Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A walk in soft morning light

©2019 Barry Smith - Layers of an unfurling leaf in soft morning light
We are are heading deeper into autumn - that means the light at about 6am is getting to be softer with pastel shades in it as you can see from the photo below.

©2019 Barry Smith - Soft valley light
Walks on such mornings seems to be quieter and softer - the colour of flowers can be more subtle. Bees are out foraging; but they seem a little sluggish.

©2019 Barry Smith - Bee and eucalyptus blossom
©2019 Barry Smith - Layer of tiny within the flower
©2019 Barry Smith - Delicate and hairlike 
©2019 Barry Smith - Soft tones
©2019 Barry Smith - Micro spider hides between the petals
©2019 Barry Smith - Baby bother bird on a bin in Treehaven Way
©2019 Barry Smith - Layers of petal and tiny flowers
©2019 Barry Smith - Layers of petal and tiny flowers
©2019 Barry Smith - Facing the sun - bursting with promise
Quite a lot of blossoms and trees were impacted by the recent heavy rain; but nature still offered some gems.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Something different - still in progress

©2019 Barry Smith - Stitching across the space - brass plate and stainless steel wire
After spending a couple of hours cleaning up my garage-studio this morning I started a new piece that might find its way into an up coming exhibition. The cleaning was necessary as my space was totally covered in fine dust from tiles being cut by the tiler who was working on the renovation on Saturday.

The work was in part inspired by a roll of high tensile stainless steel that a friend gave me - said I "probably could do something with it".

©2019 Barry Smith - A very significant amount of stainless steel wire
I decided to create a piece that has negative space between two section; and I planned to bridge that space with the stainless steel wire. A few process photos follow.

©2019 Barry Smith - Brass plate - offcuts I picked up along the way
©2019 Barry Smith - Brass plate tried and cut with a side grinder - marked yup for drilling 88 holes
©2019 Barry Smith - I broke 3 1.5mm drill bits on the task - fragile little numbers.
©2019 Barry Smith - Sheets drilled, ground and polished ready for stitching
©2019 Barry Smith
©2019 Barry Smith - A view of the stitches or staples from the back
©2019 Barry Smith - About half way
I think it is turning out pretty well. Fiona suggested that it might be called liminal space  - the space where transformation takes place if we learn to wait and let it form us.

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Unbound Book of Compassion - finished

©2019 Barry Smith - Brushed back of one leaf of the unbound book on rusted typewriter
It was a good feeling today to finish The Unbound Book of Compassion for the Compassion: Artists' Book Exhibition. There is a lot happening on our block, and a laundry renovation as well, so lots of distractions and calls on one's time.

I really like this book - not only does it have great content; it also has a link to early unbound books particularly those used in meditation and chants; it has links with the book leaves that were made from palm leaf and other fibrous leaves; and it has links with small shallow sacred and meditation bowls that were-are held in the palm of the hand.

A few photos of the process follow.

©2019 Barry Smith - Hammered the back of the leaf form without destroying the stamped words on the other side
©2019 Barry Smith - Book leaves stamped and formed into shapes that fit the palm of one's hand
©2019 Barry Smith - Polishing the stamped side of the leaves to a brushed finish using a steel wire wheel
And then the finished book - photographed over at the shed and workbench.

©2019 Barry Smith - Brushed finished leaf in typewriter keys - marks from the anvil show on the stamped face of the leaves after they have been hammered on the back
©2019 Barry Smith - High polish on the hammered backs of the book leaves
©2019 Barry Smith - Detail of some of the points the book leaves stand on
©2019 Barry Smith - The Unbound Book of Compassion with a couple of pages 'open'.
©2019 Barry Smith - The Unbound Book of Compassion - the leaves nestling in the upturned position
©2019 Barry Smith - The Unbound Book of Compassion - the leaves nestling together on their side 
A good way to end a Friday.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A walk on the wild side?

©2019 Barry Smith - Tomatoes and bell peppers from the garden
Fiona and I did gardening and harvesting in the veggie garden this morning so there was no walk along Treehaven Way. We had to go into town a bit earlyish for a couple of appointments. The sky was very blue and clear and the sunshine highlighted the flowers etc. 

A waterdragon perched safely on the block wall above the wildlife action below.

©2019 Barry Smith - Silhouette of a water-dragon on a block fence
For those who don't like snakes just scroll done a bit to beautiful blossoms and blue sky. On our way up to the main street beside the pathway near the community centre a medium sized python was devouring a possum. We didn't have time to stop and take a photo; but I did take one an hour later - the possum was devoured and snake with fat belly basked in the sun for a while before moving off to a safer spot in the bushes.
©2019 Barry Smith - Carpet python with a fat belly in dappled sun near block fence
©2019 Barry Smith - Fat bellied carpet python on the move
But to leave the blog on a cheery note a few photos of blue skies and blossoms.

©2019 Barry Smith - Blossoms and seed pods
©2019 Barry Smith - Detritus in the carpark
©2019 Barry Smith - Contrasts
©2019 Barry Smith - Twigs writing in the sky
©2019 Barry Smith - Sun highlights
©2019 Barry Smith - New growth-old growth
Who said walking from the carpark into the mainstream was boring.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Words of wisdom

©2019 Barry Smith - Four more pages of compassion related quotes
Very little time over the weekend to do art work - got a little time to stamp another four quotes relating to compassion. Still one to finish.

And then of course there is quite a lot to do by way of: hammering the the back of the leaf forms; shaping them; and then grinding and polishing.

©2019 Barry Smith - Lifting people up...
©2019 Barry Smith - My favourite - Compassion is a verb.
©2019 Barry Smith - Compassion - the greatest form of love
©2019 Barry Smith - By being compassionate to others we help ourselves? 
©2019 Barry Smith - Compassion
Still some way to go on the unbound artists' book - but if all one can do is to stamp words of wisdom then that is probably enough.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Unbound book

©2019 Barry Smith - Two pages of my leaf form artists book - in the rough
Today I started another artists book for the Compassion Artists' Book Exhibition. I want to make an unbound book that has loose leaves which are in fact hammered brass leaf shapes. My goal is to have 7 leaves each with it's own quote regarding compassion.  I want the leaf forms to be free standing; to wrap around each other; and to nestle gently in the palm of one's hand as one reads the quote.

A few images of the process follow.

©2019 Barry Smith - Leaf blank on the anvil - the reverse side of the blank has been hammered
©2019 Barry Smith - Quote by John Connolly stamped on the leaf blank
©2019 Barry Smith - Second leaf hammered and stamped with a quote from the Dalai Lama
©2019 Barry Smith - I love how the two pages wrap around each other and stand without support - graceful
©2019 Barry Smith - Five more blanks cut - awaiting stamping and hammering

©2019 Barry Smith - Curved form of the leaf - seriously in need of grinding and polishing
Over the weekend I hope to finish this book. It does not have a name yet.