The general consensus seems to be that many of you to enjoy the series of small pen and ink/ watercolor animals I have been doing lately. I want to say thank you for all of the encouraging words but it has gotten me to thinking about how my artwork has been changed by time and experience. I got out of graduate school in 1977, but hadn’t created much artwork in the several years following my disastrous art experiences in college. With a degree in ethology, it was quite natural for me to go back to animal art when I finally had the inspiration and time to do it. I did a lot of ink drawings with a nib pen back then.
A couple of ago years, when I set up my permanent studio and picture wall, I looked over the animal art I had done in the late 70’s and early 80’s and I was surprised at the life and flow in them. I had moved off of the nib pen when I started doing architectural work because it was a lot easier to use the technical pen for the more elaborate drawings. No constant need to refill the nib and a much more even flow for the multitude of straight lines. Periodically, I would do an animal portrait but not very often as I concentrated on the architecturals. Over time, I think I lost the feel for the animals that I had had and was generally disappointed with my efforts. It was distressing if I thought about it so I generally didn’t. I think this new (to me) technique has allowed me to recapture some of the old feel and I am enjoying the sojourn back with the nib pen and the animals.
I accepted a house commission last week so I am off of the animals for a while. With nothing new to show because of the architectural, I’ve picked a few of my long ago animals to post. Feel free to compare them with the new ones. I’d be interested to hear what you think.