I like pottery. There are thousands of glazes and shapes and I get a kick out of painting them. Nice strong blue with a good reflection.
Below is my latest larger painting. I have been working on it for two weeks.
Framed 18"x14" ~ Not titled or priced as of yet... Turned out great. I wouldn't change a thing! The apple study is on 7/15 and is also available! This will be on display at the Lititz Art Show. Saturday 7/31 in the Lititz Springs Park. Hope your coming early!
6"x 4" Watercolor ~ SOLD I told you I had a lot of material from this farm in Ohio. Totally enjoyed myself. I walked all over these grounds. Great little landscape that could be almost anywhere, unless you know the regional differences in barn shapes!
I am packed and ready to leave tomorrow. The plan is to camp close to the show so I do not need to get up any earlier than necessary! The show: Lavallette Art & Craft Show Sunday ~ July 25 Held at Philadelphia Ave and Bay Blvd in Lavallette, NJ! 9-5:30
FYI... I will NOT be at Seaside Park, NJ this year so you need to see me here!
I am still working on my Hale Farm subjects. I found these flowers on an old worn kitchen table. Liked the idea of freshly picked flowers against the old stained table.
You may always stop in to see any of the blog paintings, they always look better in person. Also when they are listed on eBay you do not need to pay on line. Bid, win and then email me about payment, I can take cash, checks or MasterCard/Visa. Flexible!! Its nice to see bids on the two that are on eBay. Keep bidding!
I listed my fall watercolor classes on my website... Easy, no pressure, demonstrations, hands on guidance, everyone paints their own subjects at their own speed and level... I am a pretty good teacher so give it a try!
These bottles were found on the shelf below the pottery I painted earlier. I was interested in their color and the reflections in the glass.
I am running short on time today. I took Linda to the market, the store and the Library. By then it was noon! I then did a little gutter maintenance since it is to rain, this required a trip to the hardware store. Finally I started painting and it was time to stop for dinner. Back to my painting and then I am interrupted by my buddy Joe, enticing me to chat, so I am finishing a painting at almost 11pm... still counts for today!
Another scene from the Hale Farm in Ohio. I like the way the hollyhocks were peaking over the fence. Their color made even stronger with the yellow house in the background.
I got up early to ride and it was storming. So I went back to bed till 7! I pretty much was painting until just now. Juggling the blog painting, a commission and my larger apple painting. I did stop for dinner.
I actually finished this at the Penn State Show. Turned out well. I liked the light across the pot. Title suggestions are welcome!
Last night I took Linda to Sunnybrook for a 70's dance. 4 Hours of Disco... We got our groove on! Had a great time. Today I sketched my commission, I want to wait till Monday for the client to OK the drawing before going any farther on it. I started my apple painting, It will be 14x18 I have the drawing and the first washes on the apples. At 5pm I went out for a bike ride. We are now getting a pizza and watch a movie. Thats my Saturday. It feels nice having a break from a weekend show.
This is a study for a larger painting I am starting tomorrow. I wanted a change from still life. I concentrated on getting the feel of the apples. To work out the colors and pattern. They were hanging on a tree but I did not finish the leaves, just gave the impression of a background.
I also have a commission to start so I will not get a blog done tomorrow. It is Linda's birthday, she is spending tomorrow with her Mom and then I am taking her out dancing (at Sunnybrook) in the evening. Music from the 70's... Never did master The Hustle!
This is a study for a larger painting I am working on. I found the pottery at the Hale Farm in Ohio on my recent visit.
I am finally home for a week. No show this weekend which is nice. Penn State went well. Linda now needs to put in a supply order and get some framing done. I need to replace the originals I sold which is a good problem. Even though we are home I plan to paint, paint and paint some
Here is a photo of my booth here in State College. You can find me on Allen Street ~ Booth #1 Friday until 8pm ~ Sat. from 10-8 and Sun. noon - 5 great selection of original paintings and prints. I am demonstrating...stop out and see me!
Packed and ready to leave in the morning. Planning to be on the road by 8:30am. Set up the camper first then go to the show and set up my display. Pretty much takes the whole day.
The Show: July 8-11 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Held in State College, PA This is the famous Penn State Show! My space is A01 - on Allen Street (one block from Beaver Ave.) Thursday to Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: noon -5 FREE!! Rain or Shine or Heat!!
The show in the Berkshires went very well. I sold several paintings which felt like the old days! I finished this painting of a bench. The painting is actually more grey but photoed with more yellow. I tried several takes and just cannot get it. So you will need to trust me when I tell you it looks great.
No title... $575.00 14x18 framed.... We got home today at 5PM, unpacked the van, did a few house chores while Linda did 3 loads of laundry. We leave again on Wednesday for the Penn State show. So tomorrow will be filled with chores. Small blog paintings are on hold!
My goal is to join the other accomplished artists in the "Painting A Day" arena. I am expecting this endeavor to sharpen my painting skills and to help me grow as a watercolorist. I already paint full time and exhibit at art shows but I am hoping this experience will allow me to explore subjects I would not normally choose to paint. I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me. Andy Smith
ABOUT THE PAINTINGS:
Each watercolor is painted on Arches 300lb Cold Press paper. I use transparent watercolors occasionally adding ink to the wash. I paint in a series of washes to build color, creating shadows and a strong use of light.
The PAINTING A DAY paintings started January 1, 2007.
Variations in monitor settings plus my camera skills may not exactly duplicate the actual colors in the painting. I do my best!
I plan to work in two sizes.
An image of 5"x5" with a 1/2" border or
an image of 4"x6" with a 1/2" border.
You will need to take your new painting to a frame shop to be framed. For shipping, each miniature original watercolor will be placed in a protective sleeve with a foamcore back.
The new paintings will be posted for sale via Ebay. Paintings that do not sell at auction are then placed on my show stand at a price commensurate to my other work.