Diamine Teal – Of the Sea


Having learnt to sail on the River Medway, in the days when Chatham Dockyard was still a Royal Navy base, the experience was one that has never left me. I have spent the majority of my leisure time racing boats of all types both inshore and offshore and the ‘sea’ is a big part of my life and one that I can’t let go.

With so much time spent on the sea, one of the most fascinating things for me is it’s shape and texture. From flat calm to rolling waves – the texture of the sea constantly changes from moment to moment. How best to visualise this?

Taking inspiration from historical woodblock prints and incorporating a circular concept to evoke that sense of infinity, I have employed one of my own art techniques to try and achieve my goals.

I chose Diamine Teal ink not just for its colour. It bleeds easily with water revealing a mottled sediment at the breakdown of the wash and responds dramatically when subjected to bleach. The linework was achieved using a brush and desiderata pen with Zebra G nib onto a Bockingford watercolour paper. Less is more!


6 thoughts on “Diamine Teal – Of the Sea

  1. This is amazing Nick, I love it! I’m thinking that this piece will surely win! There are so many things in here to look at and the mottling is really interesting to look at. I’m glad you share online. Best wishes.

    • Thanks Jessica. It was an ambitious project with not a lot of time to do it in. The day job has to come first so only had this morning left to complete it. Deadline is tomorrow. Hopefully it’ll make sense to the selectors, but even if it doesn’t, I enjoyed doing it. Your art is really coming on! Loved the landscape you posted a couple of days ago. Arizona? N

      • I’d love to hear how it does. Thanks for the compliment. I am in Arizona and that was my made up version of it 😉

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