My youngest daughter Ginny and I had the most wonderful drive to Huntington,
West Virginia, this past weekend. We drove through corridors of red,
orange, and gold; but, the most glorious sight of all was the sun shining
on the fall foliage on the mountain and hill sides, with clouds and
rain on the opposite sides. The dark background made our side glow.
How I wish you could have seen it!
My show was with Necessary Things of Logan, West Virginia, but it was
held at the Heritage Farm
Museum & Village in Huntington. Ginny and I stayed in the Apple
Butter Inn at the Village, and it was so beautiful. Everything at the
Village is immaculate, neat, and historically and tastefully done. They
have the most interesting antiques and antique farm tools and machinery.
This is the "cabin" where Ginny and I stayed. It had four
bedrooms, four bathrooms, a kitchen, and everything; and, we had the
whole place to ourselves for the night! The inside is fabulous-not overdone,
but just right. There was a Winslow Homer painting on the wall that
I just loved; it was so suitable.
This is The Log Church at the Village, which plays host to many
weddings. I want to do a painting of it in the near future and include
a wedding couple. Who wouldn't want to be married here and stay in one
of the cottages? It's so quiet and beautiful.
Heritage Farm Museum & Village is owned by Mike and Henryella
"Henri" Perry. Mike is standing beside me in the back row,
and Henri is standing in front of me in the white sweater. They really
love the Village and are so dedicated to it, which is evident in the
care that is taken of it.
Heritage Farm Museum is my painting of the Heritage Farm Museum
& Village. It was released during my show with Necessary Things
this past weekend.
I would like to thank Linda Hutchinson, owner of Necessary
Things, for organizing and hosting this show in spite of having had
a heart attack and surgery this past summer. What a trooper! I also
want to congratulate her on quitting smoking, a lesson well-learned.
Her husband Jim is also kicking the habit, with a Christmas goal.
What a wonderful group of family, friends, and volunteers! I'm in
the middle with the pink sweater. Necessary Things owner Linda Hutchinson
is on my right (your left), and Mike Perry is on my left (your right).
While we were in West Virginia, we stopped by The Greenbrier
in White Sulphur Springs and took pictures of the Golf Club, which is
the clubhouse at which each of The Greenbrier's three 18-hole championship
golf courses begins and ends. I'll be doing a painting of it for a show
with Kitten's Korner, which will be held at The Greenbrier December
29-January 1. Come help me ring in the New Year at The Greenbrier!
My painting of the Golf Club will depict a different angle from
the one in the picture above and will include a bit of The Old White
I'll be spending Halloween with my friends at The Canada
Goose Gallery in Waynesville, Ohio. The show, which will be held October
30-31, will feature a number of my giclée prints that I've remarqued
especially for this event. "Remarque" refers to the process
by which I paint something additional on an existing print, either an
offset lithograph or giclée, making it truly one-of-a-kind.
Let Me Out, above, is a giclée on paper. Below, is an example
of how I remarqued one of them for Canada Goose's show.
This week's chapter focus is on Pat's Cats Chapter of the P.
Buckley Moss Society. Pat's Cats was formed in 2004, and its members
are from Martinsville, Virginia. Martinsville is renowned for the Martinsville
Speedway, which first opened sixty years ago when NASCAR was just an
idea. When NASCAR was formed, Martinsville Speedway was a charter member.
In fact, the historic Virginia half-mile oval is the only track that
was on the schedule in the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season that
still hosts the series today.
Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.-also home to Pat's Cats
Pat's Cats have held several raffles benefitting The
Boys & Girls Club of Martinsville and Henry County, The Grace Network,
Stanleytown Elementary School, and Tactfully Teamed Riding Academy.
These raffles have raised nearly $6,000.00. Smaller projects sponsored
by the Chapter have been kits for Red Cross, paper for Boys & Girls
Club, food for The Grace Network, flood buckets for hurricane relief,
supplies for a local dental clinic, school supplies for Step Ahead,
and a scholarship for a teacher to attend the P.
Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education's Annual
Creative Mind Conference. This year Pat's Cats have continued their
support of The Grace Network with a monetary donation and canned goods.
The Chapter meets monthly on the second Tuesday at different area restaurants
for dinner and their business meeting. This chapter has accomplished
a lot in its short history and is looking forward to many more years
of having fun and helping others.
Members of Pat's Cats Chapter.
Have a spooktacular Halloween!
Witches Three is a giclée on paper, which was inspired by
the fun of Halloween.
My love to our soldiers overseas! We miss you, and hopefully next Halloween
you'll be with us for trick-or-treat fun with your families and friends.