The Last Show

Artist, Linda W Clark of Victoria, VA was inspired and given permission to paint “The Last Show”, after seeing a post from her friend, Cindi @themustardseed205 on Instagram. Cindi shared that she and her family had gone and enjoyed the Kelly Miller Circus in the small town of Marble Hill, Missouri. The beautiful red white and blue photo she shared caught Linda’s eye, particularly since she knew at the time the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus had just held its last show in Richmond, Virginia. Linda completed “The Last Show” in 2017.

We have all been to a circus and enjoyed the faces of our children as they watched with excitement. This company, The Kelly Miller Circus, has been providing entertainment for nearly 80 years. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus provided the best shows on earth, but in 2017 after 146 years the circus closed its doors. Linda’s desire was to paint a beautiful red, white and blue painting to honor both companies for all the entertaining years they have provided for our families for so many years!

Around Labor Day this year, Linda posted her painting on Instagram. She received a message from someone that told her she loved it. After a day or two she received an email at her Creative Works website from the same person, Rebecca Ostroff. Rebecca stated she was the blond with the red coat that was in Linda’s amazing painting.

She wanted to purchase a print, if available. You can imagine how surprised Linda was! I’m sure Linda could get Rebecca a print. Rebecca, an aerialist, was the Ringmaster of the Kelly Miller Circus. She was also in the movie, “Water for Elephants” a 2011 Drama in which she was spinning by her teeth.

A few days passed after this email, then Linda received another message from Rebecca asking if the original painting, “The Last Show”, was available. If so, she said, then John Ringling North, II would like to purchase a print for Rebecca, and he wanted to purchase the original for himself. John Ringling North, II, one of the last of the Ringling descendants to own a circus, bought the Kelly Miller Circus in 2007. This painting was special to them, Linda was told, because it was the last show for Rebecca as the Ringmaster and for John, because he was the owner of the Kelly Miller Circus. John retired from the circus business and it now is under new ownership.

Linda shipped the painting to Ardmore, Oklahoma to arrive by time John returned from Ireland in September. Recently, Linda received an email from him stating, “I saw the painting yesterday and I think it is fantastic”. Linda also received an email from Jim Dexhimer stating, “I love your painting”, and he enclosed two photographs (one shown above) of John Ringling North II next to Linda’s painting of “The Last Show” on the wall.


Here we are finishing up August and I’m like.....where did the summer go??  It has been a busy summer for us because we opened up an ice cream shoppe, Timmy’s Scoops, as many of you may already know.  This has made it impossible for me to get any painting done and threw me behind in a lot of other things that I’m still trying to catch up!!


 September here we come!!  It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I did the 30 paintings in 30 days series!  That was a lot of fun and some of you enjoyed following along last September!! Maybe one day I will do it again! 


I had a couple of interesting opportunities this summer.  I exhibited at the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery in Old Towne Petersburg, VA and also in Chase City, VA twice at the MacCullam Moore Museum and Gardens.  All were a great opportunity and experience.


This week I am putting together a few pieces to have for the Blackstone Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9.  I have a few small autumn originals and I will have my latest painting, Flower Bucket.  I just got in some new note cards and small prints!!  Hope to see you there if you are able.


One thing I am looking forward to is in October I’m taking doing a workshop with an arts from Ireland!  I took an online class with her and loved it so I’m sure it is going to be fantastic!!


In. November I will be exhibiting at the Christmas Bazaar in South Hill, VA and I hope to be back to painting very soon!!  Hope your summer has been fantastic!  Take care and hope to see you soon!!


Linda Clark

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and thanking you for all the love shown to me this past year!  Your friendship and support is such a gift and I want to express my gratitude to you.  Thank you for all the Merry Christmas wishes! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas  filled with love, family and celebration! I'm looking forward to the New Year with new hopes and dreams! 


With Love,


Linda W Clark


Velvet Rose ~ This is my third assignment in the online art class, painting glass and practicing the direct stroke technique.  I bought myself a dozen red roses and spent quite a while practicing compositions.   I put together some beautiful compositions that will be used for future paintings.



Appomattox Manor, an oil painting on cotton canvas. The original measuring 20 x 16 x 2 inches was completed in the fall of 2017.
I was inspired to paint Appomattox Manor for a project in my Civil War class taught by Stephen Walker at Southside Community College. In this class we are not only learning about the details that took place in the war but also visiting many of the locations of the Civil War.
Appomattox Manor is located in Hopewell, Virginia, once known as City Point. The port on the James River was once the busiest in the world. The land looking over both the James River and the Appomattox River was patented to Francis Eppe in 1635. The manor was first built in 1763 with several additions added over the years. At the time of the Civil War, Dr. Richard Eppes owned the plantation. He left the manor when it became the headquarters for the union soldiers. The port was used to supply the union soldiers during the 10-month siege of Petersburg. General Ulyssess S. Grant commanded his army at the location from June 1864 to April 1865. 
Dr. Richard Eppes joined a local cavalry unit and later left the army to become a surgeon at a Confederate hospital in Petersburg. The Eppes returned to the plantation to restore their family home after the war. The Appomattox Manor was home to the Eppes family until 1979. It is now a historic home museum and is part of the Petersburg Nation Battlefield.

10 x 10 Palette knife painting for my online art class!  I am really enjoying  class! I have been busy with my contact list and hope to have a  newsletter out this week. There will be a winner of a painting named inside so be sure you have signed up so you will have a chance to win! Link is

Hello All!!   I have been really enjoying my online course with  Artist Roisin Oferrell!  It is so much more than I expected.  The first modular gives us lots tips and  how to's to prep for the class.  Roisin shares an interview  and gives us a podcast to feed our well and food for thought.   It feels so good to hear such uplifting messages!  We even get to watch Roisin paint before practicing the techniques ourselves.   This is my first assignment,  Apple Crisp.  I set up a still life of a single apple, sketched my drawing, prepared my canvas with an acrylic wash and then using a direct approach of painting (lots of brush strokes with little blending) I painted.  I normally paint in an indirect approach so this assignment was difficult for me.  I was even terrified to even give it a try but so glad I did. I think with lots of practice I will learn the new technique.  Also we are learning how to mix paints using a split palette.  I'm so glad that I joined the group on facebook where we share our work and encourage each other.    It's the best class unless of course I were to go to Ireland to take the course in person!!  I hope you have joined my mailing list because I'm planning a giveaway from that list.  Now if you haven't just go to this link and register!  

Just finish putting together a collage of my 30 paintings in 30 days and wanted to share it with you!  It was a great challenge and I thank Leslie Saeta for the challenge.  I got in losts of practice and have sold 9 of the 30 paintings.  If you are interested in any of the paintings you can find them on my website at Today I start my new online class with Artist Roisin O'Ferrell so I hope you will follow along with me on this journey.  I'm  sure it will not be a painting everyday but I will be posting some of my paintings for you to enjoy as well as some positive inspiration!  If you know of a friend that you think will enjoy my page please share my page or any of my work.  I also am going to have a giveaway soon from the  people on my mailing list so if you have not joined my mailing list please join so you can have a chance to win. Hope you go out today and enjoy the beautiful weather.  I just finished up a 30 minute walk and it is just lovely outside.  God bless, Linda