Waipera Pines 1

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#238 Waipera Pines 1
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These last few sketches are not part of some new turn are they? If they recapitulate it is only me they are recapitulating. Yet as I did them I sensed development, perhaps not improvement but some movement in me, and so there is satisfaction.

Also I want this to be a sketch blog, and these are all scenes and moments from my life as I live it. It’s a diary, a travelogue, autobiographical in the most literal way.

Yet there is a turn to make – one I am feeling as a despair as I do this stuff. I don’t know how to do it. Doing more thinking about art, podcasts – conversations will that do it? Or is it a case of sketching my way through it? I think so.

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Foothills

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#229 Foothills
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I like the idea of a series of sketches from the road between Christchurch and our place in North Canterbury at Mt. Lyford – this one is from a photo looking back as we went home last time in the late evening. Just after Waiau I think.

I watched a video of David Hockney last night – really liked it. One painting “Mulholland Drive” was discussed and I appreciated the way he can give an artists impression of an experience. Perhaps this sort of sketch (though with the robotic Cyclops eye) might lead to me being able to do a hotter version – one with my experience in it more fully.

For all that this one has an emerging signature in it, one that I can now see in a few of the landscapes. I have not finished exploring this style!

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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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Mountain Scene New Zealand – from Waiau Pass

Waiau

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#193 From Waiau

I did about a weeks walking up and over Waiau Pass in the South Island a few years a go. Here is a painterly landscape.

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Stella Saddle

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#175 Stella Saddle

Mostly sketched with the pen set to oil. Learning how to do sky. It worked here by having just the right amount of virtual turps in the mix. 100 makes for light and 95 is already quite dark!

This is the view from the stumps up to the saddle where the ski field road goes up to Lake Stella. This view is one that people see when they go on the “Stumps” Horse Trek.

Hills

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#153 Hills

This was one that goes with the Hill Lines ones I did a while back. I thought I’d posted it but hadn’t. Here it is belatedly.

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Mt. Lyford

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#145 mtlyford

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Hill Lines

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#80 Hill_Lines3a

I like a couple of things about this one. The silver & gold – as it looked to me – relates to the hills which have been stripped of their native bush – for commercial reasons. And I have worked this from rough sketches to this more definitive … sketch?

That is the trouble – this is beyond sketching. I wanted these things to be sketches in their own right – but this one wants to be a painting. It wants real paint too. Damn. Why is it a problem? There is no way I can do 1000 of these in one year. Ah!

Some of the sketches are having a battle with the project!! I hope they sort it out :)

For all that it looks good in its A3+ print!

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Sky

Took this yesterday. Just as I was thinking about Landscapes – this sky turns up! Happy to be there with my camera at that moment.

I will follow up some time with inspirations from Marilynn Webb.

How can I sketch this!

The Stumps

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#49 Stumps2

I spent a lot of time trying to get the sky & the bush in the front. None of it looked right. Then Kate said “I love that!” when I was back to the skyline layer. It is the view at Mt. Lyford from just near our house. There is a deep dark valley between us & those trees. I will do more & capture that if I can.

Sketches, unlike paintings do not usually cover the whole surface. The underlying surface is integral to the image. Having said that, some painterly sketches follow that do cover the available space.

Later

I have given this image less height and printed it in A3+ in “landscape” – does the thing more justice. I will go with the larger prints.

Epsom 2400 printer producing a landscape image on 13 by 19 A3+ paper

LyfordGreen

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#43 Lyford-Green

Went for a long walk today in the hills. Looked at the colours. A cloudy day. Thinking about landscapes and still focussed on Palm work. Here is the result.

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Conversation with Amy – restraint, genre, tag-clouds.

Amy is a friend and artist in San Francisco. On the phone today she told me she was working on the blog for Public Smog she is one of the collaborators on Invisible 5 What is Public Smog: “built in the economic realm of carbon offset trading”. At least it is not built on sand, or in cyberspace like this project.
Amy was complimentary about the project, appreciated, thanks. What was of value to me in our discussions were simple off-the-cuff comment like “you have a good sense of line” (Marion Harvey told me that in 1970, same words) it is good to hear because I become conscious of line. Is that good? I am all for it, consciousness is OK. She said I had a sense of “restraint”. Restraint. I am not sure what that means yet. Dan just said I was flowing. Flow & restraint, probably work ok together. Perhaps it is something about a sketch as opposed to a drawing, restraint.
I am restrained in posting up stuff! I am am learning what I want here, and so holding back what I don’t like, does not fit with my process, the project process. I want to use the 1,000 for so many ideas, shapes & colours, soon they will be all gone!

Genre

Amy asked if she could put in a request. Sure. NZ landscapes. She is missing NZ. But would that be the wrong genre? The genre question was raised in the conversations with Alex as well. This is such an amorphous lot of sketches that anything can go in the melting pot. Anything. I’d like to do landscapes. I love a lot of NZ landscape artists – if you call them that, McCahon, and Marilynn Webb, she particularly inspires me at the moment.

Another great comment – on the genre question: “Draw your way out of it!” Thanks Amy.

Where this project is unified is through the conversations. So I will do landscapes. I’ve done one already in response to the request. (it is no good!) I told Amy I want to get the light right. She told me about the “Bay Area School” capturing the colour of the light – something to research.

We spoke of tag clouds, with a 1000 sketches there is unifying that can be done post-facto, by the user – now there is a word for people viewing art!

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