Thursday, September 16, 2021

2021 Sunflower #7

 
$145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/18 the price goes to $225

This is my last sunflower for the season!

This morning I had the privilege of working with Alison and her film crew filming me painting in the Lititz Springs Park for a video for the Gingham Gala fundraiser. Part of LGH Foundation fundraiser for patient support fund at the Cancer Institute.  I can't wait to see what they put together.



Wednesday, September 15, 2021

2021 Sunflower #6


SOLD! $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/17 the price goes to $225


Finally a show in good weather!  We left last Wednesday for Pittsburgh.  Checked into our Air B&B and then had a nice dinner at Point Brugge which we always try to go to.  It did not disappoint.   Thursday was set up and then show Friday to Sunday with long hours.  Drove home on Monday.  Unpacked and did laundry.  A week goes by fast.   Tuesday Linda had some oral surgery and I played caretaker.  She is struggling with some numbness but we are hoping that goes away.  I take my turn in October.  The surgeon can take a vacation on our dental bills!

I finished two more original watercolors for my Backyard Open House.  Invites go out on the 20th so watch your mail.  I think we only are sending them to PA,  thinking that people are not traveling.  An email invite will go out to everyone.  If you want more info send me an email.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

2021 Sunflower #5

 
SOLD!   $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/9 the price goes to $225

Another sunflower from the Wardell's garden in Lititz.  I had fun with this view, the viewer is looking up at the sky with clouds floating by...


Vacation
is over, we are heading home!  BUT Linda talked us into one last stop.  We had been trying to contact the 
The First Presbyterian Church of Bath about seeing their sanctuary but no one was returning calls or emails.  We took a chance to simply stop in and the doors were unlocked, it was meant to be.  A custodian turned the lights on for us! It  is a gem.  I said earlier we are always on the look out for Tiffany windows.   Well this is a whole sanctuary of Tiffany.

Only one of five remaining churches with an entirely Louis Comfort Tiffany designed interior as well as the only remaining church in the United States designed by renowned architect Jacob Wrey Mould. At a cost of $50,000 Mould designed this Venetian Gothic style building in 1877, which was followed by the Tiffany designed interior in 1897. Of particular note are the Tiffany acorn light fixtures, the geometric stained glass Tiffany windows and the detailed inset mosaics of the chancel rail and pulpit. This was a treat and my photos do not even express the beauty.






So worth a stop!  Now a 4.5 hour drive home.  I hope you are inspired to explore the Finger Lakes yourself, there is more than just the wine trails.

Monday, September 6, 2021

2021 Sunflower #4

 
SOLD!   $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/8 the price goes to $225

Sunflower #4
This beauty is growing in the Wardell's garden.
Thank you Wardells for the use of your photo! 
If you have a good sunflower photo and give permission to paint it...send an email!


The rain on Sunday caused so much extra work for us on Monday.  Everything was wet and needed to be hung in the sun to dry.  Refolded and packed.  We are only home two days and then off to a show in  Pittsburgh, PA.  

If you are near Pittsburgh or have friends in Pittsburgh, help spread the word.
Sept. 10-12:  A Fair in the Park
Fri. 1-7,  Sat. 10-7 and Sun. 10-5
Mellon Park, 1047 Shady Ave. Pittsburgh, PA


Vacation: Our last day.  Something a bit different was scheduled, we went to Wohlschlegel's Maple Farm in Naples, NY.

Here I am waiting for the tour and enjoying the views. We had an appointment for a private tour. I knew very little about Maple syrup. It was fascinating. We were there 2 hours because we had so many questions. This is a well run operation. They are looking to retire so it is for sale by owner if anyone has an itch to move to the country and make Maple Syrup!  We finished the tour with a tasting. This was the best syrup I have ever tasted. Nothing like what you buy in the store. I had to buy some, here is my stash.


We decided to go back to our B&B and relax, I painted.  Getting our minds ready to go home!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

2021 Sunflower #3

 

SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/4 the price goes to $225

Sunflower #3  Standing tall

This Weekend is Heart of Lancaster!
My space is #136 (my usual spot)
FREE!!  Grab a friend and come out and see me!

Vacation: How can it be Friday?  It is time to pack up and move on. I mentioned variety, this morning we did a RailRide!  We have done this in a different area and each time the experience is a bit different but it is fun.  You do not need skill, almost anyone can do this, it is 5 miles round trip.  The guide did a great job narrating and giving some history as we pedaled along. 

Riding the rail...

Here are our friends, we were behind them.

Now on to Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion.  Covid was hard on this site.  The gardens struggled without anyone tending them and the Mansion needs work. They do have an outstanding collection of trees on the grounds.  I don't want to give a poor review because they need tourists to visit to help keep it up.  It was a bit shabby, if you could overlook that and see the opulent mansion it once was you will enjoy it.  I feel a little spoiled with Longwood and Winterthur at my fingertips and Sonnenberg is along the same lines without the financial help.   It is still worth your time if you are in the area.  Off to check into our B&B;  Los Gatos.  The grounds were beautiful and so was our view.  This is where I got my sunflower inspiration.  They spoiled us with delicious breakfasts and kindness.


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

2021 Sunflower #2

     
SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 5x5” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/3 the price goes to $225

Sunflower #2  Another one from our B&B in the Finger Lake.  They had a huge garden filled with vegetables and fruits and flowers.

