Saturday, 10 August 2013

Cotswold Contours

In between much-enjoyed grand children visits, I've been playing again with the contours and the lines and shapes of the Cotswold Hills as I see them through half-closed eyes. Relating the one to the other seems to be giving much inspiration and fascination right now and to be generating exercises in mark-making with pen and ink and repeated holes in paper. It seems almost outside my control ...

First of all, with a variety of pens, including new italic felt tips ...


... and then holes in cartridge paper using various needles ...


... and pens and holes together ...


... and maximising the contrast and tweaking the colour in Photoshop ...


More play to be had here, I'm sure ...

8 comments:

  1. Wow ! Very interesting ... love black and white ... and the holes add such an intriguing element !
    I can almost see those hills when I squint my eyes ;)

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    1. I think I'm heading towards using paper on a big piece - just got to sort out how to put everything together ...

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  2. I think I like the first three images best--no color needed! These are wonderful!!

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    1. VMT - I think you're right about the colour, but I enjoy playing - and sometimes it works out better.

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  3. Such wonderful mark making and so many of these lines and marks would also describe the sea and waves. Very exciting!

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    1. You are so right - I'm so fixated at the moment on the rhythms and contours of landscape that I hadn't seen that link. Thank you - I've been drawing with blinkers on!

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  4. Lovely and very interesting technique!

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    1. Thank you - and I will do more this week when I have the time and space to think!

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