One Huge Display

April 11th, 2010

I had a dream last night that all thousand sketches were printed and mounted onto 8″ square photo blocks and displayed around a huge gallery. The display was for sale for $2,000,000 for the whole set. Half to the dealer.

It looked really good, people loved it, thousands of people were looking very intently at the whole project. I like to think of this as one project, not a lot of separate sketches.

A few thumbnails to get the feel, though they were in one single line in the dream:

Thousand Sketches Update – the life of the hand.

April 2nd, 2010

It is a few months off 4 years since I began this Thousand Sketches Project almost three years since I completed it in 2007. I have continued with less haste and perhaps less naïve enthusiasm… ? on my art blog http://walterlogeman.com/art

While on the Thousand Sketches journey I visited Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey. “Keep Sketching” to find more of myself, was his advice. I think that is ongoing. I went into acrylics… but it is not possible for me while I have a life as a psychotherapist, work hard. It took a lot to give that a go for a while in 2008-9. Back to digital. And it is mostly abstract, circles & crosses, that is all that wants to be there. I do occasional flowers or mountains, but patterns. pattern and more shapes & textures will squeeze them right out.

There is one unifying simple thing: the hand. I like to use my scrawly writing, it not what comes from my head, but from my hand. Scroll through the last few years of sketches and there is a lot of “hand” scribbling.

This is somewhat typical:

Another more recent, follows:

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Nailing it!

March 19th, 2010

http://iceomaticsnails.blogspot.com/2010/03/forget-me-not-nail-art-thank-you-for.html

Here is the picture:

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Thousand Sketches Slideshow

December 7th, 2009

Some Thousand Sketches are on Flickr – and here they are in a slide show.

Another Book Cover

November 4th, 2009

They did a good job on the design!

See inside the book here on Amazon

The beat goes on

September 9th, 2009

Quoting an email I just got.

Hi Walter,

Your artwork was mentioned in Germany’s Beat magazine. They reviewed our first live release and included your circle as the associated artwork.

Signals Under Tests – “Live at verbal Arts” – Beat Magazine Review

“Even though the Irish duo, consisting of Ricky Graham & John King, is actually still working behind the scenes on their first studio album with great attention to detail, this live recording sounds already stunningly mature and in no way like a test. Highly minimal sound grounds, with a high affinity for backward loops, are cut by glamorous jazz-specific guitars and extend up to eleven minutes as in dream time. The enigmatic cover by Walter Logeman congenially complements the music.”

Best,

Ricky

Outliers

April 19th, 2009

The Gallery

New display of Outliers in the Gallery. All 10 from Thousand Sketches.

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Can’t believe it is Months since I posted here! Thousand Sketches were completed 19 months ago.

New – Walter Logeman: Gallery – now open

June 11th, 2008

I have done it. The Gallery with five presentations is ready for viewing. It has been great to select images and make some new ones.

Many of the images originated in the Thousand Sketches – but I have sometimes tweaked them. I have also literally used the work here as “sketches” to produce more complete work.

Have a look!

Blog of the day!

June 7th, 2008

Thousand Sketches is blog of the day on BOSHart

Thanks Boshart

Presenting the Thousand Sketches – a work in progress

May 4th, 2008

I wrote in the last post that Thousand Sketches was a completed project. Sort of. The 1000 are done. However they are not all printed! Printing is a form of presentation, and…

presentation is the art

 

I am thinking about the warm-up to a presentation. Naming. Description. Artist statement. I am really thinking art! Creating the aura is art. How to be fully present with these sketches, how to honour them, help them be seen for what they are, no more or less.

I want Henry to come along and make a link! Links are a form of art. Curating is an art. Criticism is art.

I was thinking when I looked at this one how easy is for one sketch in a 1000 to get lost. But I like it! How to present it?

There is plenty to work on:

    this blog

  • thumbnails don’t work properly
  • add “simple Viewer”
  • selections
  • folios

The categories are fine, but I’d like to do more of what I have done with Earth Crosses, select the best in a series and build on them.

In this moment…

April 6th, 2008

Thousand Sketches is a completed project. 1000 sketches – done.

I am still sketching though, see my current work here In this moment…
Here is a the sketch I posted today, there is other new material in In this moment… My Art Journal!

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Prints are for sale.

