Plein-air pen and wash on paper



Two pen sketches from opposite sides of the same building.

I had difficulty deciding how to add a wash to the pen sketch.

In each case the pen drawings were made on location and a wash was added in the studio. Again, I find it still too cold to sit still for much longer than half an hour or so. To finish a picture later becomes more of an obligatory exercise, after the original enthusiasm for the subject is diminished, hence the use if the term Experiment for the picture shown to the left.

This building on Franklyn Street was actually a house that is now used as a facility to provide social services of some kind. It originates from the late 1890’s and is referred too as the Harris House in the city’s heritage register.




Author: John Hofman

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2 thoughts on “Experiment

  1. Very useful exercises. I love the results.

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