It's an odd but interesting metal clad building perched on the edge of the Glasgow Science centre on the banks of the River Clyde. Not the first time I've photographed this place but before it was more it's relevance to its environment rather than picking up on shapes and reflections from it. Just a big up to the Fuji X100v which is a fabulous piece of kit, the learning curve was steeper than I expected , especially post processing which is minimally done in cut down Capture One but having touch screen focussing, a quite amazing depth in the RAW files and a super sharp lens..... and it's pocketable size make it my most favourite piece of photographic kit ever, eclipsing even my Leicaflex SL2 which it resembles in build quality and also heft. Here are some more...
So the letter from Mercedes turned up telling us to get to the nearest Commercial dealer toot sweet as our steering rack could unexpectedly give up the ghost unannounced due to the use of nylon screws in the housing.....turns out the closest dealers are in a) Dumfries and b) Glasgow a mere one and three-quarter hour journey one way...getting to Glasgow the first time...yes first time.... we were told that if a problem was found then they would have to keep the vehicle, order in a new rack, do all the tracking and blahde blah blah blah....that's not was in the official Mercedes letter so we had only gone in the one car avec une picnic not expecting the vehicle to be 2 days in the garage, rebook. Off back to the wilds we go.
So today we returned, armed with 2 vehicles, hung about taking in the River Clyde, kicking a few cans and trying not to interact with the locals. The rack it seems was the easy job, now the rear brakes need changing, so for this Christmas we are giving each other a new rear brake fitting each ....HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Oh there are some new graffitti images in a Gallery over here, enjoy.
Well my interpretation. This is a sheet of watercolour paper heavily gesso'd and then a base acrylic and marker layer applied. I then worked on it with Oil sticks and used sgraffito and blended using my fingers before cutting into it with pencils and palette knives...falls into the realms of organised messing about if you delete any technical jargon.
So there is my house, the cemetery, Water of Gregg and a watery winters sun. Read into the rest of it as you may !! The image of the Water of Gregg is from Robert Moyes Adam just follow the link to learn more
,,,that I would be dumping my long term partner and casting my gaze over a stripped down competitor that has been lifting it's skirts in my direction these past couple of months....Yes I may be on the cusp of burning my 'I love Adobe' T-Shirt and cladding myself head to toe in Capture One leisure wear. For Interweb fanboys you probably know that Adobe really can't be bothered to faffle with Lightroom to make it work with. Fuji X trans processor files, load your files , and just like I did, wonder why your eye wateringly expensive Fuji camera could produce such dross and on such a regular basis.
But, trumpet fanfare time, there is a match made in heaven and what makes it better is that it is a freebie for Fuji and Sony fanboys in the form of a stripped back RAW editing interface, okay bad news is it doesn't export DNG or RAW but you can get by with the Tiff and for most uses Jpeg....besides that once you have followed their comprehensive training videos photo faffling does become quite easy . All the Fuji profiles are there but with a lot of tools like gradients and adjustment brushes not being present, get it right in camera and you shouldn't need them anyway. Now this isn't a programme if you want to 'shake it like a polaroid picture' and blend layers or tug and pull perspective, but if you want a no nonsense Raw convertor then this is a good one to try.
It looks like they do a freebie for Nikon Shooters as well...so give it a go, In the new year I will try the fully blown version and see if I need it.
Right another new gallery over on Photo Art as well. Thanks for calling by.
...who knew that oil paint came in a stick and also that we had a ready supply of them already in the house!!. So another technique to have a go at and also witter away some more hours on the University of YouTube . YouTube is 15 years old btw...I need to go and see what was thought of as must have apps back then...anyway, nothing really thematic about these but I quite like how they have worked out. Gesso on Arches paper, 11 x 8 inches and then lots of layers and acrylic, pencil, graphite and oil pastel.
...is where I spend a lot of time. So many differing types of beach on this stretch of coast, I've done blogposts in the past, Ballantrae was one of them . Now we are in proper winter (allegedly it will snow tomorrow)(...it did...) the sun is always low, the sunsets on the beach have headed down south and there is a distinct nip in the air. I've posted a new set of images in Photo Art looking at shape and texture in an almost 2 dimensional photographic way by looking at the sea wall at Girvan.. I was out on Monday trying to capture some long exposure images but the wind put paid to any sharpness so straight in the bin for that lot!.
Also found a dead Bay Porpoise so contacted the marine Research unit at Strathclyde University and they wanted co-ordinates, which I provided, so a volunteer could go and pick it up for examination. Anyway some recent images.
...a poorly porpoise...
For those of you who have hung about on this 'Journey' of mine from Linocut to Gelli plates then onwards to acrylics and now...yes almost there, using Oil Sticks and next up is Oil paint and Cold Wax...the end of the learning exercise..... and thanks for sticking with me on this.
There has been some terrible Bin Fodder produced along the way but they do or did make excellent fire starters. So these 2 are on 60 x 40cm canvas boards, I'm looking at panels to work on next, there is some collage work underneath and I've used Gesso to add texture to the surface. Newest problem I've found is the drying time of the Oil Sticks...anyway. I've spent hours on the University of Youtube looking and learning and would like to thanks all those folk who have used there time to put together such a huge volume of learning resources, I've hardly had anytime to watch any Cat videos. So at this point I know the style of image I want to produce, the materials I need to do that and the time to put it into being. Well there appears to be some sort of lockdown going on, here up in the hills of Scotland it's just another day... So I did promise photography next and I have put a small group of images together so ….next up...Photography !!!!. Thanks for calling by.
Sorry the image above is 'Apero'..had some great ones in France, a short burst of socialising at the end of the day...time limited, but alcohol and snacks.
Down below is 'Diner pour Un' which if I remember from my Breton days is against the Law and you were welcomed into any household for a proper meal.
In these dark times let this be your fireside cup of cocoa with added digestive biscuits. It may skirt the edges of real art but I'll get there but who knows when???? Art from the edge of the Galloway Forest in downtown Ayrshire.