#0981 Contemplating One
One thing leads to another. One of the hopes I have as the project comes to a close is that I will have a sense of unity. Yet I shun that too, I want to honour all the inner pulls and to go in all directions. But that war is tiring and brutal at times. One strong direction for me that has emerged and that is promising as a unifier is earth. I do hills and plants and crosses that symbolise the sacred of the here-and-now of earth. That focus has emerged, and I am pleased to notice it, make a new category. During the life of the project I have applied a maxim: Enhance what emerges. So to build on the earth theme I looked at blogs and articles on sacred earth and sketched moments that appealed and found titles inspired by the musings.
#0980 Subway Crows
Completing one I began in New York. These are bronzsz just casually placed in the subway. I don’t know the artist, if someone does please let me know. Tiny sculptures are easy to stumble upon in the New York subways, wonderful!
Home, looking out of my office window.
This one reveals a mood! I did this a few days ago when my PC was attacking me. I thought of calling this one Cariflower the shark plant.
These next two are a return as well, to a batch I did early on, at the time of the “Launch” in November 2006.
#0976 Mt Pete
I am at Vic’s cafÃ© in Christchurch. Pleased to be working on my blog at the end of my sabbatical. I have a few to post up! A few of the ones I am posting, perhaps all of them, are on the theme of Return. I am coming to the end of my project, hence returning to work, to normal, to the familiar. Mt Pete is familiar, we see it from the other side of our house, its moods never the same.
I am playing more deliberately with a return to earlier sketches.
This is another in the Incantation series. 11. (I am) (taking action)
I thought of green for go, but it is red for action in my world, as the next one shows. This is the “inverse”.
Original post about this series.
Back Up. The disk failures have not been in vane. I now have a backup system par none. I am enjoying the word too… up. Up. Better than a back down.
If you are interested in my backup strategy, read on.
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Back from not being able to use my Tablet for a week. Back from working on the exhibition. Back online.
Wayne Thiebaud in his talk (see earlier post) spoke about the way letters as much as the human figure had lines, spaces and form that could be explored.
#0969 Native Clematis
#0968 Broadleaf & Totata
I am posting on the 8th November – but these were done almost a week ago at Mt. Lyford. Since then the exhibit has gone up and we had a good opening night!
The year of sketching is coming to a close and one thing on my mind in this last leg is to return. Return in many ways, to the earlier sketches, and to normal life!
Here is an earlier Kowhai.
From about a year ago.
I dreamt a woman artist had collaborated with two older men, one did the background the other some frame setting. The woman was to draw in a shark, or was it carp? This was about 20 years ago and she had never completed the project. The men were now dead and famous, the picture would be worth millions, so I encouraged her to add the fish! It is not too late. She did.
I did not know it when I caught the bug in August last year, but projects is something artists do. Paintings do not exist in a vacuum, they belong to a body of work consciously or unconsciously. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Monet’s ponds…
Discussion about projects follow, links to David Lynch mp3.
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I have had more time doing PC backup stuff and fixing crap than sketching. I was thinking of the early novels, Richardson, all made up of letters, which became possible because of the speed-up of the postal system. The speedup led to the conception of letters forming a whole. In those epistolatory novels the letters themselves are part of the plot. OK, self reflective stuff. So this is a bit like that. So is the next one.
#0963 Equal Inverse
#0962 Equal to the Challenge
One of the incantations from Eric Maisel’s book, I am equal to the challenge. I had the image of a needle, but finished up with a line. That line is equal to all the black. The next one, like all in this series, is the inverse. Which I arrived at by flipping it over removing the white line and putting in a black line.
#0961 Step One
I was on my way to somewhere else, and this was the first step.
I listened to a wonderful talk by Wayne Theibaud (thanks Josh for the link to the podcast.)** He is a joy to listen to, and I would love to be a student. For a moment I was. How to learn to paint? Draw an egg. No eggs in the fridge, I did a lemon.
** if that link expires I will put a copy on my server.
#0959 Gum Fern Bush
One from the Australian trip in March earlier this year. Under the three Sisters in the Blue Mountains. All the Australian sketches are in a category.
#0958 Lee Krasner
I am attracted to Lee Krasner’s work. I think it is her struggle, and how she is in Pollock’s shadow. True, any drip painting by Pollock shines, but behind that light I see the Krasner shadow. Her statements about art are ok too. I have an earlier sketch of her from a self portrait, this one is from a photo in the Hobbs book.
More art talk & images follow.
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#0957 The Heart Garden
I am reading the book by Janine Burke, the Heart Garden about Sunday Reed. I have just got past the intro with the details about her upbringing, and now about to learn about a few Australian artists, including one of my favourite, Arthur Boyd.
#0956 Pencil Case
#0955 Morning Coffee
This morning I thought I’d have a good shot at moleskine style sketchblogging. There is a tradition here I semi-tap into and is close to what I aspired to at the start. Sketches. I got a bit carried away and that is OK. I think I am finding style in this genre that I may be able to perseverw with for a while, especially once the 1000 are done.
The title “I would like to place my mind inside the bowl.” is not sketchbloggy at all, but a quote from the Thai Buddhist artist Montien Boonma who did bowl sketches as a meditation.
Art talk & artists info follows.
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#0953 Boot Record
I have a sick Master Boot Record. It is giving my gyp and I will probably need to do another full re-install of my Tablet. This image seems to capture the messy demon that is at work.