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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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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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espresso cup

Sketched this espresso cup in a Barnes and Noble Starbucks in Springfield Illinois on December 22 or 23, 2002 (these were the busiest shopping days of the year for this store, so it was very crowded). Liked that it was so close-up to the subject that it made the abstract-looking features look better, so in 2019 I decided to add watercolor, choosing blue and green to keep it interesting.

10 x 7 inches, watercolor pencils on printed copy of ballpoint pen original, 2019. Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi color print on white acid-free cardstock with half-inch borders. Limited print run of fifty. I only use lightfast, pigment-based HP ink, which meets the ISO 11798 standard.

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indoor vine

Another laundromat sketch. Challenge here was to rotate the greens and several other colors so that no two adjacent leaves were the same. Harder to do that than I at first thought, but I was determined not to compromise or leave any of the leaves blank.

25.4 x 16 cm, watercolor pencil on printed copy of ballpoint 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 permanent, pigment-based HP inks, which meet the ISO 11798 standard.

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Trolling the trolls.

Wanted to draw faces and figures without worrying about using people’s likenesses for my own copyrighted work, so I drew them (the foreground figures with the red eyes) from patterns I saw in various old wood table tops, and also from patterns I saw in a washcloth (the faces floating above with the green eyes). Compiling all these together I thought it would be more effective to play against their sinister appearance, and so opted for something funny.

10 7/8 x 13 15/16 inches, color pencils, dipping pen and watercolor pencils on pencil original, 2019. Print is a matted, mounted, signed color print on white acid-free cardstock, in a limited print run of fifty. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP inks, which meet the ISO 11798 standard for fade-resistance.

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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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winter street

Did this while doing laundry in Springfield, IL in the north end of town sometime around 2003. Picked it up this year to see how far I could take it with color, specifically how varied I could make the houses without making them look like a plastic Playschool set. Added the purple sky to really make you feel how cold it was.

10 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches, watercolor pencil on printed copy of ballpoint 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 inks, which meet the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.

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forest

Sketched the base drawing in the fall in 2018 in Joe Creason Park, tried six times to get the color right on it, lost patience with the version I initially chose, added a few seondary branches to two of the trees. Finally realized that the composition was busy enough to be the main feature, and just accented a few leaves throughout the piece the same color blue to reinforce that (sort of the same breakthrough I had with “sumac”).

10 x 6 9/16 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 meet the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.

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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.