Thursday, October 19, 2017

Saturday Show...

I am honored to be included with this pretty fantastic group of craftsman.  This Saturday from 10am to 3pm held in the Allegheny Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1327 Alleghenyville Rd, Mohnton PA.  Free admission!!  Please share with your friends.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Open House time!


We are in full Open House mode here at the Smith Studio!  Invites are here and ready to put in the mail next week.  The new print arrived and is signed and numbered and ready for framing.  I'll share that next week.  The new mini Holiday print is also here and ready for framing.  All the mats are cut for both prints.  Frames are coming weekly.  Glass is coming next week so I have a day for glass cutting coming up.   Extra stock is framed on the older prints.  I am sure Linda did more than this but its all I know about!  I did see the folder for the food was on the table so I am guessing she is working on the menu.  My job is to painting. I have several great larger paintings ready for framing.  Below are five new mini paintings I just finished.  I am not offering them for sale until Open House.  This is just to tease you!















Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 Landscape #11

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #11    $225.

Thinking Fall pumpkins...

This weekend you will find me:
FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL
October 14-15  from 9am to 5pm
Bedford PA
My space is on Juliana St. #177 (4 from the corner of Penn St)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I want to share a sweet story.

Last year the Simpson family purchased my print "Heritage"

This past weekend they came out to the Waterford Fair in VA and stopped at my booth and said hello.  This morning in my emails I received this message:

 I just wanted to let you know that our family was absolutely thrilled to find the real window that you had captured and painted in the print we have in our kitchen! We have been staring at this beautiful painting for the past year now, and it was so fun to stumble upon the real-life inspiration. What a fun surprise to end our day in Waterford.



Heritage hanging on
their wall!





The real window!
In the village of
Waterford VA

















The Simpson Family
in front of the window!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday

I do not know where the past two weeks went.   I was shocked to see I have not posted since Sept. 18.
I have been working on larger paintings for my open house and we did a show in MA which meant we were gone 5 days.  Last week Linda kept me pretty busy getting ready for Porchwalk which was this past weekend.   Below is a photo of the girls who were exhibiting, sitting on our straw bale sofa!














I took on a large commission and have been spending the past few days getting the drawing approved and today I spent the day starting the washes.  Its a gift so I cannot share till mid October.  But it is going to take my full attention.

This weekend is a big show, Waterford Fair.   If you or any friends are in the Waterford (Leesburg) VA area this is a winner.  There is a lot going on in this small village so wear your comfortable walking shoes!

This weekend: October 6-7-8
THE WATERFORD FAIR.
Held in historic Waterford, VA
10-5 each day. 
My space location is “outside the Old School”

for parking and info:
www.waterfordfairva.org

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday

I went to the weekend show by myself so Linda could get a few things done around the house.  Huge mistake. She goes through things like a tornado!  Stacy was her weekend helper but... it always creates work for me.  The plan was for her to get the gardens in shape for Porchwalk (September 29-30). I am told the gardens inside the fence are as good as they get for this time of year.  Six of the large  brown yard waste bags full.  Then they cleaned out our shed.  I don't understand why she even went into the shed... So now there is a small pile of junk that I have to take to the dump.  Yes, I understand there is now room to actually walk into the shed but was it necessary to do that now??   And she has a large heavy pile of old tear sheets to go to the paper recycle place.  She also cleaned out her studio closet and had a car load to go to the Ephrata Craft Recycle, a small pile for Goodwill and the Library. She was only home alone for three days!  So you know that my day was spent going to these places making drop offs and not painting.  She will not be left home alone for a while!

I did however finish this painting over the weekend and I think Linda is planning to make make it into a holiday mini print for Open House.
This is a barn from the property of my potter friend Lynne Taylor.  I think it was last winter.  I hate snow but Linda insisted it would make a great painting and I hate when she is right!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 Landscape #10

SOLD!
4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #10
$125.00 to the 1st person to email and ask for it!
Available till 9/15 then the price goes to $250.

A back view
 from the Brinton 1704 House in
West Chester, 
PA

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Painting A Day

I am offering two paintings today.  The still life I finished before I left last week but did not have time to post and today I wanted to do something very different, just to see if I could pull it off!


2017 Still Life #16

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #16    $225.
This is another piece from the Brinton 1704 Housein West Chester, 
PA



2017 Landscape #9
5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #9   $225.
A view from our hotel in Pittsburgh PA.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Up date...

In case you were envying my life here is a weekend update:  we left home on Thursday morning and drove four hours to Pittsburgh.  Climbed out of the van and spent the next four hours setting up my booth.  Tired and hungry we checked into our hotel and walked to Fuel and Fuddle for dinner.  We ate here with Abbey when she was going to college at Pitt  so it was a bit nostalgic.  Friday morning Linda was able to sleep in a bit and we took the hotel shuttle to the show around 10:30am to hang the paintings, tidy up the booth and roll up the tarps.  The show was from 1 to 7pm, I finished a painting I had been working on for a week which I will show you later.  We packed up the paintings and caught the 8:15 shuttle back to the hotel.  Too tired to eat, we showered and early to bed.  Saturday we were out at the show by 8am to do it all over!  This is a long show day, it went from 10 to 7!  Yup, that's 9 hours sitting outside making it an 11 hour day for us.  We had mac and cheese from a food truck and that was it for the day.  Oh, Linda reminded me we also had chocolate raspberry cookies!  Again, tired so it was early to bed.  I did win an award!  This show is a very high quality show run by the Pittsburgh Craft Guild so everyone here had excellent work.  I was honored to receive an
"Outstanding Craftsmanship" award.  And with this group that's saying something.
Sunday we were back out at 8am to start all over.  The show ran from 10 to 5.  And at 5 we packed up the booth which took two hours.  By now I am starving so we had an excellent dinner at Point Brugge Cafe .  I was a little hung up on food or rather the lack of it all weekend!  The show was very good for me and worth it, we plan to return again next year.   Monday morning I let Linda sleep in  (there is a pattern here!) and we were on the road by 10:30.  Stopped for breakfast and had a four hour drive home.  Once our feet hit Lititz sidewalks I unpacked the van while Linda handled mail and phone messages and two loads of laundry.  I ran to the store (because the fridge was bare!) while Linda laid out tomorrows work list.  I look up and its night time!!

Tuesday I have two classes to teach.  And I will do this all over again this weekend!
If you are near Doylestown PA save some time to stop out at this very good show:
Bedminster Traditional Artisan Show
Sept. 16-17 held at Delaware Valley University.   More details later in the week.   Off to bed...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday Check in...

I do not think I will get a blog painted this week.  My classes started so that takes several hours out of my day.  I was working on the one I started at Heart of Lancaster show on Sunday. Tomorrow I have two more classes plus I need to pack.  I leave Thursday for Pittsburgh.  Please tell all your Pittsburgh friends to stop and see me!  Booth #51

The Show: