Well it seems like forever since the last time I wrote one of our art blogs and in fact is has been over two months now. And, so what have we been up too in that time. Well, a lot as it turns out. Besides the usual activities with the Two Rivers Gallery in Wenatchee Martha has been making forays into new artistic territory.
As many readers may recall Martha began painting horses for the first time a few months ago. Well, since then she has been she has begun making and firing clay horses and refining her glazing for these new creations. And, as if that were not enough, she began taking a welding class at Wenatchee Vlley College on Friday nights. Wow! Yes, I said a welding class… I’m jealous. I have kicked around the idea of taking a welding class for the last… gosh I don’t know how long.
For her welding class I picked up a cool new welding helmet for her that has a solar powered automatic lens/shield darkening system that turns dark the moment it senses the brightness of the welder. What is she doing in her welding class… well, that’s what is great. After her first effort a building a stand for a metal rooster, she designed a piece that is classic Martha Flores in content , that she then cut-out with a plasma cutter and then welded to a large stainless steel ring and welded some rebar legs to for placement in the garden. I should mention that she was given a hand full of these stainless steel rings from our friends Rose and Al Lundberg out in Soap Lake. They are absolutely perfect for this sort of project.
What will Martha be up to next? Hummm…the next ring project… could it be a plasma cut horse perhaps. We shall see.
Well, enough for now and keep creating and or appreciating art. And, just for thought, contemplate the words of Paul Strand who said, “The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”