Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday


25x29  Pink Beauty  $2500.

The track Banquet is over and that wraps up the season.  I took two days to do a little work on our popup camper so its ready to roll in June.

Remember I said I printed my blog into books with BlookUp, well they did a little interview and its on their site.  Click here to read it.  I recommend them to anyone who wants to print their blog or facebook pages.
Here are other links:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BURqXc_jDp2/
They were great to work with.




Monday, May 15, 2017

Update

I will start with the most important news!  Warwick M.S. Track...Both our boys and girls were undefeated this year 7-0!  And to top off the season both boys and girls took 1st at the Lancaster Lebanon track meet with 26 teams!  I have been thinking back over my coaching career and I started
at Warwick in 1996 as a volunteer for a club team.  Then in 1998 the school made it part of the sports program and I volunteered two more seasons.  Then in 2001 I became a paid coach. My Head Coach Brett Miller has been a friend and a leader for my 21 years.  We share the same coaching philosophy and love of the kids.  Here we are at the end of our League Meet, notice the big smiles!
Shout out to a job well done!


Now a show update...
Williamsburg was HOT! 91 and Linda hated the heat!  The good thing was she was able to meet with her brother Jimmy who lives there.  We had a great dinner together.


The next show was local in Womelsdorf, and it was drizzly and cold.  There we sat all bundled up.
So when last weekend popped up with rain all Saturday I made the big decision not to attend the show in Hershey.  We both just could not face a day outside.  I almost never bag a show but there are limits...  
BlookUp interviewed me and will post something on Friday 5/19 all because I turned my blog into books!

Personal update...
Had a dentist appointment today.  Tomorrow Linda gets knee shots.  Thursday is our track banquet. As you can see I am not getting much painting accomplished!  And then for the exciting part, we leave at the end of the week for 10 days in France, concentrating on the Loire Valley.  Linda found this great $399 round trip on British Airways, who can turn that down!  Spending the time with friends makes it all the sweeter.  I will be painting France when I return so get ready.   I may post some photos of France on my Facebook page (Andy Smith Artist).  I promise I will come back refreshed and ready to wow you with new work!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

check in...

Ok, so I need to say I am absorbed in track. It is hard to get much else accomplished! You should know by now that I coach Warwick M.S. track as a sprint coach.  The season is at the finish line.  We finished all the dual meets and we are 7-0 both boys and girls.  WooHoo!!  A great season.  Next week is the big invitational...   My job is to give them skills, vision, and encouragement. The kids do all the hard work.  I am so very proud of the team!

As for painting, not much happening!  I have one I have been playing with for a few days.  I did get the van packed today since it is to rain tomorrow. Set up was also scheduled tomorrow so I will need to wait and see what the weather brings.


The Show:

Artisans in the Park
Saturday, May 6 from 9 to 4
Held at Conrad Weiser Homestead
28 Weiser Lane (off Rt 422) Womelsdorf PA
free admission ~ rain or shine

Thursday, April 27, 2017

update

Linda and her friend Bonnie spent the day at Chanticleer
Gardens.  
That left me on my own!  Don't worry, I had a list!!
I had to switch my show display from indoor to outdoor.
Time to dig out the tent.  I am outside starting this weekend.
Also packed the van and then its off to another track meet.

I am spending my weekend in Williamsburg VA.  One of my
most favorite places for inspiration.  I have time to look
around on Saturday, have dinner at the Blue Talon Bistro
(a favorite of our) with Linda's brother, then show on Sunday
and then hurry home Monday in time for... track practice!

If you are anywhere close to Williamsburg, come say hello.
Art on the Square
Sunday, April 30 from 10-5
Held at Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg
Space #156

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Update

It's been a busy week and I have not had time to paint my
Painting A Day. Monday I unpacked from the weekend
show, painted and had track practice. Tuesday I painted,
ran errands, got a hair cut and organized myself for two
track meets this week. Only to have one postponed to today
due to rain. Today we gave a talk to the Lancaster Lions Club
and I got home in time to get to the track bus!

I finished this large painting that I have been working on. 

























"Shaker"   18x24"  $1850


The inspiration for this actually came from a recent
trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
They had a Shaker display.

Track Update...
Both boys and girls are 5 and 0 for dual meets!
Great team, I am super proud.




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 Italy #1


SOLD!
4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A 
Painting A Day
Italy #1
$125. unframed   (value framed: $250.)
Available to the 1st person to email

I have had this saved to paint for a while.
It is from Montepulciano, Italy
A bit more impressionistic if you look closely.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 Landscape #7

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #7
$225

A little farm scene from Gloucester, VA.

Track update:  Yesterday we ran McCaskey and
both our boys and girls took 1st! 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017 Still Life #11

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

Keeping it simple today, a pear on the counter.

Painting, errands and a track meet is my day.
Linda is gardening and working at her desk, she
also has this need to clean out the garage and
the shed...  I am hoping to be too busy to help!!

