stories and illustration

New Year’s Day

Paid no attention to New Year as an event, heard a few fireworks in the distance at midnight, but for me Christmas is the celebration; though on the razz in Edinburgh at Hogmanay must be an experience.  However, New Year is a good time to make some vague decisions, and mine this year is to make a point of going out and drawing from life, alternating this with the camera, which I have grown fond of, as it makes me look at things, rather than walking in a dworm. I never really looked at the skies until I went out with a camera. How strange. And I never used a camera except to take details of scenes for illustration. So painting, and having a digital camera, are new delights.

The pictures for exhibition are nearly ready, but on New Year’s Day and on January 2nd I went out in the afternoon, away from The Tardis, to walk by the Tweed. I have tried to take pictures of somthing other than trees silhouetted against the sun.  The camera does very much change things when one points it at the sun, this dramatic darkness set off by the flaring light is alluring and dramatic, but it is not the true light of January afternoon. The  trees and foliage looked foxy red in the light of the declining sun, against the blue of the sky.


Why I am attracted to shadows, reflections, shifting light, translucence, mirrors.

Spent the day today fastening mirror plates to pictures, that aren’t quite finished, and will need to be varnished later in the week, except those that have a a top scribble of oil pastel. My work is narrative, still full of musicians and children, but over the past year, which is the first time I have had time and space and sponduliks sufficient to just work away on doing paintings, new ideas and new methods are creeping in, and I look forward to exploring them this year.  But I think I have forgotten how to draw, if I ever knew how, so that is the project for the future. I will encourage myself by trying to put a couple of drawings a month on the website. Things are changing in the work, but this has to just happen while in the process, there is no point in having an idea of one’s own importance and trying to live up to this.

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  1. Great shots, Cara. 🙂


    Comment by Babu Suresh | June 4, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks so much for your comment. I like taking photographs of water, but this was a new aspect. I liked the way the mist covered the landscape. There was a red sign of the edge of the field saying: Danger. Irrigation machine. Which I found a bit strange.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | June 4, 2014 | Reply

      • Hi Cara,

        Terrific. 🙂

        I wish to reblog your old posts before coming to the fresh ones. Everytime, I find your timing of your shots amazing.

        Take care. Pleasant evening

        Babu, Suresh


        Comment by Babu Suresh | June 4, 2014

      • Hi Babu (is that how I should address you?) – I am so happy that you enjoy my photographs. It has given me something new and quite unexpected, this wandering about with a camera. Maybe I am an enthusiast because I take photographs for my own pleasure, and not as a profession. That said, I’ve had an interesting day today working on a picture book. Anyway, thank you so much for your comments. Take care yourself. All the best, Cara


        Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | June 4, 2014

      • Hi Cara,

        Interesting to meet an interesting person with an interesting mind set. 🙂

        Looking forward to learning more from you.

        Babu, Suresh


        Comment by Babu Suresh | June 5, 2014

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