Lesley Birch’s response to the Ivon Hitchens oil painting : ‘Reeded Boat’
I made these drawings outside in the South Downs. Like Hitchens, I was aiming for a sensation and feeling of place. I used negative space expressing a taut line of a branch, a soft breeze in a brush of ink, the flick of a birdsong pencil mark and a textured wash of a tree trunk. The effect was abstract – just what I wanted. I enjoyed the qualities of black Indian ink and French Sepia and the deliberate, unrushed placement of marks on bright white paper to capture a moment.