The Final Firing

I spent about 6 hours painting. Six hours of mostly covering up all painted images with unfired glaze, which, hopefully, will be clear and lovely in the morning.

Ginkgo Plate, 2015 Porcelain and Underglaze paint
Ginkgo Plate, 2015
Porcelain and Underglaze paint

The ginkgos did not make it into the kiln this firing, but here is what they look like in their “before” stage.

In the Kiln, 2015 Porcelain and Glaze
In the Kiln, 2015
Porcelain and Glaze

The kiln is firing now. Tomorrow will be a lot like Christmas!


Casting Asparagus

Painting Clay Today, 2015 Bisqued Porcleain, Amaco Underglazes
Painting Clay Today, 2015
Bisqued Porcleain, Amaco Underglazes

A punny old friend of mine used to say, “I don’t want to cast any asparagus here, but…” and of course I knew that the word ‘aspersions” had been exchanged for ‘asparagus.’ So when I began (literally) casting real asparagus for pieces like these, I thought she might get a giggle out of it. Meanwhile, I’m just loving this asparagus boat.

The leaf is on a specially commissioned plate.
Both pieces are now in the “bisque” stage. I’m painting them (and others) in preparation for the final firing.
Tomorrow will be full of glazing.

Summer’s Hammock

Summer's Hammock, 2015 Oil on Board, 8
Summer’s Hammock, 2015
Oil on Board, 8″ x 10″

On Block Island there is a house and behind the house is a hammock nestled in the grass. It’s a place for reading, napping, resting, or staring at the sky – day or night. During the summer it is occupied by a select few who seem to gravitate there whenever some alone-time is needed. One such frequent occupant is my daughter, Summer, who is an avid reader and who loves independent quiet time. When she is in the hammock, I feel all is right with the world.

Artistically speaking, I sometimes try to identify my “style” of painting, since I am experimenting all over the place. I am not sure I should exactly settle down to one thing or another, but this painting (while not even close to his mastery) is reminding me a little of some of Fairfield Porter’s work. I love how he handles shape and shadow. I also enjoy the push/pull between abstraction and realism.

“The realist thinks he knows ahead of time what reality is, and the abstract artist what art is, but it is in its formality that realist art excels, and the best abstract art communicates an overwhelming sense of reality.” Fairfield Porter (source:

What’s my Line?

It’s all about the children. Teaching is such a huge part of my life and identity, and I hardly ever share my love for it.

Yesterday was so fun while offering professional development to teachers at Mount Olive Intermediate School with the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education. We are connecting visual arts and dance, and the awesome teachers of these 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders are already making it happen.


Here is the fabulous Mary Foshee encouraging the teachers to “write and draw” with their elbows!

Prior to our arrival at the school, we sent a worksheet to the students, who looked at the Picasso works, Dove of Peace and Face-Dove. The students were asked to look at the lines and, in their own ways, interpret the drawings.


Here are several of the adorable results. Their efforts are so honest, so fresh, and so unassuming! No wonder Picasso wished to make art like a child.

What was especially rewarding about our discussion with the teachers about how the students enjoyed drawing, is that they discovered creativity in the children they had not seen before. What a fabulous way to get to know and appreciate one another. Aren’t those the true makings of peace?