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.
While doing research for the eastern part of my Snake River Basin project I did a considerable amount of photography of the Grand Teton Mountains in western Wyoming. The images were crying out to be black ink paintings — so I did what was needed and the following eight 9″ X 12″ paintings are the results They are certainly some of our country’s most stunning mountains.
The graceful similarity of willow leaves to bamboo leaves has often caught my eye. I finally decided to take action on the observation and what medium could better for such an endeavor than black ink. The following six paintings are the results.
In early April we took a day drive through the Sawtooth mountains in West-Central Idaho. It was a glorious day with breathtaking views and mild shirtsleeve weather. I took an abundance of pictures and back at my studio used them as inspiration for a series of black ink paintings shown to you below.