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Embody Creativity

  Join Dori for her next Creativity and Awareness Workshop at Embody Practice Center, Birmingham, AL. Held Saturday, July 28, 2018, this day of gentle introspection and creative exercises in various media will be the best way to take a break from the heat. Embody is a yoga center, and will offer opportunities for diverse […]

Another Without a Net Workshop

Kindle creativity, innovative thinking, and courageous introspection in this one-day Creativity and Self-Awareness workshop with instructor Dori DeCamillis. Held Saturday April 29, 9:00 am to 3 pm at Red Dot Gallery, students will learn to break through artist blocks and self-criticism while savoring the joy of being creative. This day of awakening your curiosity, stretching your imagination, and welcoming self-honesty will enliven […]

Without a Net Workshop

Dori DeCamillis announces her first ever Without a Net workshop to be held at Red Dot Gallery in Birmingham, AL, Saturday, February 25. This exciting workshop will offer participants creative exercises in various artistic media that explore personal mind states and perspectives in a judgment-free setting. With humor and self-acceptance as touchstones, participants will explore […]

Have Yourself a…

My gallery, studio, and teaching space hosts an annual holiday exhibit, which enables us to show small work at affordable prices, and have a Christmas party without trashing our house. Our new Cup Wall will exhibit small ceramic work by my husband (ceramic artist and Red Dot co-owner Scott Bennett) Red Dot students, and local and […]

Bragging on My Students

Here’s a sampling of some of recent paintings by my students at Red Dot Gallery. I am proud of their dedication to their craft and grateful for the inspiration and joy they bring to my life. I’d no idea how rewarding teaching art could be. I’ll write more about that later, but for now, please […]

The Results Are In

Yesterday’s post about Red Dot’s white-on-white drawing day showed images of what the object set-ups looked like. Here is a slideshow of the resulting drawings, all done by 9 and 10 year olds. They were instructed to find a range of values from white to black. There were no takers on the more complicated objects, […]

White Shadows

I teach a one hour kid’s art class every week, and we often sketch the still life. I set up small groups of objects at tables around the room, and the kids are instructed to move around and draw as many as they can. The white still life is great practice for contrast without the […]

A Little Bird Told Me

Heard while making rubbings of Egyptian hieroglyphic patterns in Red Dot kid art class. Dori:  These symbols were used like a language. For instance, this bird symbol might have meant, “I killed a bird and ate it today.” Madison:  Did a cat write it? Dori:  Humans eat birds, too. Haven’t you eaten chicken? Madison: Dori: […]

New Small Paintings

While I work much of the time on my Without a Net paintings (which require a good measure of self-introspection) I sometimes need a diversion that demands less “serious” thinking. I’ve started working on small, somewhat minimal paintings of animals loosely inspired by vintage Japanese prints. I should have images to show very shortly, and […]

10 Years of Red Dot Gallery

10 years ago this week my husband and I opened Red Dot Gallery, the working studio, teaching space, and art gallery that has been our business, passion, social life, and work station. We’re celebrating this heart-felt occasion with a student/teacher exhibit called DECADE. The opening last week was a lovely gathering, and instead of being […]

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