$125 (unframed) to the first person to call or email
and say they want it!! offer expires 12/22 at 7pm then
the price goes to $250.
We had a busy but nice weekend. Saturday I did a
little demonstration for two private clients. Our
Ohio friends stopped in for a short visit and we went
to a church play in the evening. Sunday we went to
Chester Springs to visit with our friend Joan. We all
went to see the movie Brooklyn which was a very good
period piece that was well done. Then an excellent late
lunch at Four Dogs. Today I painted while Linda
made chex mix, cut bread for stuffing, mixed three cookies
and made a strawberry jam. We have 11 friend's and
family for Christmas Eve lunch and 9 for Christmas Eve
dinner so she is trying to get prep work out of the way.
Great meals planned!
4"x 6" miniature original watercolor
2015 Holiday Series #10
$150 (unframed) to the first person to call or email
and say they want it!! offer expires 12/16 at 7pm then
the price goes to $300
Look at the shine on that big red ornament!
Dinner at Aussie and the Fox was very good. We
both had duck and it was delicious. Had a really pleasant
evening getting to know a nice couple.
Saturday was spent with friends at Winterthur. Started
with the museum tour of Tiffany Glass. Excellent!
Then a good lunch at BBC Tavern, and back to the
museum for a Christmas house tour. Great day.
Sunday was a work day. My last show of the year!
We now have a few weeks off from shows. I will still
be painting and classes start in January.
If you are looking for a Christmas gift or housewarming
gift remember we have a good selection of Holiday Prints
at only $35 each. We are trying hard to be home and have
the studio open for last minute shopping!
5x5" miniature original watercolor 2015 Holiday Series #5 SOLD!! $125 (unframed) to the first person to call or email and say they want it!! offer expires 12/10 at 7pm then the price goes to $250 This is a little scene from a house on Broad Street in Lititz. I liked the sweep of the fence.
Saturday I gave a little talk at the Ephrata Cloisters. If you are looking for a worthy place to volunteer I highly recommend this historic place. Also if you have not visited in a while add it on your list! I am off to see the Christmas Magic Lights in York with friends.
2015 Still Life #5 ~ pumpkin
5"x 5" miniature original watercolor
I am back to my "Painting A Day" pieces
and decided to finish out November with a
pumpkin. This one greeted me on the front
porch of the parents of friends.
Just a pumpkin resting in a pot.
Open House Update...
After all the prep work and then two busy weeks
of socializing and selling it is all over for another
year. I was blessed with the great article
in the LNP and a "not to miss" blurb again the
following week plus Channel 11 came out and
filmed! Today started the pack up process which
I think takes as long as set up. Linda is glued to her
desk updating customer sales and the 274 change of
addresses she has. I am back to painting!
WELCOME... This is the 2nd week of Open House... I still have a good selection of original paintings and we restocked the prints! Open: Friday, 11/27 from 10-5pm Saturday, 11/28 from 10-5pm
Sunday, 11/29 from noon-3pm Held at my studio at 4 N. Spruce St. Lititz
I would like to say we are winding down but it is still
pretty hectic! This week I had a very nice interview by Laura Knowles for the Lancaster Newspaper. You can see it online HERE. Tuesday night I gave a talk to the Lititz Womens Club. Linda's big cleaning day was yesterday, she takes that very seriously! Today was cooking prep day. More supplies were delivered and I am wrestling with a string of tiny lights that all of a sudden went out or are blinking... I think I may have to just disconnect them! Our painter painted four more outside windows and the roofer has been faithfully working.
Linda wanted to make her own fancy popcorn and
I talked her into buying it to save time and her energy!
We had fun running to New Holland to "Emma's" for this gourmet popcorn Linda picked for open house.
Picked up three 3lb bags, Oreo Peanut Butter,
Vanilla Cream, and Gingerbread. I was informed
they are not for snacking by the hand full, just a
little taste!! More mat cutting and framing was
done today, seems to me that is never ending. I
think every time someone says they are coming
Linda panics and adds more to be framed!
Here is a little mini 10x8 I finished.
Meanwhile today our new roofer finished covering
the fascia and soffit on one side of the house. He is
hand forming it around our old house. Looks good.
After years of Linda lovingly painting and loving
her old wood she finally gave in to having it covered.
Open House Update: We are moving right along... I have the tarp around the porch and the rug is down. Cannot put up the panels until after my show this weekend. There are large piles of the new Christmas prints framed and stacked. More framing is still going on. Titles and prices were done for the new paintings and their labels printed. Linda will be adding them to my website over the weekend, but remember; no sales until 2pm on Friday the 20th! If you picked one out and cannot get here on Friday, at exactly 2pm you may call and Linda will mark it "SOLD" for you. A major change to the menu was debated for several days... the decision was made to change the "hot wassail" after 30+ years... If it is cold out, we are going with a fancy hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows and if the weather is warm it will be homemade iced spiced chai latte. hummm I was voted against!
The count down begins...24 days till Open House! A few minor setbacks today. First, our supply order truck broke down and cannot deliver till Thursday. That puts framing two days behind schedule. Then there is a bit of a snag in the printing of the invites,
seems to be a shortage of yellow toner! Hopefully printing will happen on Wednesday. Our mailing house has the addresses, large check to the Postmaster is written out. Linda almost has the menu and grocery list together. An order of over 100 8x10 frames arrived. Framing is happening daily. Meanwhile I am painting.
