The end of this exercise in ink comes near. In one or two sessions I might be able to finish this ink drawing. The next one is already in the works, this time in my sketch book again. Parallel to this big ones I plan to do a series of small ink studies too in coming weeks.
It is funny how each year gets it’s own character by the variations in the seasons that I notice while drawing and sketching outdoors. Last year became the year of the forest with the diary I had started without knowing how it would all turn out.
This year seems to become a time of slow motion. First the heavy winter with recurring snow and frost slowed down progress. Now we have this terrible summer heat all of a sudden, there was almost no spring season.
I do not know why I have choosen to do this very slow ink drawing, but somehow it fits. I already know that I will remember this year as the slow year!
The strong contrast between black lines and white paper can be a challenge for the human eye. When I looked at this simple ink sketch of an apple tree orchard, I noticed that I had difficulties to see the drawing as a whole. As soon as the eye fixates a detail some other lines at the periphery seem to vibrate or even jump a bit. This effect was explored by OP-Art, the works of Bridget Riley are an excellent example.