Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Some favourites from the iPhone

Whilst I delete most of the images I take from the iPhone I do tend to keep some of my favourites for a little longer.  Because this is my  iPhoneography Wednesday post I thought I'd share a few of those favourites.

©2016 Barry Smith - Looking out on a turbulent yet calming afternoon sea
©2016 Barry Smith - Backyard rose - perfection and imperfections 
©2016 Barry Smith - Drift of beach sand
©2016 Barry Smith - A laden gatherer
©2016 Barry Smith  - Simple suspended beauty
©2016 Barry Smith  - Feather on a green silk background
©2016 Barry Smith  Water, rust and a floating Jacaranda blossom
©2016 Barry Smith - Soft sunrise with cloud in the valley
©2016 Barry Smith - Leaf fragment caught in a suspended droplet of water
©2016 Barry Smith - Dew beads on a leaf
I think the photos could in part be a reflection of how I see the world around me.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

It must be the gift buying season

©2016 Barry Smith - Lint and grindings from the grinding and polishing bench
This blog post is a refection of the fact that some folk are into gift buying at the moment. Only a few weeks ago I delivered some leafspoons, leaf pate knives, leaf letter openers and ladles to Maleny Additions. However I was asked could I bring in more stock as they had all but sold out. So it was a matter of getting down into the garage-studio and getting into production.

©2016 Barry Smith - Cut out and ready for folding, hammering etc
©2016 Barry Smith  - Graond and machine polished - ready for final polish
And as you can see from the photos below a stash of stuff was produced, tagged (courtesy of Fiona) and delivered to the shop.

©2016 Barry Smith - Leafspoons
©2016 Barry Smith - Pairs of cake fork and spoon - bit of a new work - will see how they go
©2016 Barry Smith - Leaf Letteropeners
©2016 Barry Smith - Leaf Pate Knives
©2016 Barry Smith - Ladles
Whilst the leaf spoons, leaf pate knives and leaf letter openers are not the greatest pieces of hammered metal art folk seem to like them because they are different and hand made.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Keeping waterways clean - library installation

©2016 Barry Smith - From rubbish to statement art - the rubbish in the photos above were collected by Ananda Marga River School students, cut up into smaller pieces and set in the resin
This morning Fiona and I set up an installation of about 240 small resin art pieces. The installation is in a display cabinet in our local Maleny Library for the month of December. The pieces were produced at the Amanda Marga River School workshops by 120 students on 21 November.

The photos below show that the installation tells an interesting story about water and rubbish.





©2016 Barry Smith - Installation curator!!!
The pieces were first exhibited along with the prints and weather grams produced at the workshops. The workshops works were part of the international collaborative exhibition with the Japanese environmental artist Shimokawa Sensi. Photos below show some of the Tatebayashi Sister Cities delegation checking out the students' artwork.




It is grand that the environmental artwork of the students has had the chance to tell their environmental story a couple of times now.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Light - waking the day

©2016 Barry Smith - Morning dew, soft light and clear water in and on an Avian Font
The photos in this post are from an early morning walk I took on the block. I was taken by the gentle quality of the light and how the day was just waking up - bird calls, a few bees getting busy, light filtered through foliage and the dew that had not yet been burnt off by the sun.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Heads turned to the rising sun
©2016 Barry Smith  - A single new pink frangipani blossom
©2016 Barry Smith - Cascading colour on the gravel slope
©2016 Barry Smith - Shaft of light through the agapanthus
©2016 Barry Smith - Light, colour and morning dew
©2016 Barry Smith  - Crisp white coffee flower
©2016 Barry Smith - A bee in the early sunlight - on the coffee bush - not sure what it hopes to extract from the unopened coffee blossom
Amazing that one does not even need to venture beyond the boundaries of home to be energised by nature.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The art of building



For Fiona and I art has taken many forms this weekend including: taking down the Japanese exhibition; delivering garden stuff to Entangle; hammering; sewing words for Fiona; having visitors to our gallery shop; and also building.

I had planned a working-bee to build the brick section of a stand for an outdoor  pizza oven at the local neighbourhood centre on Saturday. There were to be four of us but only 3 of us materialised - Adam helped move all the blocks to the site and set down the first course but had to go and attend to family duties - then there was Fiona's dad and myself finishing the last three quarters of the job; so we called in Fiona.

We went from a stack of Hebel blocks to the finished three bay stand for the oven. But of course we had a thunder and rain storm in the middle of the job. Graham worked hard with us but was also the photographer - unfortunately he is not in any of the photos.








I guess that job means Graham, Fiona and I have developed another set of skills given we had never laid Hebel blocks before.

Today Fiona and I made a three hour round trip to deliver the seven garden assemblages (three fonts and 4 quirky objects) to Entangle in Dayboro.


Nice to see the sign and my jewellery below in the Entangle gallery shop.



Things continue to sell through the efforts of Nola of Entangle.

The art of building



For Fiona and I art has taken many forms this weekend including: taking down the Japanese exhibition; delivering garden stuff to Entangle; hammering; sewing words for Fiona; having visitors to our gallery shop; and also building.

I had planned a working-bee to build the brick section of a stand for an outdoor  pizza oven at the local neighbourhood centre on Saturday. There were to be four of us but in the end there was Fiona's dad and myself finishing the last three quarters of the job; so we called in Fiona.

We went from a stack of Hebel blocks to the finished three bay stand for the oven. But of course we had a thunder and rain storm in the middle of the job. Graham worked hard with us but was also the photographer - unfortunately he is not in any of the photos.








I guess that job means Graham, Fiona and I have developed another set of skills given we had never laid Hebel blocks before.

Today Fiona and I made a three hour round trip to deliver the seven garden assemblages (three fonts and 4 quirky objects) to Entangle in Dayboro.


Nice to see the sign and my jewellery below in the Entangle gallery shop.



Things continue to sell through the efforts of Nola of Entangle.