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Pen & Ink: Fire Pit

December 8, 2011

When the old horse barn came down, we used the cellar as a giant fire pit. 

Unfortunately, we couldn’t get close enough to roast some marshmallows.

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  1. December 8, 2011 2:24 pm

    Very nicely-done drawing! I love the lights & shadows on the wagon wheels & the way they are turned to varying angles. Also the way you defined the tree foliage by drawing the dark areas that surround the highlighted ones.
    Neat way to preserve a memory, right down to the little scroll with the title on it.

    • December 8, 2011 3:24 pm

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your feedback. :)

  2. December 8, 2011 4:53 pm

    You know this just worries me.

    • December 8, 2011 10:20 pm

      But it has nothing to do with weight, sex, or marriage and nobody got hurt, though it did give us an adrenaline rush…you know, ‘playing with fire.’ ;)

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    December 8, 2011 4:57 pm

    I love this drawing; your detail is lovely as is your shading. Gorgeou piece

    • December 8, 2011 10:08 pm

      Thank you…I’ve been busy studying various techniques.

  4. December 9, 2011 12:43 pm

    Great pen and ink drawing!!! I could see it happening in my mind.

  5. December 11, 2011 4:07 am

    Fantastic detail, JSD. Fire is such a tricky one to achieve in pen and ink but I quite like the way you have left the light to do the work! The perspective in this picture is great too :-)

    • December 11, 2011 6:26 am

      Thanks! Yes, I was worried about how to interpret the fire, not wanting to ‘over work it’, but your words describe it better…”…left the light to do the work.” :)

  6. December 11, 2011 11:15 am

    I SO admire this kind of talent – the brick structure, the foliage and pine tree – even the pit. That ability skipped me. But I do like keeping a visual journal with very rough sketches and sometimes pastels – minimally accompanying my writing. When I go back and look at events or travels – it adds so much to the joy of recalling the event. Nice work.

    • December 11, 2011 3:49 pm

      That’s very kind of you…thank you. I try to keep a small sketchbook with me to do just what you’re talking about, but am sometimes forgetful. Then I end up relying on my cell phone camera too much. :)

  7. December 12, 2011 5:46 am

    Because I draw a mean stick figure, I’m credentialed to comment on your art, but I’d rather discuss the cool fire pit. What a great place to give stuff a pitch and let ‘er burn. That’s country recycling. (ashes to ashes so to speak).

    • December 12, 2011 6:57 am

      It was great! I think this time we were burning the remnants of the little buildings that were originally butted up against the carriage house. And it was handy when clearing leaves in the fall. Thanks for stopping by…you gave me an idea for another post, too. :)

  8. December 13, 2011 6:19 am

    You are very talented. This is wonderful!

    • December 13, 2011 8:04 am

      Thank you, Renee. I’ve enjoyed your blog, especially your post on civility.

  9. December 14, 2011 5:03 pm

    That must have been an amazingly large fire if you couldn’t get close enough to cook marshmallows!

    • December 14, 2011 8:28 pm

      Yeah, I’d say it was pretty big…and we probably couldn’t have found a twig long enough to reach, and I certainly didn’t want to fall in when leaning towards it.

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