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Mt Pete

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

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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.

Native Clematis

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

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#0969 Native Clematis
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Kowhai

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

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#0967 Kowhai
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I am posting on the 8th November – but these were done almost a week ago at Mt. Lyford. Since then the exhibit has gone up and we had a good opening night!

The year of sketching is coming to a close and one thing on my mind in this last leg is to return. Return in many ways, to the earlier sketches, and to normal life!

Here is an earlier Kowhai.
From about a year ago.

Mt. Lyford

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

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#0952 Mt. Lyford
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Bush

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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#0922 Bush
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Mountain Window

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

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#0898 Mountain Window
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Spring snow. Yes that is snow on the deck.

Hills4

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

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#0889 Hills4
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Hills

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

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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

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

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Evening Landscape on the way to Mt. Lyford

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

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#0845 Evening Landscape
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Lyford

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

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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.

Trees

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

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#0736 Trees
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Right outside the window.

Later:

Saturday, 14 June, 2008

This one is featured in the Walter Logeman: Gallery.

Mt. Lyford

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

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#0735 Mt. Lyford
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Back at our retreat. The opposite to New York in every way.

Mt. Lyford

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

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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.

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Mt. Lyford

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

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#0725 Mt. Lyford
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Mt. Lyford

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

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#0724 Mt. Lyford
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Mt. Lyford

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

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#0723 Mt. Lyford
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Mt. Lyford

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

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#0722 Mt. Lyford
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Back at Mt. Lyford and sketching from life, sitting inside, looking out. This is the saddle. Here is the first of a few I did yesterday.

North Wester

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

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#0721 North Wester
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Driving up to Mt. Lyford yesterday we had a spectacular NW sky. To red to be believed, and over the top.

Here is how it looked though! I put it here as another sky led to a satisfying set of images, though not all as satisfying as the best of them.

The Stumps

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

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#0547 The Stumps
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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

The same scene as an earlier Stumps maybe not with the elegance of the first, but I am getting the hang of some textures… maybe another one in the pipe.

The Gully

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

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#544 The Gully
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The Gully

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

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#542 The Gully
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The Gully

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

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#0541 The Gully
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210 x 210 image on 329 x 483 archival matte paper.

Bare trees caught the sun in the late afternoon in The Gully where we graze the horses.

Later: 3 June 2008, have presented this image in the Gallery - tweaked it slightly, but it remains #0541. The image above is linked from the images in the gallery, making the database and thumbnails even more “organic”.

Mt. Lyford

Friday, July 20th, 2007

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#0539 Mt. Lyford
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There are quite a few sketches of Mt. Lyford our holiday house is right under that mountain – this is the view from the deck. We have just had three days up there. A good time for Kate & I – we will be apart for 5 weeks so we made the best of it. Kate is in Australia and I will be off to the USA on the 25th. When I get back I will just about live up there for a few more months so I will get let this mountain inspire me.

Mt. Lyford

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

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#488 Mt. Lyford
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This one is back to “ArtRage Pastels”. Technically it reminds me of two others. Black Birch stream, from which I can learn more about developing the strokes & the colour, and Hill Lines where there is something about abstraction & line I want to develop. Maybe those represent two directions.

Look at these great ones by Jared Shear

Mt Lyford

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

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#0436 Mt Lyford
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I spent a lot of time trying painterly versions of this, pastel versions, and then, unsatisfied, did a quick ink & wash which was the better.

Stream

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

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#289 Stream
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This is a small stream by the track up Mt Sabastopol, but I don’t think I captured the lively little flow.

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Manuka 2

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

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#252 Manuka 2
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Known also as tea-tree and the New Zealand Christmas tree as it always flowers around this time of the year, our place at Mt. Lyford is surrounded by trees with slightly pinkish white flowers.

It is these very flowers that put the small pink emblem into #246 below.

I prefer the previous sketch. Simple.

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Manuka

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

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#251 Manuka
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Sunday, 17 August, 2008

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Lyford Colours

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

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#246 Lyford Colours
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There is an earlier one – abstract in Lyford Colours. What is this Re-runs?

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Waipera Pines 1

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

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#238 Waipera Pines 1
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These last few sketches are not part of some new turn are they? If they recapitulate it is only me they are recapitulating. Yet as I did them I sensed development, perhaps not improvement but some movement in me, and so there is satisfaction.

Also I want this to be a sketch blog, and these are all scenes and moments from my life as I live it. It’s a diary, a travelogue, autobiographical in the most literal way.

Yet there is a turn to make – one I am feeling as a despair as I do this stuff. I don’t know how to do it. Doing more thinking about art, podcasts – conversations will that do it? Or is it a case of sketching my way through it? I think so.

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