I’ve been staying busy here in St. Petersburg, where once again
the light from my studio windows has inspired me. I’ve been working
on several paintings of pelicans, one of which will be selected for
printing and will be released Thanksgiving weekend at The Finn Gallery’s
show in St. Pete.
One of the pelicans Pat is working on in Florida.
I’ve also completed the painting for the October Barn
Show. The print edition will be titled Country Retreat
and depicts The Hobson House in Churchville, Virginia. The Hobson House
has an interesting history. The log cabin was built in the early 1900’s
using 200-year-old, broad-axed, chestnut logs. It has a massive rock
chimney and three fireplaces. George and Eve Hobson, who moved from
British Columbia and wanted the property to raise St. Bernards, purchased
it in 1955. Both George and Eve passed away several years ago, and their
son now owns the property. He had it changed into a bed and breakfast.
Country Retreat will be released at the October Barn Show.
Eve was born and educated in England and lived both in Australia and
British Columbia before moving to Virginia with her husband George.
She worked in human services, taught at James Madison University, and
received her Doctorate of Education from the University of Virginia.
Eve was most interested in the education of children and the arts, and
one of the first art festivals held in Augusta County was held near
the Hobson property. As a matter of fact, I participated in one of those
festivals. It was held next door to The Hobson House, on Turtle Lane,
and I painted several small, decorative turtle images for the occasion.
They were the first of their kind; so, if you own an older turtle watercolor,
chances are this is where it came from.
While I love Florida, I’ll be very happy to return to Virginia
in time for the October Barn Show. Waynesboro’s annual Fall Foliage
Festival will be held the same weekend as the Barn Show, and the trees
should be at their peak color. I love the changing of the seasons, and
fall in the Shenandoah Valley is one of Mother Nature’s special
The 2004 Christmas print, A Frosty Family Christmas.
Earlier this summer I showed you the painting for this year’s
Christmas print in its beginning stage. I’ve been putting the
finishing touches to it, and I thought you might like to see what it
looks like now. I’ve decided to title it A Frosty Family Christmas,
and it will retail at $70.
That’s all for now. I have a lot of paintings I need to complete
for galleries’ fall shows, and I have to get to work. Maybe I’ll
be ready to share a few new pieces with you next week.