I'm happy to be in St. Petersburg, Florida, with my daughter Becky
and her family. Becky has been helping me stretch canvases and get ready
for a really good painting session after they leave the end of this
We've also been having fun this week and celebrating the New Year.
This is a picture of the view from my balcony on New Year's Eve.
It looks down on North Straub Park in St. Petersburg and shows part
of the festivities for New Year's Eve. There were two bandstands and
an ice skating rink, believe it or not! It was actually some kind of
plastic, but people were skating around on it just like ice. It was
quite a night, and I almost missed bringing in the New Year because
I fell asleep. Becky and her family woke me up just before midnight,
and we toasted the New Year with wine and cream soda in our pajamas.
In the photo, off in the distance, you can just see the lights of Tampa
across the water.
The plastic ice rink in the park across from my house. Some people
were skating in shorts!
Becky and her family had been invited to stay with her friend from
college Susanna Carey and her husband Steve in Northern Virginia so
they could be tourists in Washington, DC. This picture is of my granddaughter
Sofia Ghezzi, Charlotte Carey, and Henry Carey at the Crystal City Ice
Rink in Alexandria, VA. This one had real ice instead of plastic.
Sofia in the big banyan tree across from my house in St. Petersburg.
Michela is not much of a climber.
We've had to add new miniature originals to the Moss in Miniature Exhibit
at my Museum in
Waynesboro, Virginia, to replace the ones that have been sold. It's
such fun for Museum Director Corrado Gabellieri to be framing them and
for Museum Curator Bonnie Stump to be hanging them. The miniatures display
includes a variety of subjects and has been very popular.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2011!