I threw away an old scanner at the beginning of this year – I bought it in 1999 and I could only use it because I have Linux operating systems on my computers and they are unbelievably backwards compatible. Anyway when I started to scan more of my coloured pencil drawings I found to my intense chagrin that the old scanner had reproduced the colours far better! I suppose I could edit all the newer images but this seems a rather onerous task. Experimenting with the scanner software settings might be the answer though.
Here are three pencil drawings I scanned last year with the old machine. They are not particularly brilliant works as I used to habitually draw while waiting for trains and appointments etc..
This painting, started in 1975-1976, was originally in landscape format; I changed it to portrait and then heavily repainted it, although keeping as many of the original lines as possible.
Nude In A Landscape 2 (The Church)
I started this painting in late 1975, left it for years and then decided to repaint it very recently. When I started it I had a great interest in the paintings of Pablo Picasso and when I finished it I had a great interest in the English countryside. Both passions probably show!
Nude In A Landscape 1 (The Churchyard)
This, believe it or not, was originally a picture made from budgie seed glued to a panel which I created in 1975. Fairly recently I scraped off the majority of the seed and did this painting on top. It is a schematised landscape using some of the marks of the first work to define the forms.
Ancient Shield Which When Laid Flat Forms A Landscape