Welcome to my site
Most of my sketches are started with pen and ink on paper depicting a framework of a scene. A lot of scribbles define the outline of shapes and their relative proportions compared to surrounding features in a particular view of a landscape, cityscape or a still life. Then comes the fun part. Filling in areas with parallel lines, more scribbles or solid black renderings to add depth to the scene.
Even more pleasure is derived from applying watercolour pigments to create light and dark shapes, and of course, colours; and like magic, a collection of lines is transformed into an array of surfaces to give a three dimensional illusion of the subject.
As I live in Nanaimo, my drawings illustrate, for the most part Vancouver Island landscapes, urban settings and vistas. I like the watercolour on paper medium as it is versatile for use on location in all kinds of environments. I have made sketches in the car during cold or rainy weather and even made sketches in my kayak when conditions were favourable.
I learned to draw from real life during my vocational training in the Netherlands many years ago. Drawing on location is a challenging activity and a skill that can be acquired by anyone; learning to paint and to colour on the other hand, is a lifelong endeavor that can be both pleasing and trying, but always captivating. The transparency of the medium allows me to keep the sketches “loose” or “sketchy”, leaving some room for viewers to supplement my interpretation of a scene with their own feelings or experience.
I thank you for visiting and would welcome comments you may wish to make on my sketches.
John Hofman, Nanaimo BC
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