Joshua Tree Black Ink Paintings by Mark W. McGinnis


From the research done on our two week stay at Joshua Tree National Park in January,  I have created the following eight black ink paintings. They are a departure from my usual black ink painting style. I have combined elements of my more naturalistic style with the tradition of Chinese and Japanese “splashed ink” style. The free, expressive brushwork combined with more controlled representation forms a contrast that was very enjoyable to produce.


All paintings are 9″ X 12″, hand ground black ink on mulberry paper mounted on Ampersand Claybord.joshua tree black ink #1 - joshua tree - 2014-04-08 at 10-18-30 joshua tree black ink #2 - pinyon pine - 2014-04-08 at 10-20-45 joshua tree black ink #3 - joshua tree & rocks - 2014-04-08 at 10-22-28 joshua tree black ink #4 - dead pinyon pine - 2014-04-08 at 10-24-32 joshua tree black ink #5 - fan palms - 2014-04-08 at 10-27-59 joshua tree black ink #6 -boulders 1 - 2014-04-08 at 10-30-13 joshua tree black ink #7 - desert wash - 2014-04-08 at 10-32-57 joshua tree black ink #8 - boulders 2 - 2014-04-08 at 10-35-40



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