Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Open House time!

We are in full Open House mode here at the Smith Studio!  Invites are here and ready to put in the mail next week.  The new print arrived and is signed and numbered and ready for framing.  I'll share that next week.  The new mini Holiday print is also here and ready for framing.  All the mats are cut for both prints.  Frames are coming weekly.  Glass is coming next week so I have a day for glass cutting coming up.   Extra stock is framed on the older prints.  I am sure Linda did more than this but its all I know about!  I did see the folder for the food was on the table so I am guessing she is working on the menu.  My job is to painting. I have several great larger paintings ready for framing.  Below are five new mini paintings I just finished.  I am not offering them for sale until Open House.  This is just to tease you!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 Landscape #11

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

Thinking Fall pumpkins...

This weekend you will find me:
October 14-15  from 9am to 5pm
Bedford PA
My space is on Juliana St. #177 (4 from the corner of Penn St)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I want to share a sweet story.

Last year the Simpson family purchased my print "Heritage"

This past weekend they came out to the Waterford Fair in VA and stopped at my booth and said hello.  This morning in my emails I received this message:

 I just wanted to let you know that our family was absolutely thrilled to find the real window that you had captured and painted in the print we have in our kitchen! We have been staring at this beautiful painting for the past year now, and it was so fun to stumble upon the real-life inspiration. What a fun surprise to end our day in Waterford.

Heritage hanging on
their wall!

The real window!
In the village of
Waterford VA

The Simpson Family
in front of the window!

Monday, October 2, 2017


I do not know where the past two weeks went.   I was shocked to see I have not posted since Sept. 18.
I have been working on larger paintings for my open house and we did a show in MA which meant we were gone 5 days.  Last week Linda kept me pretty busy getting ready for Porchwalk which was this past weekend.   Below is a photo of the girls who were exhibiting, sitting on our straw bale sofa!

I took on a large commission and have been spending the past few days getting the drawing approved and today I spent the day starting the washes.  Its a gift so I cannot share till mid October.  But it is going to take my full attention.

This weekend is a big show, Waterford Fair.   If you or any friends are in the Waterford (Leesburg) VA area this is a winner.  There is a lot going on in this small village so wear your comfortable walking shoes!

This weekend: October 6-7-8
Held in historic Waterford, VA
10-5 each day. 
My space location is “outside the Old School”

for parking and info:

Monday, September 18, 2017


I went to the weekend show by myself so Linda could get a few things done around the house.  Huge mistake. She goes through things like a tornado!  Stacy was her weekend helper but... it always creates work for me.  The plan was for her to get the gardens in shape for Porchwalk (September 29-30). I am told the gardens inside the fence are as good as they get for this time of year.  Six of the large  brown yard waste bags full.  Then they cleaned out our shed.  I don't understand why she even went into the shed... So now there is a small pile of junk that I have to take to the dump.  Yes, I understand there is now room to actually walk into the shed but was it necessary to do that now??   And she has a large heavy pile of old tear sheets to go to the paper recycle place.  She also cleaned out her studio closet and had a car load to go to the Ephrata Craft Recycle, a small pile for Goodwill and the Library. She was only home alone for three days!  So you know that my day was spent going to these places making drop offs and not painting.  She will not be left home alone for a while!

I did however finish this painting over the weekend and I think Linda is planning to make make it into a holiday mini print for Open House.
This is a barn from the property of my potter friend Lynne Taylor.  I think it was last winter.  I hate snow but Linda insisted it would make a great painting and I hate when she is right!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

2017 Landscape #10

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #10
$125.00 to the 1st person to email and ask for it!
Available till 9/15 then the price goes to $250.

A back view
 from the Brinton 1704 House in
West Chester, 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Painting A Day

I am offering two paintings today.  The still life I finished before I left last week but did not have time to post and today I wanted to do something very different, just to see if I could pull it off!

2017 Still Life #16

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Still Life #16    $225.
This is another piece from the Brinton 1704 Housein West Chester, 

2017 Landscape #9
5"x 5"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Landscape #9   $225.
A view from our hotel in Pittsburgh PA.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Up date...

