Thursday, April 19, 2018

2018 Still Life #20

4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$125. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 4/21 at 7pm the price goes to $250!

I took a little trip back thru my photos of France and found this. 
 It was from the little village of Lavardin.  This was in the Church of Saint Geneste.  The church dates to the 1000's.

Reminder:
I am in Robbinsville, NJ on Saturday!  ~   
100% Handcrafted
Saturday, April 21   
10am to 3pm  ~  Held at Robbinsville H.S.  ~  155 Robbinsville-Edinburg Rd, Robbinsville NJ


An update on my larger painting:

I am adding the reflections in the water.  




Notice how the cadmium yellow bleeds through the water helping the reflection of the green trees.


This is from inside  Chateau de Chenonceau in France.  The Chateau was built over the river so the views from the windows were wonderful.




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 Still Life #19


6"x 4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$100. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 4/20 at 7pm the price goes to $225!

Practicing iridescence...

An update on my larger painting:
I went even darker on the paneling under the window.  And then it is time to start the wonderful view out the window.  Notice again I am saving my lights by painting around them.  The clouds in the sky and lighter spots in the trees.
Some artists use maskoid, a rubbery substance that you paint on then paint around it and then peal off, some use masking tape and trim around.  I taught myself to carefully work around it.

























Now I am adding the river...



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2018 Still Life #18

SOLD!
4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor

$150. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 4/19 at 7pm the price goes to $300!


Redware is the focal point... the handle on the tin cup points you back to the redware plate.


This Saturdays Show is in New Jersey:100% Handcrafted
Saturday, April 21
10am to 3pmHeld at Robbinsville H.S.155 Robbinsville-Edinburg RdRobbinsville NJ

Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 Still Life #17

4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$300.

Some pretty great jugs!  Again, I am working on my technique of softening my lines.


My weekend:  I must admit to spending all day Saturday riding my bike.  I could not help myself, the weather was so nice.  I spent all day Sunday at the hospital with my brother's family while they go through a difficult family emergency.


An update on my larger painting:
I continue to add thin layers of washes, building the color and deepening the shadows. This is slow tedious work and it cannot be rushed or you end up with a muddy mess.  Notice the difference in wood color between the inside cabinet and the outside of the shutter.  The bottom of the cabinet is in shadow so it becomes darker without loosing the detail. The shadows from the window extend from the shutter down the wall.  Next will be to work outside the window.










Thursday, April 12, 2018

2018 Still Life #16

SOLD!
4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$125. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 4/14 at 7pm the price goes to $250!

I know, I know... another pear... but I love them.
I like experimenting with different ways to paint them. 
Nothing you would notice but I am trying to achieve a softer
look. Knowing where my highlights are without actually drawing
them in...  this all takes practice, yes practice even after
38 years of painting!  This is a really well done pear!


NEWS:  I am listed as #7 in the top 60 Watercolor Blogs! 
click to view!  Wow.. I have no idea how they find me but
I am honored.



An update on my larger painting:
Here is a closeup view of the work on the shutter.



My paintings have multiples of thin washes, working around
the highlights.  Other mediums add the white highlights at
the end of the painting.  With watercolor you must work
around the highlights. 



I just dry it and keep layering washes of color to get the
shade and depth I want.  This painting has a lot of wood;
the window, paneling and shutter.  But its the warmth and
shadows that interest me. 























Did you know...
with watercolor you do NOT use white paint.
You must look at your painting and map out the highlights
and save them.  You build your painting from light to dark.
The paint is water with a bit of color allowing the paper
to be your light coming through the color.  That fascinates
and challenges me.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 Still Life #15

SOLD!
6"x 4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$125. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 4/13 at 7pm the price goes to $250!

This looks even better in person.  Thank you Amy for
the image.  Glass with a rose.


I am putting in a little overtime this week, after I am finished
with my miniature I am working on a large painting.  20x24.
Its from a castle in France and I love the shadows across the
wood.  I will post my steps...


Linda measures my paper to fit my frame.  The paper then
gets taped to a board.  Next is the drawing.  I draw freehand.



More detail to the drawing.  This drawing is my map.
 

