Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Maffeo-Sutton Park

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This park is located at the waterfront close to downtown Nanaimo. It is one of my favourite go-to places when the temperature approaches 30 degrees. There is lots of shade and usually with a cool breeze coming from the ocean.

This pen sketch was made in the spring sitting in the sun at a picnic table in Maffeo Park. It shows the new totem pole.

Pen sketch in a 7”x10” sketch book folded open to double the work space.

I like pen sketching and have some TWSBI fountain pens with different sizes of nibs and waterproof inks. They are reasonable priced and have a plunger mechanism that stores a lot of ink. We have a store in Nanaimo called Common Foundry, which has a significant selection of fountain pens and ink-pots to choose from.

So called “fude” pens with a fat nib that is bent, are also nice to sketch with, as these produce varying line-widths, but they have reservoirs referred to as “converters”, which can be messy and too small. One is likely to run out of ink during a sketch and frequent refilling may be needed, however you don’t want to carry ink pots along.


Author: John Hofman

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