|Morton Bay Fig, pen sketch 1984|
|Morton Bay Fig etching 1984.|
Above is one of my first tree studies, drawn on location on a cold day about 30 years ago. I used a sketch nib in a fountain pen. The tree is still in the Botanical gardens but does not look as healthy these days.
I used the tree sketch to create a series of etchings. This is one of them. I also printed them in a sepia ink which looked great :-)
(Later, in about 1990, I did a large painting in bright coloured inks drawn with a dip pen. It sold when first exhibited and I don't even have a photo of it but I'd be interested in doing something similar again with the Da Atramantis inks I have been enjoying so much.)
|An imaginary forest - illustration from Kayla & the Magical Tree.|
During the same ski holiday I sketched this tree in Thredbo
village. It's remarkable that even in winter, with snow on the ground, we can sketch en plein air in Australia.
I really enjoyed this Morton Bay Fig. Sketched in Hyde Park, Sydney, in an A5 Moleskine on a lovely day out with the Urban Sketchers in 2013.
I went away for the weekend in the Blue Mountains in February this year and painted these trees. The first is an ink and watercolour A4 sketch in a lovely mossy spot called Mermaid's Cave. This gnarled tree was perfect for some ink line-work.
Then we sat in a cafe and painted the trees we could see from the Magalong Valley Tea Rooms.
Trees in ink. I don't think I'll ever tire of them :-)