Now the fun begins.  I am starting with my warm under
washes.  I plan to work late into the night!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

2018 Still Life #14

4"x 6 Miniature Original Watercolor
$250

I think the best part of this painting is the cushion
on the chair...  This was from a historic house we
toured in West Chester, PA.


Today is national siblings day...My brother Carl and I














Linda with her brothers,
Karl, Skip,  (me in the center!) and Jimmy















Monday, April 9, 2018

Spring Special!

“Spring Special”    April 9 to April 14
The Deal:  I picked 3 prints,  UNFRAMED at ½ off!
Get one for yourself and give one as a gift!
Comes flat, on a foam backing board wrapped in plastic.

Payment: I accept cash, checks, credit cards and PayPal
Pick up at the Studio in Lititz OR add $8 shipping

Want it framed?  Add $40 framing
your choice of black or walnut frame with a double matt.
Ready to order?  Send a reply email or call 717.627.3383 

PURRRFECT”  14.5 X 1”      
Regularly $25.   ½ OFF =  
only $12.50
Cat lovers, this one is for you.. Not being able to paint everyone's special
cat, I attempted to achieve a mood you would recognize. Aloof, playful,
cautious, mischievous, and nosy. A  bit of advice I learned ...
"you don't own a cat, they own you!" But each are "Purrrfect" to their owner.

(Framed 20x7”  add $40.00 )





















“PAST AND PRESENT”  15x13”   
Regularly $85.   ½ OFF =  only $42.50
Andy's love and respect for the past continue in his remarkable
work.  Featuring a range of texture from glass to clay to wood
in the objects once used in everyday life. Now, these objects
have become collectable treasures in the present.  
From the Old Salem Museum in Winston Salem, NC
(Framed 22x20”  add $40.00 )



“ MUMS”    12x17”   
Regularly $50.   ½ OFF =  only $25.00
Andy Smith wanted to share his love of mums with you.
Continuing his reputation for rich  use of color, light and
shadows, with his knack for finding overlooked locations,
he is offering you a painting of Autumn.  This allows you
the opportunity to savor the season long after the
leaves have fallen.
(Framed 17x21”  add $40.00 )




Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 Winter Series #6

4"x 6 Miniature Original Watercolor
$225

I was walking downtown Lititz after the last snow fall and saw this scene.  I loved the shadows dancing across the stones and the bit of snow laying on the window ledge.  I know its an unusual angle but I liked it.

Classes are finished and Linda gets her house back for a while!  I got our taxes back from the accountant and they are in the mail. I desperately want to ride my bike but it is so cold and windy...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018 Still Life #13

4"x 6 Miniature Original Watercolor
$325


This is the left side of the wall cabinet.  I painted and sold the right side on Monday.  Nice light and strong colors.  Shaker.  My plan is to paint a large painting featuring the whole wall.  This is great practice.

Today we had a photo shoot to replace the 12 year old photo on my resume.  Linda wants to update the resume. Sadly remove the "track coach" line.

I also noticed Linda scrolling around small ship cruises for next year... 
I need to go paint!



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

2018 Landscape #3

4"x 6 Miniature Original Watercolor
$250

I think this is Chester County, love the stonework.

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Still Life #12

SOLD!
4"x 6 Miniature Original Watercolor
$150. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 4/4 at 7pm the price goes to $325!

Another Shaker painting.  Lots to look at with strong light.  This is one of my best.  I will be painting the left side of this scene later in the week and it would make a fantastic pair!  Also thinking about painting the whole scene as a large painting.

I have snow make up classes Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Other than that...just painting.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Friday

Reminder...
Artisans in the Barn 
Friday, March 30  from 4-8pm
Held at Pheasant Run B&B
200 Marticville Rd, Lancaster PA
free admission!
By "Barn" they  mean heated event space!

I did not have time to paint today.
I have a funeral to attend on Saturday in Coatesville and that requires a haircut! I cannot be around my relatives with a natty head!  
Packed the van, then I helped Linda get some of her garden cleaned up and a bike ride.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2018 Landscape #2


SOLD!
6"x 4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$125. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 3/30 at 7pm the price goes to $250!
Thank you to Dolly Farmer for the use of her photo. I think West 45 is somewhere around Lewisburg, PA  Great landscape.

