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school in april

Liked this view of trees overlapping buildings, and made a point of returning to draw it before the leaves and flowers obscured it too much. If you’re wondering, the pine tree visible in the background had had its lower branches shorn so that all that was left was the trunk, which was hidden by some of the foreground trees. This is a drawing that made me use several versions of the same color (pink and blue). Left the grass white so that the drawing breathed better. Unusual proportion for me, as it’s nearly square.

7 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, watercolor pencils on printed copy of fountain pen original done on-site, 2019. Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi color print on white acid-free cardstock, 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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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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sumac

Sometimes less is more when rendering a forest scene.

After I got a new fountain pen I suddenly got the confidence to attempt ink drawing on-site, and this is one of the results. Since I was using my small sketchbook I went for a bit more detail. Despite it being well into fall the leaves in this forest were still nearly all green. But rendering them so later just made the main trunk look incongruous and the line of grass at the edge of the forest sloppy. Eventually realized that the main thing here was the composition, and it would work if the color was subordinate to it. So I just accented the leaves and avoided the earlier problems.

6 1/2 x 9 15/16 inches, watercolor pencils on printed copy of fountain pen original done on-site, this version finished 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 standard.