I am a firm believer in playing with art materials in order to gain a freedom of stroke and a disengagement from the perfection that will kill a work. "Stand of Trees" was done in our expressive drawing workshop. I used a tongue depressor that has been cut straight on the top and given a slight bevel in order to hold the ink. Most of the work was done with that crude tool, using it by pulling in various directions and by using a corner for the finer line work. The lighter blue color is ink that I borrowed from another artist. The bright blue sparkling touches were added by using crayon. Our goal was using direction of stroke to support the concept.