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the personal ruminations of william e. elston

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A Visit With an Old Friend

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Following my trip to Gasshuku and my sandan promotion exam I spent two days visiting with my old friend, the painter Curtis Hanson and his wife Onwarin. It was an excellent visit, very relaxing. Curt has made a name and a life for himself in the small, scattered communities of the Connecticut greenbelt, and currently divides his time there with extended visits to Thailand, Onwarin’s native home. His work reflects his split loyalties, with half of the paintings depicting the lush grounds of his Cornubia Hollow home, and half showing the monks, fishing boats and markets of Thailand.

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Gasshuku, Sandan Promotion

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I’ve recently returned from a weekend on the East Coast. The occasion for my travel was the Annual World Seido Karate Gasshuku, held at the Mount Saint Alphonsus Retreat Center in Esopus New York. It was also the site of a special promotion for out of town black belt candidates. I was traveling with my instructor, Jun Shihan Tom Tanaka, and two other candidates for shodan (first degree black belt) promotion, Becca Taylor and Jack Foy. I was promoting to sandan, or third degree black belt.


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Happy Fourth of July

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It’s the Fourth of July, a good day to reflect on how tenuous our democracy is, under siege by corporate interests and ideological zealots. I hope the dream that launched our Independence continues to bear fruit in the Real World.

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William E. Elston is a professional artist and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. He has exhibited for over 40 years, and has works in numerous public and private collections, both in the region and internationally. He is best known for urban and rural landscape images. He is also a founding member of the Northwest Figurative Artists' Alliance.

Aside from teaching painting, Mr. Elston also teaches karate, and has yondan rank in the World Seido Karate Organization.