Vacation:  Thursday morning was take out breakfast from Blue Heron Bakery.  The croissant made me feel I was in France!  We are headed to the Seneca Art and Culture Center to learn about the Seneca Indians.  I must say I learned a lot.   We finished out our day at the Garrett Memorial Chapel. It was a little hard to find, down a lane in the middle of no where and we had it all to ourselves. A beautiful chapel with an interesting story and beautiful views.  I really do not know how Linda finds these gems.


The outside gates, with Bruce photo bombing me!


Beautiful entrance, I am thinking about painting this.


A stunning view.




Tuesday, August 31, 2021

2021 Sunflower #1

 
SOLD!      $145. (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/2 the price goes to $250

Sunflowers... I was told it is time to paint a few.  These are from the garden at the B&B we stayed in, more about that later.

Back to my vacation:  The girls could not find an available place to stay for the whole week so we moved around a bit.  Which was actually nice because we had three different experiences.  It is time to pack up and leave the lake house.
Wednesday was HOT so we decided to make it our Corning day.  We headed to the Corning Museum of Glass for the day. Then to Penn Yan, NY where we had a 2nd floor loft style suite right on Main Street.  It was beautiful.  We had dinner at Union Block which was excellent.  

Monday, August 30, 2021

2021 Finger Lakes NY #1

mini original watercolor    $250

This farm scene is from Potter, NY near Canandaigua.  We were headed to a Maple Farm but I will explain that later.


To catch up, last weekend at the Mount Gretna Art Show I was awarded one of ten Judges Choice Awards.  I have been attending this show since 1981 and have only won one other time.  This is a super quality show so this is an honor.  The award was overall work.

It is hard to see my ribbon...



Sunday was a rainy day at the show so pack up was unpleasant.  Everything was wet.  We got home and had to unpack.  We were leaving at 9am Monday morning for a little vacation with our friends the Woodruffs to the Finger Lakes. So there was a lot to do when we got home.  Note to self... do not schedule things back to back, I need a day to regroup from a show! 

But off we go...Vacation: Our first stop was to be the Grand Canyon of PA however when we got there the only road in to L
eonard Harrison State Park was washed out during the week of rain.  So we continued to our first Air B&B.  We stayed in a little house on Lamoka Lake with perfect lake views.  

Tuesday we were out early headed to Watkins Glen.  We started with breakfast at Tobey's Donut Shop, yes we had donuts which were very good,  but also an egg sandwich!  Then on to the gorge.  WOW...  with all the rain the falls were overflowing.  The roar of the falls was so loud.  There was eye candy with every step.


And when I say step... I mean 832 steps. But it was well worth it.


This is a place I would return.  We then headed to the next town to see Chequaga Falls which were in some ones backyard!  Get ready to see some water fall paintings!   We are always on a quest to find Tiffany Glass Windows and we had a list, the Montour Falls Library has a beautiful set and the librarian was more than happy to tell us all about them.


Linda always needs some variety and she found a cheese farm, Shtayburne Farm Creamery.  The young owner stopped working to give us a little tour/lecture on cheese making.  Pretty fascinating and we bought some cheese!  This was a pretty full day so we did take out and enjoyed our lake view.  I have a lake view painting in mind!  I am pretty excited to paint some fresh work.


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Annual Open House decision...

We have been agonizing about Open House plans, trying to watch what Covid is doing.  Do we want lots of people in our house, do we ask for masks, do we serve wine and food.  What if we spend all the money to host and we shut down at the last moment, how long can we wait to decide...  SO we made a decision.  The easiest is to have a 2nd year in our Backyard.   More manageable if Covid gets worse.  We can decide at the last moment about refreshments.  So save these dates!  Bring your friends...

Annual Open House...in our Backyard!
Wednesday, Oct. 7th through Saturday, Oct. 16

Daily from 10am to 4pm
Closed if raining!
This gives you 10 days to pick from. 

I am working now on new original paintings and there will be a wonderful new selection in various sizes and prices. I will have a new mini Holiday print!  And a big selection of prints as usual.  Invites are at the printer now but you can get this on your calendar!

psst... if you are thinking about an original painting the best selection is the first few days!

The new originals will be posted on my website on October 1st however NO sales will be made until October 7th at 10am but you can get your wish list ready!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

2021 Landscape #27 - Pine Creek

 
 mini original watercolor   $225

Our Pennsylvania mountains are beautiful anytime of the year.  This is a view while riding the Pine Creek Trail.

Question of the Day:  How do you decide on the size for a painting?  When I paint for the Painting A Day the size is predetermined.  Image 4x6 and 5x5.  Sometimes I use this size as a study for a larger painting.  This size allows me to paint a broad variety of subjects without investing days in a larger painting.  It allows for practice of a subject and allows me to play a bit more.  For the larger paintings I look at the subject and after 40 years I just know how it will look larger.  Some paintings feel majestic and call for as large as I can paint.  A full sheet of watercolor is 22x30.  With a mat, frame and glass that gets big to carry around and to paint that size with detail and time ends up a bit pricey. 
Like this one... "Autumn Invitation  framed 25x29  $6000.


Some I look at and know they should be long and thin...  for a panoramic feel
Like this one... "Bucolic"  22x11"  $1200.

When you pick a subject I think you need to study it for a bit.  Think about how the image naturally looks best.  I also have about 9 sizes I routinely use, that makes picking a size a little easier.  I did just add square formats for fun!
Like this one... "Cool Front"  19x19  $1500.

I think every artist loves to paint large!  I like the challenge of scaling up or down.  And the real challenge is to paint small and still get all the detail.