sand rich in mica through water.

This series seems to be heading in a more graphic and hard edged direction in print compared with the path the paintings are taking. I continue to explore but am intrigued if the two will ever meet and merge at some point in the future.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Well travelled pebbles in watercolour

I had hoped to be able to share the next round of collagraph prints but I am in between stages waiting for ink to dry still. Unable to continue with them I have returned to watercolour and whilst the medium dictates a completely different result from the prints the theme is the same.

Well Travelled   17x17cm watercolour   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec
Well Travelled II   17x17cm watercolour   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

Replicating some of the marks and textures that I had made in the prints with watercolour and a little gouache has made some interesting areas. I also used more granulating pigments in the mixes especially the new love of my life Daniel Smith's Sodolite Genuine. I can see I will be getting through the tube rather quickly.

Well Travelled II (detail)   17x17cm watercolour   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

Not a bad way to spend time waiting for ink to dry.......