Another beautiful sunrise in Richmond quickly turned from warm to hot to YEOW! Brutal heat (it was 99 around 4:30 this afternoon in the Tuckahoe area). But fortunately, late afternoon thunderstorms brought not only much needed rain, but about a 25-degree drop in temperature. The rest of the week should find diminishing temperatures each day, with Friday’s high in only the mid-70s! Nice!!

This morning, Richmond artist Beth Marchant found some colorful city houses to paint, while Canadian  Michael Solovyev and his son did some watercolor painting in Carytown, a unique district near “The Fan” and the Museum District in Richmond’s west end. Carytown has an eclectic variety of shops, restaurants, businesses and, of course, the Byrd Theater. In late Summer each year, the Carytown Watermelon Festival will find more than 100,000 folks jamming the streets enjoying … well, watermelon, as well as other food, beverages, music and “sights” galore!

Elsewhere today, St. Augustine, Florida artist Charles Dickinson and former Floridian, now South Carolinian Larry Moore found refuge in some cool, green shade. And Richmond pastel artist Maria Reardon found inspiration at the Pump House, a beautiful Victorian Gothic old “castle.”