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January has been crazy busy driving up and down the Columbia River chasing Eagles and Herons with an occasional foray to Conboy and Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuges.  Today I drove above the cloud/haze/inversion to grab some vitamin D in the form of SUNSHINE at Lost Lake!

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What a special surprise to capture this lone Otter fishing.  The lake had a layer of ice, so the Otter had to break through the ice to surface with his prize.  In this photo, you can see chunks of ice near his ‘elbow’ as he munches on his catch.

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With each ‘catch’, he climbed onto the ice and ate, then dove back for more.

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Is this a crawfish he’s eating?  It was so quiet on the lake, he didn’t notice us until we went crashing through the brush, trying to keep up with him as he swam away.

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I’m making a big effort to really learn my camera better and use it to its fullest potential.  In that light, I had a little fun with some experimental ‘blurred motion’ shots of the gorgeous surrounding forest before we left.

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The pictures I haven’t shown you between my last post and this one (because I’ve run from one adventure to the next with no stops between) are on my Facebook Page, ‘Steider Studios’.  I try to post a daily photo of what I am lucky to see here in the Gorge, or regionally on the occasions when I leave my mountain top.

Many more fun events are coming up.

Sunday, Feb 1st is the group ‘bird walk’.  We may go to the Maryhill or Columbia Hills area – let me know if you want to join us & I’ll let you know where & when to meet.

Feb 12 – 15 I’ll be in Klamath Falls for Winter Wings Festival, photographing everything I see while I’m there!

Sunday, March 1st is another group bird walk.

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First Friday, March 6th my show, “Fine Feathered Friends” opens at Columbia Arts and runs through March 30th.  Co-curator Robin Panzer and I have put together a fabulous month of events for your enjoyment in addition to 16 artists presenting their artwork!  Many of our artists will demonstrate their process during the month and we’ll have an interactive display on loan from Conboy National Wildlife Refuge.  On Mar 7th come see Raptors, live in the theater at Columbia Arts!  Mar 14 you can paint a birdhouse in the studio.  Mar 21st, enjoy a fashion show of feathery tattoos and a tattoo demonstration.  Mar 28 join us for a short hike up the Hood River stairs into an older neighborhood to see and learn about our resident birds with field biologist, Cathy Flick.

I keep thinking I’ll have plenty of time to tell you everything, but when the sun is out or eagles are flying, or an opportunity for fun presents itself….I’m going out to play!  Maybe I’ll see you out there!!

 

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SunDrop - The Path

"SunDrop Series: The Path"

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SunDrops Series

SunDrops Series

SunDrops Series

 

These are 3 of the 4 bowls chosen from the series I’ve been working on the last couple months.  Chosen as the work that will be delivered to Columbia Art Gallery tomorrow for the ‘Art Heals’ show.  It was difficult to narrow my selections down to 4 pieces.  The first Sun Bowl I posted has also ‘made the cut’.  

 

“The Path” is 16″ diameter by 2″ deep.  The smaller bowls are both 12.5″ by 2″ deep.

Made with powdered glass atop a sheet glass substrate, they are capped with an iridescent glass, giving extra luster, which is difficult to see in these photos.  The 22k gold lines are drawn by hand & fired in during the final firing.  Most of the bowls in this series were fired 4 to 5 times to achieve my desired results.

More Sunshine

February 13, 2009

Here are a couple of  Sister Sun Bowls, pulled out of the kiln yesterday that I’m happy with.  I have another couple that didn’t work out – too many bubbles & not enough time to rescue them.  It’s easier & faster to simply start over.  Today I’ll be making a couple more from scratch that need to be complete enough to turn in the title & price in time for the ‘Art Heals’ show at the Columbia Art Gallery.

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10.75″ diameter x 2″ deep

125-light-yellow-bowl

12.5″ diameter x 2″ deep

Sometimes I have the title before I begin; sometimes the title presents itself to me in progress, or as soon as I see it finished.  For this series all I can think of is “Sun”, “Sun”, “Sun”, “Sun”, “Sun”, “Sun”.

Bowl full of Sun

February 11, 2009

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Although not quite ready for the show in March, here is the first bowl pulled from my kiln, plus it’s detail shot.  This bowl is 16″  in diameter with gold lines added for sparkle.  More after I pull the sister bowls out…….

 

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Work in Progress

February 10, 2009

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Preparing for the upcoming March show at the Columbia Art Gallery, I begin by creating miniature versions of the bowls I want to produce to see what colors, patterns, & lines I want to work with.  The show is titled “Art Heals – From Birth to Death”.   Those of us asked to participate are to create work that suggests hope.  Through the dark dreary winter days my thoughts have rested on the return of the sun.  The light coming back to energize my spirit, my creativity, my soul.

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