Local Heart, Global Soul

August 20, 2019

Coat-tails In The Wind…

The next piece the the wood carving artist created in the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition is not this time about wild animals, but rather some domesticated ones. This shepherd is carrying a lamb and and herding his sheep with the aid of a sheep-dog. The wind is clearly strong, he is bent forward with his coat billowing out behind him.

Knowing sheep farming I see that the sheep have a full fleece and their tails have not been docked. The presence of the new lamb indicates that it’s spring, so these are stragglers who are being rounded up for shearing and docking. With the wool shorn they will be more comfortable and healthier during the hot summer months.

Docking the tails to make them shorter may sound cruel. but if they are left long then their poo collects on the tails and flies come to the poo, laying their eggs and making the beast susceptible to maggot  or lice infestations. (apologies if you were eating breakfast whilst reading that!). The lamb is bleating for it’s mother, a good sign because it probably means they have bonded well.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 19, 2019

This Cat Might Not Be Purring When You Get Close…

So far during the wood sculpture section of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition, we have seen fox kits / cubs lodged safely inside their den made out of a hollowed out log. This next piece contains and animal  hiding in a hollow log but one where you would not want to get too close to.

I think this is a bobcat (as opposed to a feral cat) because of the shape of the ears and the general size of the beast. This is one kitty that might not be making a purring sound if you found yourself in a position close enough to hear!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 18, 2019

Horses, Disturbing The Peace…

The wood sculptures at the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition follow a “nature” theme. This one is of two horses… and I must admit that I find it rather unsettling. Are the two horses in the act of procreation? I have no problem with that, it’s a natural act after all,  but would I want a statue of it in my home or garden? That’s entirely another thing. Are they perhaps wild horses, neighing and whinnying as they gallop? Again, no idea. The wild eyes and expression of the horse at the top is far from restful though and I think that not knowing what the artist had in mind makes this piece unnerving. Not all of the sculptures here are tranquil (and that’s ok too), but this one really does disturb the viewers peace.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 17, 2019

The Story Of The Boars, Birds And Foxes…

Following yesterday’s post about the wooden fox sculpture I saw whilst visiting the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition, today’s post is all about what is at the other end of that bench. The fox kit / cub may be tucked away in a hidey-hole at the base, but a wild pig lurks just around the corner of this tree stump. Above them are three birds and another fox. Stupidly I meant to take photographs of the black bird at the end so that I could include more detail, but I got distracted by something and totally forgot. (Duh!) It’s an unusual piece as far as it’s purpose as a seat is concerned, but if I owned a large woodland garden then I can see how it would fit right in, under the trees. Then I thought of placing this at a bird sanctuary maybe… and remembered the foxes, so whoops.. maybe not.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 16, 2019

A Foxhole And The Fox…

Near the entrance of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition was a section where a variety of wooden sculptures were displayed. This is a two-part post featuring two halves of one piece. First we have a bench, anchored at one end by the larger of the two sculptures,  but featuring at the base a hidy-hole nook where a small animal was hiding, it appears to be a kit or cub (a baby fox), at the other end of the bench is the parent, standing proud, looking around. Her stance indicates that maybe she has heard a mouse rustle, or a predator come close…? Who knows. The last photograph shows the entire piece, in real life it would take a very brave fox to have it’s family living in the vicinity of these magnificent birds.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 15, 2019

Content To Just Look And Enjoy…

Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition of 2017 featured something new (at least compared with the previous two years) in their outside entrance way area: Wood carved art works. The theme centered around nature, forest animals and birds for the most part, so today’s post is of a pair of deer with their fawns.One of the fawns is standing, nursing, the other is laying down. A cure pair (if you like that sort of thing in your garden). I am content to just look and enjoy.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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 13, 2019

Beauty In Season All Year Round…

I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my plant and flower photography. Back in 2017 whilst visiting the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition I spied a few that didn’t present any problems when it came to swaying in the wind. These tulips are beautifully colourful but a tad ironic since the wood from trees (one plant variety) was used to make fake flowers (another plant variety).

I have to confess to having a bunch of these on my desk at work; mine are different, slightly more realistic, each bloom is multi-coloured and smaller, The bonus points are that they don’t give me hay-fever,  last forever, no worries about water on my computer desk and I don’t have to water stuff or clean it all up when it gets old. The other side of the coin though is that nothing brightens up a room more than the sight and smell of a vase of beautiful fresh flowers.

I keep the wooden ones at work and save fresh ones at home where we can enjoy them for longer. Luckily flowers are cheap in the Netherlands, most households have a fresh bunch of flowers at home some time during the week and they are a standard item to take with you to give to the host if you go to someone’s house to a meal for instance. The tulips might not be real but colour and beauty can be in season all year round.

(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)

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