Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fragment from out trip and the phone

©2019 Fiona Dempster - Deckled Edged Press's limited edition social issues posters commissioned by OurCommunity
There was no walk today as Fiona and I have been away for a few days in Melbourne to attend the Communities in Control Conference. It was good to get away and be immersed in the inspiring social action related presentations and thinking of the Communities in Control conference. It gave me a bit of a lift after the great disappointment of the outcome of our federal election on 18 May.

It was also an opportunity to catch up with our friends at OurCommunity; and to check out their new office space called Our Community House - a shared space for not-for-profit organisations.

We went for a brief tour of the building; and were delighted to see some of our art works on display in various nooks. Fiona took a few photos of our work - I share a few of those images above and below.

©2019 Fiona Dempster - Rusted wheat scythe and Huon pine sculpture by Barry Smith
©2019 Fiona Dempster - Rusted sheet metal and Huon pine sculpture by Barry Smith
©2019 Fiona Dempster - Gorgeous piece by Bren - disguising a fractured column
Hopefully Fiona will share more of her photos in the near future.

Given it is iPhoneograpy on Wednesday I share a few bits and pieces that were lurking on my phone for the last week or so.

©2019 Barry Smith - Unfurling edge of a pumpkin flower petal
©2019 Barry Smith - Web with droplets against a grey sky - spinning off into the abyss 
©2019 Barry Smith - Beauty in Graham's orchid house
©2019 Barry Smith - Berries in a vase in a small coffee shop - Melbourne
©2019 Barry Smith - Small web in the avocado tree - note the spiral at the centre
©2019 Barry Smith - Two other beauties of Graham in the orchid house.
It is also good to be back on the mountain to soak up a little of its stillness and peace.


  1. I just don't "get" the elections on both sides of our world ... what are people thinking?

    Thank goodness for art and nature ... and for the iPhoneography that brings them to us in the ether. Your captions are especially appreciated, making me stop and look a bit more closely (the spider web spiral in particular).

  2. your photos of the droplets on spiderwebs are magic!

  3. Beautiful droplet necklace! And, I admit that the horror show over here in the US is distracting me from a lot, so I don't know what transpired in your political world, but it doesn't sound hopeful. Such challenging times. The need for art is strong.

  4. Hi LA, MC and VA - I thank you for your visits and comments - I sorry that I have been pretty tardy in responding lately - I put blog comments on my todo list but it tends to fall off. Will try to get back in the groove. LA - the elections on both our sides of the world just leave us shaking our heads. How can folk support such deception - don't they realise they will not get the sport or policies promised. As you say it is good that we can immerse ourselves in art. MC - thank you - as you know I'm quite intrigued by droplets. VA - love your reflection on the droplets. I totally agree - the horror shows we share can suck the vitality and creativity out of us. We need to persevere - onwards with art. Go well. B


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