Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Prague Architecture

A stunning city, rich in history, captive of many aggressive invaders, Prague is a miracle of preservation and fabulous architectural features.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Sold Last Night

Dear Imaginary Friends,

Last night I sold two paintings. Here is one of them: River's Edge, an image of the Potomac River on the shores of River Farm.
Parting with my favorite paintings is always bittersweet.

Your Friendly Local Artiste,

Thursday, June 20, 2013

African Daisies

Dear Imaginary Friend,
Did I just hear you asking what did I paint a week ago? Well, fine. Here you are!
African Daisies
10x 8"
For sale

African Daisies

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Get Your Crawfish On!

 Dear Cher,
That is repetitious, but pretend I am Cajun for a moment. If you live in the Washington, DC, area, and want to get your crawdaddy on, head on over to Evening Star Cafe, on Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray part of Alexandria, VA.
Dey got yo crawfish, yo boiled taters, yo boiled corn and sausage... And you will leave with spicy lips on fire!
Whether you call 'em crawdads, mudbugs, or crawfish, go get you some. For only $14, enjoy a whole pound of finger-lickin' good bugs. Pull they heads off, and suck away. Squeeze they tails, and make some magic. Mmm, mmm. You will need plenty plenty napkins and water to wash down the fiery goodness.
Your Imaginary Cajun,

Virginia and Her Children

At the Christening Last Week

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Meridian Hill Garden in Adams Morgan, 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC

In the heart of Washington, DC, a true Italian garden of beautiful proportion, sprinkled with a few homeless people

Ladew Gardens

The Stunning Rose Garden
 Dear Imaginary Friends,
A ride in the country will do you good! North of Baltimore, in horse country, lies Ladew Gardens, a magnificent collection of topiary, water gardens, fields, vistas, statuary, et al.
This garden just won the Patricia Uchello "Worth the drive" award. Located an hour and a half north of Washington, DC, Ladew Gardens is the former home of a very wealthy gardener/artist who was friends with Lawrence of Arabia, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Clark Gable, to name just a few.
The vistas have been so carefully planned out, as to create a stunning effect. Unfortunately, the property, which has rolling hills, is neither wheelchair nor stroller friendly.
Mr. Ladew, the owner and designer, now deceased, was a sculptor and painter, as well as a master gardener. In addition to formal gardens, there is a nature trail, an art studio, a cafe and a very old historic home, for additional admission.
My photos cannot do it justice. YOU really need to see it!
Your Imaginary Friend,


 See the topiary hunt above, with fox, hounds, and jumpers on horseback.
                                           Giant bird house.

 Topiary, aside the cafe on the property
A juxtaposition of open fields with architectural topiaries

The Cutting Garden, viewed from the terrace

Topiary Peacocks, and other playful animals

The Garden of Eden, featuring a statue of Adam and Eve

One of many water lily ponds

Some of the water lilies are already blooming, especially in the gorgeous Iris Garden
Ladew is not to be missed by any lover of gardens. It is comparable to Middleton Gardens of Charleston, SC.