Island life

Sketches from a recent trip to Grinda Island in the Stockholm archipelago; a couple of attempts to describe the ferry’s energetic wake; the view of nearby islands from our rocky peninsula with my daughter reading on a sunny ledge, drawn in  bamboo dip-pen and ink-brush; and then a view of dramatic clouds scudding over the bay. I also had a go at some site-specific ‘art abandonment’, sketching the view on a piece of driftwood, and leaving it there; later we saw a boy on the ferry back holding the piece! Finally a collection of sketches from the same location done two years ago, including some first attempts at using a dip-pen, made out of  a swan feather I found there.


About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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7 Responses to Island life

  1. Barbara says:

    Ed, your work is stunning! You communicate a real sense of the place and the moment – reminds me a bit of Vancouver Island and trips taken on the water. Beautiful! It was my great pleasure to have met you in Manchester and to get to follow your work!

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Many thanks Barbara, and it was great to meet you too! My head’s still got aspects of the Symposium floating around… We plan to visit Vancouver sometime, we have distant relatives on one of the islands nearby.

      • Barbara says:

        You’ll love it – the landscape is mythical. Look into the artist Emily Carr before you go – she knew how to sketch and paint the spirit of the west coast rain forest and was a real character. I wish the symposium had been 2-3 days longer!

  2. Viktoria says:

    Wow, those waves! Also, I have never heard the term “art abandonment” before. No wonder someone immediately picked it up! Looks like you had a great trip.

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Thanks Viktoria, the white gel pen is great for the foamy highlights. I think a lot of art abandonment is pre made and wrapped and left with a note; using materials found at the site seems more interesting?

  3. Mona says:

    aaabsolutely love those sketches ♥

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Thanks Mona! I highly recommend giving a bamboo pen a go; lot of lovely line variation, and also variation in tone as the ink starts to run out; also much much less scratchier than a steel dip nib…

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