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.

Hills

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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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I have made the image square:

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

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Lyford

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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.

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The Gully

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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

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#0539 Mt. Lyford
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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

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.

Manuka 2

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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

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#251 Manuka
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Sunday, 17 August, 2008

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Waipera Pines 1

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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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