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By Jamie Cooper, Mar 5 2020 09:03PM

At first glance there appears to be very little pen & ink work in this drawing - over a watercolour background. But looks can be deceiving sometimes. The main tree and mid-line, is ink applied by a dip-pen. The background trees are done using the same dip-pen & black ink but a lighter touch. The extremities of these almost lightly stippled & then the line slightly longer as their bases fade into the mist. The foreground soil effect is made up from layers using pen lines and splattered ink from an old toothbrush. The birds are there becasue this splatter slightly backfired and so I created them out of the spots. Then a piece of tissues was lightly wiped over the surface before the ink on the ground had finished drying. In all there is probably more ink in this picture than the watercolour which underlays it.

By Jamie Cooper, Mar 1 2020 08:44PM

The canopy created by trees is as cathartic to walk through as is a Cathedral. In some respects more-so as a Cathedral is a poor imitation of the overhead arching of trees in a forest.

Dip-pen & ink & watercolour wash.

By Jamie Cooper, Feb 28 2020 01:24PM

Another dip-pen & ink on a watercolour background.

Wonder how many travellers have broken bread or passed a while under his old tree. Maybe the track will be less used and the tree will enroach more onto the track and prosper. But more likely it will be cut back further and the track developed to become a road. But for now it survies.

By Jamie Cooper, Feb 22 2020 09:43PM

I accidentally came across this gate and tree at the back of an old house whilst on a walk. And I became intrigued as the gateway didn't lead to anything and it didn't look like it led anywhere. So I started to imagine the people who originally used it and the use they might have made out of a gateway which went to nowhere.

By Jamie Cooper, Aug 16 2019 02:10PM

Sometimes you come across those places at just the right time - when the light falls softly with no disturbance. And you wish that you could dwell there a lot longer, knowing that if you come back it might not be the same again. This place I took a photo of when there, as I didn't have the time to linger. But whilst sketching free-hand from the photo I revisited the place. The process of sketching gives you that sense of escape and distance from everyday slog and lets you escape back to these places once again - so that they become forever yours.

By Jamie Cooper, Aug 9 2019 01:03PM

I sometimes feel that I have achieved a reasonable pen & ink sketch if there are areas of light where the eye can rest. Some pen & inks I find too busy and too dark to be interesting. I, personally, feel that there needs to be space within a picture.

By Jamie Cooper, Aug 1 2019 11:38AM

My first Woodland sketch since my recent army squad reunion. I was worried that I had limited brain capacity left for such endeavours! Dip pen & black ink, a little use of biro, and watercolour wash over the drawing.

By Jamie Cooper, Jul 11 2019 02:06PM

West Somerton - a place where the Norfolk Broads comes close to touching the sea. Dip-pen & ink on 140lb watercolour paper: 20 x 16 inches.

It's difficult to know when to finish with a drawing like this. I thought that I was finished around 5 times and then added to it. I am now considering whether to take out or lighten a couple of areas using a scalpel blade. Due to the nature of using dip-pen on watercolour paper the texture of the paper sometimes means there are splodges - even with a fine paper like this. I will ponder this over the next few days.

By Jamie Cooper, Jul 5 2019 03:44PM

I was interrupted half way through this one and couldn't get back into it so well. Up till that point it was going ok. Not sure whether I achieved the effect that I set out to - but learnt a few things on the way again and so maybe improve next time.

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