Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 Sunflower #3

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Sunflower #3   
$100.00 to the 1st person to email and ask
for it!  Available till 8/25 then the price goes to $225.

I go to our local market every Tuesday and I have
been getting Linda beautiful sunflowers.  In return
she asks that I paint them!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Finished painting...

Yosemite Moon ~ 17x21"  Original Watercolor
A huge THANK YOU to a good friend Dr. John McCormack for the use of his wonderful photograph.  I love the moon and this just moved me.

 Today Linda and I set up a small display at RLPS Architects on the Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA
This is the second time I have been asked to hang in their beautiful building.

Monday, August 21, 2017

In the news...

I have two nice updates to share...
This past weekend at the Mount Gretna Art Show I was  1 of 30  Judges Choice Awards out of several hundred fantastic artists.  Linda did a little research and I have been exhibiting at Mount Gretna since 1981 and missed only two years and this is my first award!  This is an excellent show and I am very honored.

The next bit of news: Last year I painted a house in Mount Gretna for a client as a Christmas gift. This year that painting was featured on the cover of the Annual Tour of Homes.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Watercolor Classes

2017 Watercolor classes with Andy Smith
email to sign up!

September Classes:
9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26
Tuesday Mornings Advance class ~ 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday Evenings all levels class ~ 7-9pm

9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27
Wednesday Morning all levels class ~ 9:30-11:30am
Wednesday Evenings all levels class ~ 7-9pm

October Classes:
10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24
Tuesday Morning Advance Class: 9:30-11:30am
Tuesday Evening all levels Class: 7-9pm

10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
Wednesday Morning all levels Class: 9:30-11:30am
Wednesday Evening all levels Class: 7-9pm

A limit of 8 students per class, bring your own supplies.

$65 per month
OR $60 if you take 2 months in a row.
NO Prorated class - take all 4   

$20 "drop in" fee per class.

Everyone works on their own subject at their own
pace with my guidance!  New to watercolor
students will start with fruit the first class to
understand shape, texture and light.
Classes are laid-back, offering  demonstrations,
gentle critique, chit-chat, coffee/tea and
some music.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Two new original paintings...

I finished two 14x18 paintings in time to take to the Mount Gretna Show this coming weekend.

2017 Pink Roses ~ $875.
This painting screams France.  The steps just take you right up to the blue door.  I like that the cold stone is softened by the roses.

2017 Five Geraniums ~ $875.
Another French scene, a window from the chateau we stayed in.

This weekend I will be exhibiting at the
Mount Gretna Art Show.
This is a great quality show with variety!
Rt. 117, Mt Gretna, PA
Sat. 8/19 from 9 to 6 and Sun. 8/20 from 9 to 5
rain or shine!   My booth is #227

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 Sunflower #2

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Sunflower #2    $250 

My second sunflower...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 Sunflower #1

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Sunflower #1  $250 

We have been driving past fields of sunflowers so
Linda requested I paint a few.

This Saturday is the BIG Lititz Craft Show.
My booth is on the square, in front of the Sutter
Courtyard.  Rain or Shine!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017 Still Life #14

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #14
$125. unframed  (Value: $250) 

Available to the 1st person to email before 8/3

To honor my upcoming show at the Shaker Village
here is a window from Pleasant Hill.

The Show:
Aug. 5-6 from 9:30 to 5 ~ rain or shine
(a bridge is out on rt 68 so check your directions)

Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Landscape #8

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #8
$100. unframed   (value framed: $225.)
Available to the 1st person to email
Birds on a wire...
I went out on a limb so to speak, something totally
different than what I have been working on which
is the purpose of the blog.  I wanted to play around
with dusk and the moon.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Lititz Art Show Cancelled, BUT MY STUDIO IS OPEN 9-5

The Lititz Art Show was cancelled for tomorrow (due to rain???), but the day in Lititz should be quite nice.
Since you have the day free, WHY NOT VISIT MY STUDIO, which is 1 block from the Lititz square and 1 block from Lititz Park at 4 N. Spruce Street?  There are plenty of boutique shops and restaurants within walking distance to keep you busy the rest of the day!
I have a large selection framed and several new original paintings.


