For the first time in a year or more, I went to the movies and saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and I really enjoyed it. It was the cutest movie! I went with my friend Marlyn DeWaard, who is a past member of the P. Buckley Moss Society board of directors. The characters in the movie are people in their senior years who still have a zest for living and the courage to make a move. It was such fun.
I’m still in my beloved St. Pete, walking and working. I’m going to return to Virginia the first week in July. One of the paintings I’ve been working on is for Apple Barn Gallery’s show November 2-4, and I’m excited to be able to show it to you.
The Peaks Visitors will be released during Apple Barn Gallery’s Show without Moss November 2-3 and their Show with Moss on November 4. For more information, please call the gallery at 540-992-3551. The print features The Peaks of Otter near Bedford, VA.
I received the nicest e-mail message that I would like to share with you. It is always good to hear that my work has special meaning for people.
I grew up on the Mississippi river in Clinton, Iowa and in my teens moved to Iowa City, when I was a young adult I lived in Cedar Rapids and 10 years ago I moved, with my wife and kids to Lordstown, Ohio. It was during this last move, to Ohio, that I discovered P Buckley Moss art when my mother gave my wife and I a print of the church where we were married, Danforth Chapel. Since that time we have bought many prints and each one adds a deeper sense of home to our house.
Chapel by the River
Now that I am in my 40’s and my kids are growing up, my wife and I are starting to plan for the day when we can move back home to Iowa. Because of where I have lived in Iowa, we have a variety of possible locations for our small farm, from the Mississippi to the Amana’s and everywhere in between and as I think of those locations, I look to my walls displaying P Buckley Moss art and know that wherever I move will be a wonderful place to live.
As the time gets closer to move, even though it’s still a few years away, it gets more tangible and more exciting. But it’s when I go to your website, click search and type in Iowa, that the feeling really hits home. It’s that feeling of butterflies in the stomach as I look through all the prints of places I have been or buildings I have seen. The feeling I get on some of the prints, like the Threshers Reunion, Barn Dance or Iowa Hay Ride is so amazing, I can almost smell the corn in the fields, feel the sun shine through the cloudless Iowa sky, see the evening sneak up and replace the daylight.
Celebrating Steam-Old Threshers Reunion
Barn Dance at the White Barn
I have never been a huge art fan, never understood people in some NY gallery on “60 Minutes” looking at a phone booth with a toilet in it discussing what they think the artist was trying to convey. After the experiences I explained above, however, I guess I was mistaken. I am an art fan and I now understand what it means to interpret someone else’s art. It’s an amazing feeling and for me, it feels like home.
Once last thing, you have done some amazing Ohio painting as well, one of the Courthouse in Warren I drive by every day on my way to work, and one of the church in Boardman Park that I drive by when I pick up my daughter from school, and many others. But being a Hawkeye fan in Buckeye country is a tough thing on its own, having to hear O-H-I-O all the time is awful and even though I really like the snowman OHIO you did last year, I would just like to point out that during football games at Kinnick, we also do I-O-W-A. Maybe if you get a chance…
St. James Meeting House
Thanks for painting Iowa just like I remember it… just how it is.
I just received an update from Ada at Stacy’s Travel regarding our Alaska Cruise next month that she would like me to pass along: it is not necessary for participants to do their check-in online; Stacy’s Travel will do that for them as a courtesy. Documents will be mailed to everyone very soon.
There are so many things to look forward to next month: Independence Day, a.k.a. the 4th of July; my Museum Open House and Barn Show July 13-15; our July 20-21 Collectors’ Convention in Riverside, Iowa; and our Alaska Cruise!