Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How to Get Around

The "PVH" or Putney-Victoria Harbor express train running along the beach near Swansea. Above the clouds rises snow-capped Mt. Hayes, New Island's highest peak.

Now that you've landed at either Putney or Victoria Harbor, you'll need ground transportation! Streetcars will take you from the docks to most neighborhoods as well as the bus and train stations for island-wide connections.

New Island Railways offers daily passenger service between Putney and Victoria Harbor, either by the PVH express route or via the more leisurely Irain-Southwestern route.

I'll write more when I have more energy. Today I continued a remodel job in my daughter Katie's first apartment, and it wore me out.

Friday, October 23, 2009

How to Get There

Your ticket to New Island.

New Island can be reached by taking passage aboard a Rudyard Line steamer.

The SS Charles Ames and the SS New Ireland each leave once a week from the Port of Fremantle, Western Australia. The Ames leaves every Sunday noon from Fremantle and docks at Victoria Harbor the following Tuesday at about 3 pm. The Ireland leaves every Thursday at noon, and arrives at the Putney Main Dock the following Saturday evening. Fremantle (next-door to Perth) can be easily reached by air from all points worldwide. You may call the Rudyard shipping Line Office in Fremantle for reservations...some day you'll get through; or you can contact me.

Scheduled airline service via Aeroflot from Moscow and Kiev was available until 1992 when the Soviets pulled out of New Island, taking the airport facilities with them. The runways at the old airport at Vernon (outside Putney) are now maintained for emergency landings only. New Island's Ministry of Trade is willing to hear proposals to start up scheduled passenger air service to and from Australia, Asia, Africa or beyond.
And, in case anyone tries to navigate to New Island on their own, beware: the geography of the region will absolutely upset your plans.
By the way, cruise ships have been warned away from New Island ports unless there is an emergency. This is a long story, but has mostly to do with a reluctance of New Islanders to allow the island to become one large resort.
Contact me if you need a ticket!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Can't Find it on the Map?

New Island has been 'suppressed' on most maps, mostly due to a little-known agreement with the US and the old Soviet Union made in the 1940s.

Because of it's strategic value as a tracking station during the Cold War, the American CIA and the Soviet KGB quietly asked map publishers to delete New Island from maps or atlases of the region. To this day, the island does not appear, except on very few copies of the
National Geographic Atlas of the World, Sixth Edition, 1995!

In my copy, New Island shows up only on page 112:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Where is This Place?

Over the years people have asked me where my paintings have come from. I used to tell them, "Partly California, some Oregon coast, maybe Ireland or South Africa..."

Well, around 1992 I decided to create an island-nation that became the source of most of these paintings. Over time, I began to relate the paintings to locations on a map, then placed the island in the southern Indain Ocean. So here is New Island's location, above.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Welcome to New Island!

A view of New Island from 450 miles up!

Welcome to New Island and to the New Island website,
which will be in this format for the time being.
I'm inviting you to take part in an interactive journey.
I'm going to talk about this island-nation in the Indian Ocean as if it were a real place. There will be stories and articles about real and imagined New Islanders, and I'll continually add background information to let you know what the island is all about.
New Island is the world's largest work of art, a 12,000-square-mile island-nation made oup of paintings, drawings, maps, documents and artifacts. Like any other similar place, New Island has a history, a unique culture and geography, its own flag, currency, railways, roads, towns, and people both real and imagined!