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August 14, 2019

Inspiration Going Up In Flames…

The exterior “Garden” ornament area of the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition in 2017 had a variety of items that I liked and wanted to record in my arty reference and inspiration files. The metal sun I particularly like as a more organic style than most that have pointy extra parts that illustrate that it is in fact a sun, instead of a moon or other planet. With a little bit of adjustment this could also be a sunflower. I have a small “thing” about trees and leaves, I love them, love to draw, photograph and observe them. That’s why I was inspired by the round log burner with the tree images on it, although I have to say that a burner that has beautiful images of threes on it is a tad ironic considering that we cut down trees to burn inside it. It’s literally the source of your inspiration going up in flames!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 12, 2019

Creepy Or Charming? You Decide…

My next find at the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition in 2017 were these (I think they were cast concrete) faces. They remind me a little bit of Shrek, but somehow, for me at least, there is not quite enough charm and whimsy in the expression to avoid them just being creepy. They were too big to use as doorstops (unless you had a barn door that needed propping open, and as a garden ornament I am not sure what you would do with it.  I live in a big city and don’t have a garden but if I did I’m not sure if knowing that Shrek’s cousin was grinning in the moonlight near the potting shed would fill me with confidence or unease.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 11, 2019

Would You Keep A Cow In The Back Garden?

There seems to be a current trend for painting on stone (or concrete). Sometimes these take the form of small decorative pebbles and stones, other times they are intended to be hyper realistic images of other things. The popular theme of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition appeared to be cats, but sheep, cows, birds and even a bear (who I think doubles as a post-box) is included. Some are more realistic than others (intended to be or not) and whilst I like, for instance the black crows and black and white cats for their realism, I can’t think of where I could possibly put them, or how I would want them at home.  But full sized sheep and cows? That would make for an “interesting” garden (if I had one).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 10, 2019

A Bike Style Revival…

Also dotted around the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition in 2017 were a selection of bicycles. Added as part of several displays, these instantly made me point my lens in their direction, the images headed for my arty reference and inspiration files. The wear and tear are part of the charm, and bikes with this sort of front parcel carrier have made a huge comeback as “every day” bikes here in the Netherlands. I think they are not just practical but also beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 9, 2019

When Not Washing Up The Pots Is A Good Thing…

Visiting the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition 2017, I found a selection of decorative pots, jars, bottles and the like to photograph and include in my artistic reference and inspiration files. Age, dust, chips and dents are all part of the charm of these pieces and so doing the washing up, cleaning or repairing them would certainly be detrimental in these instances. Cleaning up would be wiping away the character that comes with dusty bottles and lamps so I’m delighted to see that these have been presented in their “as is” state.

I also love that these are all a break from the endless stream of plastic goods, since most of them were made before the “plastic explosion” took place. I hope that we can be inspired to return to more products that use less plastic for the sake of our planet, these were made to last and we need to return to that ideology more too. If only that could be managed despite the constant battle of companies to incite the people of the world towards rampant consumerism.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 8, 2019

How Much Do You Want To Scare The Kids?

The next thing to catch my eye for my arty reference files during the Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition in 2017 is this large garden urn. I’m supposing that you have the option to use the top basin with water inside as a bird bath as well, but these plants set it of beautifully as a planter. I was not just interested in the ribbon and fruit decoration on the north/south faces of it, but also in the fact that if you turn it to face either the east/west sides, you get an entirely different vista” with the face of a very angry looking ram. I suppose that if you have a garden and put this inside, which “face” points outwards depends entirely on how much you want to scare the kids.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 6, 2019

Art Study: Ropes And Barrel…

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Whilst visiting the Garderen Sand sculpture exhibition in 2017 I came across this barrel that had some sort of nautical rope attached to it. It was so photogenic that I couldn’t help but stop and take photographs. These are for my artistic inspiration reference files, beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 17, 2019

Looking In The Windows…

My second post in this two-parter today is all about the detail of the buildings depicted in “A daytrip into the city”. These are mostly for my architectural detail files, but also for me to drool over the sheer attention to detail that goes into these pieces.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 2, 2019

Alas, Feathers Aren’t Flat…

I’ve been laid up of late, with some big limitations in movement (fortunately it’s all good and all temporary). I’ve been doing very little so grabbed my camera and attempted to photograph these feathers. Yes, I am having some depth of field issues again but this seems to be mostly because the feathers are not flat and there is a big difference between the bits that are closest and most furthest away from the camera lens. These are for my artist inspiration files and well, I’ll keep trying…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 28, 2019

How Amazingly The Human Body Functions…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m having a another go taking photographs of flowers, this time, not trying to zoom in quite as far as my previous attempts that were less successful (Baby steps).

I was not just interested in the brightly coloured and really beautiful flowers themselves but also the leaves that came with them, especially the large one that had nine sort of “blades” coming off the central stem.

It was most intriguing and more photogenic than I managed to do it justice.

I’m not botanical enough to know the names of the flower but they too shone; vibrant colours and a ton of detail.

Every time I attempt to photograph things like these it (a) gives me a newfound respect for people who do it brilliantly because it’s harder than it looked and (b) reminds me just how amazingly the human body functions because the difference between what the camera lens captures and the human eye can see, are worlds apart.
This is especially noticeable when it comes to things like the nuances of the shade cast by the leaves on the white background, or the level of detail seen in the leaf veins or flower petals. Reminds me of the bible saying: “We are fearfully and wonderfully made”. These photographs are for my photographic reference files… some arty picture in the future awaits.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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