words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home | Is A Room With A View

For this room with a view, I thought a little abstract texture would hit the mark. This is the window in my bedroom.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home | Is Where The Art Is

There is a path that will take you home, and when you arrive, it is a lovely thing to find art everywhere. This digitally remixed photograph is hanging in my bedroom. The piece is entitled “The Empty Space”.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful 03 – Slow Creek and Trees

A lovely hike of leisure along a creek in the low-country of South Carolina….

During my 2005 artist in residency with the South Carolina State Parks, I had some time to hike and reflect. An important source of inspiration was the beautiful landscape at Barnwell State Park. Here I discovered a trail that meandered by a slow-moving creek. Trees over-hanging, and the glimpse of sunlight flickering on the water made for an exciting contemplative view.

Finding peace in nature and solitude

Life offers some very rewarding peaceful moments….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful 02 – Mountain and Sky

Just a glimpse of a peaceful moment … fleeting … mountain and sky….

Through the shadows, mountain and sky

A photograph taken while hiking in the mountains of Tennessee….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful – Lake and Sky

Moments that give us peaceful reflections are all around us….

Giulas over at the blog The Eternal Solitude of the Restless Mind says this is a wonderful prompt for the beginning of the new year. And I agree wholeheartedly. As we move forward—working hard, playing hard, and living life to the fullest, it is important to slow down and find a peaceful moment. A time out is needed. So a visit to a beautiful lake on a lovely day, can be just the ticket. It will rejuvenate the mind and body.

Hope you enjoy my visit to the lake.

Lake and sky on a beautiful day

 It was a cold, brisk day but warm in statue….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Sky and Mountain….

The space in-between sky and mountain

there are so many paths

one can take

looking inward

facing outward

where we discover

the places in-between

…the between-space

magically soothing



…sky and mountain

and on the summit

we breathe deep

searching and finding

a place to rest

in a moment

where our thoughts

are carried off

so gently by the wind….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Windows at Highwire Gallery – Island, Water, Bridge exhibit 1993….

What illumination, the light shinning through; creating the perfect ambience for the found art installation.

The windows at highwire gallery - the second street art building

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity 03

Over the years, I have been awarded several artist’s fellowships for interdisciplinary pursuits. In 2004, I was awarded my second artist residency. It was with the South Carolina State Parks’ artist residency program. It was an opportunity that I truly looked forward to participating in. I was commissioned to showcase the lovely character of Barnwell State Park, located in the midlands of SC, in exchange for a week’s stay in one of their cabins. Barnwell is a natural resource park, quiet and remote, while featuring a beautiful lake for fishing and canoeing. The solitude of the landscape was fantastic and it provided great inspiration for the project.

In the photo I am standing with one of two images I completed for the project. The finished work is included in the South Carolina State Park Artist Collection.

Barnwell State Park, South Carolina

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity 02

I took this photo during a 1993 lecture and art exhibit of my latest work at Atlantic Community College in Mays Landing, NJ. The lecture was a demonstration of various digital processing elements for the creation of digital art and video art. It was a great opportunity to talk with the students and introduce them to digital art. In 1993 digital art was just beginning to grow as a valid artist medium to many, and I was happy to share my knowledge, take questions, and inspire these would-be artists.

In the photo a Commodore Amiga 1000 computer, Super Gen video mixer, and a Panasonic camera for scanning photographs. Yes, times have changed, and now artists have access to more sophisticated hardware and software.

Artist lecture at Atlantic Community College 1993

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity

This photo goes back to 1990 and the Highwire Gallery’s visit to Deventer, Holland. It was part of an exchange with the artist group of Deventer. We were exhibiting new work in their gallery and staying the summer. While cruising through the small, quaint, artist town, I happened to come across a small shop that had a poster of our exhibit in the window. The poster is just to the left of the woman standing in the doorway. Throughout the town, residents and shop owners, displayed posters announcing the upcoming exhibit. Going to the Netherlands via this exchange of artists and ideas, was a fantastic opportunity, and one I will never forget.

The poster in the window, Deventer Holland