Monday, June 10, 2019


Finished... I finished my window painting.

This is a 19th century textile mill in Dover, NH.  Thank you Sandra Joy for the use of your photo.  Another favorite of Linda's that she is holding as a possible print in November.

We went to see "Rocketman" last night and it was excellent.  I really knew very little about Elton John.  His music was woven into the story and it was well done.

On a sad note, another good friend has passed away.  David Heft.   Dave lost a 2 year battle with cancer.  Back when our kids were young a group of us got together every Friday night.  We spent many a Friday in Dave and Joan's house until they moved to Maryland.  Then the group did a long weekend together each year.  We went to see him a week ago.  It is so hard to lose friends.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

2019 Williamsburg #5

6x4” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 6/8at 7pm price goes to $275

On a sunny day Williamsburg has a plethora of material for an artist.  There is a paintable scene any direction you look, including up!

Last night I gave a lecture to the Lancaster Art Association.  My chosen topic was "How to keep painting fresh and avoid painters block"  

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

2019 Williamsburg #4

6x4” original watercolor
$130 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 6/6 at 7pm price goes to $250

I am back to my Williamsburg series because I have several more scenes I was interested in painting.  A typical Williamsburg gate with a dash of color from the iris.

If you are near Middletown, PA this Saturday you may like to see me at:
Middletown Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday, June 8 from 10 to 5
Held in Hoffer Park, at Race & Mill
streets in the borough of Middletown, PA

Monday, June 3, 2019


Sometimes a show you expect good things from throws you a curve ball.  Annapolis...  I was excited to return to the area even though it was a whole new venue for me.  My first show there was on the docks in 1986.  33 years ago!  Then I did a few years with the Ladies Naval Auxiliary.  After 911 they were not allowed to have it.  I also did a few times in the parking lot of the stadium on the asphalt with no trees in the blazing heat.  So it had been a few years.  This time it was "1st Sundays on High Street".  I had high hopes.  We roll into town on Saturday at 2pm.  Parking was non existent. It was packed with people. Sidewalks overflowing.  The suburban was too high to fit into any of the garages, so much for our free parking pass from the B&B!  After circling the blocks I found a space only to find its a 2 hour max and you cannot add more time.  You must leave the space and find another one.  We went to check in at our B&B and they would not allow us in till 3pm.  So we had a late lunch, checked in and at 4pm needed to move the van.  I found an open lot where I could park longer but not overnight but it bought us some time. We decided to walk to our show space and plan it out.  All the spaces were on the street except 6 in front of a restaurant.   Ours... up on the sidewalk with the restaurant putting tables in front of us on the street...  We had to wait till morning to get clarification.  We found a tiny parking lot behind the street where we show so decided to park there overnight for $36 plus $33 for all day Sunday but at least I could dolly to my space.  Our B&B was right on Main Street and they partied loud ALL night.  Well, it got quieter around 3am!   We get out to the show at 6am and no one was around.  Odd, I am used to being out early with lots of other artists to beat the rush.  This was definitely a later crowd.  So we waited till 7:30 for a director and yes, we are on the sidewalk but the tables were off to our side.  Very odd but worked nicely.  So feeling better, all set up, and parking working well.  Show opens to huge crowds... walking and eating...Very little shopping.  Some walked into the booth, and took cards... I did not even cover my booth cost!  WHAT??!!  Have not had that happen in years!  My work fits into the area, I looked great, just can't figure it out.  And as if I was not having a great it rains at pack up.  I was all packed and in the van except the tent and rug.  WET tent top, more work drying it out on Monday.  And I must move the van because you may not park there on Sunday nights!  Found a new space for overnight.  The B&B was still noisy but till midnight this time.  We were both ready to get home.  Home safely, unpacked, drying the tent, laundry finished... Amazing that I can still be caught off guard by a show. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

2019 Chestertown #2

4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 5/31 at 7pm price goes to $225

I liked this off center basket hanging on the gate.
I spied this while walking the streets of Chestertown.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2019 Chestertown

4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 5/30 at 7pm price goes to $225

I enjoyed Chestertown, MD.  It had a Williamsburg, VA feel or a bit like Lititz, PA but with water.  Wonderful yards and brick houses.  We spent an afternoon walking around.  Topped of the day with a very good meal at Louisa Cucine

I am looking forward to another good weekend this time in Annapolis.Annapolis First Sunday in June
June 2 from 11am to 5pm
My space is on the 1st Block of West Street
Historic Annapolis, MD

Monday, May 20, 2019

2019 Williamsburg #3

4x6” original watercolor.   $225.

