Works on paper by West Coast Potter – reflections on stuff

I have seen his pots, but seeing his works on paper draws me in closer. I saw one at the Arthouse recently and made a note to look online for more.

John Crawford, Hector Pottery.

I would like to make a trip to the coast just to see these. The motivation is stuff. My interest in the physical. I want to see how people make prints and works on paper to see how I might translate (now there is a word!) my “templates”. There is another word.

(In ship building there is a early version before they make the mold, what do they call that? It might even be a sort of negative… hmmm my digital files are like negatives. )

Anyway I like his work, the content and the form.

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Eight Abstracts from Thousand Sketches for sale on Art Bash

Eight selected abstracts from the “Thousand Sketches” are currently for sale on Art Bash, a New Zealand online Gallery and art site.

The selection is not so much a representation as a group that highlights my abstract explorations. It is good for me to see this small pool highlighted in this way. The editions of 25 are all in pigment ink on heavy Hahnemuhle Paper, 13 x 19 inches. They are currently available only through Art Bash (they will be briefly available at the exhibition that is coming up as well).

Have a look at the selection.

Black White Blue

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This is still part of the repeat process in the previous two images. My mother in law Marg, a landscape Gardiner, looked out at a row of cherry blossom trees in full bloom in Hagley Park, each tree had a dark tree as a back drop. She said, thy have followed a principle here I always recommend: “When you are onto a good thing, repeat, repeat repeat.”

That gave me permission in a way to repeat older ideas and of course there is repetition within these images as well.

Some ideas of making this one physical follow:

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Made physical

Born digital & made physical…

Below are some photos of the studio, stuff being made. But that is not all, I have some canvasses being put on stretchers by Don, and some images being printed by Jeff

I am devising more physical forms. Making stuff is great. Will post pix when the items are done. Here are photos of the printing I do myself:






Born Digital

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Had a great conversation with my friend Brian about the relationship between info and objects. He summed up an idea that has been bubbling in my blog posts with these words “born digital”. That is a central realization in the Thousand Sketches project. Art is either born physical, and then described or photographed to be digital, or it is born digital and made physical, it can have many physical forms.

One more image, followed by lots more and more TALK!

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Allen Gallery, Chelsea, New York.

While in New York I made an arrangement to have some of the Thousand Sketches prints for exclusive sale in a Chelsea, Manhattan Gallery!


It began when I stumbled into the gallery not far from where I was staying and saw some prints and originals by Zoe Mac on show. I liked them and I was impressed by the printing process she used, not unlike mine! It turned out it was her opening the next night and I was invited. From there it led to Michel Allen selecting 14 prints that she will handle from New York!

This is a good development for me & this project. It is the first of what I hope will be several galleries that choose to be the exclusive outlet for some of the prints.


I am pleased to make this announcement, I would have done it earlier but I wanted to have the link to the prints in place first.


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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

I was up fairly early and this one has a morning feel to it. Again, I see this one LARGE.

I have not figured out a marketing plan for the prints on canvas editions. Talk to me if you are interested.


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I am persisting with my exploration of this abstract style. I love it. And in addition to the prints on paper edition I can make 1.2 meter wide prints on art canvas. With this image and with all these abstracts it is these big prints I have in mind. They capture the energy I have for this work.

Later: Sunday, 27 July, 2008

I have modified this one a little. See here.


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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

I have a lot of time for Duchamp. I recall the controversy when an exhibition came to Sydney, must have been late 50s? I was a kid. I thought it was stupid. But now I can see it more clearly. Art looking at art. Art asking what is art, art art. And here is a sketch, hardly art, but a little portal into the question what is art.

It was Duchamp who came up with the idea of recapitulation art, he had a go at all the styles before him, I can see how that leads to thinking about what it is all about.

One thing that it *is* about is the process, the idea, the concept. Was he the first who really got that? Maybe the first to make that idea into art.

How does it tie in with Thousand Sketches? Simple, the idea in the form of the blog + digital images (all open source & on the web) plus prints for sale is the idea that comes tied into the wehole thing. The prints have the Thousand Sketches # on them – they are a physical portal to the site. Buy one now! (or just download one but it won’t have my signature on it.

