Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Who ate the moon and morning light

©2019 Barry Smith - Moon eclipse this morning
When we rose this morning there was a hint of sunshine in the east as you can see from the photos below.

©2019 Barry Smith - Hint of sunrise but you can still see stars in the sky
©2019 Barry Smith - Looking south over the rim of the water in the fire-pit bowl
But there was also a full moon in the west.

©2019 Barry Smith - Moon at about 5.50am this morning
©2019 Barry Smith - Moon at about 6am - slight shadow of the eclipse starting
©2019 Barry Smith - Looking west over the rim of the water in the fire-pit bowl - about 6am
By the time I got home from my walk part of the moon had disappeared - and eclipsed? I had not heard there was to be an eclipse; but the photo above shows I captured the first faint shadow as I set off on my walk; and the eclipse was definitely happening when I returned. To see the eclipse set below the horizon was extra special.

©2019 Barry Smith - Eclipse happening as I returned home 
©2019 Barry Smith - Eclipsed moon setting
©2019 Barry Smith - Eclipsed moon in the trees on the ridge line to the west
After all that excitement the valley and hills were covered in soft blues, pink and apricot.

©2019 Barry Smith - And then there was a coloured sky - in the west 
©2019 Barry Smith - The magic of the valley and hills
Pretty amazing and serendipitous experience.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Mini peace bowl; or a pendant; or a keyring piece

©2019 Barry Smith -  Shallow bowl forms on the rust table
I managed to form all the peace pieces into shallow bowls. Then it was over to the grinding-polishing bench to take the rough edges off; and bring out the beauty of the silver-plate by polishing with a fine steel wire wheel.

©2019 Barry Smith - Stacks of ground and polished pieces on the polishing bench
I just love the afternoon sun and the play of light and shadows on the pieces on the rust table.

©2019 Barry Smith - Stacks of polished peace pieces on the rust table
©2019 Barry Smith - Looks like a gathering of highly reflective peace pieces
©2019 Barry Smith - Looking across the 63 peace pieces
The pieces are now ready for International Peace Day.

©2019 Barry Smith - As you can see with the small hole the peace piece can be used as a small bowl; or a pendant or a tag on a key ring
©2019 Barry Smith - Slightly different design - only a few of these

Friday, July 12, 2019

Pieces for peace - but first....

©2019 Barry Smith - A piece for peace stamped and formed into the bowl shape - plus rust
I have made a start on the pieces I'm making for giving away to promote International Peace Day on 21 September 2019.

But the process was interrupted by a call for small book earring that contain the words peace and love. So these were made and delivered to Compassion Artists' Book Exhibition.

©2019 Barry Smith - A pairs of love and peace books for earrings
©2019 Barry Smith - Love and peace book earrings - plus rust
So the process of making my pieces could continue after completing the earrings - process photos follow.

©2019 Barry Smith - Stamping the peace and flower symbols (bit of my inner hippy appearing?) on the square blanks of silver-plated brass - cut from an old large round serving tray. Very large copper hammer is good for stamping peace symbols 
©2019 Barry Smith - Just nice symmetry
©2019 Barry Smith - Sixty-three pieces of metal stamped
Hopefully over the weekend I will form the stamped pieces into the square bowl shapes  and give them a grind and polish. This all takes time when one is making 63 pieces.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Blossoms on the block

©2019 Barry Smith - Unfurling - delicate pink and white camellia
Though we are in the middle of winter there are still some brave plants and bushes that are producing the odd blossom. It makes me smile to discover blossoms that forgot that it is winter and time to hibernate.

©2019 Barry Smith - Violet catching the sun
©2019 Barry Smith - Delicate weed flower
©2019 Barry Smith - Native violet
©2019 Barry Smith - Such detail and layers of complexity in this magnolia
©2019 Barry Smith - Unfurling pink camellia bathed in dew
©2019 Barry Smith - Our first tiny snowdrop.
©2019 Barry Smith - Rosemary blossoms - note the tiny native bee in the bottom right flower
©2019 Barry Smith - Graham has a few orchids out in his orchid house
And because we are back into a dry patch the cloudless morning sky produces that horizon of peach and blue.

©2019 Barry Smith - Morning cloud and colour in the valley and hills
We need the fragments of colour to nurture us on the short days of winter.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Of rust and product

©2019 Barry Smith - The rusting process has begun
We have purchased some strips of Corten steel to create a border around part of the gravel on the new sculpture terraces. This type of steel is meant to rust but not rust away. When it was picked up it was a blue metal colour but after only 24 hours in the rain it has already started to rust and form some gorgeous patterns as you can see from the photo above and below.

©2019 Barry Smith - Almost looks like a rusty landscape
I will install the strips as soon as we get fine weather.

I managed to make time this morning to finish polishing and tagging the Leafspoons and Leaf Pate Knives to take in to Maleny additions.

©2019 Barry Smith - Polished pieces on the polishing bench - with a bit of gratuitous rust
©2019 Barry Smith - Six very reflective Leaf Pate Knives
©2019 Barry Smith - Pattern on the back of the pate knives
©2019 Barry Smith - Six Leafspoons ready for market

This afternoon I got out the metal I cut to make my International Peace Day pieces. I have started the stamping process - but that will be the subject of another post.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Book earrings and peace book pendants

2019 Barry Smith - Small (about 1.8cm X 1.2cm) silver-plated book earrings - solid silver hooks
During the week and today I have grabbed time to make more book earrings for the shop at Compassion Artists' Book Exhibition. A few photos of the work in progress follow.

2019 Barry Smith - A vintage bookmaker vice assists in the riveting process
2019 Barry Smith - Each pair of earrings has a compassion related word stamped on a page of both earrings
2019 Barry Smith - Nine pairs of earrings - riveted and ready for grinding and polishing - each pair is kept separated as are the left and right earring
I managed to complete 9 pairs of the earrings that are now boxed and tagged ready for delivery to the Nambour Old Ambo Gallery tomorrow afternoon.

2019 Barry Smith - The v in love almost looks like a micro heart
2019 Barry Smith - Nine pairs of earrings - boxed
I will also deliver 5 Peace Book Pendants given peace is an integral part of compassion.

2019 Barry Smith - Slender Peace Book Pendant - each pendant has 4 leaves-8 pages
2019 Barry Smith - Peace statement is stamped on the 3 page

Weather permitting I will get to finish polishing the Leaf Spoons and Leaf Pate Knives for Maleny Additions over the weekend.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Moody morning and other fragments

©2019 Barry Smith - Dark but interesting pixelated colours and reflected light off misty cloud layers
I was almost going to title this post "Is it ever going to be light again in the morning?" - the early mornings seem so dark at the moment. Whilst we had a blazing sunset yesterday this morning was all about sultry greys, blues and purples.

My morning walk was, in the main, done in grey light. Beautiful and quiet; but there was no blossom or bird colour to catch the eye.

©2019 Barry Smith - Looking east up the driveway
©2019 Barry Smith - Walking the path from Mountain View Road to Treehaven Way. 
©2019 Barry Smith - Looking along Treehaven Way
The light had pushed the dark back by the time I got home but it was still pale.

©2019 Barry Smith - The mountains through Camellias 
Because it is the middle of winter we have been seeing a lot more cloud lingering in the valley - sometimes in banks, layers and rolls.

©2019 Barry Smith - Banks of cloud - not yet lifted from the valley even though the sun was well up
The recent rain has offered s little bit of winter fungi.

©2019 Barry Smith - Fungi layers
©2019 Barry Smith - Gorgeous colour and flutes