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Artwork – A commission!

Kelsey London Crawford needed a label for her scrapbook. She commissioned me (through her agent, Kiowa)  to execute the design. Here is the pen and ink design and the finished product:

As you can see, my patron was thoroughly delighted with the result:

Kelsey London Crawford

Here are two completely different styles of watercolour painting:

The first is an abstract for which I have supplied my own narrative and the second is a waggish tilt at commercialism:

Chappa

    The title of this painting will not mean anything except to me, my fishing partner, David  and the folk of Cochrane in northern  Canada. It is the name of one of the fishing lakes in the Northern Wilderness.

     Imagine having to slip out of the snugness of an all-comforting sleeping bag in the middle of the night (as one often must),  barefoot it across the cabin and into the coldness of the dark night to the nearest tree. (Not the one designated for the purpose by Billy, the outfitter, which is some way away from the safety of the cabin). With not a sole within a hundred miles, one cocks an anxious ear for the sound of a wandering bear among the strange rustlings of the wind and nocturnal wildlife. In the odd light of the northern night, the line of stunted trees across the lake takes on a sinister aspect. However, one may be lucky and see weirdly changing images and whispy strings of colour in the sky caused by the Northern Lights. In which case one’s thoughts may be diverted  by the sight of a moose spotted during the day or hooking a trophy pike. But not so much as to divert one from getting the job in hand done as quickly as possible and back into the cosy warmth of that sleeping bag!

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One Response

  1. Ben,
    As an alternate titile for Chappa, how about “God’s notion of graffiti”? It is really beautiful and would make anyone want to leave his own mark on nature,
    John

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