California Poppy

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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

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.

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#0633 Buena Vista IX
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Winter Tree

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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?

Harakeke

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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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This print is in a limited edition of 25 Giclée prints on A4, 21 cm x 29.7 cm archival paper. The image size is 13 cm x 13 cm. Suitable for a smaller frame. The next available print is: 1/25 Purchase Print

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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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Lillies

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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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This print is in a limited edition of 25 Giclée prints on A4, 21 cm x 29.7 cm archival paper. The image size is 17.5 cm x 12.5 cm. The next available print is: 1/25 Purchase Print

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Anemanthele Lessoniana – Tussock

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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

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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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Christmas Lillies – flowers in a vase – a Kiwi thing

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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 in Queensland bush

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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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November Flax

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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

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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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