Linda ordered books made of each year of my
blogging.  They are so cool!  She said they were
pretty easy to order, she used blookup
They do blogs and facebook.  I have a coupon for
anyone interested!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday

SOLD!
Second Floor  20x22 Original watercolor
This turned out fabulous and I had a great time painting it.
You can tell you are looking out a second floor window.
Check out the view!  Great perspective.  It started with a hand
drawing and many washes of paint to build the depth.
I think maybe I should have kept this and printed it...

Track update, it is important that I share with you!
We had a big meet on Saturday at ELCO with 16 teams.
Our girls took 1st  and our boys 3rd!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017 Landscape #6

5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #6
$225.

A bit different for me.  A little looser and it
did not photograph as good as it really looks.

Linda is busy in the studio working on bookmarks
and cards.  I was painting all day.   Meanwhile its
one of those weeks; car and van both at the garage
and we had the furnace cleaned and was told to
expect to need a new one within a year...  Now
that's a lot of paintings I need to sell!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 Landscape #5

SOLD!
4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #5
$135. unframed   (value framed: $275.)
Available to the 1st person to email

This is all about the sunshine and shadows!

Today I had a 9th grade girl shadow for the morning.
Linda gave her an hour of business and framing and
then I had her sit in on my class and then ask 
questions.

Track update: Both boys and girls won yesterday!
Great start to our season.

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 Still Life #10

5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #10
$300.

This is a study painting for a large painting.
I wanted to get the feel of it.  Great worn look.

Because of my coaching track it is hard to find shows
that are close so we get a little time off!  Always nice
to have a weekend home. Attended a little get together
with friends on Friday night.   I managed to get a little
bike riding in.  Plus a little yard  work with Linda.
We watched "Fences" and  "Manchester by the Sea"
Two very emotional movies.
And I finished a large painting that was started
several weeks ago.  I will show you tomorrow.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 Still Life #9

SOLD!
4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #9
$125. unframed   (value framed: $250.)
Available to the 1st person to email

Linda loves watering cans and has me paint one
whenever we see one.  This was just setting inside
a doorway.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017 Still Life #8




SOLD!
4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #8
$125. unframed   (value framed: $250.)
Available to the 1st person to email

Another simple bowl of fruit.
I get asked all the time if I run out of ideas and things to
paint....NO!  I am always looking.  Noticing my surroundings.
This little still life is from our friends house.  Just setting
on the counter...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 Still Life #7



4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #7
$225.

A simple still life with fruit.

I had my advance class this morning.  Lively
conversation, I always enjoy these students which
have been with me for a long time.  We had a
house appraisal done in the afternoon, sparked by
the new Lancaster assessments we felt we needed
a more realistic appraisal.   Then our scheduled track
meet was postponed till tomorrow but I still had a
wet practice.

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Landscape #4

SOLD!!
4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #4
$100 unframed   (value framed: $225.)
Available to the 1st person to email

T
his is from our recent snow storm and it's from
near Warwick Farms on Rt772 in Lititz.  I love how
the street looks wet.

We spent the weekend in DC with our daughter and
son-in-law and grandkitty Lucille.
Went to the National Gallery of Art to see the new
East Wing.  Fantastic building!


Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 Landscape #3



SOLD!
6"x 4"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #3
$100 unframed   (value framed: $225.)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Ware River

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
River
$275.
I revisited some photos from a trip to Gloucester
VA.  I think it is the Ware River.  The painting is
so much better than this photo!

What a chilly day for track practice...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017 Still Life #6

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #6
$225.


What interests me is the parts unseen.  Parts that
you know are there... the window in the corner and
the other half of the cabinet.  Your mind allows you
to finish my painting.

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Still Life #5

SOLD!
5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #5
$100 unframed   (value framed: $225.)
Available to the 1st person to email 

A very simple coffee cup but it has fantastic
shadows!
Trying my best to balance teaching, painting
and TRACK!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Saturday

Show:











Saturday, March 18
North Penn Select Show
Held at the North Penn H.S.

340 S Valley Forge Rd.  Lansdale, PA
from 9:30 to 4:30
click here for a $1 off admission coupon
This show has very good quality!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 Iceland #2

SOLD!
4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Iceland #2
$225.

I still have a few Iceland pieces I want to paint.
Just to please myself!

My first day of track was Monday... then our big
snowstorm on Tuesday, and today we need to stay
inside.  The track is covered in 12" or more of snow.
Not a great start to the season.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Leaving tomorrow to set up for this show.
Come out and see me!











Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New large painting

Summer Shadows  17x21  $1500.

My latest painting...  I have used this painting as a
demonstration at my last two shows and at Messiah
Lifeways.  It is a building from Waterford, VA.
I love the shadows.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017 Landscape #1

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #1   $225

I had a class this morning and then i painted all afternoon.
Ran a few errands; moulding for frames dropped off,
dry cleaning, bank, UPS to mail a sold painting, Post
Office to get stamps for a mailer.  Store for bread and cheese
so Linda can make grilled cheese with her homemade
mushroom soup for dinner tonight.  Next I took a nice
bike ride for my mental health and back to more painting
 tonight.  A pretty full day.

