Allen Gallery, Chelsea, New York.

While in New York I made an arrangement to have some of the Thousand Sketches prints for exclusive sale in a Chelsea, Manhattan Gallery!


It began when I stumbled into the gallery not far from where I was staying and saw some prints and originals by Zoe Mac on show. I liked them and I was impressed by the printing process she used, not unlike mine! It turned out it was her opening the next night and I was invited. From there it led to Michel Allen selecting 14 prints that she will handle from New York!

This is a good development for me & this project. It is the first of what I hope will be several galleries that choose to be the exclusive outlet for some of the prints.


I am pleased to make this announcement, I would have done it earlier but I wanted to have the link to the prints in place first.


Found some old sketches, from right at the start of this project. Here is the initial doodle, followed by my taking it through various processes. I am now pleased I learnt how to do that. I don’t rely on filterin to do the job, but many of the sketches get a little post production.

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Can be cropped:

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No it is not the “Red Moon Eclipse” that is right outside as I type.

Something along these lines may be used on the ANZPA website. It is the Psychodrama encounter symbol, somewhat stylised. It is a symbol I find meaningful. Dialogue, meeting, opposites, connection and a uniting of heaven & earth. It is here because I was asked to do something along these lines. I was thinking about “green-gold” as an idea, sparked by a conversation about Black Gold, that still has not come forth, but it must be closer.

I’m Home! Things are coming together.

Night Life (from NY):

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Hardly night life I had, other than going to nice places at night for a meal.

I am back after a 24 hour flight.

On the plane I did a lot of reflecting about where to with the sketches. And it is interesting to post this one that I had already done. Read on.

One thing is that I now want to return to the local, that makes sense. I also want to work with the memories and the thousands of photos from San Francisco and New York. I’ll do both. So that is content.

From a process point of view here is the idea I had on the plane: Make the abstracts more figurative and the figurative more abstract. Bring it all together. Integrate.

And a little further than that too, I have drawn a hard line for myself: No real media till the project is done. Now as I come closer to the 1000 I am thinking real media more and more. Here is the move I am plotting: Explore a greater variety of paper. For example use pastel papers for the pastels. Perhaps use the background colours for the digital ones here and then explore printing with that layer removed on the appropriate medium.

Use the larger formats more, perhaps for canvas but also board and for A2 sheets of watercolor board etc.


The thought was there a matter of hours ago, and now posting this I see I was already, more unconsciously integrating various styles.

I have put this in the Abstract category and also in Cafes. I have not done that before.

And yes this is in the New York and the New Zealand category. It is process and Sketchblog. Things are coming together.

Kee Krasner, art talk.

First a sketch, then some art talk.

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This is from a self portrait. She looks young. I like Lee Krasner. She is of course well known and associated with Pollock, and I have a sense that they were together able to become as creative as they were. Relationships count. Unfortunately she is not as easy to spot around as Pollock. I hope I have bought out her strength in this sketch. I loved what I saw of her work at MoMA though. I have some shots I can add later.

I splashed out & bought a beautiful catalogue of a recent exhibition of her later work. I think it is about the best thing I bought on this trip. Found it in a secondhand book shop in Brooklyn.

More talk & Images follow.

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Bryant Park

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I had inteded to go to the MoMA, on the free day, but the cue was too big for me, the place was to busy. I went to the NYPL the library instead. Wow, the center of the universe. A temple. Next to it is Bryant Park where I went when I got kicked out of the library at 6.00. Thunderstorm under one of these umbrellas. All went well & sketched and used the park’s wifi.


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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.


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My friend Charles coined a phrase “Calligraphy of God”

the Renaissance notion of “reading nature as a book” — or what
one might term “meditation on the calligraphy of god”.

He quotes Gyorgi Kepes to explain the idea.

Seen together, aerial maps of river estuaries and road systems,
feathers, fern leaves, branching blood vessels, nerve ganglia,
electron micrographs of crystals and the tree-like patterns of
electrical discharge-figures are connected, although they are
vastly different in place, origin, and scale. Their similarity of
form is by no means accidental.

He was reminded of this notion with some of my sketches, and asked for more in the style of “Drumbeat”, which is one of my favourites. (I have more in the style among the “Abstract” Category). At his request here are a few more.


More thoughts on this follow, with quotes from Pollock, Kandinsky and Harold Rosenberg on Action Painting.

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Leonard Bernstein:


New York, New York — it’s a hell of a town.

We’ve got one day here, and not another minute,
To see the famous sights,
We’ll find the romance and danger waiting in it,
Beneath the Broadway lights.
But we’ve hair on our chests,
So what we like the best are the nights.
Sights, Lights, Nights.

New York, New York —
A hell of a town,
The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down.
The People ride in a hole in the ground.
New York, New York —
It’s a hell of a town.