Sketchbook studies…ink and gesso

There is definitely a freedom to working in a sketchbook, even if that sketchbook was an investment. Good paper is a must in producing a descent result especially when I have a tendency to use generous amounts of water in the majority of my work.

Only the initial working drawing but you can see my starting point for this study. I used an acrylic ink as opposed to an Indian ink, with initial sketch in charcoal.

Winter Ranges – Horowhenua, New Zealand – Sept 2021

As we move into Spring let us not forget the beauty that is behind us….“At the darkest time of year, Lord Yule laid down his beard of snow and cloak of frost and ice to illuminate the gloom.” – Stewart Stafford. It’s true one cannot describe snowy peaks as gloomy in their shimmering blue-whites. This is an energetic piece of work, full of motion as the cool breeze moves briskly through the dark forests clingy snugly to the icy ground. “Winter Ranges” Sept 2021 Image size: 27″ x 8.5″ Acrylic, charcoal and soft pastel on Fabriano Artistico paper.

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