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Julian Smith / Julian Smith Artist
Frame size: 44 x 35 cm
Art size: 28 x 19 cm
Current bid: £50
Drawing and painting Loch Rangag with its iconic broch at the north end, gave me some time to contemplate the panorama - and life over the millennia. However we regard ourselves today as a species there is little doubt that we are barely indistinguishable from our forebears. The piles of innumerable stones (and probably bones) that lie hidden just beneath the Caithness surface represent no more than a blink in time. And yet, even as we watch the seasons come and go, we can only wonder at the span of human endeavour and experience that has shaped the landscape and the people we have become. Paintings incorporating annotation have been a feature of much of my work over the years. I find the sketchbook style that includes weather conditions and fieldnotes, especially of birdlife, grounds the piece specifically in time and space – and is somehow so much more meaningful than a simple snapshot.
I was born in Birmingham in 1957, but 'home' has been Caithness since I was just two years old. A blurry kaleidoscope of childhood memories flowed, seemingly for ever: It was a time when summers were always long and sunny, winters were definitely cold and snowy - but most importantly, there were birds everywhere! As I remember it, cameras hadn't been invented yet, but fortunately oil paint had - which made capturing life, post black-and-white, much easier. Aged nine or ten I had mastered enough control of the medium to render a typical scene (as I imagined it) bang outside our front door - a bizarre world where scale, three dimensions and any concept of ecosystem conventions were clearly some way off. This nirvana of untouched landscapes and wildlife (birdlife in particular) was a place I wanted to be – and still do.
Chrysoprase is a delightful stone of the green ray. It has metaphysical properties for healing as well as being a stone to attract new love, abundance and prosperity. It promotes joy and happiness and brings through the vibration of Divine Truth, while helping to heal the heart of the energy of depression and anxiety.
Honestly, life has changed alot this year. I've been through some trials & errors. It's been battle for me. To keep pushing forward and finally be able to come out on the other side better. All of us struggle with our own internal battles each and every day just like I have. I hope you keep fighting for your dreams and goals & prosper. I have made this T-shirt as a representation of the Internal transformation that's within all of us! I hope you enjoy!
P.S. Just Contact me if you would like one.