Back in another professional life before I became a painter in oil I worked in gouache and also a mixed media technique I learned at Mark English’s Illustration Academy. I also used watercolor and pen and ink for some illustration class assignments when I was getting my BFA Illustration at the Academy of Art (then College) from 1987-1989. Since spring is on the way I thought I’d share four that have a landscape or plant subject…two that play it straight and a two where I, well, didn’t and went for a humorous touch.
I’m currently on the road, having just spent a five days in England, my first trip there since 2004, and am now in Bucharest, Romania. I’m heading out to the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania tomorrow to Pietra Craiululi National Park hoping to see brown bear and other wildlife. There are more bears in Romania than any other European country, around 5000. I hope to get in some sketching and painting time also. As you can see from the above photo, I got to visit Stonehenge, which is as impressive as I remember it being from my first trip to England in 1987.
Here’s a few favorite images from The Sceptered Isle:
We walked this path around Grasmere, one of the lovely small lakes in Cumbria, some years ago and I loved the soft dappled sun coming through the trees on a late summer afternoon.
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