Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Manuka

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

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#0975 Manuka
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I am playing more deliberately with a return to earlier sketches.

Broadleaf & Totata

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

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#0968 Broadleaf & Totata
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Gum Fern Bush

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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#0959 Gum Fern Bush
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One from the Australian trip in March earlier this year. Under the three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. All the Australian sketches are in a category.

Cabbage Tree – Ti Kouka

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

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#0932 Cabbage Tree – Ti Kouka
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I am persisting with trees. I want to get it more simple. Simpler than this.

Bush

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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#0922 Bush
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Backyard2

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

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#0852 Backyard2
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Later Sunday, 14 October 2007 :

I have had to repost the last few batches. The were at the wrong reduction and looked bad! Here is one I saved in the old format as it refers to the comment about “metallic”.

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#0852 Backyard2 (old)
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Backyard

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

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#0851 Backyard
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I have been posting up a back log, but here is one from today! great.

Trees7, and a few more!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

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#0809 Trees7
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Sketching, I took my Tablet outside into the bush around the house, sketched what was in front of me. Struggled with trees.

More from my time under the trees, I am posting them all in one post:

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Trees

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

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#0790 Trees
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Purely imaginal trees, this one and the next.

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.

California Poppy

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

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#0634 California Poppy
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This was from a photo taken on the Muir Beach walk last week. A tiny delicate little thing, smaller than it it appears here, with deep colouration. I was told it was the State flower… and Wikipedia agrees:

The California poppy is the California state flower. It was selected as the state flower by the California State Floral Society in December 1890, winning out over the Mariposa lily (genus Calochortus) and the Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri) by a landslide, but the state legislature did not make the selection official until 1903. Its golden blooms were deemed a fitting symbol for the Golden State. April 6 of each year is designated “California Poppy Day.”

From plein air to abstract landscape in Buena Vista Park

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

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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Tree

Monday, August 6th, 2007

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#0624 Tree
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Winter Tree

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

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#529 Winter Tree
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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

These are in the wrong order. I did this one before the last one. One thing does lead to another, I like that. On this occasion I like this one better than the second.

Lead pencil plus oil? Seems ok here but might seem wrong in real media?

Trees

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

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#421 Trees
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We spent a couple of days in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Again we saw heaps of wildlife & I wanted to develop further the pastel trees I did earlier. But I don’t think this a development in the right direction. More to do.

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Harakeke

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

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#355 Harakeke
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Harakeke is the Maori name for New Zealand flax. I have a category for it on the right, Flax, click that & you will see a wide variety of ways I have connected with this iconic plant.

This one was flowering but on display outside a shop called Harakeke in the new High street development in Christchurch.

I am pleased with the way my Ink & Wash style is evolving.

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Sunday, 17 August, 2008

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

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Grass

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

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#339 Grass
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Nice the way I now have this pen & also some control over its touch.

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Lillies

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

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#312 Lillies
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This is not really a Lily, but a buttercup. Ranunculus Lyallii

it is iconic in New Zealand and iwas the emblem for Mt Cook Airlines and buses until Air New Zealand took them over. I want to find one of those old logos, can’t find it on the web.

I was pleased to find these on my walk up to the Ball Shelter.

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Anemanthele Lessoniana – Tussock 2

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

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#203 Anemanthele Lessoniana – Tussock 2
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Anemanthele Lessoniana – Tussock

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

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#202 Anemanthele Lessoniana – Tussock
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In an discussion about flax & tussocks the challenge came up to sketch tussocks, this one is half way to the next one.

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Christmas Lillies 2

Monday, December 11th, 2006

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#199 Lillies 2
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Same vase of flowers but re-done, finer, more time spent, who knows?

One thing that has happened using the “soft pastel” settings is that I feel confident I can repeat fairly easily what I am doing here. Every vase of flowers I see becomes a sketch in my head.he

On this occasion the flowers were not arranged symmetrically so the vase is not in the middle – disturbs me.

Now I am interested in the jug as well as the flowers. Something to follow through here.

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This print is in a limited edition of 25 Giclée prints on A3+, 33 cm x 48 cm archival paper. The image size is 28 cm x 28 cm. The next available print is: 1/25

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Christmas Lillies – flowers in a vase – a Kiwi thing

Monday, December 11th, 2006

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#198 Lillies

It is a real New Zealand kiwi thing as far as I know to have these big lillies out at Christmas time. I can’t recall having them in Australia, maybe they do now.

The origins of this sketch is a discussion about originality & the way the subject matter may or may not matter. I do a lot of ordinary subjects, why not a vase of flowers.

I thought the flowers would suit a red background. It seems a bit much, but I tried several others & nothing worked as well. This was done in one pencil setting, one width, one angle.

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Trees 2

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

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#196 Trees 2

Another go at a similar scene.

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Trees in Queensland bush

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

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#195 Trees

Added a new category: Austraila. I grew up there, I often go back, and I was there earlier this year and will be over there again next year, and during the “year of a 1000 sketches” so I look forward to bringing in that different aussie feel.

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Dead Flax stalks – last year’s flowers

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

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#178 Dead_Flax

I began with plain graphite, but clicked colour in error & let it be.

The stalks have been in wind, sun, rain, snow & sleet for about a year, they are dried & bleached and weathered greay in places. They will soon compost themselves.

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November Flax 3

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

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#170 November Flax 3

November Flax 2

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

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#171 November Flax 2

November Flax

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

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#168 November Flax

The actual thing I drew is about a meter high, I just noticed that it could well be a blade of grass.

Somehow flax has caught my interest, if you had not noticed. And now almost three months into the project I realise I will catch a full year of its life cycle – hence November – it is a stage just as the buds are about to bloom, although there are variations depending on location. This one was in the Port Hills.

Added the Flax Category – but I will need to backdate them.

Moonlight Flax

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

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#0152 Moonlight Flax

A beautiful walk in the moonlight inspired me to express myself and led to a lot of sketches – only this one is one I want to post. It captures the moment I think. The “paper” colour adds an effect that I think of as “cycloramic” and I created a gradient of colour darker at the top in Photoshop, it looked ok, but I think it does not need that. Keep it simple.

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