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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It's All in a Day's Work

We've had a website for a number of years, and I'm often asked how many people come to it to buy from other artists. And, the reality for me is never. I believe that it's a good place to store some pictures, share our show schedule, and that's about it. I like the personal aspect of sharing stories with people. Mackie tells me that I share too much, but that's for another time.


I have a different view about Facebook and Instagram (Ok, I new to the latter) where I feel more connected with people. We share photos and have conversations. It's personal when we can't be face-to-face. I like that.

This heart has been in my mind for a few years now but something was always keeping me from creating it. By something, I mean me! There's so many pieces that I have floating around up there that I need to get through my system...I love the process of sitting down and just working with the recycled pieces like a puzzle. This piece is about 36" tall by 20" wide and around 2" deep. It's a heart within a heart within a heart. It may be one of my most favorite pieces that I've created and it's gone to a great home in Sunriver, Oregon.

This goes back to my earlier point. I post many of my favorite pieces on Facebook where I can share with people who know and appreciate my craft, friends and family. I'm connected there and people are connected to me. This piece was adopted by a fan of my work, and I'm truly grateful for all the support so many have shown me over the years!

It's going to be a busy 2015.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

It's That TIme of Year

Mackie and I are working our fingers to the bone getting ready for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. It never fails that we're working right up until that last minute when we have to leave town and head off. The challenge is new ideas are constantly coming to one of us, and it's hard to not want to create another piece. That perfect piece...Until inspiration inspires another wonderful work of art.


That's me welding on a three foot or so in diameter peace sign. I wish we had some photos of Mackie grinding and polishing. I often thing that's a lot tougher than what I'm doing.

It's a wonderful process. Taking recycled steel sheet that's full of one life and letting the metal talk to me in creating a new incredible piece. All these and more will be in Seattle next week at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. We'll be in the convention center next Wednesday through Sunday. However, if you're going to be in Portland this Sunday. Stop by and see us at the Boy's Fort Gallery. The show is Get your Heart On! and features a number of our new hearts and other select works.

 

The boys really know how to put on a show. Linda Lovely and her band will be playing prohibition era jazz and blues from 1-4. Mackie and I will be there - come see us.