Some of my prints are now for sale on Felt

February 19th, 2008

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I have some prints for sale on the up and coming, rather wonderful New Zealand website FELT. An online shop & Gallery that specialises in hand made arts.

Here is one, click on it to see the others I have there. There are five in all so far. The editions of 25 are exclusive to Felt.

 

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Thousand Sketches Video

January 17th, 2008

It is summer and here is a re-run. But you may not have seen it, I hardly did! It was not even linked into my Video Category. I enjoyed watching it, it has inspired me to make a few more. This was first posted October 29 2006, just a month or so into the project. I intended to keep making videos, but just doing the sketches took over my life. The time to bring out some of the best in the project with music, narration & images is still ahead! Even more I’d like to make them about the stuff I am doing now. Stay tuned.

The video re-captures for me how my journey into art began. If I say so myself I like the closing line, “What I want has very little to do with it.”

My first Thousand Sketches video on YouTube

Landscape Project

January 15th, 2008

I am working on a landscape project. As with the Earth Crosses the series has it origin here in Thousand Sketches. I am doing new landscapes and I am re-working some of the landscapes from the Thousand Sketches – for example, on my Art Journal “In this moment…” you can see the new version of this one. The plan is to do them in oils as well.

Click image to go to the mtlyford image on the Thousand Sketches site

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Earth Crosses Series Complete

January 2nd, 2008

This is the first post-Thousand Sketches project I have completed. It is a series of twelve images that began here in Thousand Sketches. The images form the basis of exquisite prints, and they are best viewed online in the slide presentation.

The full post, and more links about them on In this moment… my new post-Thousand Sketches site.

Thousand Sketches: In the top 101 art blogs!

January 1st, 2008

I am pleased to see I have made this list of 101 Top Art Blogs. Thanks Kim for all the effort you put in to compile this list. It is a useful list, there are many artists there I really like.

And Thousand Sketches is 51 on Top Blog.

Ten posts about books in the Thousand Sketches project

January 1st, 2008

Here are the 10 posts about books. Some posts are about more than one book. They often have a sketch of mine to go with them.

I bought, borrowed & read a hell of a lot more than that while doing the Thousand Sketches. But these are the ones I blogged. I loved them all.

Sometimes to get the the main book stuff you need to click “Read the rest of this item” that’s where I put images by other people.

From here on I am writing about the books I read on In this moment… and they are in a category called… Books. A vague new year resolution is to make more thorough reviews of each book. But who cares? The reviews on Amazon usually do all we need. Maybe I’ll just quote bits I like.

Thousand Sketches – the project

December 25th, 2007

The Thousand Sketches project consists of:

  • This blog. http://www.thousandsketches.com/blog
  • Prints that are sold in signed limited editions of 25.
  • A slide show of the 1000 images.

The last Thousand Sketches image #1000 Departing Force, will representing the whole Thousand Sketches project as an entry in be in the Saatchi SHOWDOWN round between 31-12-2007 and 07-01-2008 – you can vote for it!

Circles & syncronicity

December 24th, 2007

I just updated a post I did in October Added an picture I said I’d add of a Frank Stella painting.

Finished up simplifying my image while I was there. Of course the original is still there in the original post, but here is the tweaked one:

This image is available printed in a limited edition. It is available exclusively on Felt, a New Zealand Art & Craft website.

image felt art for sale site

Calligraphy

December 24th, 2007

I am reading about calligraphy in Herbert Read’s “A Concise history of Modern Painting”. (here is the bit) Calligraphy is (perhaps, I’d say as I don’t really trust any theory) at the root of Abstract Expressionism. What an insight! probably not for people with a formal ed in art, but it is for me. Why that is such a blast is that I am working away at getting the verticals right in my new crosses, and contemplating that line. I feel like some Zen calligrapher meditating on the strokes! It is a meditation. I delete 100′s and suddenly one will be right.

And the idea grabbed me because it is a strong theme that emerged in the Thousand Sketches. I wanted to get those lines right, that flow. I am quite pleased with how it went, there were a lot of doodles and slowly they were more in my handwriting as it were. This is one of my favourites. And the Abstract Expressionist ones that I blew up, my friend Charles called “calligraphy of God” I was most flattered.

In Read’s book there is a particular image that stood out because it reminded me of one I did. It is Drawing by Henri Michaux. (See image below, and also my image.) He is part of a few early painters that were influenced by the East & calligraphy. I’ll write more about them and where I am goin g with it all now on my other blog, this is the Thousand Sketches related part of the story.