In case you were envying my life here is a weekend update:  we left home on Thursday morning and drove four hours to Pittsburgh.  Climbed out of the van and spent the next four hours setting up my booth.  Tired and hungry we checked into our hotel and walked to Fuel and Fuddle for dinner.  We ate here with Abbey when she was going to college at Pitt  so it was a bit nostalgic.  Friday morning Linda was able to sleep in a bit and we took the hotel shuttle to the show around 10:30am to hang the paintings, tidy up the booth and roll up the tarps.  The show was from 1 to 7pm, I finished a painting I had been working on for a week which I will show you later.  We packed up the paintings and caught the 8:15 shuttle back to the hotel.  Too tired to eat, we showered and early to bed.  Saturday we were out at the show by 8am to do it all over!  This is a long show day, it went from 10 to 7!  Yup, that's 9 hours sitting outside making it an 11 hour day for us.  We had mac and cheese from a food truck and that was it for the day.  Oh, Linda reminded me we also had chocolate raspberry cookies!  Again, tired so it was early to bed.  I did win an award!  This show is a very high quality show run by the Pittsburgh Craft Guild so everyone here had excellent work.  I was honored to receive an
"Outstanding Craftsmanship" award.  And with this group that's saying something.
Sunday we were back out at 8am to start all over.  The show ran from 10 to 5.  And at 5 we packed up the booth which took two hours.  By now I am starving so we had an excellent dinner at Point Brugge Cafe .  I was a little hung up on food or rather the lack of it all weekend!  The show was very good for me and worth it, we plan to return again next year.   Monday morning I let Linda sleep in  (there is a pattern here!) and we were on the road by 10:30.  Stopped for breakfast and had a four hour drive home.  Once our feet hit Lititz sidewalks I unpacked the van while Linda handled mail and phone messages and two loads of laundry.  I ran to the store (because the fridge was bare!) while Linda laid out tomorrows work list.  I look up and its night time!!

Tuesday I have two classes to teach.  And I will do this all over again this weekend!
If you are near Doylestown PA save some time to stop out at this very good show:
Bedminster Traditional Artisan Show
Sept. 16-17 held at Delaware Valley University.   More details later in the week.   Off to bed...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday Check in...

I do not think I will get a blog painted this week.  My classes started so that takes several hours out of my day.  I was working on the one I started at Heart of Lancaster show on Sunday. Tomorrow I have two more classes plus I need to pack.  I leave Thursday for Pittsburgh.  Please tell all your Pittsburgh friends to stop and see me!  Booth #51

The Show:

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017 Still Life #15

6"x 4"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day

Still Life #15
$100.00 to the 1st person to email and ask for it!
Available till 9/2 then the price goes to $225.

This still life is from the 
Brinton 1704 House in West Chester,
REMINDER: This weekend:
Heart of Lancaster Art and Craft Show
Sept 2nd and 3rd from 10 till 4
at Root's Market in Manheim, PA
Booth 136
free admission!  Rain or shine!
Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

2017 Sunflower #6

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Sunflower #6
$100.00 to the 1st person to email and ask for it!
Available till 8/31 then the price goes to $225.
I think this is my last sunflower for a while!

Natures Gifts only 13 prints left in the edition of 200!
Print: 13x9    $45.00
Framed print: 18x14  $85.00
If you want one, email me!

Sunny Side only 4 prints left in the edition of 450!
Print: 9x12   $45.00
Framed Print: 14x18  $85.00
If you want one, email me!

Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 Sunflower #5

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day
Sunflower #5
$100.00 to the 1st person to email and ask for it!
Available till 8/30 then the price goes to $225.
This little gem was from our Saturday road trip,
sunflowers at Four Dogs Tavern.

