Once again I rode out the storm in St. Petersburg, and once again I
made out fine. However, I did discover as a result of Hurricane Jeanne
that my studio windows need re-caulking. The wind drove the rain right
in around the windows; and, had it not been for the storm, I wouldn’t
have known there was a problem.
Patriotic Pumpkin Stack will be printed to celebrate the Halloween
Also courtesy of Jeanne, my return to Virginia has been delayed almost
a week. I know I have a small mountain of prints waiting for me to sign
when I get back to my distribution center in Mathews, and I thank all
of you for waiting patiently. Your large Iowa Convention prints will
be with you soon, I promise.
Picco at the cockpit of a helicopter at the Neptune Festival Air
TSA members with the helicopter pilot.
I painted a new Halloween piece that I hope to have available in time
for the holiday. I have titled it Patriotic Pumpkin Stack,
and I think it captures the fun spirit of the season. The cats in the
scene represent the childhood joy of participating in the traditions
of decorating, dressing up, and trick-or-treating. In today’s
world of wicked storms, terrorism, and war, we can take comfort in knowing
that there is continuity in traditions and hope in the promise of a
celebration—and boy, do we Americans love to celebrate!
Picco and the other TSA members at Oceana Naval Air Station.
Last Friday my grandson Picco attended the 2004 Neptune Festival Air
Show at the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Picco
is a member of the Stuarts Draft Middle School TSA (Technology Student
Association) Club, and this was a TSA field trip. Last year Picco placed
4th in the Communication Challenge at TSA’s National Competition
in Nashville, Tennessee. TSA (www.tsawww.org)
is an outstanding program for children to participate in hands-on projects
that teach them problem-solving and analytical thinking through creativity
and technology. It helps prepare them for a successful life in a technological
society. How I wish such opportunities had been available when I was
Until next week…