Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A mixture of matters - storms, moon and flowers.

©2015 Barry Smith - Unusual clouds and light after the storm
The weather in our neck of the world has been a little crazy. Whilst there has been some good opportunities to view the moon; there have also been times when the safest and driest place was indoors.

A few photos of the storms we have been having including falling hail (small bits) which is a little unusual in our part of the world.

Some interesting light and cloud shows in the valley.

©2015 Barry Smith - Boiling clouds
©2015 Fiona Dempster - Storm moving towards us 
My moon watching started with a see-through moon in a blue sky whilst we ate lunch. Obviously it progressed to early evening, then early morning and then the moon after sunrise in a blue grey sky. I'm still fascinated by the rotation of the moon from moonrise to moonset.

©2015 Barry Smith - Two thirds of a super moon - afternoon against a blue sky
©2015 Barry Smith - Same two thirds later in the evening
©2015 Barry Smith - Full super-moon a couple of days later
©2015 Barry Smith - Full moon with drifting cloud 
©2015 Barry Smith - Early morning full moon

©2015 Barry Smith - Bottom edge of early morning moon
©2015 Barry Smith - Moon after sunrise - losing its bottom edge.
©2015 Barry Smith - Against a blue grey morning sky
We have been very lucky with the flowers this year - gorgeous Waratahs; and the second of our newly planted roses - a very deep red and just amazing aroma.

Not a lot of dull moments on the mountain.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Townsville placemaking sculptural walk...

©2015 Barry Smith - Detail from Jezzine Way by Jenny Mulcahy
When we were in Townsville last weekend Fiona and I managed to do a walk in and around the old army barracks which has now been converted into a number or public, art and memorial spaces for the community.

We were very impressed with the vision of the Townsville local government to include quite a lot of sculptural works that tell the story of the place. I want to share a few photos of some of the pieces. Not all the pieces and not necessarily in the oder of viewing on the walk.

©2015 Barry Smith - Raised board walk around the headland
©2015 Barry Smith - First Contact by Jill Chism
©2015 Barry Smith - Coming Together  by Stephen Newton 
©2015 Barry Smith - One of a set of three 'portholes' - The Gathering by Donna Robinson and Tracey Johnson
©2015 Barry Smith - Fish Trap by Carly Kotynski
©2015 Barry Smith  - Barnacle on Fish Trap
©2015 Barry Smith - Belonging by Carly Kotynski and Gavin Sing
©2015 Barry Smith - Big Wing Coming by  Stephen Newton, Shirley Collins and Susan Peters 
©2015 Barry Smith - Detail of Big Wind Coming
©2015 Barry Smith - Detail of Big Wind Coming
©2015 Barry Smith - Seven Sisters by Karen Doolan and Amanda Feher
©2015 Barry Smith - Seasonal Burn-off by Shirley Collins and Stephen Newton
©2015 Barry Smith - Detail of Crow by Rurik Henry
©20-15 Barry Smith - Jezzine Way by Jenny Mulcahy - ceramic story monoliths
I also took a number of photos of bronzes circles set in the pathway - but that can be for another time. The other thing that impressed me about the sculptures was that they were all on a fairly large scale and had real presence as one moved from one piece to the other.

Friday, September 25, 2015

What is it about leaves?

©2015 Fiona Dempster - Somewhere in that mess is a 7cm leaf form
The last couple of weeks has seen me make over 100 silver-plated leaves - ranging in size from 7cm for Daily Leaf Word sets to 12.5cm for a commission of 20 leaves with stamped words of inspiration. I never get bored with making leaves as they always bring joy and sometimes a sense of calm when folk receive them.

The person who commissioned 20 silver-plated leaves wanted to give them as gifts to a significant group of people he had been on a  life-career changing course with 25 years or so ago. We discussed the reason I make leaves with words - I said to me leaves are a symbol of many things including: life, growth, change and renewal; and the words are just an added dimension. He thought that was perfect for the individuals in his group. In addition to my normal inspirational words we added other words such as: respect, reflect, balance, simplicity, authentic.  I had delivered 5 leaves as they were needed in a hurry - the balance (with a couple of spares) is below.

©2015 Barry Smith - On the annealing pit.
©2015 Barry Smith - Ready for boxing and delivery
©2015 Barry Smith - Wonder
I'm making five sets of Daily Leaf Words as I'm totally out of stock again - and I want to take some to the expo in a couple of weeks.

©2015 Barry Smith - Thirty-five 7cm silver-plated leaves ready for polishing
©2015 Barry Smith - Reflecting late afternoon light
 The Daily Leaf Words bowls (about 11cm in diameter) were made from a few of the trays that came back from our Townsville trip.

A good end to the week and a Friday. I'm off to make pizza and drink some red with Fiona.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


©2015 Barry Smith - A tiny (about 20mm in diameter) blossom tucked away in the foliage
The mornings are much brighter - even at 6am it is too light to see the colour of the sunrise. But the compensation is the abundance of colour of blossoms and birds.

My walk took a bit longer than usual as I found myself drawn to the detail and pattern of many of the flowers as you can see below. And I like how some of the backgrounds are soft and out of focus letting the detail shine.

©2015 Barry Smith - Tiny spider hides out in the colour

©2015 Barry Smith - Tiny seaside daisy with soft background 
©2015 Barry Smith - Sun catches bursting new blossom
©2015 Barry Smith - Sun catches unfurling blossom
The morning view across the valley was soft - filled with smoke.

And the day ended with a flaring sunset and reflection on cloud and smoke.