Thursday, November 13, 2014

Count down...

Only 7 day till Open House!
I am assured we are on schedule... New prints are here,
all signed and numbered and framed.  All the matt
cutting and framing will be finished on Monday by noon.
Then its time to clean!  All 199 change of address have
been entered.  Show panels, covers and lights are up.
Paintings are hung (except a few last minute ones)
We must clean, did I mention that??  I comment on this
every year, Linda treats the cleaning as her big Fall Clean.
I am not sure I understand are here to look at
paintings not to notice the dust, I am pretty sure I am right
about this but my opinion is greeted with an eye roll.

Still to be done: more grocery shopping, titles, price and
labels typed, all new prints put on line so you can view them
early, cleaning...

A sample of what will be on display.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Is it Thursday already??

Painting and painting and painting.  That's about all
I am doing.  Morning to late night.... I will say the
new work is looking really good!  Can't wait for you
to see it.  Remember the best selection is on Friday
when the doors open. Linda has a no originals sold
before 2PM policy but you can have it picked out
and ready!

this one is 18 x 14"  I like painting crocks.

Setting up Friday in Lancaster with the guild show.
Lancaster Guild Show
Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Indoors at Lancaster Convention Center
25 S. Queen St
Lancaster, PA 17603

Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday check in

Open House update:
Keep your eye out for your invitation.  If you are from out of PA
feel free to let me know you received it!  Not totally trusting the
Post Office.  If you want an invite email your address and I will
make sure one goes out to you.  Also, feel free to share with
friends you think would like my work.

I am taking orders for the new prints...
Menu is put together and grocery list made.  Wine was purchased.
Mats are being cut daily.   Gigantic order of frames coming on
Tuesday.  Wednesday I go watch the new prints being printed.  
Newest originals are framed.  I am cutting cases of glass and
still painting.  We are on schedule!

Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 Pumpkin #2

6"x 4" original watercolor
 $225  SOLD!

A pumpkin setting on a porch.

Thank you Gerry for helping Linda fix
her computer issue.  He was here and gone
in under 30 minutes!  Thank you Joan for
visiting and taking Linda out of the house!
Other than that... nothing new.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Sunflower #3

5"x 5" Original Watercolor ~ SOLD!
$100 to the first person to email
Offer good till 10/26 at 8pm
then the price goes to $225

A different variety of sunflower, smaller
flower but still stands tall and has great color.
Linda thought they may be called
Velvet Queen...

Today was filled with painting, errands,
a bike ride, dinner followed by more painting.

Open House Update:
The bill for postage just came in...
over $2000.  Just for postage on the invitation.
About now Linda gets a little hyper... some days
a lot hyper!

Oh... anyone living in Lititz really good with the
program Access?  We use it for my mailing list
database.   Linda screwed something up and
does not know how to fix it.  Requires a house call!
It was a "lot hyper" day!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 Pumpkin

5"x 5" Original Watercolor   SOLD!
$100 to the first person to email
Offer good until 10/25 at 8pm
then the price goes to $225!

Just a nice pumpkin in the sunshine.
This comes unframed but you have the option
to have me frame it.

Two classes yesterday, two classes today and
painting in between.

Open House Update:
Invites are ready to print.  Mailing House is on
alert.  More mat cutting and framing going
on in the studio.  Supplies everywhere, I saw
two cases of glass for me to cut down...

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Sunflower #2

5"x 5" Original Watercolor ~ SOLD!!
$100.00 to the first person to email
Offer good until 10/23 at 8pm
then this gem will go to $225!

I am going to try to get some blog paintings
done this week. Concentrating on fall.

Open House Update:
Linda is proofing the invitation and the tear
sheets, she made a few corrections this morning.
She goes back tomorrow for final approval.
We use a local printing company for this, Miller
Printing.  We like to support local.
I went to Pemcore Printing to check the next phase
of the print printing, they are looking good. Another
supply order comes tomorrow.  We plan on having
5-6 of each older print framed and ready for Open
House. That requires a lot of frames, glass and
matt board.  I also saw the folder with hors d'oeuvres
laying on the table, this is a big deal for Linda.
She puts lots of planning into your snacks!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Open House Update

 It's time... the work on my 31st Annual Open House starts
now... actually it started the first of October.  My painting
madness is in full swing so I can offer fabulous new
original paintings.  I will start teasing you with them and
you can pick your favorite but no early sales!

Meanwhile, the new prints were picked:
framed 20x22 $115

"Misty Morning"
framed 20x22 $115

They are at the printer now but I have seen the proofs and
they are looking great.  You will be able to email and place
an order but no deliveries till Open House.
Linda has been in the studio working round the clock.
Invites are almost designed, copy for the tear sheets is
finished, frames and supply orders are placed.  Mats
are being cut, extra prints are being framed.  I was told we
are on target! More to come...

On another note... Linda's Mom made all kinds of cards
and Linda is looking for a couple of special places to
donate them.  Any ideas other than Nursing homes are

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday check-in

I have not blogged in ages, not because I was not
working but because time was tight.
Porchwalk went well, I am sharing the hay bale
sofa we made in the back yard.  Clients enjoyed it.

Classes are going well, we mounted a student exhibit
at United Zion Retirement Home (in Lititz) for the
month of October. Also you can check out my
Students Blog to see the latest works.

This weekend is my last outdoor show:
Crafts in the Meadow
Held at Tyler State Park, Richboro, PA
Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5
there is a discount coupon on their website
this is a very nice show!!

And... save this date:
Andy Smith's 31st Annual Open House
November 21-23
You don;t want to miss it!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday check in

It has been a rough time at the Smith house.
My Mother-in-Law spent 4 days in ICU and
then 11 days in Hospice.  Linda was with her
round the clock, going home only two nights.
Sadly she passed away on Thursday morning
with Linda and I holding her hand.
It has been very hard on Linda who has been
Arlene's caretaker for many years.

Arlene was always in my corner, she supported
my painting from the very first day I met her.
Always told me I could "make it".  She helped
with mailers and anything she could do in the
Studio.  For 30 years she was the cashier at my
Open House.  Her presence will be greatly missed.

I have tried to keep painting and attended two
shows by myself.  I am taking Linda along this
weekend to the Berkshires.  I hear the leaves are
starting to change.

Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village
held on the grounds of the Shaker Village
1843 West Housatonic St. Pittsfield MA
10am to 5pm
Admission includes the village