Monday, April 19, 2021

New 15x15 Original

 I am trying to get some larger new work ready for this years show season. 

Untitled... Framed 15x15"
I am stretching myself a bit by focusing on a bigger sky...  Thank you Carol for another great photo to work from.  Mt. Pleasant School in Bellevue State Park, DE

 Lots of show are already cancelled  for this year so I am going to open our back yard once a month from May to August.  Here is my May schedule.

May 7-9:      My BACKYARD SHOW at the studio... 
                    I am moving the studio into the back yard for an informal weekend.
                    I will be painting, come visit and check out the paintings and prints.
                   Join over the weekend from 10 to 4.  Closed if raining!

May 15:       Heart of Lancaster Spring show.  Held at Roots Market (outside)
                    Manheim, PA  Rain or Shine   FREE admission
Question of the day:  Is it hard to part with your paintings?
In my early years I did not know if I COULD paint another good painting.  I was learning watercolors and each painting was a bit of a struggle so it was harder selling them.   Now I KNOW I can paint another great painting!  Also, I was so fortunate to develop a wonderful group of collectors, many I got to know well, so I knew my paintings were going into homes that were going to cherish them.  Plus when you are painting for a living you MUST part with them or starve!  I try to live with them for a bit before putting them out for sale.  Every now and then there is one I am more attached to and I put a really high price on it and hang it in my house for a while, then I come to my senses!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

2021 Landscape #8



$145 (unframed)  4X6" original

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/20 the price goes to $250

Another Lancaster County farm scene.  Can you imagine coming up over the hill to the sharp bend in the road?

Question of the Day: What does being a "Realist" artist mean?
Definition of realist: a person who understands what is real and possible in a particular situation : a person who accepts and deals with things as they really are.  : an artist or writer who shows or describes people and things as they are in real life.

I interpret and paint what I see.  I do not make things up; what I paint looks like the real subject.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

2021 Still Life #12


SOLD!   $135 (unframed)  4X6" original
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/17 the price goes to $225

Shaking it up today, I went with a still life.  This great old crock is from the collection of our friends Ron and Carol.   Yes, when I visit friends I take photos to paint!

Question for the day: Why did you pick watercolor over other mediums?  There are actually three reasons for my settling on watercolors. 

#1  When I decided to actually be an artist I had no money.  Watercolor was the least expensive , least messy and most portable of the mediums.
#2  In the "plan" Linda and I started, the thought was to build a clientele with my work.  We felt it would be confusing to see different mediums under one tent out at art shows, like I could not decide who I wanted to be.  Many artists get bored and jump around, I wanted to build a reputation.
#3  I had painted in all the mediums and 
I found the other mediums were pretty easy for me.  Not a big challenge.  If you made a mistake you could just paint over it. But with watercolor you need to plan, think ahead, learn to mix color, understand how washes of color work together.  It was a challenge I needed to keep interested.  I had a love hate relationship for years, now its just love!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

2021 Landscape #7


SOLD!   $145 (unframed)  4X6" original
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/16 the price goes to $250.

A fun night scene.  I love painting night scenes, 
I get excited seeing how the moon glow changes the landscape.   This is the horse barn from the farm where we stayed a few weeks ago.

Linda downloaded a list of questions to ask an artist.  So I thought it would be fun to answer one each day.
Question:  Did you always want to be an artist?
My Answer:  I knew from an early age I could draw and paint better than my friends.  Perspective was never an issue, I could copy comics easily.  I did well in art class in high school.   It was a gift I have always just known I had but being an artist was abstract.  I spent a few semesters in college for elementary ed and dropped out, promptly stumbled around making a bit of an immature mess of my life until I met Linda in 1978 at the age of 25.   I showed her some of my work and proudly proclaimed " I want to be an artist" and her reply was... "You need to get a lot better"!   Together we made a plan and with a lot of resolve, commitment, and practice I never looked back.  I think Linda may have looked back in the early hard years!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021 Fox



 $145 (unframed)  4X6" original
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/15 the price goes to $225.

I must say this was a bit of a challenge.  I think it looks better in person.  Thank you Carol for another great photo to work from.

I got a good bike ride in this morning before painting.   Linda has been working hard in the garden for over a week.  I hauled out 14 of those brown recycle lawn bags to the curb today.  No wonder her hands are hurting!  What seemed like fun flower beds in our 30's has a different feel in our 60's!  We also did our first mow of the season.  Feels good to be outside.

Monday, April 12, 2021

2021 Window #7


$145 (unframed)   5X5" original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/14 the price goes to $275

This scene was the office or library from the house we stayed in a few weeks ago.  A bit of practice painting leather and some glass work in the lamp.  I think it has a dark, library kinda feel to it even with the light from the window.

Meanwhile last week I finished a 15x15 original.  The plan was to have some new work for the start of my show season in May.  I posted it on Instagram and it sold right a way.    I was pretty excited because I wanted to paint a few "BIG sky" type paintings.  Thank you Carol for the use of your photograph.  This is from Winterthur in Delaware.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

2021 Landscape #6


SOLD!    $145 (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/13 the price goes to $275

Lancaster County has some fantastic farms, this is from the Strasburg PA area.

Updates:  Sorry for not having any blog posts all last week.  I was simply too busy!  We got the RV back from inspection and spent a day stocking it and scrubbing the awning plus booked a campground as a trial run.   Wednesday I received my 2nd Covid vaccine so now we are both finished.  We received Pfizer and neither of us had any issues, feeling blessed.

I did a
You Tube Video on watercolor "paint".  I am having some issues with sound... I need to look into a better quality microphone to use with our iPad.

I hit 200 You Tube subscribers!  Another little milestone.

Another show cancelled; Westmoreland, PA usually held in July.

I think that brings you up to date.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

2021 Window #6



$145 (unframed)  Available to the 1st person to email

(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/3 the price goes to $250

Last window for the week.

I received a request to make a You Tube video about my painting supplies.  Linda is working on it, who knew this video thing was so complicated...  The plan is to keep them short and start with paints.  I got out all my paint sets and had to try to explain to Linda why I have so many when the colors are almost the same...  that will be in the video I am sure!  I laid everything out, got out all my tubes and here I am concentrating on refilling the pans.

Next was making a list of my 12 favorite most used colors.  Then an order for new tubes was placed.  I am trying two new companies to see how I like them.   It is always exciting to get new paint.  I also made a palette guide for the video.  Friday may be a recording day.  I will let you know.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2021 Window #5


Another great window scene.  This one has a wood bowl filled with potpourri and a candle.  I am most interested in the contrast of light and dark.
This was painted on paper I hate... I had half a sheet left and did not want to waste it but I hate it.  This is Saunders Waterford.  It simply fights me; it soaks up the color, doesn't blend.  You can't tell, but I know!  I will never order this paper again!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

2021 Window #4


$145 (unframed)  
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/1 the price goes to $250

The farm house where we stayed had beautiful deep windows with light pouring in.   Almost anything around the house looked great on the window sill.  Linda set up several still life scenes for me to paint.

I also finished a larger painting that I am pretty excited about.
Framed 21x15  $1500.   "Kissed by the Sun"  It is available!!

Business updates:
#1   In the top 70 Watercolor Blogs, Websites and Influencers in 2021 (Feedspot - worldwide)  I am now in slot #5!  I moved up a space!!  Kinda a big deal

#2  I reached over 100 subscribers on my You-Tube channel!  To see my videos just google andysmithartist youtube.