Plein-air pen and wash on paper

More of the Same


The cold weather and the snow is persisting, preventing me from sketching outside but keeping me indoors instead.

I continue to practice watercolor painting from photographs that depict the harbourfront from slightly different viewpoints and lighting conditions.  Here is one of them.


Boats and such

 I also try to use this idle time for copying “demonstrations” from water color “how-to” books.

The sketching  and painting phases of this process is more engaging, challenging  and exciting when working from reality instead of photos or books.  Today, I dicided to leave earlier to stop by the library on my way home from the studio,  to convince myself that it is still possible to make quick sketches such as the one shown below. For this, a pen was used with black, non-waterproof ink, and a pentel water brush pen to spread some of the ink around.


Inside-Out Library.

Usually, someone is sitting at these tables reading a book, but not this time.  Looking out one can see a section of the backside of the theatre and the top of a rockbluff with some trees, where the militairy museum is located.



Author: John Hofman

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2 thoughts on “More of the Same

  1. Your pieces are so lovely and it’s so very nice to see someone posting about the importance of practicing as you do. I practice all the time. Sometimes, I get something nice.

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