Showing posts from October, 2015

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.

My Instagram Account on

I'm very excited that featured my Instagram account in the article
12 Instagram Accounts that Capture Alabama's Natural Beauty.
If you are on Instagram, my name is @fancydori. Follow me if you dare.

Yes, Virginia There are Trip Photos

Two weekends ago Scott and I took a trip to Damascus, VA where he fished, and I hiked and biked. These photos are from the Appalachian Trail from Grayson Highlands to Mt. Rogers and the Virginia Creeper bike trail.