Friday, May 30, 2008

Sweet Home Alabama

In celebration of The Year of Alabama Arts by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, a few months back when Southern Living had written an article about my work, I was thrilled. Shortly after that I received an email from the Alabama Bureau of Tourism saying that they had sent out a notice in their e-news about the Southern Living article as I had registered on their site as an artist. Now, I find that my page is still there!! (I thought they would take it down at the end of 2007)

I love to garden. Today when I checked my small vegetable garden, my beans were up. I can't wait to taste that part of summer.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Birmingham Business Journal

I finally picked up several copies of The Birmingham Business Journal from February 15 of this year so that I would have a copy of the article that they wrote about me working on my business plan. It is a very nice article.

This afternoon, my friend, Julian Hazlett, called me to say "Hello" and to ask what was going on. He had visited New York and has returned home. It was great to hear from him. We were discussing traveling to Selma, Alabama on Sunday for Kathryn Tucker Windham's 90 birthday celebration. Word has it that Kathryn has purchased 1000 combs and will teach everyone that attends to play the comb.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Business of Art

I have posted several times about the business side of art. This year, I have focused on the business side of art as it relates to web site development, revenue sources, business plans, etc.

In January of this year I attended a web summit entitled smARTist Telesummit. This was a web workshop that was organized by Ariane Goodwin and conducted on the web. It featured discussions led by experts on money, licensing, web design, marketing, taking care of yourself and many other valuable topics. smARTist Telesummit was very well organized and full of information.

Today, I was contacted by the staff of Ariane Goodwin and they requested permission to use one of my images in some of the follow-up marketing packages!!! Needless to say I was thrilled! I have Ariane Goodwin's book about writing an artist statement and it is an excellent resource. The book contains exercises that you do whereby you develop your own language for your artist statement. I have not finished the exercises, but I will be working on them and will post here when I'm done.

Tonight I have been working on a newsletter that will be sent to my mailing list. This is an email marketing program that I purchased from Go Daddy with "spam compliant" attributes. I'm excited to finally get this finished and I will be emailing that out later in the week. I feel like I accomplished something big today.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Monday Monday...but it is Tuesday Tuesday

Today is Tuesday and I worked on the financial section of my business plan today. This week I plan to call on the gallery that represents my work, which is located in town. Short post today, gotta run!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Memorial Day on the Tennessee River

Each Memorial Day Weekend, Decatur Alabama sponsors a hot air balloon festival called the Alabama Jubilee. Decatur is located on the Tennessee River in North Alabama and is a beautiful place.

These pictures were taken during the 2007 balloon festival. The first one is taken with a very large cotton field in the foreground and the balloons are off in the distance.

The second and third picture was taken as we got closer and the last picture was taken from the Tennessee River Bridge and you can see two balloons that look like small dots. We were returning home from a trip to

the farm when these were taken. My friend Debra Riffe planned to go to the balloon festival this weekend. I hope the weather was great in North Alabama for the festival.
The quality of the pictures is not that good, but I think you can see how beautiful is, particularly when you see them riding the wind over the river.

Friday, May 23, 2008


It's Friday and will be a busy weekend working more on the Serenbe Project. Tomorrow, the studio has to be cleaned and things put back in place. Then, it will be ready to go again.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

I received an email today from Bob Straka that contained the following story and I wanted to share the story and give Bob credit for a super challenge : pass it on

'With graduation season in full swing, it’s an opportune time to sample some wisdom from Steve Jobs, who gave the commencement address at Stanford University in June 2005. Here’s a snippet from what he told the students that day.

"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."

What do you see when you look in the mirror?
Thanks, Bob.

Monday, May 19, 2008

May 19, 2008 Summer and Teaching Glass at Alabama Folk School

Today is Monday. I feel as though I am out of a cave, as I have been working on a very big project. More on that later in the year.

I'm doing some brainstorming for the class that I will teach at Alabama Folk School.
I will teach two classes. Each class is one week, and June 22 - 27, I will teach "Let's Kick Some Glass!!" and it will entail all of the basics of how to work in kilnformed glass. The class does not require prerequisites and will include basic design theory and basic studio practices. Glass selection, glass cutting and grinding, and firing schedules will be covered. I hope that we will have a good reception to the class and I think it will be fun.The second class, August 24-29, will be Mosaics: Telling a Story or Painting a Picture with Stones, Twigs, glass and ceramic tiles, broken china, yarn and anything else we can find.

One of the things that I love about the South this time of year is the rhododendrons in bloom. I took some picture of the ones in my yard and posted on the blog. They finished blooming this weekend and I'm glad I can share this beautiful picture with you.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

May 6, 2008 Cast Glass, Carved,

I am still going through exhibition applications and trying to make decisions. Had to pick up work today, as an exhibition closed on last Friday. Also have some correspondence to write then I will be done for the evening. It has been a long day.

Monday, May 5, 2008

May 5, 2008, Cast Glass

Previously on my blog I showed how I formed the pieces of plastiscene to fill the crevices in the mold box. This first image shows the leaf in the mold box, which has been "dammed" and sprayed with PAM. I then mix the plaster with an electric drill and get ready to pour.

This picture shows the mold box after I have poured the investment into the box (covered the leaf with the plaster). If you look carefully you will see my respirator, which I use regularly.

Finally I use a level to shim the mold box to make sure that it will cure on a level platform.

This is the mold after the box is removed and the clay (plastiscene) leaf taken out. The clay was removed very easily. I anticipated some problem with this, but had none.

Today was spent doing a lot of paperwork. I am deciding what exhibitions for which to apply and this takes a lot of time. Meanwhile, here are some other photos of the cast leaves process. I have been taking a lot of photos to share. Until then.....