4 N. Spruce St Lititz PA 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 France #19

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #19    $225.

This was our view of the river Cher from a
window in
 Chateau de Chenonceau.  The castle
was built over the river, spanning two banks.

I'm getting ready for the Lititz Art Show.  Paintings
are packed and ready to put in the van.  Fingers
crossed for a clear Saturday.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2017 France #18

5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #18
$140. unframed   (value framed: $300.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 Still Life #13

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

I saw this basket in the Church of Saint Geneste
setting on a stone wall.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Check in...

I got home from showing at Penn State last evening.  Unpacked the van and Linda did laundry. Tuesday was devoted to errands.  My father-in-law needed his recliner remote repaired and I had to go out to Keller Bro. Ford to clarify his warranty.  He received a class action suit on his transmission which is already giving him trouble.  They were not overly helpful which surprised me.  Then off to Roots market and pick up some printing Linda had done.  There was no time to even pick up a brush today.

I can show you this... I finished it last week.
14x18"  Apothecary

Personal news...
After an agonizing decision, last week I handed in my resignation from coaching Junior High Track at Warwick.  Hardest decision I have ever made.  I will truly  miss the kids.  21 years of coaching and I loved every season.  Linda promises to find things for me to do next year when the season starts and I'm sure she will keep me busy.

Monday, July 10, 2017

2017 France #17

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #17   $275.
A side street from the village of Montsoreau

I am getting ready for the Penn State show which
starts on Thursday.  Put some grommets in a new
sunshade.  Played handyman and took care of a
wasp nest on our porch and fixed a leak  at the
kitchen sink.

The Show:

Central PA Festival of the Arts
July 13-16
Held in State College, PA
Thursday- Saturday from 10am to 8pm
Sunday from 11am to 4pm
My booth is on Allen Street #22
this is a bit farther down than past years!
FREE ~  rain or shine or heat!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

2017 France #16

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #16    $225.

The "most beautiful village" of Montsoreau lies along the banks of the Loire River. We had dinner there and the light on the river at dusk was beautiful.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

2017 France #15

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #15  $250.

Another beautiful blue door... 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday Check-in

St. Peters Art Show ~ This Saturday!
Held in historic Lewes, DE
Saturday, July 1 from 9am to 3pm
My booth is on Mulberry St.  #28
FREE ~  rain or shine or heat!

So here is my day:
6:30am prayer group met, then get gas, go for a haircut, home, wash van, pack van, run to the post office, cut a case of glass, cut two mats, take Linda to Target, bike ride at 6:30pm!  So you can see this left no time to paint!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017 France #14

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A 
Painting A Day
France #14
$125. unframed   (value framed: $250.)
Available to the 1st person to email
Offer good till 6/30

Another gem from the village of Montsoreau.  I just love this shade of French blue.

I was contacted by a German company Hahnemuhle to try their watercolor paper and give them a review.  They sent me a block of 280lb and this is my first attempt.  I think it would do better with wet on wet painters, for my style it accepted the paints differently and made it harder to get the deeper values I like.  Still turned out well, I just had to work a little harder.  They make a broad range of papers and Dick Blick carries some but not watercolor paper.  I will need to write a review for them shortly and will post it on my blog.  It was fun trying something new and being more in tune to what was happening while I painted.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 France #13

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #13
$100. unframed   (value framed: $225.)
Available to the 1st person to email
Offer good till 6/29

I had mentioned in an earlier post that the kitchen in Chateau de Chenonceau was well stocked.  I found this wonderful old glass on a top cabinet.

I barely finished this painting today.  I took a bike ride, showered and started painting.  Then Linda asked me to go along to get groceries and run a few errands.  Came back and painted a bit more.  I then had an annual eye exam; all is well.  Home and back to my painting.  And I have just been informed I have two mats to cut for tomorrow!

