Mt Pete

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#0976 Mt Pete
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I am at Vic’s café in Christchurch. Pleased to be working on my blog at the end of my sabbatical. I have a few to post up! A few of the ones I am posting, perhaps all of them, are on the theme of Return. I am coming to the end of my project, hence returning to work, to normal, to the familiar. Mt Pete is familiar, we see it from the other side of our house, its moods never the same.

Lyttleton Harbour

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#0941 Lyttleton Harbour
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I have a few earlier sketches of the harbour. Kate & I have been walking in the Port Hills, familiarising ourselves with the terrain for the the “Over the top Ride” which is now in full-swing at Otahuna Riding.

Once I got into the swing of this pen I want ed to try it out in all sorts of ways. What is more subtle here is the gradation offered in ArtRage. I wanted the distance to recede more so added a gradient of haze. What I like about the “stencil” that does this is that the result is not purely mechanical & mathematical, the gradient is still produced by hand, but with a bit of help! A tool!

The edition of this image is available exclusively Felt, a rather wonderful New Zealand Art & craft site:

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Hagley Park Sunset

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#0900 Hagley Park Sunset
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I have had this one, or something from this evening walk on my mind for a while. Those trees have more leaves now. I find it hard to keep up, I have more I want to do from New York, even from Sydney in March! However I like to do ones from right now, and now it is blooming with green everywhere. It really is spring, and while I don’t know really what sort of work I do, I know that I want to catch this growth! This shift from the bald trees to the new sprouting fresh green. Maybe a few earth crosses :) And it is #0900, so that is fitting, the end is in sight, but I can’t see it at all.


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0890 Hills6
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These images arose driving back to Christchurch from Mt. Lyford and being struck by the colour and flow of the hills. The first image took a while but then ad libbed more to do the next one and this one is an elaboration of a bit of the last one.

Landscape. Place. Wolf Kahn’s America : an artist’s travels has plenty of art talk to chew on as well as great pastels.

Here is one idea I like, gives a nice depth to landscapes & may lead to some integration.

These reproductions take me right to the times and places I want to remember. They serve also to document moments that the painter Robert Henri in his book The Art Spirit called “states of higher awareness.” Of these moments, Henri wrote, “The pictures are a witness.” It is dear to me that an artist’s pictures are thus the repositories of much more than what he saw before him. A picture represents more than what the conscious mind grasped – at the time – the so-called subject matter.

Wolf Kahn


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#0888 Hills
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Have been working with this one for a while, resurrected it. Thinking about pastel. A while back someone said that my landscape pastels reminded them of Wolf Kahn. I managed to find a book by him the other day, and I love his work. One side in the war aspires to be a Wolf Kahn. I don’t think I’ll quit on that aspiration either.

Monday, 18 August, 2008

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

I have made the image square:

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Some of his Kahn’s images (poor snaps) follow.

Continue reading “Hills”

Evening Landscape

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#0866 Evening Landscape
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More sketching using an earlier one.

There is a tension between my work with abstracts and the more sketchbook work. I am obsessed with my explorations of the simple lines of a cross. There is the desire to develop something from my earlier landscapes, desire but not the will. This one is here – because I am sketching… it is a step, who knows if there is another step.


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#0827 River
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I suppose this is not unlike the earlier one based on flying along the Alps the other day. Perhaps no worse for my not having a screen to put the pen onto. But I am still returning the pad to Dick Smith, it is not suitable for my task.

I have spent the day on building up this old Dell laptop, it does have a great screen! 15″ 1600 x 1200. I guess that is what has me looking at the Cintiq.

Canterbury Plains from the air

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#0801 Canterbury Plains from the air
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Thursday, February 24, 2011 Walter,

Depending on your location you may or may not be in a position to answer my enquiry…
I am interested in print #0801 Canterbury Plains from the Air which I discovered on your blog Thousand Sketches and would greatly appreciate information on pricing and size options.
Again, I hope that you are safe and well.
Kind regards,


Dear Rachel,

I am in Christchurch, and we are ok, house is ok. Thanks for asking.

#0801 – That one is available. I’d recommend the A3 plus size 329 x 483 (19 inches wide though the image itself will be less) The image is wider than usual, so would look better on a larger width, even if the height were trimmed in framing.

The price for that is $140, plus postage of $30, packed flat and well protected.

You could pick it up if you dare come into the place and they let you in, I am within the cordoned area, though you could come to my work in Papanui road.

A3 is $110 with $20 postage and A4 is $90 with 10 postage.

You can pay online

Westpac 03 0802 0144073 000

Warm wishes,



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#0741 Lyford
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I want to keep moving in this direction, beyond this. See the triangles? They are really there (out in the world I mean)! Yet to make them more mathematical and hard edged would be wrong. Getting that landscape down is a goal, though this one is a good start.

Mt. Lyford

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#0726 Mt. Lyford
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I did the last two “plein air”, however in the second one I had the first image as one of the layers as a reference for the lines. In an aha moment I combined the two as layers and did some post production. I like the result.

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

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Hudson River

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#0717 Hudson River
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I took the train to Beacon to see the Dia there. Great day. I enjoyed the view from the window and the hazy nothingness of the Hudson as we left New York. While on the train I painted this image in my mind. Exactly like this. What surprised me is that 20 min out of the city there is hardley a house to be seen and there is bush, not farmland.

From plein air to abstract landscape in Buena Vista Park

I walked to the top of Buena Vista Park just above Height today. Saw the people & their dogs. I had a glimpse of the park yesterday and the first sketch in this series was from memory of something I’d like to do when I walked in the park.

Here is the final image – I will put that here, and link to the day’s work all on one page. There were also some “combinations of “layers” I found striking, so I have added them in.

See all nine Buena Vista sketches.

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#0633 Buena Vista IX
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