That was another thing that Duchamp bought into focus. Found objects – signed. Signing something makes quite a statement.


An earlier post, with a podcast I made that quotes another podcast on Duchamp


Animated images related to Duchamp’s Nude (images of that follow!)

Images follow, all by Duchamp.

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Being Digital – Tablet PC – exploring a medium


I realised that it is not immediately obvious that the images I do are created digitally. In fact it was not clearly mentioned in my About page till I added it just a day or so ago.

This is a project with minimal parameters – one is to do 1000 in one year, the other is to do them all digitally, which in essence means using my Tablet PC or Palm Treo.

The time frame creates a frame – not unlike the frame around a painting. It is a space within which to explore & see what arises.

Being digital is similar. There is diversity & choice – there is also a clear line.

It is obvious that I am looking over the fence, Yesterday’s post: colligraphy and today I found myself following up on egg tempera mentioned in Katherine Terrell’s post! There is media envy, and you cans see why – that crappy little pen is all I ever use!

I am reading a about peoples work Рand loving that Рmany are also exploring & blogging their creative development, they are material people. I am also keen to find others who are doing what I do, virtual stuff, Tablet PC + Gicl̩e prints. The medium allows diversity & also has its own constraints. If you know of others or you are one, please let me know.

There must be lots of people using the various painting & drawing software… so I guess I am curious also about those who use it to explore their creative journey.

Which brings me to another post… Creativity.

Trade Me

I have sketches on Trade Me. Still learning about this too! All part of the “archetecture”. A Web Gallery, a blog and now an auction room. Contrary to my expectations I like the more public viewing! The images have not been up long and there has been more interest as the word goes out.


Borders count! One reason for the A3+ size printer choice was borders. I can now make them bigger! Here is sketch, # 31 Nut positioned on its A3+ sheet. I have a whole new feel for that picture, especially in tones that surpass what I saw on my screen!



I love the feel! I love the colours, they are rich and deep and dark.

I am pleased. As I write, I’m making prints that I like! Nothing I’ve done till now has worked as well as a new printer I bought yesterday. An A3+ printer, it can do 13 inches by 19 inches. It uses pigment ink stored in eight cartridges. I am printing on archival paper and these prints will last! Best of all they are beautiful!

The transition from bits to atoms is being made.

People so often talk of going digital. For me it is a delight to go physical on this occasion. I need to change the website again, some prints will be in A4 others in A3+. These prints are nice! It seems to me that some sketches suit the A4 size and others blossom when bigger. I will make the call on this and offer the editions accordingly.


From photographic production to ink-jet

I am updating this post by adding yet another intro. I now print my own using Archival paper & an Epson R2400 printer. This is creating bigger and better and more durable prints than I have been able to outsource.


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Here is what was in the terms page until today:

When you purchase the print of a sketch here is what you get.

A minimum 10×8 inch print made on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper (matt). All the prints, even when they are landscape mode are printed on paper in portrait mode with a wide white border. So the images may be quite small.

But it has changed. I will use an ink-jet process using high quality papers & pigment based inks that pass the durability tests. I will out-source that through a third party, I have several I am trying out. The prints look better in ink than in the photographic chemicals. Eventually I will get my own printer, I want that creative control. I’d get one right now but the one I want is not available in NZ. More on that later.

The photographic images might be of use for some things. I will leave open the possibility of a range of media, but ink-jet A4 will be the default.



There is a tradition, and this project may be connected. Giclée. Nice word (Zhi Clay). Fine arts prints using ink jet printers. There is something else afoot in … Giclée usually involves original physical copies this project does not. The net is more figural in this project, and here is the guts of it: the net is the canvas.



I am still researching. I am pleased with the Fuji 10 x 8 phtographic prints I am doing at present. However the tones on my HP ink-jet are nicer. But they would fade!

I have come across this: HP Photosmart Pro B9180 photo printer This promises to be very good. I wonder if the prints look good? I need to try it.

This Interview is helpful too.

Here is a detailed review – and more on printing.

And the Wilhelm-Research report…

I am very excited by the development in technology.  I am starting to get visions of bigger & better prints, and that will motivate me! For now I am still using the Fuji prints – they are OK! And they will last, but clearly I will move with what is possible.