Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Guest Writer #6

I have two classes to teach today and working on my commission.

My hope in featuring a guest writer is that you gain a little extra in site into my work or even me from a clients observation.  I have enjoyed reading what clients have to say.  I have asked clients who have an extensive collection and as you can see they have been collecting since my beginning.
Guest Writer #6...Sheri
It was the late 80’s when I attended a craft show in Edison, NJ that I first met Andy Smith and purchased my first print.  I’m very traditional and at that time my husband was totally ‘modern’ in terms of d├ęcor, so I wasn’t sure what his reaction was going to be when I brought home the print.  Well, he loved it and now almost thirty years later our home is filled with Andy Smith originals and prints. 
Andy’s work speaks to me and one of our many filled walls that I see all day, every day gives me joy, calm and warmth.   Andy’s absolute love of what he does shows in every painting and extends beyond to the world around him.  I believe he puts much of himself in his paintings and that is what makes them so extraordinary.

But let’s not forget Linda who puts so much work into making sure the world knows who Andy is and sees his work – be it the shows they travel to and all that it entails or their wonderful Open House every year.  Without her support and tireless hours of work, so many of us would never have seen or been able to share the most wonderful art of Andy Smith.  Two of the most generous and kind people I have ever met. If I had the space I could write an essay on Andy's art, the person and the couple that brings so much joy and happiness to everyone they meet.


Monday, October 17, 2016


Business first, I finished one commission and it turned out great.  Client picked it up but I cannot show you because it is a gift.  My next commission is also well on its way and hopefully it will be finished early this week.

Now on to fun!    This past weekend we had our annual get away with our friends the Hildebrands.  I am giving you all the websites and our itinerary in case you want a weekend getaway, Linda (my personal tour guide and planner) made it easy for you!!  Our first stop was Frederick, MD.  We started with breakfast at Frederick Coffee Shop.  Followed by an excellent history walking tour of downtown Frederick, MD.  Very interesting and worth the time.  Then on Lexington VA.  We started with a carriage ride to give us an overview.  Checked into our B&B for the weekend.  We stayed at Shenandoah Manor and while it was ok, and as advertised, just not quiet as good as we expected.   Dinner at Southern Inn however was excellent. Saturday morning we toured Stonewall Jackson's house, he was a very interesting man.  Next was Lee Chapel & Museum, excellent.  A nice lunch at Sweet Treats Bakery  and a fantastic Cadet guided tour of VMI and then the VMI Museum.   Loved VMI!  We had another excellent dinner at Red Hen.   Sunday was spent at Monticello, home to Thomas Jefferson.  Saw the view on the back of our nickel!  In fact the views from his home were beautiful.  The only thing better was if the leaves had turned.  Great weekend weather, good food and tours and great friends.

Monday, I am back to my paints!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Waterford Update

If you have never gone to the Waterford Fair (Waterford, VA) you should consider it.  I have been trying to get into this show for 20 years.  They did not allow "art" until this year. The quality is wonderful, the crafters highly skilled.  The show is in its 72nd year!  You can easily spend the day. Many of the historic homes are on a house tour,  there is Civil War encampments, music, and every exhibitor is required to demonstrate so you can really get an idea how something is made.  And, we all have to dress in 1700-1800's clothing...

Thank you to the Bradleys for the loan of our clothing!  Linda had three different outfits and I had this wonderful 1st Rhode Island Artillery coat and two different vests.  It took some getting used to sporting sock garters, keeping everything buttoned and tucked and in place! It was actually pretty interesting seeing how everyone was dressed.  Many of the crafters do other period shows but this was a first for us.
And again the weather was not great.  Rain on Saturday and very nasty winds on Sunday.  I understand the attendance was way down.  
The show was trying to rebound from last years weather cancellation (VA declared a state of emergency).  There were less exhibitors (many are getting older and it is a hard show to do). I went loaded to the hilt.  I don't think I could have squeezed one more painting into the van.  Sales were much less than I expected, but still good and I met lots of new people and I think it will all pay off next year.  We stayed with a host family the Dorsch's and we really hit the host jackpot.  Fantastic family.  We were unexpectedly treated to family dinner each night and hot scones for breakfast.  A perfect experience.  Next years date is October 6-8 so get it on your calendar.

All this week I am concentrating of finishing two commissions which are gifts so I cannot post them.  Just know I am busy painting!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Sunny Side

Update:  My print Sunny Side has about 10 prints
left in the edition of 425.
For the viewer who looks beyond a pleasant painting, Andy Smiths, "Sunny Side" offers a deeper sense of thought. The way the holly tree serves several functions, to spark some memories, to cast shadows playfully across the house, and even to help hide the need for a fresh coat of paint. And can you resist the temptation of peeking into the window?
This gem is from the Ephrata Cloister school house.  Ephrata, PA

$45.00 for a print
$85.00 for a framed 14x18 print
Send an email if you want to order one.  ($8 shipping)

I am ready to load the van tomorrow for my weekend
show in Waterford, VA.  I know, its all I have talked
about for weeks!  And wouldn't you know... I have to
worry about a hurricane!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Guest Writer #5

I am super busy getting ready for this weekends show in
Waterford, VA.  So I am featuring another guest writer!
I must confess she is also a good friend so maybe a little

 Guest Writer #5...Joan

 I was asked to write something for my artist friend, ANDY SMITH's Blog.  He has an extraordinary talent for watercolor realism and he is inspired everywhere he goes.

ANDY'S natural skill for realistic watercolor painting always fascinated me. I was an Art Education major in college and then taught HS Art for 4 years. I had the appreciation for ART and was a born teacher, but watercolor painting was one skill I could never even wrap my mind around. Andy made it look so easy but I simply couldn't understand how he did it. His "thumbnail" sketches, in themselves are each a work of art - just as you'll notice from many of the Great Masters' thumbnails housed in museums around the world.

At first I could only afford ONE of Andy's PRINTS here and there, and then finally a larger print "THE STAR BARN", purchased at the MT GRETNA ART SHOW. What a marvelous building and ANDY really captured its essence for me. My niece inherited it not long after I started to collect  originals and it continues to proudly hang in their home.

My first ORIGINAL was "SUNNY SIDE". It pained me to pay the price for an original, BUT I've never looked back nor been disappointed in any of my purchases. My love for "windows" continues to this day and attracts me when taking photographs during my travels. Andy's unobstructed window made me want to climb in there and see what was inside (still does). Perhaps ANDY was also wondering what was inside and his intent was to draw the observer in. I'll have to ask him....


One of my next ORIGINALS was also a window (of course), surrounded by a brick wall. His brickwork astounds me. Who can have the patience? ANDY. And the shadows.... I love his shadows...... (sorry for the glare on the photo).

Most recently I've been mesmerized by ANDY'S MINIATURES and all of the detail he can share in such a small space. An avid reader, my favorite author, JULIAN BARNES has my heart because he can tell a full, very detailed, engaging story, bringing the reader into his world in under 200 pages. Succinct yet an abundance of detail. ANDY and Julian Barnes BOTH have this gift.

EVERY DAY I stop and look at ANDY'S paintings placed throughout my home. They bring me great JOY. They make me SMILE. They make me appreciate the God-given talent that ANDY is committed to perfect every single day. His dedication to his work is part of his soul. 

ANDY has my total RESPECT for his work-ethic, his talent, his Christian belief, his love and devotion to his daughter ABBEY and to my best friend, LINDA. I feel quite blessed to have been a part of their lives for the past 40 YEARS and to have had the opportunity to watch both ANDY grow and perfect his talent and LINDA creatively and tirelessly run their business, while allowing ANDY the freedom to follow his dream. Does it get any better than that?!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Guest Writer #4

 I can be found in Leesburg Va over the weekend.
Leesburg (VA) Fine Art Show
September 24-25
Sat. 10-6 and Sun. 11-5
Free admission!
Space: K-2 on the corner of King and Loudoun St!

