Showing posts from 2012

Flower Power

My husband, Scott Bennett and his ceramic artist friend Chris Gryder collaborated on these wonderful wall pieces which were exhibited at The Kiln Studios in Fairhope, AL. Both sold right away. The pieces are particularly remarkable because the artists live 9 hours away from each other, and had to ship the pieces back and forth to work on them. 

70 Great Things About Ma

Annabelle in her high school Christmas pageant. (She's Cindy Loo Who in the center)
My mom turns 70 today. Here is a list of 70 things I love about her.

New Student Work

Karyn Mosley
Featured today are some images of work finished this week by Red Dot students.
Ricki Jill Treleaven
Gail Rule (Her very first landscape, and her second painting ever)
Ann Vaphiades  (photo lightens the top left corner too much, will post again when I get a better image)

More Student Paintings

Natalie Bailey
Here's another selection of paintings completed this year by my students.
Nadine L'Eplattenier
Louise Parsons
Kristin Martin

Ricki Jill Treleaven (an older one, check back for new pieces by RJ)

Beverley Phillips
Corey Wolf

Mary Compton
Louise Parsons
Casey Lancaster

Year-End Student Survey

Nancy Stein
This month I'll feature a few posts of paintings and drawings my students have completed in 2012. Seeing them all together makes me very grateful to be surrounded by such hard-working and talented people every week. All the work here is oil paintings on canvas or board.
Charlotte Manning
Kathy Hinkle
Glenda Weathers
Anne Vaphiades
Jeanne Alexander
Pat Conrad
Ellen Moore
Kristin Martin

Annabelle is a YoungArts Finalist

My daughter, Annabelle, has been selected as one of 150 national finalists in the YoungArts competition. From Wikipedia, here is some info on the prestigious contest.
YoungArts is a talent-based scholarship program which honors and awards high school and college students, mostly American, for their prowess in the performingvisual and literary arts. The program is considered by many to be the most prestigious arts competition for young adults; it is also the exclusive nominating organization for the Presidential Scholars of the Arts. The foundation is headquartered in Miami,Florida.
Awards Students chosen as National Finalists are invited to attend YoungArts Week in MiamiFlorida, all expenses paid, usually during the second week of January. YoungArts Week provides the Finalists with a series of master classes, showcase performances, exhibitions, readings, interviews, interdisciplinary activities, enrichment programs, and final, live auditions which determine their award level. Each …
Come draw with me!
Sign up now for a landscape drawing workshop at
Alabama Folk School at  Camp McDowell
November 1 through 5.

Day of the Dead Exhibit

My painting, "By the Grave and Thee" will be exhibited at 
REMEMBRANCE, Celebrating Alabama's 10th Day of the Dead Festival
October 5 - October 26, 2012 Guest Curator, Wendy Jarvis Opening Reception:Friday October 5, 5:00 - 9:30pm
Location:ArtFolk Gallery The Young & Vann Building  1731 First Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
Heading West on 1st Ave North.  Cross 18th Street North.  Turn almost immediately into the first parking lot on your left.  Walk in the door on the parking lot side.  ArtFolk is second door on your left.
The exhibit will feature works by local artists inspired by Day of the Dead in honor of the festival's tenth anniversary.  Most works will be for sale.  There will also be a wall of skull masks decorated by local artists and volunteers which will be for "competitive sale", also known as silent auction.  A percentage of all sales will go to support ArtFolk and the Festival.  

Casey Lancaster Paintings

"The Embrace" Oil on Canvas
Casey Lancaster has two pieces exhibited in the 2012 Red Dot Gallery Student Show. A student at Red Dot for a few years now, Casey is enthusiastic, funny, and much-loved by her teacher and fellow students. Her work has always had a Georgia O'Keefe kind of stylized smoothness to it, and she is fearless about exploring very personal subject matter. (The pieces here don't reflect that, but we'll show that off later.) 
"Once a Century" Oil on Canvas

Red Dot Opening Shot

Taken at the Red Dot Student Show opening. This pretty much sums up our family.

