Pelican in Flight

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#427 Pelican in Flight
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The abstract emergence is interrupted by a sketchblog item. This is from the time in Australia, by the beach in Narrabeen travelling with Josh & Amy. More from that time coming up. A journal and a blog about our trip, frustratingly delayed. And even as I write there are sketches of the mountain brewing. Mt. Lyford is glowing outside as I write I I want to capture those moods.

I have added the Sketchblog Category, and will update the whole blog retrospectively. There, done, I now have a sketchblog for 2006-7 year of the sketch. What qualifies posts for this category? They reflect my life as I sketch it, outer life & inner life. Hmmm, they all do that… perhaps it is to do with my purpose, these are a journal of travels, even in my own circles.

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Lantana – sketchblogging, inner stirrings, paint & inspiration

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#416 Lantana
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I think that is what is is called, it is among these that the body is found in the movie Lantana (Great Movie)

This is the last one from the Sydney trip in this batch, we now move on to horses a week later in New Zealand – that is the trouble with mt journalling here – I can’t just post up as I go, just too busy. So the journal is all out of chronological order.

Never mind. Even if the chronology is messy there is are journeys running through this year of the sketch:

  • Lots in New Zealand & Christchurch
  • Some trips to Wellington
  • Christmas I did a real sketch trip to Aoraki – Mt. Cook, this was a good warmup to more travel sketching
  • Then Napier, but just did not manage to sketch much at all – too much NZAP Conference work.
  • Australia for a week, late March 2007, beaches, bush, cityscapes, flowers & wildlife – more to catch up on.

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The sketchblogging is important to me, I like it & will keep going with it post TS.

The recent line & wash suits that – a sort of sketchbook style.

It will stand me in good stead as I go to San Francisco and New York in July, August.

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I feel something new coming up though. More focus on something within combined with more explorations of paint, digital paint.

What follows are a few samples of the sort of painting by others I am enjoying . Inspiration – other people’s work follows:

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George Street

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#410 George_Street
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Back to the day in Sydney. A great day, we went back to Manley in our rental car, caught the Manley Ferry to Sydney and went to the Archibald Prize exhibition.

Then walked the streets with a few minor errands, like walking up George street to Dymocks to look for a bird book, this is from a photo of some people in the crowds.

One day in the city was enough.

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Tent, Tablet PC, and a project!

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#409 Tent
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It is not really that comfortable or that easy to sketch on a Tablet while camping. But I did a bit! What I did have is power to the site, wireless access and shade so I could see the screen (almost adequately).

However I need a desk! One of the hardest things to find on the go is a good desk.

I did find a nice little gazebo with a good table in it, but no power, and too bright.

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Pelican

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#407 Pelican
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Our week in Australia was a really interesting bird watching week. Amy was quite focussed on it, and I want to sketch everyone I saw. Here are the first two, beautiful big fat pelicans that hung out by our swimming spot. These birds are the icon for this area. I don’t think I saw many, if any of these on the South coast where I grew up.

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Hibiscus – and a note on Journaling

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#406 Hibiscus
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It is almost a week since we were in Narrabeen on the coast just above Sydney when I began this sketch & the next few. Which is a pity as I feel like Journaling the trip, but it is too late, I am back in New Zealand and back at work.

I have wondered what will become of my interest in sketching & art once the 1000 are done. Well here is one thing that is almost certain, I will start a Sketchblog, a sketch journal. It has begun here in a way, but it will have a different life outside of this project.

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Opera House & travel notes

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#404 Opera House
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A hot hazy day with little colour on the harbour or in the sky but the sails of the Opera house stood out. I love this building. I watched it being built in the ’60s, a real ’50s building, everything had fins & looked ‘futuristic’. On my last night in Sydney, before I moved to New Zealand, group of us hopped over the fence one moonlit night & climbed to the top of the main sail, A night to remember.

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Alas, sketched three days ago! Too busy living life to sketch. I am getting further behind, but have plenty of inspiration. We had a good day on the beaches yesterday & today we are with a friend in the Blue Mountains. Stopped in Lane Cove national park on the way. lots of photos of bush, birds & lizards.

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Josh & some notes on our week long holiday in Sydney

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I am here in Australia on a holiday with Josh & Amy, so it makes sense that I have a sketch of Josh. From a photo I took on the plane over here.

What is out of sync is that I have a few horse sketches coming up. Also an Eli sketch. Did them late one night here in the tent. There is just not enough time in the day to live life & sketch. These horse ones were brewing in me & I had to get them out. I want to do more.

Yesterday ( Wednesday 21 March) we went to Sydney. Great day, we drove back to Manley form our campsite in Narrabeen and then caught the ferry. I took heaps of pictures & want to do cityscapes. Bridge Opera house & the Circular Quay skyline from the harbour… all scenes I love & that are part of me from my life here in the 50s & 60s and many visits since then.

Today, Thursday, we had a day by the beach, in the camp, & I went for a good walk. Great surfing. Pictures coming up… especially the local flowers & birds.

Plan

Keep life & sketching closer together. It would be nice to do sketches from the day, not from yesterday, or from weeks ago.

Part of that is that my M200 is not really as mobile as it should be. The screen is lousy outdoors, the batteries are a bit weak too. Internet access is hard… but here I am camping & I have wifi in the campground! And a powered site, so all is well.

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Le Café

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#395 Le Café
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Been up at Mt. Lyford for a few days & am warmed up to horses, the dog & landscapes. But all I’ve done is finished off this one from days ago sitting in the café where I did the last one.

I have a swag of photos to work from so I hope they work out, no idea when I’ll do them.

Off to Sydney Australia for a week on Tuesday & I hope to do plenty there, the main thing would be Australian bush. Planning to go to the beaches and the Blue Mountains.

Traveling with a Tablet PC is not that easy as I will be outdoors and away from power & away from the Internet, but stay tuned, something will appear.

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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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This print is in a limited edition of 25 Giclée prints on A3+, 33 cm x 48 cm archival paper. The image size is 35.5 cm x 25.5 cm. The next available print is: 1/25

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