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just before big rock

Sketched this on the stone banks of the middle fork of Beargrass Creek in Big Rock park in Louisville in March. People kept walking in front of my view of this, possibly because I used my book-sized sketchbook and they thought I was reading, or maybe because it was one of the first warm days of late winter. This part of the creek is often photographed/painted, but since the rapids offered me a chance to draw water warping in relatively fixed shapes over rocks, I had a go. I draw water more precisely from photos, but still prefer to sketch it from life. Added inkwash to highlight the foam on the waves.

6 13/16 x 10 inches, inkwash on printed copy of fountain pen original done on-site. Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi 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 fade-resistance standard.

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