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!

Vitamin D

Vitamin D

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I got this book when at sketch 40/1000. I wrote then, but had no time to post: “This will change things… not just this book but I am hungry and lapping up exhibitions, books, websites and conversations. My mind is bursting.”

I have been reflecting on a lot in the intro, a great overview of sketching.  I am absorbing it all. Not so over full right now, just feeling it all digest.  Become part of me.

Like sunshine.

Julia Morison exhibition in Christchurch

I have been looking at exhibitions and loving the depth revealed when we see the few works shown from many years of delving into thematic material. The Julia Morison exhibition in Christchurch at the moment is a good example.

a loop around a loop

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The title says it all, a theme of themes all linked with symbols she has been working with for years. I loved her work, and I think it is great.

My problems with the “variety” (mess I call it) in my project came up when I saw her work. Is that ok? I am, more and more, with what it is. Here my work with the psyche stands me in good stead. The psyche is messy. I am revealing my messy psyche as it unfolds. It is the exposure of it all that is unnerving, sketches are what they are, they just pop out, they are evolving. I am curious where they will take me, they are taking me!

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Blacker

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#59 Blacker

After #58 I realised I was feeling in a darker mood. I went for it with this one using the virtual pallet knife. As dark as I went there was a deep inner glow, which mirrored one I felt as well. Very reassuring.

Later: As I add this note 2 months later this one reassures me. I continue to hear from people how this is a favourite.

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Buzzing

57 Sketches

And a lot of variety.

Some new themes emerging today. This is a fertile time my head is buzzing, with feelings, ideas about sketching, big questions. What is the psyche & what is at work here. What is modern, post-modern and how do I deal with all these feelings of passion, fear confusion & doubt. Love too – loving the conversations with Kate – challenging though they can be. Other questions too: what is a sketch? What is a line, what is a “canvas”. The variety in the sketches is also in me. The variety annoys me. I just made a thumbnail page and I see no focus there. And as this post shows, I can’t get focussed right now. Let me say more.

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#58 Buzzing

I said it – partially in the sketch – I just did it thinking of ketchup – or tomato sauce as we tend to call it down under. Felt frustrated in the digital media for the first time. I wanted to get into the mucking about with messy paint!

What is the main thing:

That this project has a life of its own, and that it is asking a lot of me. I feel burdened by it. I feel exposed.

Kate in the conversations today was optimistic. I am being called out to come to terms with all this and so be my true self more. Just as the project asks to have its true life. There is a symbyosis, I am more myself as the project finds its true self.

I hope so, but I don’t feel it. One thing is for sure, I feel gripped by this thing.

More from the conversation today: No focus on the outcome, if shit or gold are both gold, that seemed like a good stance I’d found. Then Kate said: that is just a way of coping with your fear.

Now I feel moody.

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Later

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#0050 Later
Larger Image.

It is a sketch! It then went through a few software mash-ups and came out like this. Looks good printed as a small image on A3+

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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

Montessori

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#46 Montessori

This is from a very old archive. In the early 50’s I drew these at the Montessori school I was at. Here is what I wrote a four years ago when I shared this with some people:

“I went to a Montessori school for the first three years or so of my schooling. We could choose activities. I drew circles and painted them yellow. Thousands of them. Obsessional. My mother thought they were wonderful and kept them in a box! I don’t think I did it to please her though. I loved doing it. This is what they looked like.”

Of course the word Thousands stands out for me as I read this.

Bunching-D

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#44 Bunching-B

These two are from the archives. They are on my mind as I have been working with them yesterday, printing. They are a bit tricky to do with the fine lines, but now have A4s that look good. The B&W one appeals. I think they originated on the Palm, not sure now! A few more from the archive coming up. I think it is part of the 1000 as I am reworking them in light of the new printer.

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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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Redflower4

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#42 Redflower4

I like the playfulness of the experiment. It is one on a journey. Notice the slightly cream border. These squares don’t float on the white sheet like in the previous one “Blu_4”. Either way is ok, but these things start to count when I print them out.

I am thinking about flowers in new way, just now a few hours after doing this sketch I found this page: Karl Blossfeldt’s masterwork, Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature)

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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!

public smog

The Links – creating a sociocorpus.

They are ads for those who want an ad. No doubt. But I am not calling them ads anymore. Sponsored links is ok. I realise that as they go they create a map. The first sketches sold will go to someone, somewhere. Hopefully the links will indicate a place on the globe? At least a place in cyberspace. As I post out prints I will have cities to post them to. I can map that. There will be a visual image of the distribution. So you could be an advertiser, or just love the picture, or, to put it quaintly, be a patron of the arts!

Audience participation. It creates a context for the images and prints. They will be part of a sociocorpus. Not only the map, the comments with each image will embody a flow of connection.

Comments!

Just had the first comment come in now, from Bex, a quick response to the very Soft Launch.

And another comment from Dan & a wonderful post in his blog! Have a look. Thanks Dan.