|Ancient Bristlecone, 10x7", pen and ink wash on paper|
I love looking at well-done pen-and-ink drawings with masterful washes. There are so many talented inkers out there. Just google "sketcher blogs". Urban Sketchers is a good site to follow, many contributors. An individual artist I especially like is Erik Tiemens of Virtual Gouache Land. I see his work and I want to pick up a pen and start inking.
The subject here is a bristlecone pine, which lives in a forest somewhere around 10,000 ft up in the White Mountains of eastern California. There's a tree in this forest which is almost 5000 years old, the oldest known living individual organism on the planet. They call that tree "Methuselah" and keep its location secret to protect it. I like that.
|Zion Hoodoo, 16x20", oil on linen|
The subject is a large pile of weathered rocks in Zion National Park...so-called hoodoos. This formation was about 30 feet tall.
It's easy to loose the trail out in the desert. Thoughtful hikers set up mini-hoodoos, usually 12-20" high, to mark the way. These mini-hoodoos can stand for decades before falling over. It's comforting, when you hike out in the middle of nowhere, to come across a trailside hoodoo. Confirmation...you're on the right path. Thank you, hoodoo builder.