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Old 03-01-2018, 04:39 PM
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Village Alleyway

Sorry, I'm late for the party everyone as I missed the February challenge deadline. This project seemed like a good idea at the time, as I deliberately choose a subject out of my comfort zone. Boy - was I uncomfortable! I thought I could whip this off in a couple of afternoons - Ha! My limited pen and ink skills came up against the reality of how to portray an essentially architectural subject. I can't do abstract or loosely defined anything, but I knew I must not get involved in showing every brick and mortar seam, but what to leave out and what to put in became a major stress. The result is a hodge-podge of learning as I went along until I'm heartily sick of the damned thing! Image size 6 1/12" x 10" on Arches 140lb hot pressed paper. Suggestions and comments always welcome of course


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Old 03-01-2018, 05:32 PM
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Re: Village Alleyway

John, that's amazing! A lovely light touch and I can see the vast amount of work in this - I think it's super!
Do please post it in the challenge too - I'm letting it run as there are not many participants again!
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:05 PM
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Re: Village Alleyway

Yes I agree you are being much too hard on your self. there is merit in the piece , technically it looks fine .
I am not qualified to offer any meaningful critique as I don't really do architecture , it definitely takes a "certain" kind of artist & I'm not one of them

The whole subject matter seems to require too literal approach to me with little room for expression BUT then occasionally I'll see it done very well in P&I & be full of atmosphere & feeling - I have to admit to myself that it's me ! I just can't put my heart into it !

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Old 03-02-2018, 03:55 PM
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Re: Village Alleyway

great work !
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Old 03-03-2018, 10:35 AM
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Re: Village Alleyway

Thanks for dropping by everyone. In deliberately choosing a project I would not normally tackle, I learned a lot more about pen and ink and wash, with its limitations and possibilities. I would encourage other members to do the same once in a while. I've learned that pen and ink projects are demanding and need a different mindset from the start. I wasn't entirely happy with the finished result but realized I could only produce something at this point in time with the experience I had acquired. After painting mainly in watercolour and oils for over 30 years, a new medium is not easy to master at my advanced age of 91. I paint and do pen and ink as a hobby and not for sale, so I can afford to take a chance and risk inevitable failures or near misses. The challenge is trying, and once in a while I produce something in pen and ink I'm proud to mat and frame and hang somewhere.

Maureen: Thanks for your kind comments, and I must tell you how much I've learned from this site. I'm always amazed at the subject matter posted here.

Mike: You're bang on about architectural subjects limiting expression, but some of the examples posted here are amazing in their techniques and skill. Subject matter is always strictly personal of course, hence I have little interest in brand new corrugated steel barns and silos. Many moons ago in another life, I use to do black and white illustrations of houses from the builder's blueprints, but that was to pay the mortgage! Suburban cookie-cutter dwellings hold no charm for me, but an ageing, weatherbeaten farmhouse and outbuildings just suits my temperament.

Thanks, and welcome to the site.



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Old 03-06-2018, 09:58 AM
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Re: Village Alleyway

You nailed this one for sure.
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Old 03-20-2018, 08:16 PM
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Super work. Nicely rendered.
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