Again, titles are welcome!
This week is my last set of classes, they start up again in January. We had 6 windows across the upper front of the house painted on Monday. Back to my painting....
Only 30 days till my big Open House. This will be the 32nd
Annual, I can't believe we have done it so long.
First my painting update.
Here is a little sample, not available until 11/20/15 but you
can put them on your wish list!
Next is Linda's update
1) Several deliveries of supplies are coming through the door...
feels like daily! (tape, hooks and screws, mattboard,
foamboard, framer points and lots of moulding length)
2) Lots of mat cutting and framing going on.
3) The new print came today so I am numbering
and signing 200!
4) Invites and tear sheets were proofed today
We are on schedule!
Meanwhile we went away over the weekend with friends to
the Laurel Highlands of PA. Linda found a great cottage to
rent. We started with a nice dinner at Moon Shadow Cafe.
Saturday we rode the Western MD Scenic Train. It was sleeting
when we arrived in Frostburg! Sunday was our visit to Fallingwater followed by a slightly spicy but tasty lunch at Out of the Fire Cafe. We had a wonderful weekend.
First, my weekend show info: Bedford Fall Foliage October 10-11 From 9am to 5PM Booth: 174 on Juliana Street rain or shine or chilly! Bedford, PA
Next is Open House Update: Linda is adding three new Holiday mini prints $15 print with a mat or $35 framed
This time of year gets crazy and if you follow my blog you know
Linda follows her printed schedule she designed so everything is
done the same every year on the correct dates! She does not
get behind, even if it means pulling a few all-nighters to stay
on task! My only job is to PAINT! I still am teaching three
classes for the month and we are still showing but I am focused
on painting. The rest is in Linda basket. I know for a fact this
has been done. In case your are thinking of hosting an open
house you can see what goes into it.
1) The new print has been decided on...
2) name picked..."Bellissimo"
meaning beautiful in Italian since this scene is from Italy.
size with frame is 11x22" great fun shape.
The cost will be $45 print only or $85 framed.
3) Linda went to the printer (Pemcor) this morning.
4) The sell sheet to go with the print has been designed
and is at the other printer (Miller Printing).
5) Invitations are being designed, Linda works with a local
printer (Miller Printing) to design them.
6) Mats are being cut and back boards for the shrinks are cut.
7) The older prints are being framed so there is a good selection.
8) Our mailing list has been housecleaned. Over 6500 names!
9) Contact has been made with our mailing house
I am sure there is more Linda has been doing, I find it best to
stay clear and just feed her occasionally! Save the Date: 32nd Annual Open House Friday, November 20 thru November 22 If you are in the market for an original, plan to be here when the doors open at 2pm Friday for the best selection! No early sales or orders on originals but you can order a new print! In addition to all the open house work, there have been painters and roofers here to give quotes for work that needs done on the house. Linda is in full gear since I said no more traveling till the house is updated! That made her move fast! Gotta love it!!
Friday, Oct. 2 from 10 to 5 Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 to 4
Everyone is set up and ready for you tomorrow! My studio is stop #1!! Featuring my watercolors, Lydia Dierwechter - Repurposed Wool Purses Leslie Howland & Mary Anderson - Functional Stoneware Pottery Gretchen Smith - Handcrafted Jewelry and Slates by Sandy Bock
September 3 Day
Special… After the success of the August sale
I have a new offer.
The Reason: I am trying to lower my inventory by
offering my clients a special price.
The deal: I picked three prints (unframed only)½ off the regular price! Orders only (not available at shows)
Pick up or add $8 towards shipping Available for 3 days, now till Thursday 9/24 ending at 9PM scroll down to see all three↓
"Welcome Home” 12x16” $50 …. ½ off = only $25!
9x12” $45… ½ off = only $22.50
18x15” $85… 1/2 off = $42.50!
How to order… Send me an email and tell me what you
Include name and address (to ship) and how you want to pay.
I can accept a check, charge cards or send you a PayPal request!
Think ahead to Christmas gifts!
Any questions, email me
Busy here at the studio, I taught my second week of classes. Painted... Starting to think ahead to my Annual Open House and the new paintings I need while juggling a full show schedule. I will keep you updated.
A Painting A Day... $125. to the first person to email or call after 9/3 the price goes to $275 (plus $8 to ship). SOLD!!
Another Tuscan landscape...
I finished my commission, cannot post it until the end of September, it is a gift. I have a flower garden commission to start for September. No complaints, I am staying busy! I thought I would try to get a few miniatures painted this week just for a change. Meanwhile I have two bees nests to go deal with!
And... this weekend: Heart of Lancaster ShowLocated at Roots Country Market
705 Graystone Road Manheim, PA 10 AM to 4PM rain or shine.My booth is #136
I added lots more detail in the buildings and am
working my way across the painting. You can
see my under washes on the right and detail on the
left. Also worked on the wall. I am trying to fill
in the buildings.
Finishing the detail across the painting.
Adding shadows. Building depth and color.
Next I penciled in the reflection in the river.
Added more green and started the under painting
in the reflection.
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.