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line

“line,” coffee on printed copy of pencil original combing landscape done on-site with imagined drawings of people, 2019.  Did the landscape on-site about the time I did the base drawing for “facing east.”  Didn’t think there was enough there, so I added drawings of people I made up.  Wanted to tell a story so I had them in a line waiting to fill up water containers.  Painted it in coffee to emphasize the heat while listening to The Clash’s Sandinista! album, around the time when where I live was rated as being in a severe drought by the US National Weather Service early in the fall of 2019.

Unmatted image is 9 15/16 x 6 11/16 inches.  Limited edition run of fifty. 

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forest horizon ii

“forest horizon ii,” fountain pen and watercolor pencil on printed copy of pencil original done on-site, 2019.  Second of my panoramic view of the trees on Bellarmine University Campus and Joe Creason Park (just the easternmost part of it), facing southwestish one day in June 2019.  Can’t call it plein air because I did it indoors from the student center.

Unmatted image is 7 1/4 x 10 inches.  Limited edition run of fifty.

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august cafe

“august cafe,” watercolor pencil on printed copy of ballpoint pen original done on-site, 2019.  Did this in a cafe after having a long-steeped iced tea on an empty stomach while they were playing the Rolling Stones (ballpoint pen really lets you move more freely than fountain pens do).  Did a more realistic version of the same scene, but went with the first one when it came time to apply color.

Unmatted image is 10 x 7 1/2 inches.  Limited edition run of fifty. 

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facing east

“facing east,”  watercolor pencil, ballpoint pen, inkwash, color pencil on printed copy of fountain pen original done on-site, 2019.  Did this during lunch in a local restaurant.  Wall to the viewer’s left had a mural so I left it blank.  Liked the idea of light streaming in through the glass door and window, but it looked too empty.  Eventually came up with the idea of the light casting a tree shadow and adding red scratch marks to the table cover.

Unmatted image is 10 x 6 3/4 inches.  Limited edition run of fifty.

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natural bridge

“natural bridge,” dipping pen with 102 and 107 HUNT nibs, 0.1 micron pen, fountain pen, watercolor pencil, inkwash, acrylic paint on printed copy of pencil original based on a photograph, 2019.  Kentucky has its share of natural bridges.  This piece is based on a picture taken of a natural bridge from a point on the opposite bank on the Cumberland River a few miles downstream from Wolf Creek dam in south central Kentucky.  I was happy with the inking-in of the pencil drawing since I was able to suggest a bit of depth using four different pens, but I wanted to see if i could render water convincingly so I went for a fuller rendering.

Unmatted image is 6 3/4 x 10 inches.  Limited edition run of fifty. 

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circles

“circles,” watercolor pencil on printed copy of fountain pen original, 2019.  Based on an drawing for 2019 Inktober day one (“ring.”)  Applied color some weeks later listening to the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ, by a lot of incredible musicians from North African countries.

Unmatted image is 9 7/8 x 6 1/4 inches.  Limited edition run of fifty. 

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young tree plus five years

“young tree plus five years,” dipping pen with 107 and 102 HUNT nibs on printed copy of pencil original done on-site, 2019.  This is the same tree I sketched for the “young tree,” at Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, from about the same distance.  Did this on May 5, 2019 (first time was sometime in April, 2014) just before leaving to meet up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in twenty-six years.

Unmatted image is 12 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches.  Limited edition run of fifty. 

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counting person

“counting person,” watercolor, pencil, fountain pen and color pencil on printed copy of pencil original, 2019.  Many artists tend to draw the same sort of faces, so I decided to make faces from knots and other patterns I saw in old wood and trees.  And since this one looked pretty sinister, I went for laughs by giving it a windbreaker, hat and a nice knit sweater.

Unmatted image is 9 x 7 5/16 inches.  Limited edition run of fifty.