God Garden

God Garden

Viewing directly onto a mixture of a Spanish and simplistic Georgian architecture. This picture is my second A4 size, using just freehand and minimal use of rulers etc. on the windows, roof, front door (hence the rather distorted ‘look’) and the ruin to the right. The clean uncluttered style to the house gives the viewer an impression of this house containing clean, large airy and high ceilings to the rooms. The central hexagonal window was from a playroom from childhood days.

The outbuilding to the right has been structurally damaged by a combination of storm damage, old age and neglect. I intended the outbuilding to be the same distance from the viewer as the house but has been accidentally set back slightly with satisfactory results.

The main house has been set up on an array of black steps to give it a very solid feel – safe from the powerful wind forces that its currently encountering.

Initially the ‘all black’ front trees were drawn without any idea what I was going to do behind it. The house was then basically drawn followed by the younger trees in the garden to the left. This was followed by drawing the outbuilding to the right and finishing with the threatening sky.

The picture depicts a prevailing gale force wind. The front all black trees are hardly affected, its branches naturally being that shape; however the motion in the wind is strongly disturbing the more supple garden trees. One could imagine walking down the garden path and feel perfectly enclosed and the most interesting time to go. The tall second tree is recovering from a gust if wind and has been struck again – a live ‘snapshot’. More action is depicted by the rare breaking of a twig from the central black tree.

Other points are the two focal points of the picture, centralised on the house and the garden path and the goat hidden in the tree.  The wild open ‘exposed’ is obvious a place to avoid in this harsh environment.

Gifted City

Gifted City

Initially I wanted to produce a city floating on a disc seen at an angle however just producing and building a minutely detailed city was satisfying enough. Patterns which are all important in pen and ink work prevail here, trying to invent various shading to give the city a more enlightened quality. However the moody darkening sky is trying to bear down on the city but the lights are shrugging it off and still retains its vibrancy. Many of my pictures demonstrate these imaginative views, in other words, what I would want to see a city look like.

factory lines

factory lines

The dense angular structures hugging the centre of the pic are cushioned each side with austere hills. The sky, which is also busy, hems down on this smoggy but clean lined city waiting to self destruct. There are big contrasts to my other ‘city scape’ picture with a slightly looser building style and a far more active sky. This in turn didn’t take so long to draw, leaving time to build the sky into a cosmic mix

2009

2009

Having visions of different appearances to the forground trees adds a luxurious garden style with the background becoming more open / wild with olive plantations and my idiosyncratic styled mountains. The sky and sun was the final part, completing the threatening approaching storm followed by a man made structure, appearing as the sun which gives us a taste of things to come if we ever get around to controlling other worlds and stars.