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Marker pen experiment

Trying out a thick marker pen refilled with Carbon ink, at the end of lunch at Yen Sushi in Bartlett St. I love the consistently thick lines I can get with dip-pen nibs but they’re not portable, and marker pen … Continue reading

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Benchmark

A bench near Bath Abbey, low winter sun casting a strong shadow. That’s enough monochrome. Next post in full colour. Water-brush with Chinese sumi and Diamine grey ink, A6

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Cold grey

Quick… faster… it’s very cold… Trying out new ink and a new pen. The roller ball worked well for this standing sketch in a hurry near St Stephen’s church, Lansdown Hill, Bath; great for big fast lines, and interesting to … Continue reading

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Circus snow

Snow on the trunk of one of the five huge plane trees in the centre of the Circus in Bath. Water-brushes with normal and dilute Lexington grey ink, A5

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Still snowy

Looking South West across Bath, twilight approaching, the snow still good enough for sledging. Watercolour, A4

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Snow

Our annual UK snow panic has arrived. This is the view from the kitchen window, while the first snow was still falling. Sketching snowy landscapes is fun, with large expanses of nothing, high contrast and a pure focus on tone. … Continue reading

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Bath time

The Roman ‘Great Bath’, in Bath, with the later Victorian buildings that now surround it. The water is that green, but there are usually more visitors. It looks particularly good in winter with clouds of steam rising from the surface… … Continue reading

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Leaning tower

The Kaknästornet TV tower in Stockholm. Built in 1967, excellent views across the city to the West, a cafe at the top and some massive ant nests in the woods nearby. Fountain pen with carbon ink, watercolour, A4

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Bath Abbey

Met up with Jim to sketch in town. It was damp and foggy outside so we visited the Abbey, where helpful guides showed us typos on memorial plaques (‘immorality’ instead of ‘immortality’), and tiny skulls hidden in the eyes of … Continue reading

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Tree shadow

Sat with my back against a tree, watching its huge shadow move across the grass and creep up the wall opposite. Late afternoon on a high terrace in Istanbul. Fountain pen with Lexington grey ink,  A4

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