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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, too.

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 series.

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 garden.

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.

These 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 color.

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 different.

I love flowers, and I love exploring shapes and color combinations with them.

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 done!

I would like to welcome three new Moss dealers:

Art & Frame at Smoketown Total Framing Beckman Gallery, Ltd.
2950 Prince William Pkwy. 9528 Main St. 118 N 2nd. Ave. W.
Woodbridge, VA 22192 Fairfax, VA 22031 Newton, IA 50208
(703) 897-7700 (703) 426-0660 (641) 792-1696

If you're in their areas, please stop by and say “hi.”

'Til next week...


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