We just returned from a whirlwind eight-day trip to Washington DC, Gettysburg, and Alexandria to celebrate David's birthday (a civil war tour). I was lucky to squeeze in some sightseeing and shopping time (with apologies to all the bloggers I did not visit this time!)
I visited a few gorgeous stores in Alexandria and purchased this lovely landscape painting from the very posh Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques. I love the slate blue sky - it's my favorite colour of blue:
The painting is by Robert Young Clay, a Virginia artist who died last year. His impressionistic landscapes are so atmospheric (to use Steve's word) and dreamy. I may need to reframe this as the golden frame seems a little bright for my tastes. David and I both love Virginia, so I was pleased to buy my first work by this well-loved Virginia artist, who was also a genealogist, heraldic artist and archivist.
And yes, our annual art budget is now officially depleted, in case you were wondering.
More about our holiday soon, and I will post lots of photos. Special thanks to Pat for taking me around Alexandria for a couple of hours. She is a lovely lady, an extraordinary tour guide and thrift shop guru! She also has a large and stunning eclectically-decorated house that I could have spent hours admiring. Thanks Pat.