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There’s no place like home! Although I love traveling and seeing all of my wonderful friends and “extended Moss family,” it’s nice to have a couple weekends off to work in my flower beds and do some things in my house. It’s been incredibly hot here in Mathews, Virginia, (like a sauna with the humidity) but my flowers are loving it. I pull weeds in the early morning and dusk hours and work inside during the hottest part of the day.

The flowers outside Pat's window. The lovely deep pink hydrangea was given to Pat by her neighbor and friend Nancy Hudgins.

I even got to attend a birthday lunch party for two Moss Portfolio staff members with late July birthdays. Everyone brought a key taco salad fixin’, and we all had taco salads and cake. Yum! Happy birthday, Christy and Lori!

The Maids of Mathews celebrate two July birthdays. From the left, Michelle (with her back to us, answering an inappropriately timed phone call), Lisa, Pat, Jake (strictly speaking, not a Maid at all), Kirsten, Angie, Birthday Girl Christy, age 24 (reported, but not verified), Cathy, Tricia, other Birthday Girl, Lori, and Anne.

I have also spent a lot of time in my studio, working on paintings for upcoming show prints. Stay tuned; I’ll be showing the pieces close to the show dates. One that I can show you now is a pencil sketch that will be released as a black and white print at the Collectors’ Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia, this September 22-23. I had a lot of fun working on Spirit of ’76. I hope you like it!

Spirit of '76 will be released at the Williamsburg Convention, September 22-23, 2006.

A few weeks ago, I showed you a picture of College of William and Mary, which will also be released as a print edition at the Williamsburg Convention. I have since added the statue of Lord Botetourt, which stands in front of the Wren Building. Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, was the royal governor of Virginia from 1768 until his death in 1770. He was a friend and patron of the College.

College of William and Mary, with the statue of Lord Botetourt.

This past weekend my youngest daughter Ginny, her husband Corrado, and their children Picco and Chiara came to visit. As many of you know, they live in Waynesboro, Virginia, and Corrado is the director of my Museum. There’s always a feast involved whenever we get together, and this time was no different. My daughter Patty, who lives in Mathews, and I started creating a huge lasagna Friday. We had a relaxing weekend together and went fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. We took the boat around to New Point Comfort Lighthouse, which I have included in many paintings, and saw the most wonderful pod of porpoises! There were so many of them, and they were all jumping out of the water and chattering—they put on quite a show for us.

I recently received the following picture of Mark Allen, of the P. Buckley Moss Society, installing a new memorial brick in the P. Buckley Moss Museum’s Commemorative Walkway.The walkway was featured, along with the Museum, in the Society’s first Members’ Only giclée The Walkway.

Mark Allen installs a new brick in the Commemorative Walkway at the P. Buckley Moss Museum (top) and Pat's giclee,
The Walkway, (bottom) published for members of the Society last year.

Well, that’s all for now…back to my easel!


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