The last of my March classes should have been today, however I added next week as snow make up.  Really, a snow make up in March...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

2018 Still Life #11


SOLD!
4"x 6 Miniature Original Watercolor
$125. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 3/29 at 7pm the price goes to $250!

Back to a still life.  I would love to do simple little vignettes but I just cannot seem to make myself.  They all turn into these complicated full scenes.  This is a Shaker room and that board on the windowsill is to hold up the window when you open it.

Meanwhile I have also been working on larger paintings.
14x18  "Lost One..."   I was a bit bored so I added a little action by making one of the pears falling.

If you are looking for something to do this Friday, yes only on Friday...
     Artisans in the Barn
Friday, March 30  from 4-8pm
Held at Pheasant Run B&B
200 Marticville Rd, Lancaster PA
free admission!
By "Barn" they  mean heated event space!

Monday, March 26, 2018

2018 Iceland #3

 
 6"x 4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$225

I was on a roll with painting Iceland, several miniatures
and below is a 14x18" Lighthouse near Vic.  There is just
something about the land that speaks to me, but I promised
Linda I would stop with Iceland until I sold these...





Monday, March 19, 2018

2018 Iceland #2

 6"x 4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$225

Iceland was often overcast, a bit foggy.

Last week flew by.  Classes, my father-in-laws 84th birthday dinners, I ran to Philadelphia to see an ill friend, suburban went in for inspection, Saturday evening spent with friends.   OK, I will also admit to getting a few bike rides in...   Monday, Linda had a few errands to run and I cut down some brush in her garden because she is not to bend too far.  And again, it was so nice I had to ride!  But I am getting a little painting done.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday check in

There just wasn't time today... Linda's list was long!
We had a show in NJ over the weekend and I finished
this painting.
14x18", untitled... open to suggestions.
The photo was from a good friend Amy.

Thursday we went to the Philadelphia Flower Show.  Linda's first big walking outing.  She did well but needed to ice and rest a bit on Friday in time to go set up the weekend show.  So while walking around I'm taking several photos with paintings in mind and I realized I always say "I am not a flower painter".  But they were so nice.


Today was emotional for me, track started for the first time in 20+ years without me. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2018 Still Life #10



2018 Still Life #10  - 6"x 4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$300

Crocks, crocks, crocks!  I love painting crocks.
Creating the texture and the shine.  Noticing the slight
variations in color.

I cancelled my classes for Wednesday with plans to get
my snow blower out... When I realized nothing much was
going to happen I emailed my students they could come if they
wanted to venture out.  One lucky new student ended up with
a private lesson and all my attention!  Linda made tomato
soup but for the most part the day was nothing as we planned!  


Thursday we are headed to the Philadelphia Flower Show.
I hope Linda is not expecting me to get any inspiration...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2018 Landscape #1

2018 Landscape #1  - 4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
 $225

I love the study of a full moon night...


Looks like I might need to use my snow blower!
I was not expecting to cancel my class the second week
in March.

Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 Iceland #1



2018 Iceland #1  - 4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$225

I keep going back to Iceland simply because I love the
water and the land.


Today we spent the day at Jenner's Pond Retirement Community
in West Grove, PA.  It is a very nice community.  I gave a two
hour demonstration and chat 
to a wonderful group of residentswhile Linda hung a huge display of prints and originals in the hallways. Sorry but the exhibit is private.    
I then treated Linda to an excellent  lunch at Twelves Grill & Cafe
in West Grove, PA.

Looking ahead to the weekend...
March 10-11
Cranbury Craft Show at the Cranbury School
23 N Main St. Cranbury, NJ
10-4 Sat. and 11-4 Sun.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Winter Series #5

2018 Winter Series #5  - 4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$275

Study this one!  Doesn't the road look wet...
this was during the weekend rain.
I used this as a demonstration last weekend at the
Hockessin Art Show.

March Classes are scheduled.  Check my website and
email if you are interested.  All levels welcome.

Monday, February 26, 2018

2018 Still Life #9



SOLD
2018 Still Life #9  - 5"x 5" Miniature Original Watercolor
$100. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 2/28 at 7pm the price goes to $225!

