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blue oak

They say blue is the rarest color in nature, apart from the sky I suppose. In any case this was an awesome oak, so it got to be blue.

Sketched a tree with a fountain pen in my small notebook on a Saturday in mid-November 2018 in Joe Creason Park in Louisville, and liked the result so much I came back the next day and sketched it again with my 10 x 14 pad (that drawing turned out to be “Unending Oak”…see below). Was at a loss how to add color and not have the trunk looking like a lollipop stick. Weeks later I realized that I should color in the leaves of the tree and the background trees with the same watercolor wash, leaving the all the trunks bare.

9 15/16 x 6 5/8 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 ink which meets the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.