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Elements of Ojai by KC Moore Copyright 2010

September 7, 2010

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Elements of Ojai by Larry CarnesLarry Carnes has introduced a series of new work; this is the first in a 7-part introduction of them.

Larry has a working studio in the little artist town of Ojai, CA.  He was invited to participate in showcasing Ojai by incorporating elements of the area into his work.  This piece was featured at Fe Gallery in Sacramento (

Larry explains the components and how they personify the town:

Bird – the valley is loaded with different kinds of birds; while crows have long been part of his artwork (Crow Ponies for the Tribe of that name) and his Native American heritage, he notes that he has extensively observed ravens playing in the vicinity.

Fish – because we have Lake Casiticas habitat for some of the largest bass.  Fisherman have long been aware of these prized fish and with the dominant ‘catch and release’ of the sport, they reach record size.  They are also situated close to the ocean.  In nearby Ventura Harbor, fresh fish is sold off of the boats every day.

Rock – because there are 3 different mountain ranges that converge in Ojai.  He states that is why it is such a special place, the energy from three different formations centering there.

Flora – the design on the pot, leaves, stems, flower forms, things that grow from the land.

Understanding the inspiration for what the artist produces, provides new depth and appreciation for the work.  Art should inspire, and taking time to understand it enriches us in ways nothing else can.

Learn more about the master potter, Larry Carnes at


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