Pandemic Charcoals

This is a series of charcoal drawings done during lock down.  I’ve been taking my government permitted hour of outdoor exercise most days and on these days I mostly draw.  To try to get a sense of the current dark mood I have been using charcoal sticks in a rough-hewn Khadi sketch book.  The images have a natural beauty because of the way the sticks mark the paper but they can also make even the most wonderful sunlit landscapes look ominous and brooding.  Trees become creatures of the night and the closer you look the more weird they become.  I love the way the images convey the often stark beauty of Swansea when seen as a whole but become a luxurious abstract swirl of light and dark when you focus on the details.


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