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Somber Landscape

Somber Landscape

Piece description from the artist

Somber landscape is an ink drawing that is in many ways a hybrid between drawing and painting. To create the background, I used Windsor and newton's highly archival pigment-based art markers. These markers initially laid down like a drawing medium, with ink that sinks into the substrate. As the markers were layered to create complex color blends, the colors sat on the surface more and became easier to move them around and blend them. This property allowed me to create some very painterly effects in the sky and background.

The material is a paper/polymer composite. It is rigid and resists the warping and wrinkling that can trouble pure paper, it holds up to many layers of marker application, and it is also absorbent. One interesting property of this archival engineered "paper" is the granulation achieved by the marker pigments, which seems to be aided by the paper fibers and novel granularity of the material.

The foreground subject – the trees – were inked in using Prismacolor archival pigmented ink felt tip pens and India ink and white ink using a dip pen (and mixed grays). Parts of the piece are very painterly and parts very graphic and drawn. The combination creates an unusual dynamic that is very identifiably a Valluzzi piece.

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24.0" x 18.0"
pigmented ink on acid free paper composite

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