Showing posts from 2015

Catch This Without a Net

Don't forget to enjoy the posts on Without a Net, my blog that explains in detail the meaning of each of my paintings. Today's post is about this ermine painting, "For Thy Sweet Love Remembered." (My titles come from Shakespeare's sonnets.)

My Lovely Students

Cloty El Zein
Enjoy some images of Red Dot student work created in the last two months.

Glenda Weathers

Kristin Martin
Lisa Martin

Pat Conrad

Mary Compton

Clare Maddry
Casey Lancaster
Alba Pinto

Joyce White

Birmingham Museum of Art Visit


Annabelle and I visited the Birmingham Museum of Art today. It was as empty as we've ever seen it, so next time you want an art museum to yourself, go on the day after Christmas. I took photos (without flash...the rules) of some of our favorite pieces. For some reason we were both taken with the primitive sections this visit.  Forgive my poor reporting on the pieces. We enjoyed the visuals, but didn't jot down all the details. 


Table and chairs in the atrium from above

Native American


Gifted: Red Dot Holiday Exhibit 2015

Gifted opens tomorrow night at Red Dot Gallery from 5 to 8 pm. Local, handmade, original, affordable and give-able art for the holidays. 

Jane Marshall print

Scott Bennett flame vessel and cups

Chris Gryder vessel

Todd Brownstein vessels

Branan Mercer cup

Kristin Martin painting

Ryan Carlson ornament

Scott Bennett vases

Dori DeCamillis paintings

Fong Choo mug

Orange Beach Vacation

Here are photos of our weekend in Orange Beach, Alabama. 

Before the people came out.

A heron with Perdido Key in the background.

A controlled burn in Gulf State Park, AL. The results were strange and wonderful. And sort of stinky.

Gulf Islands National Seashore, FL. 

Palms lit from below, The Wharf in Orange Beach.

Sunrise was magnificent every day.

I love the variety of interesting plants on the Gulf Coast. 

A sailboat got stranded on the beach and we watched it get towed back out to sea by the Coast Guard. Only landlubbers like us would get such a kick out of this. We told people we witnessed a "daring nautical rescue operation."

Spanish moss along the Backcountry trail, Gulf State Park. I biked for many miles in this well-maintained park.

One of the long boardwalks to the sea on Perdido Key, AL.

We had a huge storm one day, and the next morning this large pond had collected on the beach, where this heron took a stand.

Continental Bakery Downtown Closing

For a couple years a fair-sized collection of my paintings have been hanging in the glorious Continental Bakery Downtown in Birmingham. They are closing their doors this week, and someone took this lovely photo of a dancing couple with my pieces in the background.

Annabelle's Illustrations in New Book

My daughter, Annabelle illustrated this newly-released book by James McClintock. She did pen-and-ink drawings of fish for the chapter headings. The book is available for pre-sale on Amazon, and she will have book signings this week. They are invite-only or I would gladly put the word out. Hopefully soon I'll post a few images of her drawings.

Fong Choo Workshop A Big Success

Fong Choo's weekend demonstration workshop at Red Dot Gallery was a big success. All the participants said it was an "honor to see the master at work" and were eager to put to use the many skills and ideas they learned. We hope to feature more workshops like these in the future.

Various teapot handles

Satisfied participants.

Thrown teapots, ready for firing.

Glaze tests

Lid Handle Spout Opens Tonight

Fong Choo's exhibit, Lid Handle Spout, opens tonight at Red Dot Gallery. Reception 5-8 pm This weekend he will be giving a demonstration workshop at the gallery.