About Del Elle
"I paint not because I can do it, but rather because I can't not do it."
- Yuliya Stratovich
"Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."
Hi. I'm Del Elle. Nice to meet you.
I could say that I am an artist, author and poet.
But they come second to the point that I'm a person moved by music, sky and landscapes and colour.
I like using it.
It gets me going.
Especially combinations of it and that devastating - almost electrifying - pale blue on distant horizons.
If I saw a statue of a figurine, I used to find that I wanted to colour it in or paint it (I actually did once; a set of dolphins jumping with a wave. Perhaps I should post it on Conversations at some point).
Similarly, when I saw the blues used by Yves Klein I just wanted to paint objects with it, and even add white clouds to the blue.
At the moment I am working on pieces inspired by either the stories that I write or the Constellations in the Night Sky. They begin with fine-line pen sketches in a notebook (I should post that on Instagram too). When happy I leave it for a week or more before either adding colour with markers to the sketch or just going for by drawing a larger version on a marker pad (the paper doesn't bleed through the paper): In pencil first, then in various fine-line pens or various thickness.
Next comes the 'Grisaille' (Painting or colouring in grey monochrome), where the light and shadow values can be worked out and in some ways I find this to be one of the most relaxing stages.
After another space - usually a week - the time will arrive to add colour in layers: Lightest first, then darker shades (In contrast to when I used pencils when I worked from dark to light in stages).
All of this is done to a background of music. Progressive House seems to work particularly well as each track can be up to 7 or 8 minutes long and each track can also flow beautifully into the other. For writing it tends to be pieces by Luvian, Channel Swimmer and Zuper to name a trio; whilst for studying and times of rest I find that Classical music helps (BBC Radio 3).
I could go further about the scanning, using the pen and the tablet on the backgrounds and so forth, but I may have spoken for too long. But if you want a more condensed piece about what inspires me, the following words say it best: