Pen and Ink


Pen and Ink presents that old beauty of drawing. I like a light watercolour base, on top of which the detail of the pen is applied. So it is not strictly pen and ink, but rather pen and watercolour. I recall that William Blake used to mix these two techniques, so I am happy to follow suit to present delicate and intricate pictures that only the detail of the pen can convey.

 

Galway Boats

On the road between Kylemore and Letterfrack in county Galway you pass various bays where the Atlantic meanders into the landscape. In one of these there is an old disused harbour, with a broken clinker built trawler. A currach was also tied to the wall. It was a pretty scene, and inspired the first of the watercolour / Pen pictures. The stones on the muddy beach are an example of how the pen builds on top of the light watercolour. It taught me the technique.

Price: Framed Euro 245

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Crone Wood Trees

I often take the walk from the Crone wood car park near Enniskerry, county Wicklow, up to Djouce. As the track winds up through the woods you pass these beautiful old Beech trees, which had an old wall built beside them. These trees grew to cover the stones of the wall, as if their roots were like an octopuses legs spreading over the stones. A pine plantation is behind, but the old Beeches stand out. This fairly small watercolour with pen is a favourite as it captures the timelessness of the Beeches in a simple drawing.

Price: Framed Euro 195

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