Extract from my sketchbook. This is an oil pastel sketch made soon after the tulip petals had fallen. As you can see, it is drawn over two pages. I chose not to crop the image but show the authenticity of the decision making experience when drawing from life outside. I guess I could have picked the tulip stem and take it indoors but then where is the fun in that? Colour and speed of recording would have been altered by the fact of a more relaxed drawing experience.
These artworks of ink paintings and linocut prints have been developed from oil pastel and felt tip pen sketches. Fungi and the charcoal Snow Gardens, (too cold, too fleeting or too low), were recorded with a camera, then sketched.
Ink paintings: – In a process similar to a watercolour technique, where masking fluid is used to block out/protect areas, I masked large areas with a thick water based paint before brushing black ink over the acrylic colour ink.
When dry, the entire painting is washed. A bit of jeopardy as occasionally the black ink does not stay where you want it to remain, but when it does it can have an appearance of a printed line. As a painter/printer the overlap of appearances between different art forms expands my creative thinking.