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 France #12

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #12   $250.

 A quiet still life from 
Chateau de Chenonceau

This Saturday I will be in Lewes, DE!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017 France #11

5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #11   $250.

We were in search for a restaurant for dinner in the little village of Montsoreau and walked by this wonderful bell.  I knew it would make a great painting.    

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 France #10

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #10    $250.

Back to Chartres, just a view from walking around.

On day 10 we checked out of the farmhouse and went for one last lunch at one of our favorites, L'Etape Gourmande.  After lunch it was off to Paris, return the car and spend the night near the airport.  I hope you enjoyed my trip through the Loire Valley of France.  My plan is to back up and paint some more scenes.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 France #9

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A 
Painting A Day
France #9
$125. unframed   (value framed: $250.)
Available to the 1st person to email
Offer good till 6/22

I went with an interior.  A simple window from inside
Chateau du Breze.

Today we are off to Chateau du Breze with its interesting underground tunnels and a pretty cool moat.

Lots of walking!  Next we are off to see a Dolmen  ~ Dolmen de Bagneux.  This was a must see on Linda's list.  It is sitting in someones back yard but they charged to see it!  We were the only people there.  Inside was creepy, none of us went past the opening.  This enormous Megalithic sandstone chamber tomb is estimated to be about 5000 years old. Yes, I said 5000 years old and we touched the stones! The stones are huge and I cannot imagine them being put together without modern machinery. It is worth clicking on the name and reading about it.  I don't know how Linda finds these things!

We had a second meal at La Dentelliere ~ a creperie with the BEST crepes ever.  Unlike anything the States has to offer.  Back to the house to start packing up!  This was our last touring day.

Monday, June 19, 2017

2017 France #8

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A 
Painting A Day
France #8
$125. unframed   (value framed: $250.)
Available to the 1st person to email
Offer good till 6/21

From our walk around Chinon.

Day 8
We hung out at the house till lunch.  Then drove to 
LeSaut aux Loups  where they grow mushrooms in the caves and have tours.  We skipped the tour and just went for lunch.  Service was super slow.  They ignored us.  That said the food was very good.  Excellent mushroom soup!  But we would not recommend it.  Now we're off to Chinon.  We have a new tour guide Susan who really knows her history.  We started at the castle and then walked the oldest part of Chinon.

Linda sat on the mounting block that Joan of Arc used!

Meanwhile at home, we had a weekend off.  I was on the wait list for Nashville, TN but was glad not to be called with all the heat. We went with friends to the Allen Theater to see Paris Can Wait.  A rather thin plot but great scenery and food.  We followed the movie with dinner at Hidden Still Spirits and were pleased with the food.  A little gem in Lebanon.   Today my brother came for a visit while Linda and her posse of girlfriends went out to lunch to discuss a 2018 group trip and celebrate Beth (my sister-in-law) birthday.  A good time all around.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017 France #7

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A 
Painting A Day
France #7
$125. unframed   (value framed: $275.)
Available to the 1st person to email
Offer good till 6/17

Saying good bye to the chateau where we spent 5 nights.  The photo I worked from made the shutters look a bit more blue and I got a little carried away before I realized they were actually white.  But it looks great with the fantastic pink roses.  Only you and I know the color is incorrect, so much for being a realist!!

The other thing I need to say is these photos are not doing the paintings justice.  The paintings are even better in person.  I am saying that because I would like to upgrade my iphone with better pixels but Linda is making me wait!!  But I think I could do a better job with a new phone...

Day 7
Time to check out of our little chateau and move on.  We decided on a quick stop to Chateaude Villandry just to see the gardens.  Linda was having a little knee issues and it was so hot so we parked ourselves under a rose arbor with benches and the sweetest smelling beautiful roses.

