|Finished Pioneer Mills Diorama|
|Veiled Nun, G. Croff|
It started off with a evening visit to The National Gallery of Art. It's always fun to take time to visit the museums on Washington, DC mall.
The galleries in the East Building were mostly closed, though the atrium was open. I did note a trio of onlookers discussing Smith's "Die." The "Die' is a 6-ft steel cube that the artist subcontracted to a local shop for fabrication. Once assembled, its rusty surface was hand rubbed with oil. I feigned interest in the piece to listen to what the admirers said. I was rewarded with a stream of modern art babble worthy of Beetlejuice's Otho.
|The Lackawanna Valley by George Innes|
I always enjoy seeing the impressionists, but this time I seemed to gravitate to the 19th century landscapes. There even was a nice train painting, George Innes, "The Lackawanna Valley." I took another look at Winslow Homer's work. He is one of my favorite artists.
|Bugeye schooner before restoration at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum|
|Charming home in St Michaels|
|Delmarva HO layout|
|Scott and the blast furnace|
On the weekend I finished up the Alexandria Waterfront diorama in between two rounds of golf and 5 birdies. I started taking the final photographs of the diorama before I deliver it later next week.
On Saturday, Scott Wahl stopped by to examine some of my steel mill models. Scott is a member of NV NTRAK. He is working on a home layout based partly on modules. Scott ended up buying the N scale blast furnace, coke works and some steel mill cars from me. I was very pleased to find an enthusiastic modeler that will put these models to good use. I am looking forward to seeing what he comes up with in his layout.
On Sunday, Nancy Griswold, one AW's friends from law school, toured the layout with my mom. Nancy made a home made sourdough bread and mom made a pear tart to wrap up the birthday celebration. I was interested in seeing Nancy's reaction to the layout as she is an accomplished artist. She had some good comments, especially with regard to the detail on the layout.