More great Williamsburg brick.

Linda went to the beach for three days with her girlfriends leaving me to my own devices... I do not even have a list of things to do.  SO,  my plan is to ride my bike as much as I possibly can!  I will finish a larger painting I have started but do not expect a blog painting while she is gone!! 

Plan on coming out to this show:
Chestertown Tea Party
Saturday, May 25 from 11am to 4pm
My space is #34 on High Street.
(between Queen and Water st)
5 booths down from Queen!
in Chestertown MD

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2019 Williamsburg #2

4x6” original watercolor  $225.

Unusual... I am not sure why I liked this so much.
All that brick and a tiny opening at the base.
Makes me wonder whats there, why its there...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

2019 Williamsburg #1

4x6” original watercolor   $250.

I was intrigued with this view.  Looking into a doorway
and seeing a wonderful window out the back.
Interesting angles and light.

Plan on seeing me this Saturday at:

Spring Heart of Lancaster Art & Craft Show
Saturday, May 18 from 10am-4pm
Held at Roots Market
705 Graystone Rd.  
Manheim, PA
Booth #21 (near Greystone Rd)
FREE admission ~ rain or shine!

Monday, May 13, 2019

2019 Flowers #3

I am offering 2 paintings today!
2019 Flower #3

4x6” original watercolor $275

This is the last of my flowers for a while.

2019 Still Life #13

4x6” original watercolor   $225

I painted this scene earlier and this time added
pears.  Just because I wanted to!!

I am changing things up and starting a few
Williamsburg paintings next.

Family update:
Wanted to take a moment to say Happy Belated
Mothers Day to all the Mothers.  Linda received
phone calls from the girls and a beautiful flower
arrangement from Abbey. I took her to the American
Music Theater to see Post Modern Jukebox.Fantastic!!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

2019 Flowers #2

4x6” original watercolor   $275

Another flower from the greenhouse.

My commission was picked up today and they
are very happy!!  It is always a relief when the
client is pleased.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

2019 Flowers #1

4x6” original watercolor     $275

I went with Linda to the greenhouse, actually three greenhouses!  I was just taken with all the colors so I started snapping photos.  I am not a flower painter, I say this every time Linda asks me to paint something with a flower.  But this time I was fascinated and wanted to see what I could do.

FYI:  I do not buy new tubes of watercolor when I try new subjects.  I keep my palette the same and learned how to mix whatever shade or color I need with my basics.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Commission Finished!

Finished!  I darkened the grass, added some shadows. Smoothed out the sidewalk.  Finished her shirt. I am not a portrait painter so it took a while to make sure I found her likeness, her flyaway hair, her coloring and her personality.  I am happy with it, Linda agreed I nailed it!!  It is framed and ready for pickup.

This Saturday I can be found in Hershey, PA
Tell all your Hershey friends to come see me!!
Hershey Artfest
Saturday, May 11 from 9am to 4pm
Held at Cocoa Beanery
1215 Research Blvd
Hummelstown, PA

Free admittance!  Rain or Shine!

Monday, May 6, 2019

And more on the commission...

This shows my work over the weekend, three full days and nights!   Just for your reference, I did not use anything to save my whites, like in the grass or flowers or the highlights in her hair.  I painted around the parts I planned to save.  Also I do not use white paint, all highlights are the white of the paper showing through!

The grass is finished but I will probably smooth it out near the end.   I am starting off with the under washes to her pants.

Here I smoothed out the upper sidewalk and have gone deeper into the pink pants.  Also started shadows on her shirt.

More to the shirt.

Almost there.  A few more hours to just tie it all together.

Thursday, May 2, 2019


I am glued to my table!  Worked till late last night and all the
way till post time and I plan to keep painting a few more hours. 
For me the hardest part is finished.  Getting her features and
skin tone.  Remember none of this is finished, this is a slow
build of color and texture.  I lay a wash of color and then dry
hard before adding the next wash.
The sidewalk has beginning washes.

 Starting the grass and flowers.

 working on the grass...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


moving along... slowly.   Believe it or not there are hours of painting in just her arms and feet.

starting her flyaway hair...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

New Commission

We spent four nice days in Williamsburg, VA.  I have lots of new photos which I will be working on as soon as I finish my commission.

I am allowed to share this commission progress.
1st the drawing, hand drawn from my clients photo.

I am working hard to get her coloring correct.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

2019 Still Life #12

4x6” original watercolor    $250

A fantastic piece of Irish silver.
No silver paint was used!!

Yesterday I spent the day cleaning the suburban
and switching over the show booth from inside
showing to outside.  Digging out the tent, weights
and different rug.  First outdoor show is this
weekend...  Williamsburg here we come.
Williamsburg Art on the Square
Sunday, April 28 from 10am to 5pm
Space #142 between North Henry and
Nassau Streets on the Barnes & Noble side.
Free admittance!  Rain or Shine!
Last year I took 1st place in Painting!!

Monday, April 22, 2019

2019 Still Life #11

4x6” original watercolor     $250

A quirky view with interesting angles.

I had a good time with this one.

Family News:
Big changes for our daughter...
She accepted a position leading the events team at
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in
New York City.  She has wanted to live in NYC since
she was a little girl and its finally happening.  Ben is
able to work anywhere he has a computer connection
and an airport!  She starts May 6 so its a fast move.
They are looking for housing near the museum if
anyone has any connections!  This gives me a whole
new city to explore; Pretty exciting.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2019 Still Life #10

4x6” original watercolor
$145 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 4/18 at 7pm price goes to $275

Apples at market...

This FRIDAY (yes, Friday!)  I am joining a select group
of artisans for a small but mighty show. 
You should plan on stopping in!
Artisans in the Barn
Friday, April 19 from 3pm to 7pm

Held at Pheasant Run Farm B&B
200 Marticville Rd
Lancaster, PA

This is a small but wonderful FREE show!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 Still Life #9

4x6” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 4/18 at 7pm price goes to $250

Thinking SPRING!
Another fabulous still life subject provided by Amy.

Monday, April 15, 2019

2019 Landscape #1

4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 4/17 at 7pm price goes to $250

Lancaster County farm...

Oh how my heart breaks for the fire in Notre Dame.
So blessed to have been there.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2019 Still Life #8

6x4” original watercolor   $225.

Another still life supplied to me from Amy.

Monday, April 8, 2019

To our friend Lance...

I am dedicating today's blog to our friend Lance Couturier who passed away last week.  We knew him originally through our children, his son Greg was often at our house looking for Linda's homemade chocolate milk and without Graham I don't think Abbey would have passed college French!  Both sons were with us in France for Abbey's wedding. Through the years we have attended meetings and parties together.  I was just at his 70th birthday celebration.  Lance had been attending my watercolor classes for years, although I suspect he came just for the camaraderie of other painters, the chitchat and coffee.   I never really taught him very much, he was already very accomplished!  It drove Linda crazy that Lance painted the same painting two times, often at the same time and often on the the same board. Linda and Lance had many conversations on what drove him to paint his subject twice and I don't think either one ever figured it out.  I could always tell where he sat at the table, he had splashes of paint all over the place.  I loved his dry humor.  He entertained and held interesting conversations and enriched my class.  The other students will miss him greatly.
His obituary is overwhelming... what a man, what accomplishments.   I am proud to have spent time with him. 
He will be so missed...
I am posting a few of his paintings.  He always painted large with a loose recognizable style.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

2019 Still Life #7

5x5” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 4/6 at 7pm price goes to $225

My friend Amy supplies me with wonderful still
life subjects.

Today I took the tarp down from the porch, a sure
sign of Spring.   Linda has been in the garden every
day but limiting to two hours.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

2019 Still Life #6

4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 4/5 at 7pm price goes to $225

Not really a still life but not exactly a landscape.  I found the colors

interesting and liked the horseshoe on the door.

Linda had her 4 month check up and all is well.  She may be  overdoing
it a bit! 
  She is to remember she had three major  surgeries within one
year and it 
takes up to a year and a half for one knee to heal. She is
having  a few issues and we thought PT would help but the Doc 
waits a while for any PT,  her knee is still very raw inside, she will find that with her  normal routine she will be fine.   She spent 5 hours 
in the garden on Saturday  and could hardly move on Sunday.   I know,
I tell her all the time to slow down. But she is getting better slowly.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

4 day sale on 4 prints!

Andy Smith’s Client Special… 
4 day sale on 4 prints!

From April 2 to April 5

The Deal: I picked 4 prints, UNFRAMED at ½ off!
Get one for yourself and give one as a gift.
Comes flat, on a foam backing board in a plastic sleeve.

Want it framed?  Add $40 framing
Your choice of black or walnut wood frame with a double mat.

Payment:   I accept cash, checks, credit cards and PayPal.
Pick up at the Studio in Lititz OR add $6 shipping
Or $12 shipping if ordered framed.

Ready to order? Send an email OR call 717-627-3383

The prints:

“Alley Walkway”  12.5x19”   Regularly $85.
 ½ off = only $42.50
This print has a certain magic. It features an extraordinary
dance between the cool shadows inside and the warm
sunlight outside.   There is a feeling of being immersed in
history.  You are placed inside, standing in the shadows. 
You sense the cool dampness and you notice the patina on
the worn floorboards.  Looking out, your gaze catches the
bright leggy geraniums, soaking in the sunshine.
You ponder what lies beyond the “Alley Walkway”.
(Framed 18x24”   add $40)

“Afternoon Walk”   15x18”  Regularly $85.
 ½ off = only $42.50
Dappled sunlight streams through an aged canopy of trees
on this warm summer afternoon.  Take time to let your eyes
wander, imagine what is inside the fence or where the path
leads.  Through this painting I am asking you to join me for
an afternoon walk.
(framed 20x23”   add $40)

“Sweetgrass”   14 5/8 x 13”     Regularly $65.  
½ off = only $32.50

Combine the earthy sweetgrass basket, the smooth rich
textures of the Mason decoy and a tarnished copper bucket
filled with warm autumn mums.  Then add the magic of Andy
Smith’s watercolors and you have the perfect painting.
(framed 22x20"   add $40)

“Warm Glow”   14 5/8 x13”  Regularly $65.
 ½ off = only $32.50
A classic Andy Smith… in the stillness of night the warm glow
of the antique lamp highlights the handwork of the quilt and
the pottery.  A comfortable home presented in its best light.
(framed 22x20”  add $40)
I always have a nice selection of Original Paintings in a
variety of sizes and subjects on my website.  You can also
find my show and class schedule.  Click here!
You are welcome to visit my studio anytime we are home!
Call 717-627-3383 or email to set a time.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Thursday check in...

Class, haircut, dinner and a bike ride.  No painting time.  So I will show you a larger painting I finished with my beginner classes.  If you go to the student blog and scroll down to week 2 you can see my students painting of the same subject.  They all did very well.

14x18"  still life...

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

2019 Still Life #5

4x6” original watercolor     $225

A simple still life...

Finished painting now I'm heading out for a
bike ride!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

2019 Still Life #4

SOLD!       6x4” original watercolor     $225

A basket half in sunshine and half in shadow.

My Day: 
I spent the afternoon chatting with artist Mike Shaw
about art, marketing, showing. He has a good following
in Cape Cod and wants to break out in Lancaster
County.  Feel free to check his website.  Good work.

This is my last week of classes so I will have a
bit more time to paint.  It looked so nice and
warm outside I was tempted to go for a bike ride
until I stuck my head out the door and realized
it was pretty cold.  So its riding rollers tonight
after class for me!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

2019 Still Life #3

6x4” original watercolor    $225

This little still life was from Ireland.  Looks like
it can be from the 1800's anywhere in the US.

This Saturday you can find me:
100% Handcrafted Show
Saturday, March 23: 10am-3pm
Held at Robbinsville High School
155 Robbinsville-Edinburg Rd
Robbinsville, NJ

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Another large painting

Two more classes today plus a run to Fox MeadowsCreamery
for lunch.

Another large painting finished.

Ocho Rios Jamaica   18x24"

Monday, March 18, 2019

checking in...

We had a very nice weekend off. Saturday we spent most of the day at an antique auction.  I thought the bottom dropped out of antiques but you could not tell from these prices.  Original paint was bringing high prices.  We did manage to purchase three original Shaker boxes from Mt Lebanon.  I am very excited and plan to incorporate them into a painting.  Sunday morning was breakfast with our friends the Hildebrands and I managed an afternoon bike ride.  Today was my class at Luther Acres and took Linda shopping in the afternoon.  So there is no blog painting today BUT... I did finish this larger one. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

2019 Still Life #2

4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 3/16 at 7pm price goes to $225

This was started as a demonstration for my new
students class.  Teaching still life.
Next week I will post their paintings on the student blog.