There is nothing like taking a road trip. Offen the wife and I just jump in the the car and drive. So on Black Friday we skipped the crazy malls and headed to Mentone, Alabama. Now if you have not been to Mentone before well I can honestly say I am not suprised. Infact I was not sure were it was even after my wife told me about it. We headed down I-24 east to I-59 towards Birmingham.
Metone is atop Lookout Mountain about a 43 minutes drive from Chattanooga. The point of this trip was to ended up in Ft.Payne, AL where a glass artist that we have become enamoured with lives. Cal Breeds is his name and his work is very amazing. You can check out his art at this link. http://orbixhotglass.com Cal has a unique technique that he is doing with glass, but it is not up on his website yet so after I recieve my Christmas gift from my wife I will post an image of his new art. Stay tune.
This entry is more about who we meet at the Wildflower Cafe and the portraits I got to make. The Wildflower Cafe is located in a restored house that was built in 1887 in Mentone and there food which was fetured in Southern Living Magazine. We met one of the owners L.C.Moon. Who is also a herbalist and sells her teas and skin elixirs and bath oils from here as well. You can check out the Wildf lowers website at this link. http://www.mentonewildflower.com/index.html
On the afternoon we were there Moon had live music being performed by her adopted father Tony Goggans of The Mentone Troubadors. We enjoyed a delicous homemade chicken salad sandwich and sampled some pesto she made using asparagus.
I have been trying to do more portraits using my ground glass technique and also well as trying to get faster at pulling it together. Here are two images I shot in about a half hour or so.