Golden Ending

Harekeke, New Zealand Flax. I feel connected with it and just took a swag of photos on our recent walks. More coming up.

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#471 Golden Ending
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This one like the earlier Circle was one where I found the final image by deleting layers, and also by changing the original colour from a heavy black to this golden colour, which really suits this particular subject, this particular flax that is, the variety of the remnants after seeding is enormous. Some are very black. The exploring was satisfying!

This one is printed to suit a 10 x 8 frame and has collage of (treated) dried flax material.

Monday, 18 August, 2008

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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

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Loose Threads

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#250 Loose Threads
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With this one all the recent abstract ones come together revealing something that wanted to be there – threads – I feel like right now I am at a stage of weaving.

Maybe I should weave flax – there may be truth in jest. I have been collecting flax and pressing flax so that I can add collage to prints.

There is the word: collage.

There will collages coming up.

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What the thread theme means for me is tied in with the recapitulation idea… there was a war in Australia between the figurative Antipodeans and the Sydney 9

In 1961 a group called the “Sydney 9” had an exhibition of paintings to support abstract art, to counter the Antipodeans group, with members arriving with abstract paintings by helicopter.

I mention this as I just can’t take sides in that conflict, though my tendency is towards the Antipodean, I feel like I can weave these old threads into something new.

One day there might be something I feel strongly enough about to fly a helicopter for.

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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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Flax Almost Blooming

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#104 Flax_Almost_Blooming2a

I am doing a variety of styles, but there is also a recurring style and within the 1000 this is one I’d like to grasp more fully. A sort of old fashioned naturalist style, but there is room to go beyond that too, to bring in my handwriting as it were.

There is also something about looking at native plants that is of interest to me. I initially thought – this is in cyberspace! But undeniably I am in New Zealand, and more than that I have a feeling for the place. So, a few more flax items coming up!

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