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New Walter Logeman Art Blog

December 15th, 2007

In this Moment” is where I write my art, artists, art philosophy and ideas.

Have a look, comment, subscribe to the web feed.

Michael Leunig Wisdom

December 7th, 2007

The Michael Leunig Website

His confession is a great little essay. I link to it here because it resonates so well with my experience doing the Thousand Sketches. I don’t have characters, but I do have stuff that appears off the end of the pen.

I have developed a deep affection for my abiding characters and symbols, they nourish me greatly. Many times since the duck and teapot revelation their strange antics and adventures have anticipated the course my life would take. I respect their integrity and eccentric ways to an absurd degree. They appear off the end of the pen, at that wondrous point of connection and delight, and place themselves freely in my drawings. They ask for things and do what they will. They surprise, disturb and inspire me. I observe them with bemusement and respect. I let them be and eventually I hear what they are telling me.

leunig

Prints with Aura

December 4th, 2007

I am reading Walter Benjamin. He seems to think that in the age of mechanical reproduction art looses its AURA.

Aside: We are not in that mechanical age, so much creativity is virtual.

My images are open source, and I think that if others print them then there is less “aura” than in the signed limited editions? Is there?

We are flooded with images and even art, does that degrade aura? It is a time of some art having something, due to the millions it is sold for. Is that aura? Is celebrity status aura? (Benjamin thinks we hype the celebrity thing up because auras are on the decline) (He also thinks the loss of aura is a good thing as the masses can have more art – strange essay).

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What happens as you comment or link to an image? Copy it to your blog? Does the communal context build new aura? I like some of the work other bloggers do and have it on my wall! Is there aura there? They are not signed works, would that help?

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I make images (by hand on a Tablet PC) & then I make prints with a printer and sign them in graphite. The mechanical and the hand-made intertwine in one object. I have acquired the tools and the skills to do that and have a sense of pride with each successful print. It is not re-production, but production. There is no original. I like that they are in limited editions of 25. A also like that the name, say “#1000 Departing Force” is enough of an identifier to lead you via google to the virtual image, and to the write up on the blog, and the comments. I like it that there can be an ever growing conversation about the image, by people who experience it I diverse ways. The conversation is part of the art work. My prints are interactive art!!

So I think aura is alive and well in this post-mechanical age, and I think it is a good thing. And I like it that auras are a totally indefinable thing!

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That seemed like a good note to finish on, but another idea jumped up.

Do my prints have aura because I say so? No way. Maybe that helps, but to have aura I there is a list of things that go on, and they are all needed, and there are some I can’t even name, but here is a list:

Innovation, skill, relevance, presentation, networking, beauty, authenticity, context, fashion, luck, and promotion.

To have another go at a conclusion:

The Thousand Sketches aura is growing!

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#1000 Departing Force

November 11th, 2007

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For the vertical to descend it departs as it returns.

So this is 1000. Thanks for your appreciation, encouragement involvement. So many people have cheered me on. Thank you!

Later

I will continue to post here about the Thousand Sketches as the project continues to transform itself though I will not be adding sketches. You can stay in touch by subscribing to the feed for Thousand Sketches.

I will continue to blog & sketch on on my old blog: Psyberspace, please subscribe there and stay in touch as I continue to explore the psyche in Cyberspace, with sketches too of course.

This image is now featured in the Walter Logeman: Gallery

Return

November 11th, 2007

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A more satisfying version of the hills, of their power.

Return Cross

November 11th, 2007

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As if to return with strength I added the vertical, but I keep going.

Return

November 11th, 2007

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So here is another return. Return to earth, hills, New Zealand, lines, incantations, and I am trusting, strength.

Return

November 11th, 2007

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Fittingly the last of the incantations is (I return) (with strength) So I thought of the first in the series. here is a return to that. It lacked the strength. I keep going.

Archon Arachnid

November 11th, 2007

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Archons are the baddies, viruses, mind parasites, beasts, devils. They are the ancient enemy of the earth. I am not sure what it all means really, but it made me think of the wonderful metal spider in the DIA N.Y. Beacon. Not sure of the artist or name of this sculpture but will add later.

Later: Wednesday, 2 January, 2008

Louise Bourgeois

Archon

November 11th, 2007

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