27 February 2011


Whale bone found on the beach at Wineglass Bay, Tasmania. ( A beautiful beach).
It is about the size of a dinner plate, and appears to be part of a vertebra. The other side is smooth.
Whales are so big it staggers me. I also found a flipper bone ( equivalent to your finger bone) which is sort of like the size of a brick. Imagine having brick fingers! I don't know where that flipper bone is just now, otherwise I would've shown you. ( How did I misplace something like that?!(chagrin))
Beach combing... beach combing.

24 February 2011

Tame Cheetah

New header. Obviously I am learning about animated gifs. Sorry that my boyish enthusiasm is disrupting the otherwise studious and circumspect tone of this blog. Anyways, imagine you had a pet cheetah... Awesome! Take it down to Brunetti's for a coffee. Just don't let it chase stuff. Because it is the fastest thing on legs.

23 February 2011

Sign Here? Or Here?

Morandi again...
Apparently Morandi had a complex method of composing the objects within his natura morta paintings.
This is pretty fascinating, given the grosso modo appearance of the paintings.
I've read that he used grid systems and arcs in his layouts of the models and so forth, to achieve some sort of quasi-mathematical balance. Something that puzzles me, in light of this, is his signature. It is often relatively large, and so needs to be considered as a compositional element in itself. Hard to see in these cropped images, but sometimes they're left, sometimes centre- I always look for the signature and note what he did with it in each instance.

21 February 2011

Matsuyani- Part I

I visited a wisened old pine tree

And brought a wooden box...

 ...to collect the sap that oozes from this old scar. I don't know how this tree was damaged- looks like an axe cut at the top, and some burnt areas at the bottom. And the very highest boughs look as though they may have been struck by lightning, I think. You can admire an old tree like this- for its long-suffering.

My greying hair ( at 33!) looks like a spiders body

Into the box goes the sap- or matsuyani to the Japanese. The warm summer wind combs the golden grass and the smell of the sap is good.  I am going to follow a traditional Japanese recipe to make a very useful substance- the main ingredient is pine sap. The next step is to refine the sap by boiling off the volatile turpenes. I dont want this stuff to burn easily. Why? What is this for? All will be revealled in part II (and hopefully part III....)
Until then, Ill leave you on this note:

The bucolic charm of this Australian vista ( I admit, I am a bucaholic)- and the incongruous pine branch- in Japanese composition. Thats sort of how I'm feeling. 

17 February 2011

Paesaggio di Morandi

   via dorotheum.com

These Morandi paintings go for around $600,000 or so. The still lifes are more naturally.(naturamortally?)
Now I know what its going to cost me. Better start savin'.

Morandi!...( I gesture emphatically) ...è il maestro del colore!
Vero, vero, la sua è una tavolozza sommesso... e sottile... ma spesso mmmolto belle

Epic Battles

via puc-rio

Who would win between a Lion and a Snake?
French son-of-a-Goldsmith, Antoine-Louis Barye, modelled his theory

A very internally-dynamic sculpture, the lion is roaring at the ground... Im not sure if thats a victory roar, or if he's screaming in pain from snake bite...

Barye fixed some pretty crazy fights as well as that one; 

 via academic

Tiger vs Alligator might've been a fairer fight if it were an Australian Saltwater Crocodile...
...just sayin'

Pile of Stags vs Gravity
( Gravity always wins) 

Kitten v Indecision and Self Doubt
That's a tough one, actually.

12 February 2011

Hokusai's Promise

"From the age of six I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was fifty I had published a universe of designs. but all I have done before the the age of seventy is not worth bothering with. At seventy five I'll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am eighty you will see real progress. At ninety I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At a hundred I shall be a marvelous artist. At a hundred and ten everything I create; a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age. I used to call myself Hokusai, but today I sign my self 'The Old Man Mad About Drawing.' "

11 February 2011

Still a Jeweller

"Often people want to describe me as ‘making more than just jewellery’ - they prefer to describe me as ‘an artist who makes small sculptures’. Jewellery making in their eyes is not an esteemed enough practice for an artist. I remind them whatever place jewellery has in the contemporary visual arts hierarchy that it has a long history, perhaps the oldest. In fact the oldest examples we have of human material history confirm that it is jewellery that provides the earliest evidence of our capacity to think symbolically. Jewellery still has that capacity - that’s what keeps me interested – I’m an artist but I’m still a jeweller."

–Warwick Freeman

    6 February 2011


     Looking like a rather shabby Daniel Eatock project - these cards are actually part of a board game that was devised by my Dad in the mid-80's, called Scribble. We all helped to make the prototype. The childish handwriting makes me smile- mine is the goofiest, with the most corrections ( who can spell 'Peugeot' anyway?) The game is a drawing game, where one player draws one of the challenging items on the list and the others have to guess what it is. Sound familiar? Pictionary- an international smash hit- was released in 1985 -much to Dad's drop-jawed disappointment! Nevermind, Dad- I loved your game- and I often play drawing-guessing games with my kids. ( Now, how would you draw Mahjong?!)

    1 February 2011

    A Little Break...

    Thank you everyone, for your well-wishes and acts of kindness for my family-
    while I get better from this episode!

    I'll be taking a short break from this blog, maybe a week or so.

    The Golden Smith Shop is CLOSED for the time being too.
    Ill keep you posted on this.

    But Ill be back- hope you'll dial me up, we greatly appreciate your support!