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Raku in the Woods, Fantastic Photos, and Martha Flores on TV

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Well, it was a great and artful time weekend. Friday I took video of my Steel Eagle as it rests in storage for the Kickstarter video I will be putting together, then I worked on and abstract video based on a watercolor mixed media which has been titled “Word” and previously the “Face of Christ”.

Saturday, was a great day in that I got to sit in on a Raku pottery class put on by Terry Polier at his Leavenworth Pottery studio http://www.leavenworthpottery.com/experience-the-mystery-of-raku-2/ . That was a lot of fun and I really learned a lot while going through the process of creating a Raku pot. I used a combination of iron oxide and copper oxide glazes and after getting it up to 1730 degrees in the kiln dropped it into a burn bucket with pine needles to get the effect I was after. It came out great and it was great to hang out with Terry and his lovely wife Linda. What a great couple… hey any couple who can say they attended an Ike and Tina Turner Review concert when they were dating has got to be alright.

And speaking of Tina turner, that’s who Martha was later that night at our Halloween party… but that’s another story.

After finishing the Raku class about noon on Saturday, I intended to pay a visit to good friend Sherri at the Pelican Gallery in Leavenworth. But, it was so busy and there was no parking to be had for blocks and blocks such that I would have had to walk a mile in the rain to get to her shop. So; I figured it was not the best time to stop in and as I had still to drop off Martha’s art work at Two Rivers Gallery, I decided to forego the visit to Pelican. Too bad though, as I always enjoy looking at the wonderful photographs her husband takes and visiting with Sherri.

On the way back to Wenatchee, I couldn’t help but stop to take some photos myself of the wonderful fall colors along the river. It was raining and overcast, but the wetness on the leaves and subdued light combined to allow for some truly colorful photos. I got some good bridge and river shots with great fall colors. I think I will have a couple of them printed up… maybe on metal or perhaps bamboo.

When I got back to town, I checked in Martha’s art and picked up my photos from last month’s show at Two Rivers Gallery. I had sold one piece and replaced it with another mid show and so still had three to check out. Russ Hepler and Jan Theriault were there and they reminded me of the upcoming TV appearance for Martha and me on KWCC TV: http://kwcctv.com/ as representatives of the Gallery to take place on October 31st at 10:05 am.

Hopefully, that won’t be too scary. We’ll be talking about our featured artist Marc Dilley and also the ‘Troll Under the Bridge’ project for which Dale Sanford has developed a small scale first draft of the creature. Perhaps we’ll get to share a bit about our own artwork as well.

I wonder if can get Martha to reprise her Tina Turner performance in costume of course … now that would be must see TV.

With all that there was to do on Saturday after leaving the gallery, I had to wait till Sunday afternoon to pick, print and frame the new work I needed to take to the gallery. And,so about 4:30 in the afternoon on Sunday I finally got my new art checked in and had time to visit with friend and fellow gallery board member Russ who was busily hanging all the artwork that had come in. As it turned out, I got there at the right time as he was just getting ready to hang the non-objective room. Good timing.

It was my first chance to see the large prints of Marc Dilley’s photography… WOW! Very impressive stuff. Of course, I not only forgot to bring my good camera, I forgot that I could have taken blog photos with my phone… technology… what are you gonna do. Well, that gives me a good reason to head to the gallery again and get those pics for another blog.

In keeping with our upcoming show, I am inspired by the words of Ansel Adams “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”. I like that.

Have a very artful day.

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