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Sometimes less is more when rendering a forest scene.

After I got a new fountain pen I suddenly got the confidence to attempt ink drawing on-site, and this is one of the results. Since I was using my small sketchbook I went for a bit more detail. Despite it being well into fall the leaves in this forest were still nearly all green. But rendering them so later just made the main trunk look incongruous and the line of grass at the edge of the forest sloppy. Eventually realized that the main thing here was the composition, and it would work if the color was subordinate to it. So I just accented the leaves and avoided the earlier problems.

6 1/2 x 9 15/16 inches, watercolor pencils on printed copy of fountain pen original done on-site, this version finished 2019. Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi color print on white acid-free cardstock with half-inch borders, in a limited run of fifty. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP inks which meet the ISO 11798 standard.

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