Once or twice a year, I take a day off…of everything. Early in November, I dropped off my third and youngest at school and headed out 66 west to Paris, VA. It is a beautiful tiny town I’d hoped to paint. None of my photos captured the light well enough, but with a full day ahead, a Honeycrisp apple, and a thick peanut butter sandwich packed beside me, there was no way I was heading home just yet. I meandered farther west on 50 to Millwood, VA, an even tinier little town I hadn’t been to in 20 years. Imagine my delight that a favorite artist, Antonia Walker, had a solo show at Duvall Designs Gallery right there (www.duvalldesignsgallery.com).
The owner, Peggy Duvall, was lovely, let me in even though the gallery was technically closed. We spoke about how I found Antonia Walker’s work years ago, on another “day off” in Georgetown. One of Ms. Walker’s current paintings was of ginkgo trees, and Ms. Duvall told me exactly where she found the grove depicted…only a few miles away at the Blandy UVA Arboretum. The rest is history, and the painting so enjoyable to create. Contact me for the original ($195), or prints can be found by following this link: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/arboretum-ginkgos-anne-lewis.html?newartwork=true
And Antonia Walker’s gorgeous work can be found here: www.antoniawalker.net