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Chinese ink and watercolour with gouache highlights on Bockingford, 3.5 x 2.5".

Chinese ink and watercolour with gouache highlights on Bockingford, 3.5 x 2.5″.

One of the reactions I often receive from friends, acquaintances, and anyone else who happens to have seen my work in person is a kind of astonishment at the small sizes I often work at, and the extent of the pieces’ intricacy at those scales. In spite of seeing the labeled measurements and being able to view scans in detail on the screen, these aspects don’t seem to be quite appreciable enough until the originals are seen in person. There is also, of course, the usual issue of colours not being quite perfectly replicated in the scans.

I try when possible to take photographs of particularly small pieces such as these art cards — usually with a penny for scale — to hopefully give some measure of what the originals are like.

SubalpineWarblerEaselPenny-1000

Progress stages:

SubalpineWarblerRe-700

Pencil.

SubalpineWarblerReInkWash-700

Ink wash.

WarblerWIP-700

First watercolour washes.

WarblerWIP2Png-900

Detail, nearing completion.

SubalpineWarblerEaselPenny-1000

Finished piece.

 

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