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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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march hill

By this time I’d already done a few freestyle contour drawings of landscapes, with the albeit heavily-abstracted scenes being done in one, page-filling piece, with contour details of various things drawn on top of the base drawing here and there. This one was an overlapping of many pieces with no base drawing at all, giving it a denser look. Wanted color harmony in there but had to be restrained so as to clarify and not clutter up the composition. This is the other side of the building I sketched sometime later for “side door” (see below). See if you can find the whales.

10 x 12 7/8 inches, watercolor pencil 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 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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bird

One of some old drawings I used to see if I could use color over a complete drawing in a presentable way. Unusual for me in that it’s not a building or tree or landscape, and not based on life or any picture. Had about seven different greens to use, and to keep the saturation high I didn’t want to blend any of them.

26 x 19 cm, watercolor on printed copy of ballpoint pen original, this version completed 2019. Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi color print on white acid-free cardstock with half-inch borders, part of a limited run of fifty. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP inks which meet the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.