Charcoal Drawings 2011


In the summer of 2011 I completed a number of charcoal drawings recording elements of the rocky landscape surrounding our property. Working en plein air that is, out of doors I gave myself two hours to complete each piece. Working with a portable easel and only a few drawing tools I was able to access some of the hidden yet defining features of the Niagara Escarpment on the Bruce Peninsula including the famous ‘flowerpot’ rock formations created by centuries of the action of wind and water and the fossilized remains of creatures that once inhabited the area when it was an inland sea. Because these works were done in heavily forested areas, many of the drawings literally have my blood on them; the local mosquito and black fly populations were very interested in my presence!

Delwyn Higgens

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