I asked Margaret to be my next guest writer, here are
her words:

It all started with those darn cows! 
     Years ago, we were at an art show where my husband (a fervent cow-lover) saw Andy’s print of the cows walking in a row and had to have it.  So while Ed was making his “cow” purchase, I browsed through Andy’s booth and loved what I saw.  So I started collecting Andy’s work with a few prints at first, then moved on to originals.  We have about 24 works now and I laughingly refer to my living room as the “Andy Smith Gallery.”
     Linda and Andy are quite a team. Linda is open and friendly and delighted to see us whenever we visit Andy’s booth or their home, always interested in our latest adventure and quick to offer an idea for an outing. Andy doesn’t shut himself off, isn’t reclusive.  At shows, he is usually out in front of his booth, working on a piece, more than willing to discuss what he is painting and share his work.    

     What attracts me to Andy’s work?  It’s hard to quantify.  Andy’s paintings “speak to me”  -- the beauty and the depth in the colors he uses, the spacial harmony, the simple objects he chooses to bring to life in his pieces. I love all things Shaker so I feel especially connected to his Shaker pieces. The light washes through Andy’s paintings just like the light streams through the windows of our old house in the morning. When I walk downstairs in the morning and see his bowl of lemons and the “pair of pears” in the kitchen or the Shaker paintings in the living room, and even those cows in Ed’s office, I see simple things beautifully painted. As the Shakers pointed out “‘tis a gift to be simple...” Andy has that gift. 

Thank you Margaret!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


14x18 framed
This looks like it could be from any historical (1800's) town
in the US but we saw it while walking around New Paltz, NY
I am in need of some title suggestions...  Feeling title challenged!

Today I am finishing up some larger paintings that were started
over the past weekends.  Also taught 2 classes.  Meanwhile
Linda is working on our Annual Open House invitation layout.
We made the difficult decision not to do a new print this year.
Our focus is on "selling out" some of the older prints to make
room for new ones next  year.  Its the first time I am not printing
something since 1989.  While it is a wise business decision we
are still struggling with it.  There will still be a great selection of
prints and an even better selection of original paintings so I hope
we get a great crowd!  Save the date:  November 18-20
More info as it gets closer.

Monday, September 19, 2016


I'm painting!  Focused on having plenty of
original paintings for the Waterford Show.
Linda is focused on Porchwalk and Open House.
Here I am hanging Linda's gourd lights.

Meanwhile here is a link to my latest interview.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Check in

This weekend in Doylestown, PA
Bedminster Traditional Artisan ShowSeptember 17-18
Held at Delaware Valley University
Doylestown, PA
Saturday: 10-5 Sunday: 10-4
Fantastic quality!!

Another finished painting...   14x18
Open to title suggestions!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Guest Writer #4

My featured Guest Writer today is John...

Since 1994...
August, 1994, Woodstock 2 brought a great number of people to upstate New York.  On that same weekend, I flew in a packed plane to Albany, though my final destination lay a bit farther east, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.  In addition to the music at Tanglewood and pleasant village of Lenox, I explored Hancock Shaker village, home of a cleverly constructed round stone barn.  About a month later, while visiting the Brandywine Arts Festival in Wilmington, I spied a painting of that barn, but couldn't convince myself to buy it.  Later that day found me at Chadds Ford Days and I was most fortunate to find a depiction of that Shaker edifice and meet the artist, Andy Smith.  I bought that painting and still to this day, proudly display it in my home.  Since then, Andy's art has become an important fixture on my, now rather full walls, with work depicting everything from the Gettysburg battlefield to a textured wall with candle from the Ephrata Cloister, from rural scenes of barns and pastures so familiar to Andy from his explorations of Lancaster County and other venues, to a portrait of a puffin, my favorite bird, a gift for my 60th birthday.  His artistic talent is only outdone by his compassion and caring: for his community, the young athletes he coaches, his friends, and to the greatest degree, for his family.  Linda and he are a true partnership, working together to share Andy's talent with us fortunate patrons.  Thank you, Andy and Linda for doing so!

Thank you John!  I can really say his walls are full from floor to ceiling and he always says, "I don't have any more room" as he picks out another one he has fallen in love with!