Dot Line Corp Customer Service

Surprise gifts in the packing from Dot Line Corp.

In this age of outsourcing, I like to recognize excellent customer service when I receive it. For years I’ve used a not inexpensive set of studio photofloods to light work for photography, still life setups and canvases in the studio. A section of a light broke. I called the marketing group listed on the lights’ storage box and was directed to Rusty Reeves, at Dot Line Corp in Dallas. After I explained my problem, he said, “Sure, I can help you.” The part arrived today and when I opened the package, there, along with my new part, were two tootsie roll pops. Made me smile and impressed by Dot Line Corp.’s service. They get 5 stars out of 5 in my Customer Service Rating System.

Food, Fabric and Romance

November 11, 2009

Food and Fabric
“Reflection”  Romance Series

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 48″ x 48″
  • In a private collection

Intimacy, companionship and romance are conveyed using fabric and food. This was an early painting in the romance series. Looking at this painting is like looking at a favorite quilt. All the fabrics hold memories for me. Corn and croissant were often used in my still lifes from this period. Oranges remain a favorite, as does coffee.

Woodworking

November 9, 2009

Cutting Board with rocks and glass

  • Serving Board
  • Walnut and Maple with inlaid stones and glass
  • Approx. 8″ x 14″

Creating illusions with paint is my thing. But I’ve always enjoyed functional crafts too. I taught pottery for years and have been known to weave. Now, I’m playing with wood. The woodworking class meets every Wed. night at the high school shop, where I’m guided through projects by a patient, game and excellent instructor named Jay Hundley.  I wanted to try inlaying rocks and glass in wood. The rocks, Rob and I purchased at the only rock shop we could find along eastern Oklahoma’s Hwy 59. The glass beads are from the Marble Factory in Bonner Springs. Maple and walnut slabs were taped together before an organic cut was made with a band saw. Initially I used a dremel tool, but quickly switched to a router to make a bed for the rocks and glass inlays. After the epoxy has dried, the glass and rocks can be run through the sander. I learned to do it slowly, taking my time, because rocks and glass  will overheat and crack.

The two pieces of trim wood from this project gave me the material for a baguette board seen below. Both projects were finished using tung oil.
Serving Board with Glass Inlay

  • Baguette board
  • Walnut and maple with inlaid glass bead
  • Approx 4″ x 14″