Archive for the ‘San Francisco’ Category

Portal

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

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I had to re enter the process. These are ones that I am doing as I read about Richard Diebenkorn – and they are derivative. But then Diebenkorn derived his Ocean park series from a Matisse, and took it a long way on! More later I’ll try to find some images for the next post.

Trees

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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Still posting from San Francisco… Biked back from the Legion of Honour via the beach & the park. Fantastic views of trees silhouetted against the water… the quck sketch is all I have so far.

The Thinker

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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Wikipedia

Thinker – from Rodin

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

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Did this back in San Francisco – saw this at the Legion of Honour – another version as well.

Last day in San Francisco

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Today we went to the Legion of Honour. And to the Green Apple bookstore. Great bike ride back via Ocean Beach & through Golden Gate Park. Good views through the trees on Ocean Beach.

Loved the Works on Paper exhibit, bought the book and it will be a help with my work.

Some images by others follow:

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Later

Monday, August 13th, 2007

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Evening 2

Monday, August 13th, 2007

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Girl

Monday, August 13th, 2007

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While at the Progressive Grounds

San Francisco

Monday, August 13th, 2007

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On my way to Hayes Valley.

Life Drawing Tuesday Evening – Mission

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Here are the images from a long intense night. Intense. Can I do this and relax more??

That would be a good thing to explore. One thing is that many of these poses are one or 2 minutes long – I feel under pressure, however I am learning to flick through those controls!

Below is one image and link to the rest.

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Preparation – Life Drawing Tuesday Evening – Mission

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Another go at life drawing. Good to do. Hard. Learning lots. A lot of sketches… basically I sketch for three hours solid with many poses, it is like entering another world. I’d like to do more, might look for something in New York and in Christchurch, however I feel like such a beginner and different with my tablet there while they all have charcoal.

I began at lunchtime with some preparation, exploring textures. Inked in a few from the last time, but that felt wrong, that led to pencil. Finished up using mostly pencil ecept for the large patches of black, used pastel for that. Everything is done in Artrage II. I am putting them all up in two pages. Exploring textures is the first page. Here is one of the sketches, done in one of my favourite San Francisco cafes “Roasters”.

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See more explorations here

California Poppy

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

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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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De Young

Monday, August 6th, 2007

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My day so far

Monday, August 6th, 2007

We biked out to the beach through the park, had breakfast. I put up the rest of the sketches from yesterday’s drawing group. Then I did a few fast still life sketches (next post?) Walked through the panhandle then up he hill to Haight, then along past Ashbury till I found this café: Rocking Java I like it. Yelp.

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And here is a sketch from the chairs in front of me. One of the eight still lifes I did today.

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Art on the wall is interesting РGicl̩es by John Mavroudis

This is one on the wall here:

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De Young – Bay Area Figurative – Richard Diebenkorn

Monday, August 6th, 2007

On Friday We went to the De Young. I like the building. I even like the mesh now. There was one flaw, the top viewing deck is “elevator only”, ridiculous. We met a friend of Amy’s Joe Mangrum. Does ephemeral art. I liked the Hiroshimo Sugimoto exhibit, the suble siplicity of the seascapes and the art about art idea is present in his long warrior photo.

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Philip Guston Contradictions

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

I began to make a post about my visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, but lost it half way through for some reason. But just one artist will do for now. Philip Guston.

Amy introduced me to him. I am intrigued by the man, his place in the abstract expressionist world. When I walked up the stairs at the museum today there was a Guston, much more impressive than the web stuff!

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The one I really liked, and the first painting that really drew me today was one called The Tormentors:

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Collision

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

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Reds

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

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I saw the blue monochrome today…

Pete’s Café

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

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In Pete’s Café near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – the rest of the day the art gallery was the focus. I am now in the Café Museo posting up some sketches I did after being inspired in the museum.

These line sketches are fun, but I like my kinaesthetic big bold abstracts. I sketch them here on this little screen but imagine myself in some rural studio with unlimited real materials. But I am ahead of myself…

The team

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

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On the way to lunch – yesterday.

Café Couple

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

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Caught her smile (that is her cheek not her ear!)

San Francisco

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

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through bridge beams & fog
subservient to the freeway
city monotone peeks

Birds

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

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At Muir Beach we witnessed a feeding frenzy, a rare event apparently. One of the birds was the Sooty Shearwater not sure if that is one in my image.

A photo follows of the whole frenzy – and the bit I used for the sketch – top left.

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Balancing Rock

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

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This is an art work by my friend John H – which I took a photo of and now sketched. The digital version will survive this ephemeral creation. Rocks are balanced by feel – feel and more feel, an act of love & concentration, a meditation. Balance more rocks!

This particular one with its heart shape reminds me of works by Jim Dine. See the image below

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The Walking Party

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

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Walkers on the way to Muir Beach

Red Ritual Roasters

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

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Ritual Roasters

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

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Ritual Roasters

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

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Victorian

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

I am loving all the Victorian wooden Buildings, just like the ones we lived next to in Chester Street in Christchurch!

I will keep sketching till I find a style I like & then do more …