I have had new students working on pears so I did a
detailed pear.  I never get tired of painting pears.


The first show of the season is now behind me!
This weekend I will be in Lincroft NJ.


CBA Craft Show ~ Saturday, March 3
Held at CBA ~ 850 Newman Springs Rd
Lincroft, NJ   from 10am to 4pm


Thursday, February 22, 2018

2018 Still Life #8

2018 Still Life #8  - 4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$225.

I most liked the light on the floor.  You almost miss the
hand made broom in the corner.

We started the morning at Jenner's Pond Retirement
Community in West Grove, PA looking at exhibit space
for an exhibit I am mounting in March.  We were treated
to a nice lunch with a nice couple the Onns.
Then off to Hockessin, DE to set up the weekends show.

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 Still Life #7

SOLD!
2018 Still Life #7
  - 4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$125. (unframed) Available to the 1st person to email.
If unclaimed by 2/23 at 7pm the price goes to $250!

There is a lot to see in this painting.  Obviously my cat Smudge is the focal point.  But after you notice him look around the room.  The chair, a table with a chest on top, crocks, the rug, a lamp.

I am packed!  Ready for set up on Thursday.
Delaware... come out and see me!


HOCKESSIN ART FESTIVAL
Held at the Hockessin Memorial Hall, Hockessin, DE  
February 23-25    Fri. 5-8 * Sat. 10-5 * Sun. 10-4$3 admission * 30% of my sales donated to WWRR!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Still Life #6

2018 Still Life #6  - 6"x 4" Miniature Original Watercolor
$225


An interesting perspective, looking way up.

I am teaching 2 classes today so no time to get
outside...

Monday, February 19, 2018

2018 Winter Series #4

2018 Winter Series #4 - 6"x 4" Miniature Original Watercolor $275


This is a wonderful little snow scene at sunset.  The light just glows.  It is even better in person.


Linda is packing for my 1st 2018 show season.  I am so ready!  But I have to find all the exhibit pieces: covers, lights, extension cords, upper panels, sign...  Just got the racks on top of the van before the rain started.  

Heading to Hockessin, DE this weekend.  Many of my artist friends are here so the work is excellent.
 
HOCKESSIN ART FESTIVAL
Held at the Hockessin Memorial Hall, Hockessin, DE  
February 23-25    Fri. 5-8 * Sat. 10-5 * Sun. 10-4
$3 admission * 30% of my sales donated to WWRR!

Check my website under "schedule" to see if I am showing near you!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 Still Life #5


2018 Still Life #5 - 4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$225

I have my new students start painting with pears, so because I have been teaching, I have pears hanging around just screaming to me to add them to any painting I have been working on...



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2018 Still Life #4

2018 Still Life #4 - 4"x 6" Miniature Original Watercolor
$250.

Just working on my still life skills!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Finished!

My commission is finished!  It is 14x18"  hand drawn, watercolor
I am very happy with the way this has turned out.  The last day of painting has been a joy.  I spent the first week grumbling about it.  Commissions are so hard because you are trying to please a client and make their vision happen.  This client is the craftsman who created the reproduction tea caddy so that needed to be perfect.  I did a full drawing three times until it was correct!  Even after 38 years of painting I still learn something with each commission, they tend to take me out of my comfort zone.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Commission update

I have been working on my commission...
To refresh where I left off go to 1/18 for the drawing, 1/22 for the starting washes, and 1/24.

I started the reflections in the mirror and finished the drawer pulls.  Softened the top of the cabinet.

I am now starting the under washes to build the gold on the mirror.  I do not use gold paint, I mix my colors. One candle done.


More work on the mirror.  Slowly building...

 


And it's gold!  Also more work on the glass reflection. Starting the chair rail.


Family Update:
Linda had a 7 week surgeon appointment today to check the femur bone and all is well!  We are both relieved.  She is to continue doing what she is doing and he will  see her in 6 more weeks for a final check up.  She is in the middle of the healing process and he was pleased.  While there, we scheduled the pre-op and surgery appointment for her first knee.  That will be in May, just about the time her hip is feeling really good.