Mountains are to be admired, crossed, climbed, photographed .... and drawn. At least that's how I see it.
Using my perfectly sharpened HB pencil I draw the mountain ridges and glaciers, climbing the sides and over the most difficult hills, then descending back to the woods with a grey line of graphite.
The pathways that cross the dihedrals, ledges and edges that have marked the history of alpine climbing are reborn under the peak and develop among the fog and mist which sometimes rises from below to better highlight the ledges and ridges.
The clouds are my friends here, I allow them to cross the peaks, I guide them through the valleys imagining storms on the horizons that disappear in the distance.
A few carefully chosen details to give depth and charm to the drawing. To prevent touching the graphite, a computer is used to digitally apply strokes of water colours, where the mountains gain their identity with the addition of the names.
The final print resembles a photo of a group of “friends”, some of whom I know, others I will never know but I can climb, if not with an ice pick, at least with the point of my HB pencil..
These are my “Pencil drawn mountains”..
The mountain views measure 72x30.5 cm. and are realised on laser printers on cream coloured 200 g Tintoretto cardboard.
The “Great Mountains” posters contain 5 mountain views of the region and measure 63.5x32 cm. and are realised on laser printers on cream coloured 200 g Tintoretto cardboard.
To get to know the main peaks in a region, I decided to adapt the Mountain views to a smaller size so as to collect them in one single folder.
The result is a “Collection” of Great Mountains each containing 6 prints.
The mountain views adapted to become part of the Collections measure 35x20 cm. and are realised on laser printers on cream coloured 200 g Tintoretto cardboard.