cabbage field

This is the last of my pictures from our week in Cornwall.  Unfit and used to cycling  the flattish West Midlands, I struggled, breathless and heart pounding, up the Cornish hills.  It was a relief to find a gap in the hedgerows, sunlight and a composition to draw.  Here I looked across a large-leafed blue-green crop extending to the hill’s edge where I could see the blades of the distant wind turbines.


As usual I started the composition in fountain pen.  I worked conte crayon heavily into the wetted surface, aiming for a contrast against the lighter strokes catching the bite of the rough paper.  The white crayoned clouds formed a resist which scattered the dilute ink used to shade their undersides.


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