Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Church Series - The Cross

This reflection from a stained glass window in the small chapel located at the Saint Bernard Abbey cemetery in Cullman, AL.

Today I join James' Weekend Reflections HERE. Please have a look at the photographs posted from around the world!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Color Wall

What an unexpected delight. I was driving east on First Avenue North and spotted these great graphics. I turned around, and shot this out of my car window!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Where Artists Create - Back Porch Shadows

From time to time we will revisit some of our artist's studios. Today we're visiting the back porch of Kevin Irwin's wonderful studio, built in 1880. It's very small, but offers a view of downtown Birmingham. Happy vines have wound their way up to the second floor and promise a green carpet for the table and two chairs. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Learning From The Best

If you're from Birmingham, the name Frank Stitt is a household name. Frank Stitt owns 4 of the best restaurants in Birmingham and has been a James Beard Award finalist for 9 consecutive years. It all started when he opened the world class Highland Bar and Grill in 1982. Since then, he and wife Pardis have added Bottega Cafe, Bottega and Chez Fonfon.  I will always contend that the reason these four restaurants have maintained the level of excellence over the years is that every night, Frank and Pardis are visible in each and every one.

Last week I took California friends to Chez Fonfon. As we waited for a table at the bar, I snapped this shot as Frank spent a few minutes in the kitchen, then some time with a waitress. If you're even in Birmingham, try one, try them all. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day... a day late

Yesterday  I was honored to photograph two baptisms at my church. This family is very special to me and photographing the two cousins was a treat.  After the service we gathered for lunch to celebrate the two precious babes who were baptized together with friends and family gathered around. I loved this shot of new dad Stewart, sporting not a boutonniere but sweet baby Felix's bottle!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Where Artists Create - Cleo, Art Dog

As I've shared, I"ve been photographing artist Kevin Irwin in her studio for many years. No studio visit is complete without a few shots of sweet Cleo. Like the rest of us, Cleo has gotten older and enjoys longer naps on her studio bed. Kevin woke her up for a quick shoot. I love this photo of the two of them together.  I"m including a few more of older photos that I love.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Where Artists Create - The Studio

Now that you have met Kevin Irwin and gotten to know and appreciate her many artistic talents, I suppose you might want to see where all this wonderfulness is created! Kevin's studio is in an charming old building overlooking downtown Birmingham built in 1880. It started as a saloon and rooming house ( house of ill repute?), and later was a soda bottling plant in the 1920s, then a candy company and later the office for Perfection Laundry. The painted BAMCO ( Birmingham Auto and Machine Company) signage on the outside is still visible. Kevin's eclectic but very organized studio takes up the entire second floor while her husband Paul's Irwin Brothers Remodling occupies the ground floor. As a photographer, it's one huge photo op. The exposed brick and original wood floors, along with windows commanding some nice views of Sloss Furnaces and downtown Birmingham make for an eclectic space for Kevin to work and exhibit her art.

What is the inspiration for your work?  "My heart.  What hurts me and what heals me.  What inspires me and what makes me rage.  But what is most important is what makes me laugh and inspires me to appreciate the joy and humour in life.  HOPE,  always. " 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Where Artists Create - Glass Beads

Today we explore artist Kevin Irwin's beautiful hand sculpted glass bead work. For a photographer, the array of colorful glass rods, all artistically arranged by glorious colors is enough, but watching her light the fire and begin the intricate work of making her magical beads is challenging but fascinating. When this process is done, she begins creating her unique bracelets and necklaces.

If you work in more than one medium, which one is your favorite?  "I love glass work,  but my body could no longer do much of it… so I would say the clay work because I still get to use glass( glazes)."

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Where Artitsts Create - Working With Clay

It's really hard to say what artist Kevin Irwin is "known for". If I had to narrow it down, I'd probably say her whimsical ceramic sculptures. Whether it's a sleeping dragon, an alligator with Noah's ark on his back or those rascally squirrels that terrorized the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Kevin's menagerie is loved and collected by many adoring followers. Of course she can't leave it at that. Nope. She crafts lovely plates, planters, and even the tiniest of clay beads to add to her amazing jewelry. You'll have to wait for that.

How would you describe your work?  "My story in clay.  A love note to myself,  A healing potion for myself and those that have my work.  A love note to all that share my journey .  It is a language that some can understand."

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Where Artists Create - Meet Kevin Irwin

Meet my multi talented friend Kevin Irwin. We have been neighbors and friends for about l8 years. I've photographed her in her creative space many times and will share a few older photos along with the ones I captured yesterday.

To say Kevin is multi talented is a bit of an understatement. In this one studio she creates whimsical ceramic sculptures, pottery, glass beads, tin and glass jewelry, watercolors and mixes of those mediums.  She's an entire series alone!

Come back tomorrow as we continue this creative journey!
What is the inspiration for your work?  My heart.  What hurts me and what heals me.  What inspires me and what makes me rage.  But what is most important is what makes me laugh and inspires me to appreciate the joy and humour in life.  HOPE,  always.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Studio, New Artist!

Today I visited another artist in her studio. This is a teaser! Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Where Artists Create - The Webb Fam

Sarah Soule Webb is not only a very talented artist, but she's also a nutritionist, church and community volunteer, and a guitar playing wife and mom to James 4, and Paul 2. Here she is with husband Andy and the boys.

Art dog Betsy, is the family lab, named after Sarah's best friend.

James sings along using makeshift microphone with Mom accompanying on the guitar. Good times on the Webb front porch.

James' fabulous abstract is featured in the studio.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Where Artists Create - Studio Abstracts

 Sarah's Easel 

Sarah's Floor

This is the third post in my WHERE ARTIST CREATE Series featuring Birmingham artist, Sarah Soule Webb. Come back tomorrow for more!