This ink mono print/painting was done at the demo at The Art Scene also. It is the same technique as the ‘Fantasy Fish‘. I did the step of dropping the inks and rolling at home, so that I could demonstrate turning the mono print into a landscape painting with a pen and ink, and a wash or two. I used blues and greens and a few drops of some other colours also, just to add interest.
Of course, I did do the ink mono printing step in the demonstration also, but not this one. I needed to work on a dry one. The first one I did was called ‘Guilin Landscape‘ because it reminded me of the scenery when I travelled down the Pearl River in China many years ago. This new one is called ‘The Sounds’. I wanted to sketch a small boat on the water. I have photographs of Milford Sound in New Zealand where the boat is dwarfed by the mountains like that.
So, how did I turn it into a painting? I washed a few very watery white ink in drifts over the bottom half. Then I drew the waterfalls with white ink and my post office pen. I outlined most of the mountains in white and added some blue ink where I thought it was necessary. With watery blue ink and a brush I put shadows at the bottom of some of the hills that were behind others. I also drew the lines on the water with my post office pen, and then the small boat, and its reflection. I did a tiny blue shadow under the boat also. Not a lot of drawing at all really. Spent more time thinking than drawing.