I took a break from my easel and the illustrations for Reuben
and the Balloon to see Sweeney Todd with a friend.
Wow! What a great movie! I love that Johnny Depp! He is truly a gifted
actor. I've heard that The Bucket List is a good movie, too,
and I want to go see that next. I love Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson,
Reuben and the Balloon is my next collaboration with author
Merle Good, and I'm making good progress on the many illustrations.
It's a challenging project, because I need to make the paintings sequential,
be sure they fit the text, and make sure that the characters and buildings
look the same as in the rest of the Reuben
Here is an updated picture of the progress on this painting for
Reuben and the Balloon. Can you guess what's different from
last week's picture?
I paint in my upstairs studio by the glorious St. Petersburg, Florida,
sunlight; and, when I need a break from the book illustrations, I go
downstairs where I've set up an oil studio and work on several large
oil paintings. My upstairs studio overlooks the park across the street
and Tampa Bay beyond the park. My downstairs studio has a view of my
The view from my oil studio.
I turn my imagination loose with my oil paintings. There are no requirements
or restrictions, just whatever I feel like doing; so, when I go back
upstairs to work on the book, I have a fresh outlook and renewed focus.
red horses are very large oils. One is approximately 40 x 40 inches,
and the other is larger still. They make a big “bang” of
This landscape is very contemporary, and it's pictured here in a
contemporary frame I'm thinking about putting it in. It's calm colors
are very different from the red horses, but both subjects reflect a
facet of my personality. How it changes the karma of a room to go from
the horses to the landscape! Both subjects are very settling but very
I love flowers, and I love exploring shapes and color combinations
It's been fun working within this hexagonal space!
As many of you know, The P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education is very near and
dear to my heart, so I want to say a tremendous thank-you to Moss dealer
Jeanette Stephens of Collector's Showcase in Dublin, Virginia, for making
a very generous donation to the Foundation in honor of Mildred Wall.
This also gives me the opportunity to say a thank-you to Mildred. Mildred
volunteers at Collector's Showcase and is Jeanette's right-arm, and
she is an active member of the Moss in the New River Valley Chapter
of the P. Buckley Moss Society.
Mildred is a loyal friend, a dedicated worker, and an inspiration to
us all. I often say that my awards and accolades are given not only
to me but also to my dealers and members of the Society who care so
much for others and try to make the lives of others better.
Another prime example of this is the members of Pat's Blue Goose Chapter
in the Louisa County/Gordonsville/Charlottesville area of Virginia.
Chapter members raised an outstanding $12,347.43 to help with the medical
expenses and care of a little boy who has no immune system. The chapter
held a Longaberger basket bingo, raffled a Moss print that was donated
by the Society, sold tickets for and held a spaghetti dinner, sold food
at a booth at a craft show, and participated in a 10,000 Villages Festival
sale. All food, door prizes, etc., were donated by area merchants. Well
I would like to welcome three new Moss dealers:
|Art & Frame at Smoketown
||Beckman Gallery, Ltd.
|2950 Prince William Pkwy.
||9528 Main St.
||118 N 2nd. Ave. W.
|Woodbridge, VA 22192
||Fairfax, VA 22031
||Newton, IA 50208
If you're in their areas, please stop by and say “hi.”
'Til next week...