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floating house

Another of my freestyle contour abstractions, using ink instead of pencil to force myself to work with whatever I drew on the first try, and ended up with this. Just as well the house isn’t recognizable, since I did it from life and I don’t live there. Added the color listening to Kind of Blue.

10 1/16 x 13, watercolor 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 edition run of fifty. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP ink, which meet the ISO 11798 standard.

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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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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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back yard

Revisited an old idea I first had back in school.

Did this improvisational rendering of a site I’d been revisiting over the past year and liked the result enough to augment it with some color later. I remember first trying this style way back in college and listening to a self-described punk-rock type trash it for being too messy during a critique session. I wish I had not taken that advice to heart as much as I did, as I think it could have led to some decent work. So I guess I’m saying don’t be afraid to take your improvisation seriously.

10 x 13 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, part of a limited run of fifty. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP ink which meets the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.