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.
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.
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.