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Ken Swinson Pottery

I can’t remember where I saw it, but Chagall made a beautiful vase.  Although it was a pot and not a painting, it looked like a Chagall.

Recently, I have been trying to focus on creating a uniform body of work.  I would like to develop a style that is unique to me and my experiences. 

While working in the pottery studio at ORVAG, I decided to alter one of my pots and approach it more like a canvas, and less like a form. 

Here is the result:

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It isn’t fired yet, but you should see the two dogs running in the hills with a tree and house in the background.  

I hope to include it in the wood fire at the Artisan Center at Maple Creek next month. 

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The Yellow Dog Society

The Yellow Dog Society are a group of folks who meet at Broken Bone Farms for camping, swimming, eating, drinking and other rowdiness.  They meet  in the woods by a beautiful pond with a cabin.  I was asked by Mary Beth Autry, the leader of the group, to create a painting for the cabin, and when it was finished, I was invited Broken Bone Farms to meet the "Yellow Dogs" and unveil the painting.

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Mary Beth’s husband, Steve, cooked a delicious chili verde, a green chili made with roasted peppers.  He’s also a talented photographer, and responsible for this blog post’s photos.  I wish I had asked for a copy of the beautiful photo he took while we were down by the cabin and two deer jumped in front of us.  They were in the snow by a creek.

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Thanks Yellow Dogs for supporting my work and having me over for such a nice time.  It was a real pleasure!

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Snow Days

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I would be mad about having to put everything on hold for the last week, if it weren’t so beautiful. 

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If you haven’t heard, Kentuckyland was hit by some serious winter weather.

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We were covered in snow and ice.

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I did some walking around town, and took some pictures of Maysville.
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Even braved crossing the icy bridge to get a shot of the city.

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After the main roads were clear,

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I took the 4×4 out to rescue a friend who was stranded deep in the woods without electricity.

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It was difficult driving the roads without anywhere to pull over.  This area is always beautiful, but this week, it was freaking gorgeous!  

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I’m usually not a photo guy, but it was too cold to go out with the paints, so I tried to work on my camera skills.

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Below is one of my favorite roads at the beginning of the storm

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I have a handful of new paintings that I finished while cooped up in the studio.  See them here

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Hope Everyone else is staying warm and enjoying this beautiful weather!