New prints are here and being framed! We started with two, went to the printer, had them put on the invitation and I thought we were all finished. Then I painted some tulips and Linda thought they were... dare I say "fantastic"... so she insisted we print them and worry about advertising them later. We decided to ONLY PRINT 50 of each so it is a very limited run. We are taking orders now! You may send an email or order off my website using PayPal.
I tend to like busier still life paintings so I have been practicing concentrating on a single object and filling the page. It is great practice.
The count down is ready to begin... 23 days till my 36th Annual Open House! I will start to post my larger painting just to give you a tease. NO sales of originals till 2pm on Friday November 22. But you can put it on your wish list!
Prints can be ordered.
This is my last week to teach. Next class is in January. Check my students work.
I wanted to finish a large painting I have been working on so there is no painting a day piece. Meanwhile there are fantastic things happening here at the studio. My NEW prints were delivered and here I am signing them.
Lots of framing is going on...
6400 invitations were delivered today! They do not go out until the 29th But you should save the date! You don't want to miss this. Lititz is a wonderful town for you to spend the weekend.
Open House Update... Frames, glass and matboard are pouring into the studio. Today I put the tarp up on the porch and picked up the new prints. I am in the process of signing and numbering them. They look fantastic and I will share them closer to the Open House. Invites are arriving tomorrow. We are ahead of schedule!!
We stole a bit of time to have some fun yesterday. Celebrated our friend Bonnie's birthday by going to see the movie "Judy" and I was very surprised how well done it was and how much I enjoyed it. This was followed by a very nice dinner at the Fireside Tavern in Strasburg PA.
My client finally gave his wife her anniversary commissioned painting and I can now show it off. They collect Jeff Fiant furniture from Mohnton, PA and have lots of Andy Smith's paintings so he thought it would be nice to have a painting of the bench Jeff made setting in their home to combine their two favorite artists. The size is 14x18
If you are near the Mohnton, PA area this Saturday you can see both my paintings and Jeff's furniture at: PA Traditional Craft & Folk Art Show Satruday, Oct. 19 from 10 to 3 Held at Allegheny Evengelical Luthern Church 1327 Alleghenyville Rd, Mohnton PA FREE! This is a small but great quality show!
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email If unsold by 10/9 at 7pm price goes to $250.
Save the Date: ANDY SMITH"S 36th ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE November 22-24
It is too soon to start my annual Open House count down and update however, there is lots being done. Frames and framing supplies are being delivered every time I look up and in very large quantities. Linda is slowly framing the other prints so there will be a large selection for you! We are doing 2 new prints this year and they are at the printer, I will post them a bit later. FYI: there will be a VERY limited edition of only 50 of each print! Tear sheets for the new prints are being designed and printed. Our invitation is still in the design stage. This is a wonderful time to spend a weekend in Lititz.
My goal is to join the other accomplished artists in the "Painting A Day" arena. I am expecting this endeavor to sharpen my painting skills and to help me grow as a watercolorist. I already paint full time and exhibit at art shows but I am hoping this experience will allow me to explore subjects I would not normally choose to paint. I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me. Andy Smith
ABOUT THE PAINTINGS:
Each watercolor is painted on Arches 300lb Cold Press paper. I use transparent watercolors occasionally adding ink to the wash. I paint in a series of washes to build color, creating shadows and a strong use of light.
The PAINTING A DAY paintings started January 1, 2007.
Variations in monitor settings plus my camera skills may not exactly duplicate the actual colors in the painting. I do my best!
I plan to work in two sizes.
An image of 5"x5" with a 1/2" border or
an image of 4"x6" with a 1/2" border.
You will need to take your new painting to a frame shop to be framed. For shipping, each miniature original watercolor will be placed in a protective sleeve with a foamcore back.
The new paintings will be posted for sale via Ebay. Paintings that do not sell at auction are then placed on my show stand at a price commensurate to my other work.