Thursday, April 15, 2021

2021 Still Life #12


SOLD!   $135 (unframed)  4X6" original
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/17 the price goes to $225

Shaking it up today, I went with a still life.  This great old crock is from the collection of our friends Ron and Carol.   Yes, when I visit friends I take photos to paint!

Question for the day: Why did you pick watercolor over other mediums?  There are actually three reasons for my settling on watercolors. 

#1  When I decided to actually be an artist I had no money.  Watercolor was the least expensive , least messy and most portable of the mediums.
#2  In the "plan" Linda and I started, the thought was to build a clientele with my work.  We felt it would be confusing to see different mediums under one tent out at art shows, like I could not decide who I wanted to be.  Many artists get bored and jump around, I wanted to build a reputation.
#3  I had painted in all the mediums and 
I found the other mediums were pretty easy for me.  Not a big challenge.  If you made a mistake you could just paint over it. But with watercolor you need to plan, think ahead, learn to mix color, understand how washes of color work together.  It was a challenge I needed to keep interested.  I had a love hate relationship for years, now its just love!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

2021 Landscape #7


SOLD!   $145 (unframed)  4X6" original
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/16 the price goes to $250.

A fun night scene.  I love painting night scenes, 
I get excited seeing how the moon glow changes the landscape.   This is the horse barn from the farm where we stayed a few weeks ago.

Linda downloaded a list of questions to ask an artist.  So I thought it would be fun to answer one each day.
Question:  Did you always want to be an artist?
My Answer:  I knew from an early age I could draw and paint better than my friends.  Perspective was never an issue, I could copy comics easily.  I did well in art class in high school.   It was a gift I have always just known I had but being an artist was abstract.  I spent a few semesters in college for elementary ed and dropped out, promptly stumbled around making a bit of an immature mess of my life until I met Linda in 1978 at the age of 25.   I showed her some of my work and proudly proclaimed " I want to be an artist" and her reply was... "You need to get a lot better"!   Together we made a plan and with a lot of resolve, commitment, and practice I never looked back.  I think Linda may have looked back in the early hard years!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021 Fox



 $145 (unframed)  4X6" original
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/15 the price goes to $225.

I must say this was a bit of a challenge.  I think it looks better in person.  Thank you Carol for another great photo to work from.

I got a good bike ride in this morning before painting.   Linda has been working hard in the garden for over a week.  I hauled out 14 of those brown recycle lawn bags to the curb today.  No wonder her hands are hurting!  What seemed like fun flower beds in our 30's has a different feel in our 60's!  We also did our first mow of the season.  Feels good to be outside.

Monday, April 12, 2021

2021 Window #7


$145 (unframed)   5X5" original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/14 the price goes to $275

This scene was the office or library from the house we stayed in a few weeks ago.  A bit of practice painting leather and some glass work in the lamp.  I think it has a dark, library kinda feel to it even with the light from the window.

Meanwhile last week I finished a 15x15 original.  The plan was to have some new work for the start of my show season in May.  I posted it on Instagram and it sold right a way.    I was pretty excited because I wanted to paint a few "BIG sky" type paintings.  Thank you Carol for the use of your photograph.  This is from Winterthur in Delaware.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

2021 Landscape #6


SOLD!    $145 (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/13 the price goes to $275

Lancaster County has some fantastic farms, this is from the Strasburg PA area.

Updates:  Sorry for not having any blog posts all last week.  I was simply too busy!  We got the RV back from inspection and spent a day stocking it and scrubbing the awning plus booked a campground as a trial run.   Wednesday I received my 2nd Covid vaccine so now we are both finished.  We received Pfizer and neither of us had any issues, feeling blessed.

I did a
You Tube Video on watercolor "paint".  I am having some issues with sound... I need to look into a better quality microphone to use with our iPad.

I hit 200 You Tube subscribers!  Another little milestone.

Another show cancelled; Westmoreland, PA usually held in July.

I think that brings you up to date.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

2021 Window #6



$145 (unframed)  Available to the 1st person to email

(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/3 the price goes to $250

Last window for the week.

I received a request to make a You Tube video about my painting supplies.  Linda is working on it, who knew this video thing was so complicated...  The plan is to keep them short and start with paints.  I got out all my paint sets and had to try to explain to Linda why I have so many when the colors are almost the same...  that will be in the video I am sure!  I laid everything out, got out all my tubes and here I am concentrating on refilling the pans.

Next was making a list of my 12 favorite most used colors.  Then an order for new tubes was placed.  I am trying two new companies to see how I like them.   It is always exciting to get new paint.  I also made a palette guide for the video.  Friday may be a recording day.  I will let you know.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2021 Window #5


Another great window scene.  This one has a wood bowl filled with potpourri and a candle.  I am most interested in the contrast of light and dark.
This was painted on paper I hate... I had half a sheet left and did not want to waste it but I hate it.  This is Saunders Waterford.  It simply fights me; it soaks up the color, doesn't blend.  You can't tell, but I know!  I will never order this paper again!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

2021 Window #4


$145 (unframed)  
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/1 the price goes to $250

The farm house where we stayed had beautiful deep windows with light pouring in.   Almost anything around the house looked great on the window sill.  Linda set up several still life scenes for me to paint.

I also finished a larger painting that I am pretty excited about.
Framed 21x15  $1500.   "Kissed by the Sun"  It is available!!

Business updates:
#1   In the top 70 Watercolor Blogs, Websites and Influencers in 2021 (Feedspot - worldwide)  I am now in slot #5!  I moved up a space!!  Kinda a big deal

#2  I reached over 100 subscribers on my You-Tube channel!  To see my videos just google andysmithartist youtube.

Monday, March 29, 2021

2021 Window #3 Spring tulips

SOLD!       $145 (unframed)

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/31 the price goes to $250

These tulips brightened the kitchen where we stayed.  Linda brought them along and I thought it silly to pack them but I must admit to enjoying them.  They lasted the week and added a spot of Spring to the kitchen.  I used the kitchen island as my studio so I saw them every day.

I spent some time at the dentist today.  I finished this painting even though I had a tooth removed and the start of an implant!   All my sales for a few weeks will be going to pay for the implant.  I should have been a dentist!

Also wanted to mention, we had lunch at The Bullfrog Inn in Christiana PA.  Best Crab soup and a great burger; maybe because it has been a year since we ate out! They did a great job of spacing tables and you needed a reservation (even though it looks a bit dive bar)  But if you are in the area check it out.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

2021 Landscape #5


$145 (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 3/30 the price goes to $250

A little scene from a drive around Strasburg, PA from our little winter break.  I added a full moon, you know I love the way a moon gives everything a special glow.

I can highly recommend a stay at Shallowbrook Farm.  The house was beautiful with lots of room to spread out.  Well stocked, there was nothing we needed.  There was a screened in porch we used even in the rain.  We also sat out by the pool even though the pool was not opened! The views were beautiful. We managed one 10 mile tandem bike ride on the Enola Low Grade Trail.  So now we are back home, refreshed, recharged and ready to go.