Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Good Book

I just started reading this book and I have quickly  been sucked in. Author Margaret Roach was at one time a big-wig in Martha Stewart's Omnimedia empire. Then she dropped out and moved to a small house in the country and started gardening. So far the book is a witty and engrossing read.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

James "Son Ford" Thomas

James "Son Ford" Thomas

I was fortunate enough to meet "Son" Thomas in the early 80s at a Heritage Festival here in Memphis. He was in a crafts tent, sitting in a folding metal chair sculpting birds out of self hardening clay. Boxes of the clay and a small pile of plastic beads sat on a table beside him. I was thrilled and amazed that he was there. He had 5 or 6 of the birds finished and sitting on the table. I timidly asked him how much they cost and he reached over grabbed a bird and flipped it over showing the hand written price tag. $18. I went looking for my girlfriend (now my wife of almost 30 yrs). We pooled the little money that we had and I ran back and bought all I could afford- 1 bird. It has become one of my most cherished possessions. The simplicity of the design is beautiful and at the same time this bird seems to have a sense of self that transcends it's simple shape.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Apartamento. I really love this magazine. Great stories about creative people from all over the globe. Most of them people I haven't heard of, but probably should have ... and now I have. Great photos too. I even enjoy the ads.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Happy Return

Early morning warm-up

Good ideas and bad

Little paintings
Finally back in the studio. The flu kept me down for far too long. I'm probably not the first to say it, but getting old sucks in a lot of ways. I don't seem to bounce back like I used to. Anyway- there's sunny skies ahead and I am very glad to be painting again. A show in April gives me a goal and a reason to focus. All is good.