Monday, October 14, 2019

Buildings with layers of age and history

©2019 Barry Smith - Prefabricated corrugated iron church at Syre dated 1891
This will be the final in the series of the old buildings seen on our Highland trips and walks - for this visit at least.

The simple church above was built in 1891 as a mission hall church - it was brought to site as a prefabricated corrugated iron and timber building and erected. It is still standing strong - not used as much these days but sits gorgeously in the landscape. The simple shed below was in the adjacent cemetery.

©2019 Barry Smith - Bit weathered but not ancient - silent witness in the corner of the Syre cemetery
 A range of other buildings from our recent trip to Ullapool and the west coast with Fiona's dad follow.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Wee derelict cottage Drumberg
©2019 Barry Smith  - Derelict cottage - Loch Shin
©2019 Barry Smith  - Derelict corrugated iron cottage being given a new life in Altnaharra
©2019 Barry Smith  - Boatshed - Loch Loyal
©2019 Barry Smith - Rustic old shed - hillside of Loch Shin
And also a couple of photos from our fishing cove.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Functional fishing sheds at top of Armadale fishing cove
©2019 Barry Smith - Storage shed at bottom of Armadale fishing cove - there has been a storage shed on this location since at least 1832
I think I have more than enough photos to enable me to do the watercolour series I started.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Droplets, sunrise and other fragments

©2019 Barry Smith - Droplets on grass seeds in a breeze
Our time at the cottage is coming to a close - we will certainly miss the quiet and often small beautiful aspects of the place; including droplets on grasses and horse hair after overnight which we see as we take our morning walk to the cove.

©2019 Barry Smith - Horse hair on fence with rain droplets on a sunny morning
©2019 Barry Smith - Horse hair on barbed wire with droplets on a sunny morning
©2019 Barry Smith - Droplets on wool on a wire fence
We are startled from time to time by a brilliant sunrise - often fleeting as the cloud cover comes in.

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And of course there are small beauties to be found on our walks in the surrounding area.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fragments from Sandside

©2019 Barry Smith - Rusted out truck rim amidst the stones and sand at Sandside
We went for a walk around Sandside Beach and Harbour today with Fiona's dad Graham. We enjoy returning to this beach and harbour - there are always so many colours and textures in the stone, the craypots, rust, small boats etc.

A few images from today follow:

©2019 Barry Smith - A discarded cray-pot on the beach
©2019 Barry Smith - Seaweed and algae in a crystal clear pool
©2019 Barry Smith - Amazing stonework on the harbour wall
©2019 Barry Smith - Beautiful colours and placement of stones
©2019 Barry Smith - Some of the many working cray-pot at the harbour
©2019 Barry Smith - Cray-pots and rope
©2019 Barry Smith - Gorgeous but now past its prime 
©2019 Barry Smith - Wee working boat
©2019 Barry Smith - Another shed for the collection - fishing shed this time
And we were fortunate today in that we found a couple of hag-stones amongst the colourful sea washed stones of the small beach near the harbour.

Monday, October 7, 2019

A small bone object inspired by nature

©2019 Barry Smith - Bone piece inspired by the bog Sundew
The above small bone object was inspired by the bog plant similar to the one below.

©2019 Barry Smith
Doing this little piece gave me the opportunity to use the recently completed "workshop" as seen in the photo below.

©2019 Barry Smith - Small shed/workshop with vise installed
A few process photos follow.

©2019 Barry Smith - Piece of bone marked out - plus jeweller's saw
©2019 Barry Smith - Bone on the vise for drilling and cutting
©2019 Fiona Dempster - Cutting the bone
And another one of the completed piece below - it still requires a bit of fine sanding. It really is a piece to be held like a talisman; or simply enjoyed seen sitting on a ledge.

©2019 Barry Smith - Sundew rendered in bone

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Postcard based on an old shed

©2019 Barry Smith - Wee old shed at Foindle
I was very taken with the old sheds and cottages Fiona and I saw on our trip to and from Ullapool.

Fiona had bought some water colour pencils so I thought I might try to do a water colour post card of one of the old sheds - I chose the small shed at Foindle (photo above) - I love the colours, oval window and rust.

My start was quite tentative - I have not used water colour pencils before so I did not know how much one need to apply before applying the water.

©2019 Barry Smith - Tentative colour sketch
I was not sure if one could go back in for a touch up or two - probably not supposed to but I did. It strengthen the colours.

©2019 Barry Smith - Progressing and testing
I added black ink lines to frame some aspects.

©2019 Barry Smith - Adding a bit more strength
And finished with another bit of touch up and water.

©2019 Barry Smith - Not a bad start - could of course have a bit more background detail
I asked fiona to label the postcard - it might become part of a series.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Seascape and other fragments

©2019 Barry Smith - Dark and turbulent sea
The seascape from the cove headland has been quite turbulent over the last couple of days  -strong wild beauty.

©2019 Barry Smith - Three skies on the one horizon
©2019 Barry Smith - Blown grasses
A couple of photos of reflections of small things in a small loch on our trip up the west coast last week.

©2019 Barry Smith - Grass and grass shadows in a cloud filled loch
©2019 Barry Smith - Rock reflections
Images of and around the Broch Dun Dornaigil on Strathmore river on the road from Hope.

©2019 Barry Smith - Approaching the broch on the track from Hope - a misty rainy arrival
©2019 Barry Smith - A strong stone statement
©2019 Barry Smith - Amazing shaped and very heavy lintel stone - no idea how they would have transported it and put it in place
©2019 Barry Smith - Heather and scabiosus  on a rainy and midge filled day at the broch
©2019 Barry Smith - Rain drop on a grass seed
©2019 Barry Smith - Out of focus droplet on a tiny broken dead blade of grass
Random flowers etc

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©2019 Barry Smith - looking down on a spent poppy flower Shetland
©2019 Barry Smith - Rich heather - Borgie Glen