This past Saturday I went to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg,
Florida, and took a tour of its new exhibit Dali & Film,
which examines the relationship between the paintings and films of Salvador
Dali (1904-1989). The exhibition reveals how Dali combined his skills
in painting with the possibilities of the moving image to define a new
art. I found it very interesting that Dali collaborated with Disney,
Charlie Chaplin, and Alfred Hitchcock. The tour was given by Matthew
Gale, curator at the Tate Modern in London, where Dali & Film
opened. Matthew Gale is also the editor of Dali & Film,
and he made the tour such a pleasure.
How fortunate we are to live in a country where there are so many museums
and cultural attractions to visit. It's easy to take them for granted,
but we should really support them and visit them. They can teach us
so much about history and culture and enrich our lives.
I'm very excited about my upcoming Collectors'
Convention that will be held April 4-5 at the Riverside Casino and
Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa. I've just put the finishing touches
on the large and small convention prints, and I'm happy to be able to
show them both to you this week. The subject of the large convention
print is Clayton County's historic Motor
Mill. The Motor Mill site is hidden in the Turkey River Valley and
features a six-story limestone flour mill and four related stone buildings
dating from the late 1860's. The mill is so architecturally pleasing
and a joy to paint. The small convention print features the Carpenter
Gothic style house in Eldon, Iowa, that was made famous by artist Grant
Wood in his 1930 painting American Gothic. The structures in
these two prints are fine examples of our American culture.
Remembering Yesteryear is the large convention print, featuring
Clayton County's historic Motor Mill.
Sowing Seeds is the small convention print, featuring one of my
favorite subjects “the
Grant Wood house.”
A couple weeks ago I shared a picture of one of my feathered friends,
a collared dove that had been keeping me company during breakfast. Now,
a lovely female cardinal has made a nest in my bougainvillea bushes.
She's been very busy trying to keep the bluejays away from her home.
My latest feathered friend.
In a couple days I'll be surrounded by friends when the members of
the P. Buckley Moss Society's
Board of Directors arrive for their meeting at my house this weekend.
The directors come from all over the country and are so dedicated to
the work of the Society and helping others, especially children. I'm
grateful that my art has given me the opportunity to know and work with
such wonderful people. I love them all!
Happy Valentine's Day, and my love to you all!
I'm working feverishly on a painting for Rotary
International that will be used for a special print edition and
an ornament to raise funds for the organization. I'm hoping to show
you what I've been working on next week.