I am working on a landscape project. As with the Earth Crosses the series has it origin here in Thousand Sketches. I am doing new landscapes and I am re-working some of the landscapes from the Thousand Sketches – for example, on my Art Journal “In this moment…” (now ART category in Psyberspace) you can see the new version of this one. The plan is to do them in oils as well.
I am pleased to see I have made this list of 101 Top Art Blogs. Thanks Kim for all the effort you put in to compile this list. It is a useful list, there are many artists there I really like.
And Thousand Sketches is 51 on Top Blog.
Here are the 10 posts about books. Some posts are about more than one book. They often have a sketch of mine to go with them.
I bought, borrowed & read a hell of a lot more than that while doing the Thousand Sketches. But these are the ones I blogged. I loved them all.
Sometimes to get the the main book stuff you need to click “Read the rest of this item” that’s where I put images by other people.
From here on I am writing about the books I read on In this moment… and they are in a category called… Books. A vague new year resolution is to make more thorough reviews of each book. But who cares? The reviews on Amazon usually do all we need. Maybe I’ll just quote bits I like.
The last Thousand Sketches image #1000 Departing Force, will representing the whole Thousand Sketches project as an entry in be in the Saatchi SHOWDOWN round between 31-12-2007 and 07-01-2008 – you can vote for it!
I just updated a post I did in October Added an picture I said I’d add of a Frank Stella painting.
Finished up simplifying my image while I was there. Of course the original is still there in the original post, but here is the tweaked one:
This image is available printed in a limited edition. It is available exclusively on Felt, a New Zealand Art & Craft website.
I am reading about calligraphy in Herbert Read’s “A Concise history of Modern Painting”. (here is the bit) Calligraphy is (perhaps, I’d say as I don’t really trust any theory) at the root of Abstract Expressionism. What an insight! probably not for people with a formal ed in art, but it is for me. Why that is such a blast is that I am working away at getting the verticals right in my new crosses, and contemplating that line. I feel like some Zen calligrapher meditating on the strokes! It is a meditation. I delete 100’s and suddenly one will be right.
And the idea grabbed me because it is a strong theme that emerged in the Thousand Sketches. I wanted to get those lines right, that flow. I am quite pleased with how it went, there were a lot of doodles and slowly they were more in my handwriting as it were. This is one of my favourites. And the Abstract Expressionist ones that I blew up, my friend Charles called “calligraphy of God” I was most flattered.
In Read’s book there is a particular image that stood out because it reminded me of one I did. It is Drawing by Henri Michaux. (See image below, and also my image.) He is part of a few early painters that were influenced by the East & calligraphy. I’ll write more about them and where I am goin g with it all now on my other blog, this is the Thousand Sketches related part of the story.
Here is Michaux:
Here is mine, it is nothing like Michaux’s drawing in content, but it recalled my image none the less.
#0442 Private Language
Here is another by Michaux I found: