Monday, August 19, 2019

packing back up...

Mount Gretna Art Show update:  this show made too many changes in one year. They closed several areas and moved artists.  They closed down Rt 117 and put artists along the road making getting around impossible.  They canceled the shuttles, making everyone park up in the field. Anyone older now has to walk pretty far to the show and then walk around the show.  Too much in the heat.  Saturday traffic was backed up 2 hours to park, many people turned around and went home.  The show boasted record attendees...  ??  They did not allow artist to drive anywhere in the show to restock, drop off an ice chest and just all the junk you need to drag in and out daily.  We had to dolly it all in.  It was hot, and a brief shower on Saturday created red mud everywhere.  Sunday was hot with a show closing rain at 4pm.  Again, with the new layout pack up was almost impossible so we decided to close up and come back on Monday morning.  They had some pretty bad storms roll through so on Mondays arrival the tent and rug are drenched so it’s pack up wet.  If you ever tent camped in the rain it’s like that!  At home everything has to be unpacked, hosed off and dried.

I am talking hours of extra work. My 2 day show turns into 4 days of work.  Many artist had very low sales however I did ok so I’m feeling grateful, as long as I do not add the hours and figure out I
am probably earning below minimum wage!!  I am not getting a blog painted today but will try to work on the larger forest painting I have been working on later tonight.   Thank you to all my clients that supported me this weekend.  No worries, I’ll be ready for Yorkfest by the weekend!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Setting up...

UPDATE on Mount Gretna Art Show: they moved me back to my original space but faced me forward towards the walkway.  So you can find me almost at my same space!!

I am sure you have pondered what goes into setting up for an art show!  Wishing you could help...  but you cannot. Linda and I have it down to a science, each has a job and we do not even have to talk the whole set up and pack up.
Saves the marriage!!

Today I was getting ready for the Mount Gretna Art Show.  First, check in with the show committee and get a show packet then find my 10x10 plot of land.   I have to park way behind the trees and dolly in!  I tell Linda this is why I have to ride my bike so much, to stay in shape to dolly my show stuff!!  She probably does not buy that but it is worth a shot!  Now I lay my rug, nailing the rug into the ground to keep people from tripping over it.
Next the frame for the tent. This is like setting up an old school tent from camping! Poles everywhere that snap together.
Placing the top on the frame.

Legs added, raise it up, zip on sides.  Have to think rain and keeping my paintings dry!

Place the racks for optimal display of my fabulous work.

Hang my sign,  covers over the racks, uppers added and now attach everything together so it's all one secure unit.  Add awnings to three sides.

I stake the legs into the ground and I am adding 50lb weights to each corner.  Prepared in case of a storm.  Considering how uneven the landscape is here, it looks pretty good.  So two of us working and we were taking our time this took about 4 hours!

I still have to bring in my paintings and they all need hung up but that gets done very early Saturday morning.  Now, as promised because of all her help today, Linda gets treated to a sundae from the Jigger Shop.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

2019 Sunflower #5

4x6” original watercolor  $275

A huge sunflower...

This is it for the week.  I will be setting up for Mount Gretna and I also want to get back to the large painting I have been working on.
This weekend...Mount Gretna Art Show
August 17-18

Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 9-5
They rearranged the layout and moved
my space.  In in the same area, the same
row but half way down the row.  I also
downsized to one space!  #210

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

2019 Sunflower #4

6x4” original watercolor   $275

I paint fast and usually do not pay any attention to how long something takes me to complete, but I realized these sunflower paintings are taking me all day!
I'm talking 10 to 7 with an hour off for dinner.   8 hours...  They are pretty complicated little things. Like a massive jigsaw puzzle. Not complaining, just was surprised.

Monday, August 12, 2019

2019 Sunflower #3

4x6” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 8/14 at 7pm price goes to $275

I found a garden full of sunflowers on Main Street in Lititz and plan to paint them all week.

This weekend...
Mount Gretna Art Show
August 17-18

Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 9-5
They rearranged the layout and moved
my space.  In in the same area, the same
row but half way down the row.  I also
downsized to one space!  #210

Thursday, August 8, 2019

2019 Sunflower #2

4x6” original watercolor    $225

I saw this at the ice cream parlor in Lexington KY.
What really caught my eye was the reflection of the glass
jar in the metal table. Take a little time and study it.

BIG Lititz Rotary Craft ShowAugust 10 from 8am - 4pm
rain or shine ~ FREE
My booth is #B4 on Broad St (Rt 501)
In front of the entrance to the Sutter Patio

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

2019 Sunflower #1

4x6” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 8/9 at 7pm price goes to $275

I usually wait until September to paint sunflowers however they are every where right now and I feel like I should not wait!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

2019 Landscape #2

5x5” original watercolor $200
Just a little full moon study...

Weekend update...
To give you an idea of how I spend a weekend...we left home on Thursday morning at 7AM headed to Kentucky.   We take the Cumberland Gap route stopping every 2 hours to stretch. Lunch at Muriale's Italian Kitchen in Fairmont WV.  Excellent food, in fact we ordered take out for the next nights dinner.  One more stop for ice cream at Crank & Bloom in Lexington KY.  Ok ice cream but not overly exciting.  We arrived in Wilmore KY at 7PM. Long drive!  The bed felt good.  Friday morning we went out to the Shaker Village for set up.
Our space is out in the sun and it was hot.  We finished at 1:00.  Linda has had The Abbey of Gethsemani on her list to visit so we decided to check it out. It was an hour drive.  I think her thoughts were Abbeys in Europe since it was founded in 1848 but it has been rebuilt in a very modern style.  There was little to see and too hot to walk the grounds which would be beautiful in fall but not in August!  We did watch an interesting film on the Monks daily life and bought their fudge and a piece of their fruitcake made on the grounds.

It just so happens that Makers Mark Bourbon was close by and the bottle we dipped ourselves 20 years ago was long gone so we decided to check it out.  The grounds have been spruced up and to dip your own bottle is a bit more updated.
Here I am with my bottle, gloves, apron, arm sleeves and googles...must be safe you know!

I am dipping my bottle in the signature red wax...

and its finished.
Back in the suburban for an hour drive back, left over dinner and early to bed.  Saturday we are out at the show by 8:30am till 6pm exhibiting in the heat all day.  These temps are wearing Linda out!  Repeat on Sunday only adding pack up to the evening.  Monday we socialized at breakfast with the other B&B guests and hit the road at 10am for the very long drive home.  Arriving back in Lititz at 9pm.  Today I emptied the van, cut two cases of glass and went to the market.  The above painting was half finished and I scrambled to get it done.  It will not be a late night tonight!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tuesday checking in...

I have a few things to share:
**This past Saturday at the Art Show in the park I took
3rd Place Watercolor!
 " Lancaster County #2"  Framed 18x14   $875 
This painting is available, give me a call!!

**The next large painting I am working on is from Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, OR.  My reference photo which I took is taped on the right and you can see my hand! I started watercolor washes on the tree trunk.   I bit out of my norm but I am really enjoying it.

**This weekend I am in one of my favorite places... 
The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, KY.  

Shaker Village Craft Fair
August 3 & 4 from 9 to 5

**Yesterday we had a wonderful dinner at McCleary's Public House in Marietta, PA    The best fish and chips since I was in Ireland!

And finally, my brother-in-law got a miniature baby pot belly pig.  I don't particularly like pigs. But I had to admit when she cuddled up in my arms and snorted she was pretty cute...for a pig! 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

2019 Oregon #9

4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 7/27 at 7pm price goes to $225

View in the Hoyt Arboretum.
Oregon Trip  Day 9
This is our last day. Started with a nice breakfast at Brix Tavern.  Then headed to the Hoyt Arboretum.  Linda wanted to see the redwood grove.  We were lucky to arrive right when a tour was going out and there was us and one other woman.  Perfect.   This was a great walk in the woods.  We went back into the city and had some time to kill so we went to the Portland Art Museum.  Dinner and off to the airport for the red eye home.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

2019 Oregon #8

6x4” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 7/25 at 7pm price goes to $225

A rose from the Rose Test Garden.
Oregon Trip

Day 8
We started our day with donuts from Blue Star Donuts.  Unlike any donuts on the East coast!  And expensive, $3.75 each!  But fantastic!!  We had an 8am four hour tour with Evergreenescapes.  Visiting the 6 Quadrants of Portland. The highlights were the Rose Test Garden and the views from Pittock Mansion.  I would say it was about an hour too long but the guide was knowledgeable.   Time for salads at the Garden Bar.  Linda had two things on her list so we decided to do them next.  There is a very old photo booth at the Ace Hotel so we had a family photo taken.  The old 4 photos on a strip. And then Flaming Spanish Coffee at Hubers, Portlands oldest restaurant.  This was a show. The drink has rum, kahlua, triple sec, coffee and whipped cream with flames! I would say it was a Portland highlight.  

We went back to our apartment for a little rest and then Dinner was at Mediterranean Exploration Company.   We all sampled plates Tapas style.

Friday, July 19, 2019

2019 Oregon # 7

4x6” original watercolor    $225

A downtown Portland city scene.

Oregon Trip
Day 6
We started our day with breakfast at the Screen Door and then met our guide for a 2.5 hour walking tour of  downtown Portland.  Linda has used Tours by Locals often and in other countries and we have found them to be knowledgeable and easy to tour with.  Our guide had great stories about Portland and he did a good job of pointing out all the sites.  After the tour we spent a bit of time at Powells Bookstore... definitely the largest bookstore I have ever been in and a bit overwhelming.  Dinner was excellent, a small Italian place...Piazza Italia.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

2019 Oregon #6

4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 7/19 at 7pm price goes to $225

Latourell Falls!  I did not use any white paint on these falls... 

I want to get back to our Oregon Trip!

Oregon Trip
Day 6

It is time to leave the Bend area and head to Portland.  Our first stop was Multnomah Falls.  They were pretty spectacular however so crowded you could hardly move.  We did not even walk to the bridge.  The guide told us to back track to a smaller falls but less crowded.  On the way we stopped at the Vista House, 733 feet above the Columbia River and w
orth the stop!  Great views and  inside  the building was beautiful.  Our next stop was Latourell Falls and the guide was right only a hand full of people so the views were wonderful.  Time to get moving and meet Rashetta in Portland, after all she was the reason for this trip!  Rashetta arranged for us to stay in an apartment with fantastic views.

She also picked all our restaurants.  Dinner tonight was at the Picnic House.
The girls wanted to see a drag show...  us guys were not overly excited...  They picked the oldest in Portland.  Darcelle, the oldest impersonator on the West Coast.  He is 89!!  It was an interesting experience!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Three Finished Originals...

Recapping the past week;  we left last Wednesday morning for State College, PA, arriving at 1:00 to set up the camper.  Then at 5:30 we went to the show to set up our booth.   Finished and back to the camper by 8:30pm  The next 4 days were long, leaving the campsite at 7:30am and showing all day and back to the camper at 9pm.  The show was good  but the hours and heat are exhausting and I am glad when its over.  We took Monday as a rest day at the campground and came home Tuesday to unpacking the van and laundry! Today we had a client stop in plus some grocery shopping and Linda was glued to her desk.   I have a blog painting started but did not have enough time to finish.  So I am posting 3 paintings I just finished.  None are titled or priced.

#1    21x15"   SOLD!   Thank you Amy for the use of your fabulous still life.  Plums and blueberries.   

  #2    22x20"   Thank you Nancy for the use of your photo.  Duck, NC looking at the main land towards Virginia Beach during a storm.

#3   11X22"  from my own photo from Chestertown, MD.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

Getting ready for Penn State... Hoping for nice, cooler weather.
Wednesday set up and then four long days.

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
State College, PA
Thursday 7/11 thru Saturday 7/13 from 10-8
Sunday 7/14 from 11-4
My space is A29 on Allen Street

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

2019 Oregon #5

4x6” original watercolor   $225

Painted Hills...color was unreal, big red colored large hill.

Oregon Trip
Day 4
We are all pretty excited for this day.  We started at Sheep Rock and Blue Basin where we did a 1.3 mile walk w
inding through the heaviest concentration of these blue-green formations that do not look real and my photos do not do justice.

Pretty proud of Linda being able to do these walks after three joint replacements in one year.  She is now six months from the last surgery and walking the trails.  You really needed to walk into the valley of these rocks to get the full view.  This place looked like the moon...fantastic.     We then stopped at Thomas Condon Paleontology Visitors Center to watch a film on how this all was formed.  Then off to lunch at Bridge Creek Cafe which was truly stepping back in time but had wonderful sandwiches. Our final stop is The Painted Hills

We did five short walks among the the hills.  Stunning colors.

Monday, July 1, 2019

2019 Oregon #4

6x4” original watercolor   $225

View from the top... Lava Butte
Elevation 5020   Deschutes National Forest

Oregon Trip
Day 4

We took extra time at Crater Lake just looking at different views of the lake and then headed out.  Our big stop today was Lava Butte, we took a bus to the top and they give you 20 minutes to enjoy the views.  We are surrounded by lava fields then forest and then in the distance you see mountains.  Until you go West, I don't think you can grasp how much volcanic action formed our country.
We are now back in Bend for two more nights.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

2019 Oregon #3

4x6” original watercolor  $225

Crater Lake!

Oregon Trip
Day 3

We started our day with a walk (hike??) to both the upper and the lower view points of Paulina Falls.

A selfie!  Me, Linda, Kathy and Bruce at the lower falls.

Now onto the Big Obsidian Flow...  WOW!  We had a picnic lunch first and then headed out.  We had to climb stairs to the top...  Here is Linda going up the stairs.   Once at the top the trail became narrow and very rocky.  Linda decided not to risk it and the three of us went on.

The view was amazing.  You cannot tell from the photo but these are all sharp black shiny rocks... obsidian, and there was snow on the top, in June!

On to Crater Lake.  Lots of SNOW! 

The northern entrance was just opened two days before our arrival.  All the trails were still closed.  After all the girls careful planning they did not know that nothing opens until July.  40 plus feet of snow has to melt! If you check out this link you can see the lodge as of March.  So there was little we could do except look at the lake from several angles, it was beautiful.  You could not be outside very long because of the swarms of mosquitoes!  SWARMS.  We spent one night at the historic Crater Lake Lodge, famous but a bit worn but it could be they were just getting started with winter cleanup.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 Oregon #2

4x6” original watercolor   $225

A Harris Hawk from The High Desert Museum.

Oregon Trip
Day 2
The Mill Inn offers delicious breakfasts!  We spent most of our day at the High Desert Museum near Bend.  An excellent Museum.  There was an exhibit by artist April Coppini which all of us really liked.  A highlight was Raptors of the Desert Sky.

We did an evening Cascade Sunset Tour of Bend in an Electric Car.  It was OK.  The guide was good, there were several stops for food and drink.  It was centered around craft beer even when we told him we are not beer drinkers.  He did take us for excellent gelato as requested.  And sadly the sunset was not spectacular.  We did learn our way around Bend.

I love the Ephrata Cloisters so when this show was offered I signed up.  It is free so come out and see me...  This Saturday:

Monday, June 24, 2019

2019 Oregon #1

6x4” original watercolor    $225

The view from Portland to Bend.  Our first look at a snow covered mountain.  The painting is even better and brighter than it photographed!

Oregon Trip
After a year of planning with our friends Kathy and Bruce Woodruff the four of us were off for 11 days in Oregon.  Our first time in this state. The main reason was to visit Rashetta with a lot of sightseeing squeezed in.

Day 1:   We flew into Portland arriving at 9am and our first stop was Petite Provence to meet Rashetta and have breakfast. 

The croissants were wonderful!  

Next we were on our way to Bend.  A perfect backdrop of beautiful blue skies with several snow capped mountains and pine trees.

Our home for a few nights was The Mill Inn in Bend, great location with nice rooms.  Next on the agenda was an excellent dinner at the Pine Tavern and we called it an early evening.