This is how it is looking here in
Due to the snow and ice on Sunday I left the show before
it opened. By the time I got home there was 2" of snow.
I think it was a good call to pack up, although I hate
leaving a show early. Linda spent the weekend cleaning
out so today we took several boxes of books and
records, yes, I said records to the Lancaster Re-sort for their
Library sales. Cook books are gone, the conversation went
Me: What are you going to do for recipes?
Linda: Use the internet
Me: What if the internet is not working?
Linda: We go out
Coaches track meeting tonight. Track starts in 8 days. It
better warm up and melt!! Love track, love the kids!
My free time comes to an end. I was not really free,
but my 2015 show season starts this weekend. So
the traveling starts again. I also need to get back to
my Painting a Day pieces for this blog. Since my
commission is finished I have no excuse!
I have one more set of classes to teach in March
and 13 days till track starts!! I sure hope it warms up.
I love track but hate the cold.
I finished two paintings from my weekend in
South Carolina. I spent some time watching
the river flow. It was way up over the banks.
You can see a small trees under water.
This was the Pee Dee River in Galivants
"River Nocturnes" 24X18 $975.
"River Sunset" 20X22 $1200.
Both paintings will be on display this weekend at: Hockessin Art Festival Fri. Feb. 27 from 5-8 * Sat. Feb. 28 from 10-5 and Sun. Mar.1 from 11-4 Held at the Hockessin Memorial Hall 30% of my sales are given to the Wilmington & Western Railroad! only $3 admission
We just returned from a very nice weekend in Galivants Ferry S.C. Linda got together with her 3 brothers for the first time in like 10 years. She found this great VRBO cottage surrounded
by the Pee Dee River, the cottage was actually
sitting in the river since the river spilled its banks! Great views of the river. Notice the long boardwalk
on the left of the house, that's how we got into the
house! Had a wagon to cart your stuff in! Made for a great, fun, different memory.... Weather was chilly, not what we hoped for! I can highly recommend this: www.vrbo.com/304266 It was 1 hour from Myrtle Beach, SC
Still working on my commission... I spent the last day and a half on the fence and simply going around the painting blending and softening. This helps add texture and depth. My client came to look at it and was pleased! That's a relief, we talked about the framing and payment! I still have a day or two of work.
To give you a time frame, yesterday I posted at 3PM. I stayed at my desk till 10pm (7 hours) and today from 10-1 (3 hrs) so 10 more hours..
I darkened the grass and added the dirt path.
The barns needed attention, I added shadows to the fore-bay which really gives the barn depth. Washed over the bricks so they look older.
Here is the overview.
Now it is time to work on that old iron fence... Underwashes to make the rust shine through.
On a personal note... My glasses are less than a year old and I noticed they were cracked. These are $479 Oakleys... So I went out to Lenscrafters where I bought them. Question: did you buy the 1 year warranty sir?? me: No, who expects $479 glasses to crack in under a year... Actually the manager was very nice, he found another pair and made the whole thing right, free of charge. I was more than impressed. So...Lenscrafters I am spreading your good name and I will return when I need my next pair!!
My last update was Friday at 7PM. You can add about 28 more hours of work.
Close up of the cupola and more work under the eves. Added the date stone
Here I added shadows to the porch, added steps and some paint to the under porch area. Also starting to add landscape the the left side.
Here is an overview shot. Added the tree. I hope you get the idea that this was once a grand estate. Soon to be a shopping mall...
Added the "haint blue" to the porch ceiling, as was a custom in that time period. Next is the grass, this is my first washes of green, I am working around the fence, choosing not to use any maskoid to save the fence, I am able to simply take my time and work between it. That comes from 35 years of practice!
Here is a closeup of the grass work. Remember this is only my beginning washes.
More work under the porch. 1st set of greens is completed. Notice how by adding the grass it changes the view. You now have a grand sweep showing distance.
I added the lines in the barn and milk house. Also went back over the clouds and softened them.
My goal is to join the other accomplished artists in the "Painting A Day" arena. I am expecting this endeavor to sharpen my painting skills and to help me grow as a watercolorist. I already paint full time and exhibit at art shows but I am hoping this experience will allow me to explore subjects I would not normally choose to paint. I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me. Andy Smith
ABOUT THE PAINTINGS:
Each watercolor is painted on Arches 300lb Cold Press paper. I use transparent watercolors occasionally adding ink to the wash. I paint in a series of washes to build color, creating shadows and a strong use of light.
The PAINTING A DAY paintings started January 1, 2007.
Variations in monitor settings plus my camera skills may not exactly duplicate the actual colors in the painting. I do my best!
I plan to work in two sizes.
An image of 5"x5" with a 1/2" border or
an image of 4"x6" with a 1/2" border.
You will need to take your new painting to a frame shop to be framed. For shipping, each miniature original watercolor will be placed in a protective sleeve with a foamcore back.
The new paintings will be posted for sale via Ebay. Paintings that do not sell at auction are then placed on my show stand at a price commensurate to my other work.