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winter coffee

Did this one Sunday in late winter 2019 with a fountain pen. Made a minor digital correction then added watercolor to the houses in the center background only. Left it alone for about two months while I gradually used more and more color in my drawings. Returning to it in early May, I added color to the foreground lawn and most of the trees. Pretty busy look for winter, but the colors harmonize.

10 x 6 7/8 inches, watercolor pencil on printed copy of fountain pen original done on-site, 2019. Print is a matted and mounted, signed 600 dpi color print on white acid-free cardstock with a half-inch border, one of a limited run of fifty. I only use HP lightfast pigment-based ink, which meets the ISO 11798 standard.

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spring

Saw a family standing together beside a building’s hedgerow while having tea across the street. Wanted to recreate that scene, so I came back several days later to the restaurant from which I’d seen it and sketched this view from one of the windows in pencil (the building and street corner). Walking home I drew the leaf and the flowers (basically any flower I could find in my back yard lawn in mid-April) and added these in. Added dipping pen and watercolor work to highlight.

6 1/4 x 10 inches, watercolor pencil, dipping pen on printed copy of pencil original with additional detail drawing work added (all done on-site), 2019. Print is a matted and mounted, signed 600 dpi color print on white acid-free cardstock with half-inch borders. Note: there will be no limit on this print run. I only use lightfast, pigment-based HP ink, which meets the ISO 11798 standard.

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march storefront

Did this in a coffee and tea place across the street using my small sketchbook. Enlarged it a bit and added watercolor as carefully as I could so as not to distract from the building structure too much. Added two applications of medium-dark inkwash when I thought the high color saturation gave it an airless feel. Much prefer it this way.

6 7/8 x 10 inches, inkwash and 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 print run of fifty. I only use lightfast, pigment-based HP ink, which meets the ISO 11798 standard.

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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.