Off to lunch at L'Etape Gourmande where we had a fantastic farm to table lunch.  It made us a little late for our reservations at the le Carde noir in Samur.   We ran in!  These horses literally danced.  It was worth running.  Now its time to check into our next VRBO.  This time we are staying at a vineyard, 
Ch√Ęteaudu Petit Thouars.  While the main building is a chateau we were no where close, we stayed in the farmhouse built in the 1920s.  Not nearly as impressive but nice.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 France #6

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #6   $250.
Went off the normal grid today and tried my hand at a gargoyle...

Day #6
We have a long day planned today.  We meet our guide Cecile (who we had a few days ago) in the city of Tours.  We started in the Cathedral which is in a flamboyant Gothic style and had beautiful stained glass windows.  We were able to tour a special part that brought us right next to gargoyles!  We have never seen them up close, usually its ground level looking up.  I am talking reach out and touch them close!   
Linda was thrilled about this.

We then had a walking tour of Tours and stopped to see a lute maker, Didier Jarny.  A treat our guide set up for us.  He is one of 7 in Europe and trained 3 of them.  He happily showed us his workshop.  Almost made me want to order a lute!

Next we did a little shopping.  I lost my cap along the way so the girls talked me into buying a new one at a hat shop.

We then stopped for a bottle of wine, went to market and picked up foods for a picnic and met Clement our boat guide.  He built this boat, spoke little English and was SO French! We had a wonderful ride on the Loire River with a special picnic.  Kathy is in the corner trying to figure out how we are getting on board!

Our day is not done...we are now off to Amboise.  Took a guided tour of the Chateau and then did a special subterranean tour.  We paid our respects to the final resting place of Leonardo and by now we are very tired.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2017 France #5

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A 
Painting A Day
France #5   $225.
A window from the village of Lavardin.

Day #5
We started the day in the little village Lavardin.  Classified as "a most beautiful village".  Linda has a of list of them and we always try to add a few to our sightseeing!  We came here mostly to see  the roman style Church of Saint Geneste.  The church dates to the 1000's and the frescos done between 1100 and 1600's!  Can you imagine the age!!  We were the only ones there.

We then went into the city of Blois.  We met our tour guide Fabrice who took us on a walking tour around the city.  He was an excellent knowledgeable tour guide. We asked especially to see Church Saint Nicolas and it was off the beaten path but worth the walk.  Look at the light coming in the windows!

Show update:
We were in Saratoga Springs, NY over the weekend.  Well it grew a lot from what we remembered 20 years ago.  We connected with a few past clients but overall I would say the show was more of a "happening" than big sales. although the work was all very good.  Seemed like every other person in my booth "paints"!  I may try it one more time just to see if I can grow it.  We camped...  the campground was awful.   The bathhouse was super filthy, and Linda refused to go in.   Do NOT use Lees Park under any circumstance!  We need to find a better campground in the area!  We got home around 5pm to unpacking and laundry.  So no Monday blog.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 France #4

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
France #4   $275.

I went with an interior today just to shake things up!
This is from Chateau de Cheverny.

Day 4
This is a two castle day but it did not start out smoothly.  We were on a toll road and put in our ticket
and the toll came up 62 euro!  This should be a 5 euro drive.  No people around and the gate will not go up unless you put in the required amount.  There was nothing we could do but pay!
We arrive at Chateau de Cheverny in time for the feeding of the dogs.

100 tricolor anglo-french hounds.  (a cross of English Fox Hound and French Poitevins)  Now that was a sight to see.   This chateau was spared from destruction during the Revolution because the owners were well liked so it is beautifully decorated and had a lived in feeling.   Probably our favorite.
Next was Chateau de Chambord

This was HUGE!  And it was packed, took an hour in line to get our tickets.  We rented ipads as a guide and they were a little hard to use.  The showstopper here was the staircase and I did not take photos.   Another long day of walking.

This is my last blog until Tuesday.  Off to Saratoga Springs, NY