Boy, it’s great to be back in Florida and walking everyday! I
go walking every morning with my friends “The Streetwalkers”
before it gets too hot, then I come home and paint. I was horrified
at how out of shape I had gotten—I was so sore the first week!
Now, I feel wonderful; strong, healthy, and energized.
I have been working on paintings for gallery shows and also paintings
for the Williamsburg
Convention that will be held this September 22-23. The large convention
print will be of an historic antebellum house and tidal mill that are
located just down the road from The Moss Portfolio in Mathews, Virginia.
Poplar Grove predates the Revolutionary War, and the tidal mill that
is located on the property ground grain for the Continental Army. The
property is included in the National Register of Historic Places and
is also the birthplace of Captain Sally Tompkins. Captain Sally, as
she is called, was the only female, commissioned officer in the Confederate
Army. During the Civil War, she ran a hospital in Richmond for wounded
soldiers and is buried in Mathews.
The tide mill at Poplar Grove, a work in progress, is the subject
of the large Williamsburg convention print. Next week we will show an
updated picture - it will be fun to see the progress.
What I have in mind for the small convention print is
a Colonial Williamsburg street scene. Keep posted for a picture of that
one in a future newsletter.
I have completed a painting of the campus of the College of William
and Mary, which will be released at the convention in addition to the
special large and small convention prints. The painting features the
historic Wren Building, which is the oldest academic structure still
in use in America. The College of William and Mary is the second oldest
college in the nation, next to Harvard. Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe,
John Tyler, and John Marshall studied in the rooms of the Wren Building,
and George Washington was once chancellor of the college.
The Wren building at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg,
Virginia, is the subject of another piece to be released at the convention.
This weekend I’ll be in Omaha, Nebraska, for a
show with Ginger’s Hang-Up. I’m excited about being with
Jeff Bosiljevac and his staff and collectors as we release two very
special prints. Nebraska Prairie pays homage to Pulitzer Prize
winning author Willa Cather, and College Baseball Dreams commemorates
Omaha’s annual College World Series, which will be underway while
I am there.
College Baseball Dreams (top) and Nebraska Prairie will
be released during Pat’s appearance at Ginger’s Hang-Up
in Omaha, Nebraska, June 23-24. For more information, call (402) 391-6440.
Well, that’s all for now…I have a lot of
painting to do!