I have been experimenting with pen and ink. Previously, I have used waterproof ink, with watercolour on top. This “pen and wash” technique depends on the ink staying where it’s put. See, for example, the urban sketch on this link.
Recently, inspired by the work of Nick Stewart https://quinkandbleach.wordpress.com, I have been trying non-waterproof ink.
Here are four sketches, done in the Hôtel de France, Sainte-Croix, Switzerland. Click an image to enlarge.
They are all done using only Robert Oster Signature Fountain Pen Ink, colour: Black Velvet. This ink has the property that is produces a chromatograph effect, blue and pink, as it runs and dilutes with water. See, for example, the left hand side of the “wineglass” drawing, where you see black, blue and pink.
I’m using a dip pen: the Pensive Pens Serendipity dip pen.
All of this is quite a challenge to accomplish, especially as the pictures were done in a Swiss dining room, on white tablecloths. No ink drops contaminated the pristine environment. But I had to be very careful.
I had to sketch it before we ate it.
This tomato was cultivated by Madame Sauté of Montcigoux, in the commune of Saint-Pierre-de-Frugie in Dordogne, France.
Watercolour on Fabriano Studio Watercolour 300gsm Hot press paper. 8″x10″. About 30minutes.
A warm evening, an experiment in watercolour-only – no pen and ink!
Eventually the night came, and the light faded.
About 30 mins, watercolour only.
Objects on a glass table. The paint dries quickly in the sun.
Woodcut, after a statue seen in the British Museum “Sicily Culture and Conquest” exhibition, 24 April 2016. He stood about 12 inches high and dates from 1200AD or so.
This woodcut is done in Shminke Prussian blue AquaLino relief ink, on the marvellous Albion press at East London Printmakers. Fabriano Unica Cream paper from Great Art. Woodcut block 16cm by 11cm from Intaglio Printmaker.
This is a woodcut, inspired by a huge stone sculpture in the Berlin Tiergarten.
The sculpture was made in limestone in 1961 by Pierre Szekely (1923-2001), a Hungarian sculptor. It stands about 7 ft tall and has depth, about a foot thick. Wikipedia gives the name of the sculpture as “Contact”. I don’t know if it is still there. I saw in in 2012, in the snow, and it looked like an amulet, or sacred object. The shape is both anthropomorphic, and other-worldly. I like the fact that it has feet. I find the shape is satisfying. If I had an amulet, it would be shaped like that.
Woodcut with prussian blue Schminke Aqua Linoprinting ink. Size of woodcut, 2 inches by 3 inches, approx. Done yesterday at East London Printmakers.
Sketch in pencil at Two Temple Place, Sussex Modernisn exhibition, about 40 minutes.
Statue by Henry Moore in Green Horton Stone, 1936-7, now in Leeds Museums and Galleries. It was originally in the garden of Farley Farm, Sussex. Curation states:
“This symbol of enduring fertility attracted protests from his neighbours’