The Lyvennet


Really good charcoal drawing

Excellent drawing

Many thanks Russell, Heather, Anne and Paul. This is my first picture done with charcoal on a gesso-coated surface. The gesso’s texture adds variation and interest to the mark making and it’s also easy to scrape off the charcoal to reveal the clean white substrate. And now I’ve found a use for the cardboard backs of watercolour pads!

A very fine drawing James.

Hang on Studio Wall

The Lyvennet is a tributary of the River Eden in Cumbria. Charcoal on gesso-coated cardboard from the back of a pad of watercolour paper.

About the Artist
James Underwood

Other than sketching on agenda papers during tedious committee meetings, I started drawing and painting only after several years in retirement. Then, almost 70 years old, I first attended an art course. Still so much to learn, thankfully! — “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is…

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