Red Dot Student Show Opening

"Pomegranates and Lace" Ricki Jill Treleaven 2012
2012 Red Dot Gallery Student Show  Opens Friday, September 28 Through November 17
Red Dot Gallery  1001 Stuart Street  Birmingham, AL 35226

Red Dot Student Show Again

Joyce Hudson drawing
2012 Red Dot Gallery Student Show
Come see new work of Red Dot Gallery painting, drawing, and ceramic students. 
Opening September 28, 5-9 pm through November 17, 2012
Red Dot Gallery 1001 Stuart Street Birmingham, AL 35226 205.870.7608

My Teenager's Fabulous Art Career

2012, Oil on Canvas, 34" x 40"
My 17 year old daughter, Annabelle, just sold another painting from her portrait series. "The Duke of Birmingham" depicts our lawyer/farmer friend, Andy Laplante, dressed in Elizabethan duds, sitting on his porch with his dogs.
Annabelle is currently getting her college applications ready, and is planning on applying to School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Alabama, Birmingham, and Montevallo University.

Glenda Weathers Painting

New painting by Red Dot oil painting student Glenda Weathers. She's only been painting for a few months and is already making work like this! Glenda is diligent with a capital D, really fun to have in class, and (having been a teacher herself) is the ideal student--a good listener and follower of directions. These may not seem like romantic, artsy things, but they are the key to a good foundation where spontaneity and free-thinking can be cultivated. Glenda has a bright future in painting, for sure.

My Belly Dancing Girl

Annabelle DeCamillis, my daughter, has been practicing belly dancing for almost two years and has posted a couple videos of her dancing on Youtube. The first was filmed in Ann Arbor, MI in an alley plastered with graffiti.
Graffiti Belly Dance
The second is a creative interpretation of one of her favorite web cartoons, Homestuck. My middle-age explanation of what Homestuck is about would be blasted by young fans, so just watch the video and enjoy. 
Homestuck Belly Dance

Art on Stage

The Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Art Association present Art on Stage, a morning of artist demonstrations and talks with Alabama artists Dori DeCamillis, Scott Bennett, Frank Fleming, and Barbara Evans. The event includes continental breakfast and refreshments.
Friday, August 24, 2012, 9:00 am to 12:15 am

Advance registration is required. $35/person. Please click here to register online, or to register over the phone.

Buriest Thy Content

From my self-portrait series, "See Right Through Me," this is called "Buriest Thy Content." It is about the nasty inner critic who ruins creativity with over-analysis and cynicism. All my titles come from Shakespeare's sonnets. I'm currently writing a book about the series. 16" x 20"  Oil on Board

Karyn Mosley Landscape

Karyn Mosley had been a student at Red Dot for a few months, and this is her first landscape. With a photo she took of the Little River Canyon area of Alabama, she obviously caught on quick to the landscape genre. She also adds a dose of irreverent humor and wise insights to class--an awfully good combo in my book.

Chalkboard Art by Annabelle

This summer my 17 year-old kid, Annabelle, had a summer job drawing chalkboard art for a soon-to-open restaurant in Birmingham. She used pastels to do 9 large pieces that hang throughout the restaurant. Creekside Tavern, a family-type restaurant opens this Wednesday.

The subject matter was mostly chosen by the restaurant owners, Margee and Blake Sly. They preferred scenes of people doing everyday things, and many are from photos taken around the shopping center where their restaurant is located. 

The plan is to erase the pieces and recreate them for the change of seasons.

For a teenager the project was an amazing experience, both for making art-for-hire and having a summer job in her field.

The work is done with high-quality soft pastels on black chalkboard. 

And That Fresh Blood

A recent painting from my "See Right Through Me" series which depicts my various mind states.  "And That Fresh Blood" 16" x 20" Oil on Board

Silent Retreat at Gethsemane Abbey

A couple of weeks ago I went to Trappist, Kentucky for a four day silent retreat at  Thomas Merton's Gethsemane Abbey. People come from all over the world to visit.

On the way, my husband and I visited Daylily World the daylily gardens of David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss. They are among America's preeminent hybridizers, and their gardens and home are out of a storybook.

For 43 years they have been coming up with some of the world's most dazzling hybrids. 

On the retreat I spent my days taking walks though the gorgeous Abbey grounds, having some luxurious time to myself, and appreciating the atmosphere created by over 150 years of monks at prayer.

The grounds had farm fields, surprisingly steep forested "knobs," and lakes.

I liked the way the light streamed in to my room one late afternoon. I have time to appreciate this kind of stuff when I'm not cramming my day with activity.

The architecture of the Abbey was stark and modern. We were welcome to …