Sketch-It

Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Declining Coal Mining Heritage.

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The complex arrangement of beams and columns that constitute the Morden Mine head-frame is steadily declining as it has been for more than 40 years since it came under stewardship of the provincial government. Large sections of concrete are spalling and exposing severely corroded reinforcing steel. Unfortunately, urgently needed funding for repairs were not included in the last throne speech like some other perennially neglected issues that were added at the eleventh hour, imitating the election promises of the opposition parties.

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Pen and ink sketch in 11″ x 14″ Opus watercolour book.

Yesterday I spend two hours sketching this complicated thing (one of my favourite subjects) in pen and ink as the myriad of inclined lines was a real challenge to make it look right. This time I added some of the wooden beams that are precariously dangling from the top of this structure, until such time that they become dislodged possibly damaging or breaking concrete members on their way down.

It was a nice spot in the forest to enjoy the summer weather, but after a while the mosquitos got the better of me. I have to decide to go back there to finish it on location with some water colours or to work from photographs in the studio.

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Author: John Hofman

my email is jhofman@telus.net Website: johnhofman.wordpress.com

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