We've had lots of calls asking how we made out during last week's nor'easter
in Mathews, Virginia. I'm relieved to say that we made out okay! The
tide did come up quite a bit, but damage to Patty's and my houses was
very minor and more of an inconvenience than anything else. We realize
how blessed we are when we hear of those less fortunate who either have
to replace flooded ductwork or have more extensive damage, with water
actually coming inside their homes.
This was taken from my kitchen window, looking across Horn Harbor
to my daughter Patty's house. You can see my dock under water. The tide
actually got higher than this!
Patty and I set off on Friday morning for Leesburg, Virginia, and my
show with Medlin Art, Ltd. The Virginia countryside up there is so lovely,
and Patty and I were excited to have an opportunity to see historic
Rokeby. It was built in 1757 by Charles Binns, II, the first Clerk of
the Circuit Court of Loudoun County. During the War of 1812, with Washington,
D.C., in flames, wagonloads of United States documents, including the
Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation,
and the Constitution, among others, were brought to Rokeby
This house is a national treasure, and I hope to paint it one day.
Rokeby was used during the War of 1812 to keep national documents, including
the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution,
safe. They were kept in a vaulted room in the cellar that still exists
today. Today, Rokeby is a private residence.
Medlin's collectors seemed to really enjoy my new giclée print
Aldie Mill. The mill is a historic landmark in Loudoun
County and well-known to the community. Collectors were eager to share
its history with me and asked me great questions about my painting of
it. Medlin does excellent framing, and Aldie Mill was shown
I always feel like part of Medlin Art's family when I visit. They're
all such good friends! L. to R.: Me, Patrick and Shirley Medlin (owners),
Sandy Johnson (Shirley's sister), Sherry Reece, Cindy Cheng, and Stephen
This week I'm in Florida, enjoying the sunshine and warm weather in
St. Petersburg. It feels wonderful to go walking with my "Streetwalker"
friends again. I have a show with the Finn Gallery this weekend, and
Tim Finn and I will release my new giclée print titled Still
Waters, featuring manatees. I have a busy few days ahead of me;
because, in addition to the show, I'll be speaking to a Rotary group
in Belleair on Thursday and speaking to children and teachers at my
home on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Still Waters will be released as a giclée on paper during
my show with the Finn Gallery in St. Petersburg, Fl., November 20-22.
I'll be in St. Pete until next Tuesday when I fly back to Virginia
in time for Thanksgiving with my family in Waynesboro. I love stopping
in at my Museum
and hearing from visitors how much they enjoy it and my staff.
In my November
4 newsletter, I mentioned a villa that is for sale in Cortona, Italy,
and showed a couple pictures of it. In a tongue-in-cheek manner, I joked
about being tempted to buy it, and I was surprised to find out that
at least one reader believed I was actually considering it. I would
like to take this opportunity to clarify why I mentioned the villa in
the newsletter and to let everyone know that I am absolutely not considering
purchasing this property, breathtaking though it may be.
The reason why I included it in the newsletter is because I enjoy beautiful
things, and my artistic eye is drawn to aesthetically attractive scenes
and structures. I would like to paint the villa one day. My son-in-law
Roberto Ghezzi, who lives in Cortona, is a real estate agent; and, because
he knows my love of beauty, he often shares the treasures he comes across
with me. This villa is truly a work of art in and of itself. It's hidden
behind walls, and Roberto had no idea of its existence before now, even
though he has lived there his whole life. Property like that is very
rare in Cortona, because nearly all the buildings are built very close
together. It's an old Etruscan town. I also included the villa in the
newsletter because I often hear from collectors who don't get to travel
much that they enjoy seeing pictures of my travels. In a way, the newsletter
is their window to the world.