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big rock

Big rock is a chunk of cliff that fell into the middle fork of Beargrass Creek, Louisville over two hundred years ago. People have been photographing, painting and drawing it, sitting and jumping off of it a mighty long time. Usually artists go for a view from up- or down-stream, so I chose a view from directly across the water. Ended up featuring the young trees in front of it, but was surprised I was able to get nearly the entire cliff into the scene as well (I was using my small 8 x 5.5 inch sketchbook). Decided to go nuts with the color to keep the viewer awake.

10 x 15 inches, watercolor and dipping pen with Hunt 102 nib on printed enlarged copy of pencil original done on-site, 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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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.