Greetings from Florida, where it’s cold! It’s warmer than
most of the country, which I know is in a deep freeze, but it is still
quite chilly by Florida’s standards.
Other than my daily morning walks from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m., I’ve
been staying indoors, working on several paintings at once. I work a
little on one, then move on to another, and so forth until I’m
back to the first. This is how I normally paint when I have several
pieces due by deadlines at the same time. Last week I showed you the
beginning of the paintings for the large Pennsylvania
convention print, which will be offered as a three-piece triptych.
The piece on the left now features Hans Herr House, which was built
in 1719. I’ve been considering adding a horse-drawn wagon to the
scene…stay tuned to see how this develops.
Follow Pat's progress on the Pennsylvania convention print. Compare
this picture with the one in the
last newsletter to see how the painting is taking shape.
I’ve completed another set of three paintings,
which can be hung together, for two shows where I’ll be making
in the Atlanta area next month. I’ll be visiting The Framery in
Marietta, Georgia, on February 19 and Mount Gallery in Tucker, Georgia,
on February 20. If you’re in the Atlanta area that weekend, please
drop in and see me.
Pat's exquisitely detailed miniature paintings for the Atlanta shows
February 19th and 20th.
Becky and her family have left me to do some sightseeing
before they return to Italy next week. Among the places they have visited
are Sanibel Island, which I have included in several paintings; Sea
World; and Thomas Edison’s winter home in Ft. Myers, which I have
Sofie and Michela search for seashells on Sanibel Island, where
cleanup is still
ongoing after last summer’s hurricanes.
One of Pat's prints of Sanibel: Wish
You Were Here.
Becky, Sofie, and Michela were delighted at Sea World
when a trainer made one of the dolphins swim onto a ledge at the side
of its pool to receive some eye drops. The girls were thrilled to be
allowed to touch the dolphin, which apparently was very used to being
petted—it had little finger marks on its skin!
Becky (in the cap) and her girls pet the dolphins at Sea World.
Their visit to Thomas Edison’s house was particularly
interesting for them. They learned much about Thomas Edison and his
hundreds of inventions. Among the things he invented are the electric
light bulb, the phonograph, and silent and talking movies.
Pat painted Thomas Edison House in 1993. The print edition
is now rare.
Like me, Thomas Edison had problems learning in school,
and his teacher was unable to help him. It has been theorized by experts
that he may have had a form of attention deficit disorder, but of course
nothing was known about learning differences in the 1800’s. Fortunately,
Edison’s parents had faith in him and home schooled him. They
also encouraged his inventiveness and supported him any way they could.
Edison is a prime example of how a learning different mind can achieve
Becky, Michela, and Sofie stand in front of the largest banyan tree
in the United States. It was given to Thomas Edison for his botanical
garden by Harvey Firestone in 1925. The cutting was 4 feet tall at the
time and now covers 400 feet, second in size only to a tree in Kenya,
which covers over 17 acres.
Well, I have to get back to my easel, so that’s
all for now. Stay warm!