Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tara GlassArt Studio and "Reality Life" = Blogging

Although there have been no posts here, this does not mean that I have not been busy. Indeed, I have. For the past several days, I have been searching and reviewing other blogging platforms (I hope to share that info for others). There have been other features that I have been wanting to use on my blog that are not possible with blogger (at least the free version). So, I went on a search and read and read and read. I think I'm ready to make a change, but sometimes it is what the techies don't tell you that is most important. Anyway, I have to take the risky attitude of nothing ventured, nothing gained, and I hope you will take a leap over to the Tara GlassArt Studio blog. All things equal, I will start posting at the Tara GlassArt Studio blog tonight. This new blog also provides my own URL and more exposure for the blog. The blogger blogspot will be left up so that this link will be provided and hopefully we will have more people taking part in discussions.

Tara GlassArt Studio blog, I think will be more "real". After all, isn't blogging really "reality life" in writing. One thing that I hope will be enjoyed is that I have installed a blog casting feature and will be using that as often as I can. That freature will make it "real" and also provides us with more of what I call "texture" in our lives. If I can learn the technical part of the blogcast, I will provide a blogcast from the Alabama Folk School, the week of June 22, when I go there to teach and to learn from my students.

So, as they say down South, saunter on over to Tara GlassArt Studio blog and take a gander. It will be fun. And, please tell me what you think!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Summer Art Workshop in the Catskills

My friends Cliff Simon , who is a set designer and supreme (no pun intended, he made Diana Ross' wedding cake, supreme(s), get it? Ok, it's time to go to bed) and Julian Hazlett just got back from the Catskills where Cliff took part in a workshop for painting of set designs. Cliff sent the pictures of his workshop at Cobalt Studios Cliff is really talented and I hope you enjoy the pictures. He is a professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

If Wishes Were Horses, We'd All Be Kings.......Mother Goose

The first person that welcomed us to the neighborhood when we moved to our current home was our young neighbor. She was 8 at the time. We have watched her grow and she turned 16 at the end of April. She has always been able to "out skateboard", "out bicycle", and do everything better than any boy in the community. Sunday afternoon, our doorbell rang and there she stood with her horse, Dudley, standing at our front door, on the front porch. She just wanted to show us Dudley and said that he got better gas mileage than her Toyota truck.

Monday, June 2, 2008


I just heard from my friend Julian Hazlett. He sent me an email to say that he had enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Culinard Restaurant which had just opened at the Innovation Depot in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. We are planning to meet for lunch in the next couple of weeks at Culinard.

Posted my classes that I will be teaching at the Alabama Folk School, on the Cultural Alliance and heard from Bonner Wagnon who said I did a good job covering all of the details. I had attended a seminar taught by Bonner, that covered the nuances of entering information relative to one's career in the Cultural Alliance website calendar which is called Active Culture.

Talked to my good friend Debra Riffe today for a while. Debra is so funny. She makes me laugh at the most simple things and we enjoy swapping stories of the South together. She will be showing her very wonderful linoleum block prints this weekend at the Aldridge Botanical Garden Juried Art Show. I plan to go over and visit her at the show for a spell.

Debra and I often talk about why we need texture in out lives, especially Southern texture. More about that on another post.