Sunday, December 1, 2013

For My Mom.......

Pen & Ink Fine Art By Doug Ashby
This past summer my mother had a request for me. She asked if I would draw her some Ginkgo leaves she had found and dried while on a vacation she and my father took the previous spring in North Carolina. I asked if I could see the leaves and she obliged. That afternoon I set about working on them. This artwork here is the final culmination of that artistic journey.

I am not sure if this is exactly what she had in mind. My guess is she was hoping more for a simple image of just the leaves. However, I know she will not be surprised when she sees this image as she knows I have a hard time doing anything typical and expected. She knows I have to put my own creative spin on things.

So here we have another image in my ever expanding "Other Floating Worlds" series. Truthfully I am surprised this direction has not sputtered out yet. It has been some time that I have worked in this series and I really don't see an end in sight. I guess like the long lived Japanese Ukiyo-e art I have more to give. In fact recently I think the work has evolved a bit and has set out in a new direction, unique but true to my original intent.

Needless to say this artwork you see here is an original pen and ink stipple illustration. Stippling is similar to pointillism where by I use dots to create areas of shade and tone. The drawing is done with Micron Sakuru archival pens on Canson heavy weight fine art paper. The combination of the two makes the artwork archival/museum quality. Which simply means it will last a long time. Just like my prints. If you are interested in purchasing the original you can for $150.00. To inquire please email me at Of course my full line of prints are available as well. To see more about that check out my shop page.

I hope you enjoy the art. If you have any questions or just want to tell me how you feel about it do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks, Doug.

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