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Old Newfoundland Sketchbook : Redux

November 25, 2014

A few years back we did a road trip across Newfoundland. I was looking through my old sketchbooks, digging up reference images for an upcoming project, and I realized I’ve never actually posted scans from the trip.

I did a video flip through back in the day – which is fun and all, but I’m no videographer. It’s on the dark and grainy side. So here’s a better look at my first successful water-soluble sketches.

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These were done with a Lamy Joy fountain pen, the name brand ink cartridges and a 6×9″ Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook. Tinted with Windsor and Newton Watercolors.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2014 7:44 PM

    Really nice, they are so fresh and free….

    • November 26, 2014 1:26 PM

      Thanks Sheryl – that’s precisely my goal! Sketching should never be work – only play :)

  2. s. m. permalink
    November 25, 2014 7:45 PM

    seeing your wondrous sketches always is a gift and even better, it makes me want to leap into the sketchmode…you are a hero, a constant and very talented..I now have your book and love it..intelligent, forceful,many faceted..might I say was a bright and shining day when I subscribed to your blog.. thank you excuse me while I go and work on my sketch-a-day book of my dog Luc… sandra

    • November 26, 2014 1:25 PM

      Thanks for the good words. I’m glad to help out with inspiration to do art. Really – doing it with you guys keeps me going. It’s a two-way motivation for certain! I get as much out of it as anyone :)

  3. November 25, 2014 8:13 PM

    This is incredible … I’m impressed and jealous. Of course, Newfoundland lurks in our imaginations. Who lives there? Why? Anyway … I’d buy this and frame for my living room. Seriously.

    • November 26, 2014 1:23 PM

      It’s true! NFLD seems like another world. The fact the villages were deserted for winter, made it even stranger to be there. Felt like visiting a viking settlement. All the evidence of fishing and hunting was very odd for a city boy. If you’re truly into having some framed work – I can make archival art prints here in the studio. We can make that happen :)

      • November 26, 2014 5:05 PM

        I am, Marc … and let’s do it. What are we talking about in American $?

        • November 26, 2014 11:29 PM

          Just tried the email on your wordpress – that seems to be out of date! Want to touch base at marc(dot)taro(at) and we can get into the details? Thanks!

  4. November 25, 2014 8:37 PM

    These are great! You’re a big inspiration for me. Thanks for sharing and getting me into dip pens and watercolour!

  5. Vicki Tyrrell permalink
    November 25, 2014 9:02 PM

    Absolutely beautiful, thank you. What a light touch you have!


  6. Anne permalink
    November 25, 2014 9:23 PM

    May I just ditto Sandra’s praise? It’s better than I could say it. Now excuse me…

  7. November 26, 2014 1:47 AM

    Wow. Absolutely incredible work. So precious are the details. And yet, the images are loose, like memories. Great work with the colors as well. You have an amazing talent and a honed skill.

  8. Gina B. permalink
    November 26, 2014 5:53 AM

    Beautiful! Makes me want to go there… which nib did you have on the Joy?

    • November 26, 2014 1:21 PM

      Hey Gina – This was the 1.1mm – sort of a calligraphy nib. I have a 1.9 as well, but that particular one doesn’t flow that well for some reason. Oddly, I haven’t used them since – doing more with the Fine size Safari – simply because the Safari is a shorter pen and fits in my pen case :)

  9. Anne permalink
    November 26, 2014 12:35 PM

    Just watched the video. OK, deep breath here, how much for the sketchbook?????????

  10. November 26, 2014 3:16 PM

    What Sketchbook are you using?

    • November 26, 2014 4:07 PM

      This one is a Stillman and Birn Alpha. The 6×9″ ish size in hardcover. (I dislike coil bindings – they always squish eventually and get hard to turn). Lately I’ve been using their Epsilon – slightly smoother paper for drawing.

  11. November 26, 2014 4:58 PM

    Wonderfully vibrant, dynamic mark making and I love the way you build colour into your ink and wash drawings.

  12. Olga permalink
    November 29, 2014 9:23 AM

    I fall in love with that video some month ago. Amazing, really!:-) with rock and sky is my favourite) actually all of them with rock and sky)

  13. Olga permalink
    November 29, 2014 9:26 AM

    And if it’s still not sold, i am in line.

  14. November 30, 2014 9:28 PM

    First saw these on the video awhile back and was so impressed, not only with the beauty of the sketches, but with the number of pages you completed on your trip. I’ve enjoyed seeing them again here and making the connection that these are your work. I recently found your blog via Shari Blaukopf and I look forward to picking up your book when it’s out.

  15. December 1, 2014 11:43 PM

    Love the feel of these sketches; looking at them, I can tell that the weather was not exactly warm and sunny!

  16. Helen permalink
    December 13, 2014 12:44 AM

    I absolutely love this style. Reminds me of Denis Clavreul, a French artist and scientist. I found your video years ago and took a screen shot of each page. I’m particularly interested in the ink you use. I’ve tried a water soluble ink in a Lamy, well actually I think it may have been a carbon pen which has too fine a nib.
    I would be interested in some prints too.
    Also, do you have any workshops in the US. I would rather go there than Italy!


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