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indoor vine

Another laundromat sketch. Challenge here was to rotate the greens and several other colors so that no two adjacent leaves were the same. Harder to do that than I at first thought, but I was determined not to compromise or leave any of the leaves blank.

25.4 x 16 cm, watercolor pencil on printed copy of ballpoint pen original done on-site, 2019. Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi color print on white acid-free cardstock with half-inch borders, part of a limited print run of fifty. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP inks, which meet the ISO 11798 standard.

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Trolling the trolls.

Wanted to draw faces and figures without worrying about using people’s likenesses for my own copyrighted work, so I drew them (the foreground figures with the red eyes) from patterns I saw in various old wood table tops, and also from patterns I saw in a washcloth (the faces floating above with the green eyes). Compiling all these together I thought it would be more effective to play against their sinister appearance, and so opted for something funny.

10 7/8 x 13 15/16 inches, color pencils, dipping pen and watercolor pencils on pencil original, 2019. Print is a matted, mounted, signed color print on white acid-free cardstock, in a limited print run of fifty. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP inks, which meet the ISO 11798 standard for fade-resistance.

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quiet day

I normally dislike leaving a page partially-filled, but that seemed to add to this piece’s effect.

Did this one weekend in an empty school parking lot, looking to do a freestyle contour abstract featuring architecture and mechanical stuff, but realized understated was the way to go after I got done adding the rock and moss close-ups. Originally wanted to call this “earth neuron,” but “quiet day” seemed more accurate.

10 x 13 1/4 inches, done on-site using fountain pen, 2019. Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi print on white acid-free cardstock with half-inch borders. Please note this run is unlimited. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP ink which meets the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.

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partly cloudy and forty-eight

Did the drawing with a fountain pen on a cool day in early spring from a thrid storey window from a building on a tall hill on the Bellarmine University campus, looking south. Came home and added a lot of pointilism work with dipping pens with Hunt 102 and 107 nibs, adding color to the grass sections in mid- and foreground, with a bit of green for the building to the right and some pink on the horizon trees. Added more when scanning showed the first application to be too faint, taking care to let the uncolored portions work with the color to emphasize objects in the landscape in an engaging way spatially.

10 x 6 11/16 inches, watercolor pencil and dipping pen 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 inks which meet the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.

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summer

Did this from a photograph, one of my first attempts to draw a wide view of a forest quickly, with grainy, impressionistic results. Done when I often drew out of sheer frustration / caffeination. Sometimes that results in solid work.

8 x 10 inches, pencil, 2001. Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi print on white acid-free cardstock with half-inch borders; limited run of fifty. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP inks which meet the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.

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Curbside Flowers

2B pencil on paper, 5 1/2 x 8 inches, from 2018.  Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi print on white acid-free cardstock with half-inch borders, in a limited edition run of 50. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP inks which meet the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.

I sketched some clover years ago, thought it looked rich in an art nouveau sort of way, wondered what a full drawing would look like, and put it off because of the time it would take.  Since getting limited by chronic illness it seems now’s the time, so I’ve been accumulating photos.  Took a picture of these periwinkles and grass during a walk in early April, then did a study of part of it in June for a larger work.  Liked the study enough to complete it, so over three days I did this and also an ink version, settling on this as the keeper.