Never A Dull Moment

I have so much to share with you this week! (Warning: I may get a little long-winded today!)

First up, I want to thank all of you who have contributed pictures and information for my Gimbels project. Please keep it coming!

It seems the consensus among my loyal customers is that you would like to see the painting set at dusk during the holidays. I suppose that makes sense, as my Kaufmann’s and Horne’s paintings were also set in that time and season. If I can pull this off, it will make a lovely addition to your Pittsburgh (or any!) wall display. The reason I didn’t paint it 20 years ago was the lack of available information from that time period. Today I was at the main library in Oakland, but they had no photos. I called the Heinz History Center’s library, but they didn’t have anything either. They gave me the name of a fella to call at the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, so I’ll try that next.

So, this week’s question is…what do you remember about the display windows at Christmas? How about Gimbels’ entrance under the big awning that they had in the 50s, 60s and maybe 70s? Thanks in advance!

As promised, here is the finished double portrait of the children I mentioned last week. The owners of the new painting absolutely loved it as much as I was hoping they would. One of the best moments for me when I unveil a commissioned project is when the new owner first sees the painting. I can usually tell from the look in their eyes if I can exhale and relax. The whole process has been an exceptional experience, and I was honored to create this special piece for them. It’s now at the printer to make print copies for the family, and then it’s off to the framer before it’s welcomed into its new home.

The other exciting update is that the new mug and coasters I introduced at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden show are now available online. I love the rich, vibrant colors, and I think you will too. Visit my website to check out these new products!

Last, but definitely not least, I had a visit from Santa Claus! He happened to be on vacation in the Burgh, taking a break from the North Pole for a few days and stopped by to say hello. While he was visiting, my grandgirls were thrilled to speak with him on a Facetime call. He asked the twins if they would make him some artwork for his refrigerator back home, where it will share space with art from boys and girls around the world. He sent me this photo once he got back to the North Pole. How cool is that – my grandgirls’ artwork on Santa’s refrigerator!

I hope all of you have a great week and enjoy the beautiful weather. As for me, I will be focused on my Gimbels project. Wish me luck!