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Young Tree

Rendered in ink this year, based on a pencil drawing done from life in 2014 at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.  It was good to get the background in as well.  Over that ridge is some of the most amazing meadow views many of us could ever hope to see.  But Pleasant Hill has about as many great scenes as other places have blades of grass.

11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches, pen and ink on paper, from 2018.  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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Hibiscus

Hibiscus require a severe style.

6 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches, pencil on paper, from 2002.  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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Winter Tree

One of my best drawings.  Bare trees are a great way to sneak abstract drawing work into the mix.  Done from life of trees in Washington Park in Springfield, Illinois in early 2003.  Prints of this will have a slightly shaded background color, since the original was done on cream-colored paper.

6 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches, pencil on paper, from 2003.  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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Mountains and Forest

Ink sketch based on a pencil sketch of a picture I took of the westernmost edge of the Catskill Range from the Shawangunk Ridge in New York State in 2006.   Always something to sketch when visiting the SR.  I drew the vegetation in a more formulaic way and the clouds more literally…usually do it the other way round.  Looks good here, since the clouds are such a big feature.

6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, pen and ink on paper over pencil, from 2006. 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 inks which meet the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.

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Abandoned Store from the Road

Based on a picture taken on the way from Durham, North Carolina to the Outer Banks in 1993.  Ballpoint pen is great for subtle grays, though not as good as pen and ink for sharp darks; a good choice to show the blur of speed on a cloudy day.

9 x 11 1/4 inches, ballpoint pen on paper, from 2002.  Print is a matted, 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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Six Trees

Pen version of a pencil drawing done from life of trees in Washington Park in Springfield, Illinois in 2003.  My first abstracts I did after I started artwork again in 2001 were usually things only I could enjoy, but I like to think this drawing was a turning point:  clearer detail arranged better.

6 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches, pen and ink on paper, from 2003.  Print is a matted, mounted, signed,  600 dpi black and white print on white, acid-free cardstock  with a half inch border.  In a limited run of fifty.  I only use permanent, pigment-based HP inks which meet the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.