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Still Life #4

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #4    $225

Today I did a lecture and demonstration at Messiah Lifeways in Mechanicsburg, PA.  I try to do small displays and lectures in my slow time so this is my last one for the season.   
I had a very nice group of seniors and I enjoy doing it.

Then it was back home to paint.   Tonight I have a track meeting... only 6 days till track starts!!   I am looking forward to another fantastic season and can't wait to get out there.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

This Saturday I can be found in Lincroft, NJ
This is a very crafty show but I will have a booth
full of great prints and fantastic original paintings!
Print this page for $1 off admission.



















This week simply got away from me...
Tuesday I taught a class in the morning, then went to
Landis Homes to mount a show.  Then another class
in the evening.  Wednesday we drove to
Mechanicsburg, PA to mount a show at Messiah
Lifeways and then came back to Landis Homes for
a demonstration and lecture for their Pathways
Institute for Lifelong Learning.  This all required a
bit of packing and repacking.   Today I packed the
van for the weekend show and finally got to work on
my painting.

Monday, February 27, 2017

2017 Still Life #3



5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #3
$225.

Just working on my rendering... a bowl and
a copper pail.

My first show of the season is over.  It went
well.  This Saturday finds me in NJ at Christian
Brothers Academy in Lincroft.  For 30 years I
did their fantastic art show which no longer
exists.  Last year I tried their craft show and
many of my past clients found me!  Trying again
this year but I warn you it is a very crafty
craft show.  More info later in the week.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

It has been an interesting week.  First this...

I received an email informing me that I was chosen to be included in the top 60 Watercolor Blogs.  I have no idea how they found me but I am listed as #6!  Just click the link below, a few moments after it comes up a screen asks you to log in, you do NOT need to, just click on the X in the top right corner and then you can scroll down.

Top 60 Watercolor Blogs And Websites For Watercolor Painting Artists

Then yesterday I was contacted by a fine art appraiser wanting information on six paintings that a notable private collector purchased back in 1988-1992.  They are being donated as part of a collection to Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

It all just makes me stop and ponder!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017 Still Life #2

 4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #2
 $250.


Back to my sweet spot... a Shaker still life.

Finished my classes for the week. Squeezed in a
bike ride.  Helped Linda in the garden for an hour.
Packed the van for my first show of the season.

Hey Delaware, come see me this weekend...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 Iceland #1

6"x 4"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Iceland #1
$225.

I went back to my Iceland photos for inspiration
today.   A little landscape with a Nordic feel.

What a weekend, beautiful weather and I took
full advantage and rode my bike all three days.
Classes started today and I painted.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 Still Life #1

6"x 4"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #1
$225.

Temporarily putting the islands on hold to work
on some still life paintings.  This is actually from
my house, a wood antique shoe form that is sitting
on my shelf with part of a crock and part of a plate.

This is our last free weekend and then my show
season begins!   We are attending Fire and Ice
in Lititz.  Other than that not sure what are plans
are.  Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Islands #10

6"x 4"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Islands #10
$225.  SOLD

I keep saying this is my last Island painting and end up
painting just one more!  I also think they look so much
better than they show up on screen...

Only 7 days left on my mini print sale... get your order in!

My show season starts next week!  
If you are close to Hockessin DE, save the date!
February 24 to 26
Check my show schedule for other shows.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday

18x24" titles welcome!

This is a room in St. Nicolas Abbey, a plantation in Barbados.  I changed the view out the window to pay homage to the sugarcane and the windmills on the island.

Happy Valentines Day to everyone!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday...

14x18"  waiting for a title!
This is from Bathsheba Beach in Barbados
They have giant rocks sticking up in the water.

I am finishing up one more large piece and then I am caught up.  Three classes to teach this week. Linda is busy getting orders shipped from the special we ran last week.  You have till the 22nd to place an order!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mini Print Sale

Andy Smith’s Mini Print blow out sale!!
Regular price: $15 each or 2 for $25
My “open edition mini prints” that fit into any 8x10 frame

Now on sale     ~   offer  good till 2/22
$2.50 print only (no mat, you do your own framing)
$7.50  or  2 for $12.50 ~ print with a double mat
ready for your 8x10 frame
with 4 mat choices:  
white outside/sliver of black inside,
 cream/rust,   cream/green,   cream/black








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The images are different sizes but all fit into an 8x10 custom mat

which fits into your 8x10 frame.

How to order… send me a reply email
(or call 717-627-3383)
1) Print # and quantity you want
2) print only or matted?  If matted, mat choice
3) Ship (small fee to ship – I will only charge what the Post Office charges) or pick up at the studio
4) Name, address and phone #
5) payment options: I can send a PayPal request, you can use a charge card, check or cash!

PS. You may share this offer with family and friends!