Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Small World Lay Spread Before Me

Pen and Ink Wash 6.5" x 7.25"

This is a view of my hometown, Perkasie, on the sweetest spring morning seen around here in ages. I've stolen the title from Dicken's Great Expectations, "And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me", although my small hometown sure isn't London!

I used to use pen and ink wash all the time, but gave up the practice ages ago. I'm glad that my drawing class has forced me to bone up on the medium, and thankful to an old friend and long-time supporter of my work for encouraging me to get back to it. Another thanks to my friend Douglas Ferrin for recommending sepia ink made by Senellier. Doug says "I use Sepia shellac ink made by Senellier. I believe it's still made from real sepia. You can thin it with water or alcohol. Great stuff." Yes it is!

Here's a pen and ink wash drawing from almost thirty years ago:


  1. This is great...So nice to see your pen and ink!

  2. Wow! Beautiful work .... now and 30 years ago.

  3. Really LOVE the sepia work, especially the older one, nice confident washes and superb drawing! MORE!!!

  4. A beautiful piece of work. Love the colour. Sharon

  5. Thanks Stephanie, Sue, Linda, Nigel and Sharon. It feels great to take a break from oils, and I'll happily continue...nice to get your positive comments.

  6. How fascinating to see your drawing from 30 years ago. I love your new inkwash landscapes. LOVE them. The old one as well.


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