Road Trip...
Saturday was our Road Trip with our friends the Hildebrands. We wanted a local day trip so we explored the Malvern and West Chester area. Linda had it well planned.  We started with breakfast at The Classic Diner in Malvern, PA.  Their breakfast was excellent.  With full bellies we headed to Wharton Esherick Museum for a tour.  Very interesting, the house was tucked back in the middle of the woods and was a work of art by itself.  Mr Esherick was a wood sculptor during the Arts And Crafts period.  While in the studio we saw a photo of a huge fireplace he built and realized we had seen it earlier this year at the Philadelphia Museum of Art not knowing it was his.Image result for wharton esherick fireplace at the philadelphia museum of art 
Its interesting how life goes in circles.  I highly recommend a trip to this small museum, there are little hidden gems all over the studio.  You will need reservations.  Who knew it was even there! Then it was time for ice cream at Handles in Berwyn. We all had the 4 scoop sampler! Excellent ice cream and worth the drive, Linda could hardly wait for her favorite flavor key lime pie.  Now off to Historic Sugartown in Malvern.  So it looks very interesting on-line... if you have done a lot of sightseeing this will not be a stop to make. Nice to just drive past. Nothing was really furnished but the grounds and outside buildings were nice.  I managed a few interesting photos to paint from their general store.  They did have a nice collection of wagons and sleighs.  We played tourist and climbed in for a photo!
Now on to Brinton 1704 House  in West Chester.  I found this a wonderful restored and furnished home and I took lots of photos.  Here the house was interesting but not much on the grounds. We all liked it and was a fast one hour tour and we were the only ones there.  So it is now after 5PM and we are ready for dinner at Four Dogs Tavern.  We have had lunch here before and the meals are very good.  That was it for our road trip day and I must say we packed a lot into the day.  Home by 8:30PM!

Sunday I spent the day working on my bikes while Linda read. This is our last free weekend for eight weeks so we took full advantage of our free time.  Make sure you check my show schedule so you can catch me at a show!
This weekend:
Heart of Lancaster Art and Craft Show
Sept 2nd and 3rd from 10 till 4
at Root's Market in Manheim, PA
Booth 136
free admission!  Rain or shine.  
Hope to see you there.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017 Sunflower #4

4"x 6"  Original Watercolor - A Painting A Day

Sunflower #4  
$100.00 to the 1st person to email and ask for it!
Available till 8/26 then the price goes to $225.

I was informed that the sunflowers I brought home this week were a different variety.  They are a totally different shade than last weeks.  Just an observation!  Check out the glass on the vase...

Paper Review:
This review may be a bit technical for my clients however other artists will understand.  I promised to publish a review on my blog so here goes!  I was asked by the Hahnemuhle Company (a German Paper Company) to try their watercolor paper and write a review.   They sent me a free block of 280 lb mould-made watercolor paper.  Acid free, age resistant, surface sized, natural white, matt, 100% cotton rag paper.  
This painting is the 3rd one I painted on their Leonardo Paper.  On 6/28 I painted France #14 and on 7/5 I painted France #15, so two landscapes and this still life.

The paper responded well to my pencil drawing, I needed it to erase well and not leave ghost marks.  Next is my  first washes of color, underpainting.  The wash flowed freely and evenly.   I was able to blend back into the existing wash of color with very little value break.  The texture of this paper is somewhere between cold press and hot press.  The deckle not as deep as I am used to in my 300lb paper.  O
riginally I thought the paper best suited wet-on-wet painters better however by my third painting I understood how the paper accepted my washes.  There was a little learning curve, none that showed in the finished paintings but in the way I handled the paint to paper.   I must admit by my 3rd painting I liked the way my round brush flowed across the surface.  Color registration and saturation was nearly perfect and I was able to build color and dry washes without lifting or pulling the surface. I was able to create my textures without worrying about losing them in the paper and most of my dry brush work resonated the realism that I demand of my work.   I have found that even when a watercolor painting is finished I need to wait about 8 hours for it to completely dry, this is when it becomes a real painting.  With good paper, the paint homogenizes or knits as the paper dries and the color settles into the furrows of the paper.
Leonardo paper passed my test!  I would continue to use it.  Thank you Hahnemuhle for the opportunity to try your paper.

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.