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big stairs

The reservoir in the Crescent Hill neighborhood of Louisville Kentucky has a big stone staircase leading up to its perimeter sidewalk, a nice example of late 1800’s architecture (it was done in 1879, I think). I thought it would make a good point of departure for a really abstract work, so I based two ink drawings on it, settling on the larger one. Tried to make the lines refer to overgrown vegetation and other images. To make it stand out, I wanted to feature the negative space as much or more than color (when people hear “abstract art,” they think about paintings, usually using a lot of color).

10 x 13 inches, watercolor pencil on printed copy of fountain pen original, 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 ink which meets the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.

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