Friday, March 23, 2018

Light and other fragments from Scotland

Even though it is Friday and of course that usually means time in the studio-garage that just could not happen today as there were too many on-the-block jobs and a community share house meeting.

To give myself a little art injection I looked at some of my iPhone photos from the recent time spent in the northern highlands of Scotland.

The light in the highlands can be quite different to that on the mountain; and of course the presence of snow added to the mix.

©2018 Barry Smith - Sunset and moon in a cold winter sky
©2018 Barry Smith - Reflection of light on falling snow
©2018 Barry Smith - A subdued snow covered landscape - from the car
©2018 Barry Smith - Sun struggles through a cover of snow laden clouds
©2018 Barry Smith - Sunset on a rare clear afternoon - looking up from Armadale beach
©2018 Barry Smith - Moody land and sea - from the car
©2018 Barry Smith - A roadside visitor
And of course I tend to be drawn to detail of objects and the landscape.

©2018 Barry Smith - Part of a sculpture at John o'Groats
©2018 Barry Smith - Ice, stones and sand on Armadale beach
©2018 Barry Smith - Remnant of a post on Armadale beach
©2018 Barry Smith - Micro flowers on a a tiny moss plant on a rock at Camsten Cairns
©2018 Barry Smith - Delicate lichen filled decoration on a tombstone Bettyhill cemetery
©2018 Barry Smith -Delicate moss on a tombstone Bettyhill cemetery
©2018 Barry Smith - Kelpie sculpture Falkirk
©2018 Barry Smith - Kelpie sculptures Falkirk
©2018 Barry Smith - Reflection of Kelpie sculptures and swan in a loch pond Falkirk
©2018 Barry Smith - Survey marker Camsten Cairns - the meeting of light and dark
Hopefully I will be able to get back into the studio next week.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Colour and mist to welcome us back

We have been in the remoter north of the Scottish Highlands Scotland for about 5 weeks refurbishing the wee 120 year old stone cottage below.

©2018 Fiona Dempster - Stone cottage in the Scottish Northern Highlands
Maybe more images from the Scotland trip in a following post. We are now back on the mountain.We spent 5 weeks in snow; and have been welcomed home by warmish rain and mist.

©2018 Barry Smith - Looking towards the valley and mountains through a whiteout across the water filled fire pit 
©2018 Barry Smith - Birds on the wires in the mist in Treehaven Way
©2018 Barry Smith - A misty walk along Treehaven Way - Treehaven Way has one street light
Though we are officially into autumn there is still colour and textures to welcome us back.

©2018 Barry Smith - A full head of white crucifix orchids
©2018 Barry Smith - A web suspended blossom
©2018 Barry Smith - Odd shape and colour of an Australian native ground orchid 
©2018 Barry Smith - Odd shape and colour of an Australian native ground orchid  
©2018 Barry Smith - Colour of a ground orchid 
©2018 Barry Smith - This orchid plant has 7 sprays of  orchids
©2018 Barry Smith - Can you see the ants seeking nectar from this ground orchid?
©2018 Barry Smith - Bookwall through a fine web 
So fortunate to be able to experience the contrasts.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

An artists' book about war and peace.

Futility 2 is the second artists' book in a series about the futility of war.

©2018 Barry Smith - Cover of Futility 2 with brass button, bullet  and bullet casing from the battle fields of Ypres 
The inner pages have excerpts from three poems stamped into the metal.

The poems and poets are: Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen; The Farmer Remembers the Somme by Vance Palmer; and In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.

©2018 Barry Smith - Excerpts of poems stamped on the pages
©2018 Barry Smith - Excerpts of poems stamped on the pages
The deaths of so many in war is a futile way of achieving peace.

©2018 Barry Smith - Patinated brass uniform button and bullet 'lead' from the battle fields of Ypres

Friday, February 9, 2018

Scroll book container finished

I have finished the body of the sacred scroll artists' book. It has been ground, polished, riveted etc - I have deliberately left much of the age patina on the scroll case.

©2018 Barry Smith - Scrolls
©2018 Barry Smith - Scroll case open
©2018 Barry Smith - Scroll case locked
A gorgeous little latch I made - it is locked in place by using a crystal and post from a dismantled earring. I put a rivet post into the body and drilled a 1mm hole through it to take the earring post.

©2018 Barry Smith - Locking last and pin
I did a test of the scroll to see what width I required and if the winder worked. The answers were: the scroll needs to be 12.5cm wide; and yes the winder works.

©2018 Barry Smith - Testing the scroll fit
©2018 Barry Smith - Scroll rolled and nestled in case
The only task now is to print the peace related wording  on the scroll.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Reflections, soft light and other matters

The walk this morning was cool and soft. We seem to be on our way to autumn.

Before heading out I was attracted to the reflections of the soft morning light on the still surface of the water in the the old rusty fire pit - now really a huge (1m in diameter) avian font.

©2018 Barry Smith - Clouds, water, sky, camellias and mountains
©2018 Barry Smith - A pastel morning
This little visual feast was followed up by the blue of the hydrangeas and the pumpkin flowers - the vines are starting to spread over everything as is their way each year.

©2018 Barry Smith - Pumpkin vine reaching up to entwine Bending 6.
©2018 Barry Smith - Rampant pumpkin vine
©2018 Barry Smith - An early morning gatherer
©2018 Barry Smith - Deep blue of the hydrangea with morning dew and webs
Most of the flowers on the verges on my walk along Treehaven Way were reflecting the soft cool morning light.

©2018 Barry Smith 
©2018 Barry Smith - Delicate gum blossom
©2018 Barry Smith - A profusion of fiddle wood (?) blossoms
©2018 Barry Smith - African tulips paint a blue morning sky
©2018 Barry Smith - Delicate pastel beauty emerging out of roadside weeds and grass
©2018 Barry Smith - Can you call something that looks like pink wool on a stick a blossom?
Uplifted by nature.