Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017 Islands #2

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Islands #2

$135 unframed   (value framed: $275.)
Available to the 1st person to email 
(PA sales tax, $35 if you want me to frame it, $8 ship)

Our first port was San Juan.  We took a wonderful private
walking tour "Night Tales of Old San Juan".
It was hot and someone rolled up their curtain and I liked
the way it looked from the street. Strong vibrant colors.

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Islands #1

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Islands #1

This was the view from our ships balcony leaving the port of Manhattan, NY at dusk.  What a thrill to see this icon of freedom.

On the homefront...
A new Speed Queen washer and dryer will be delivered on Friday.  Need to rearrange our laundry room to go from a stackable to side by side.  Not enough room for everything to fit but Linda will make it work.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekend check in

I wanted to share a few things...
We had a little "staycation" with friends this past weekend and one of the local things we did was go to The Wolf Sanctuary in Lititz.   Our first time there and well worth the time.  I think at some point we will spring for the private tour.  Saturday general tour was packed.  We were shocked at how full it was.  I highly suggest this for everyone.

Sunday Linda and I went to see the movie Hidden Figures.  What a fantastic movie.  An inspiration for every woman and every minority.   Who knew....  loved it and highly recommend it to everyone 13 and up.  Worth the price.

So Monday I am back to my "A painting a day" pieces.  I have one planned of the Statue of Liberty as we sailed out the harbor.  What a thrill it was to see this iconic statue.  Made both Linda and my heart flutter a bit.

We also need to go check out a new washer and dryer.  Our 25 year old Maytag washer died.  They do not make them like that any more.  Linda is very sad to see it go.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

1st painting of the new year...

I started with a large painting.  This is the 1st one for
the new year.  From San Juan at dusk.  

20"x 23"  Currently untitled!
Next week I will start the small blog paintings.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Wow, 2017.  That makes this the start of my 11th year of blogging.  I never thought I would last this long!  Sometimes the pressure to get a painting finished in a day is a bit much but mostly I have enjoyed this process and plan to continue.

I had a commission for a surprise Christmas gift that I could not share until after they opened it. I can show you now!  It is a cottage from Mount Gretna, PA.  Not an easy commission, its busy, with interesting angles and lots of small details.  They loved it!

We just returned from a 13 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean on Norwegian Breakaway.  It was our 1st time cruising and 1st time in the islands.  Linda does not sit still!!   I will say that it was the most relaxing vacation ever.  Usually we are touring and on the move.  The first day or two we hated it.  The ship has 4000 guests plus 1000 crew.  So it was busy and noisy all the time.  Took a while till we found quiet spots to hang out.  Linda read 5 books and I actually read 1 and could have used another.  This ship does it well. Great food, great entertainment with plenty to do, staff was wonderful, and the ship was spotless.  We had 7 ports and of course we did not sit on the beach.  We had 3-4 hour tours of each island.  San Juan, St Thomas, Tortola, St Maarten, Antigua, Barbados and St. Kitts.  I have over 900 photos and plan to start painting tomorrow.  Andy paints the Caribbean...
Stay tuned!

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 Holiday #19

5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Holiday #19   $225.

On Christmas Day I took a long bike ride.
I saw this in the Brickerville area.  A big sandstone
barn with greens hanging at the window and a

My plan is to paint a few more holiday this week.
Sunday, Linda and I are taking a trip and when I
return I plan to start "winter".

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas to all...

We have been celebrating all through the Holiday Season.  Last night capped off a wonderful time at American Music for the Christmas Special.  When we got home Abbey and Ben and our new grandkitty were already here and unpacking.  Friday morning we attended the funeral of Linda's aunt Rose.  The afternoon was spent getting ready for our annual Christmas Eve with family and friends.
Dad and Abbey decorating the tables.  While Ben was helping
Linda in the kitchen.
This is the perfect time to say THANK YOU to all of you for your support and kindness over 2016.  You allow me to paint and earn a living with my brush.  I am grateful. We wish you a happy and healthy new year.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 Holiday #18

5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Holiday #18

we are out to see the Christmas Showat the American Music Theater.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Holiday #17

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Holiday #17
$135 unframed   (value framed: $275.)
Available to the 1st person to email 
No calls tonight we are out to see RLPS Gingerbread Display
and then another dinner with friends!

Today I went with a night scene...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2016 Holiday #16

4'"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Holiday #16
$135 unframed   (value framed: $275.)
Available to the 1st person to email 
No calls tonight we are out to dinner so its to the
1st email I receive...

Another Williamsburg piece, there was only one
building that had what i think of as Williamsburg
decorations.   But the reality is they did not waste
a lot of fruit in the Colonial  times.
But this to me is classic.