Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Exciting News...

Exciting News...
First up;  since the Penn State Show was cancelled they are having a  Virtual Penn State Art Show  starting tomorrow.  Check it out...I have a featured video!   First time I have missed this show in 13 years.  I would spend Wednesday setting up and show for 4 very long (hot) days....  Let me know if you see my video.

Also exciting...
 I was asked by the Demuth Foundation in Lancaster, PA to join their Virtual Artist Studio Tours!  I will be taping on Tuesday, July 21 at 4pm.  It will be live on Google Hangouts Meet.  You must email me so I can give you the contact to get the code to join in.  Sounds like a lot but its pretty simple.  Just email me and tell me you want to watch my studio tour and I will send you the info!  There will be a question time at the end so get your questions ready for me!!   I need your support, I want a huge crowd on line!! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020


I added the lamps.  Next I am playing stone mason, putting in the grout.  Working on the side walls.
And starting the stone work.  This painting requires patience, it is a very slow build and I am working with a limited palate.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Starting to paint...

We had a nice weekend.  On Saturday one of Linda's girlfriends came over and they worked on a puzzle all day while I painted.  Then Linda made ribs for the 4th.
I spent the weekend working on my commission.  Starting with the steps.


and building...

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Anniversary commission

Finished the new drawing for my anniversary commission.  The new size will be framed 17x21"
My client ok'd the drawing and I am ready to start painting.   Weddings are so full of promise.  We have all stood outside steps like this waiting for the entrance of the newly wedded couple.  Rice in our hands... I think I may have just dated myself.... what is it now?  bird seed? 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020


This painting is available...  it is large  25x29 framed

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Back to my large painting

After finishing a birthday commission I took a little time to work on my own painting.  I started this back on May 28, scroll back and see the start.  This was on new hand made paper which I enjoyed when putting in the sky but now that I want detail work I am not that thrilled.  This is a pretty big painting.  Framed will be 25x29"  It is from Woodstock Maine.

I am beginning the mirror image in the water...


going over the whole painting, deeper rich colors, softening the edges.

The finished painting will post tomorrow.

Monday, June 29, 2020

next commission...

It is funny, I have been painting for 40 years and still run into some problems. My next commission is for an anniversary gift. The church door where they were married. They wanted it in a framed 14x18. Not a problem...  I start drawing and have a good hour into it and I just don't like how it is, it  just doesn't feel right.   Probably nothing you notice but I don't like it.

SO, I flip the paper over and start again.  Now I have several hours into this drawing and I am running out of room.  I take the tape off and move the border from 1" to 1/2" to give me more room but I am still running out of space.  I feel like the focal point is the steps not the door...  yes, I know my light is crooked but at this point...  I am starting over for the third time.

You can only erase so much on watercolor paper.  It leaves ghost lines.  So I am picking a fresh sheet of paper AND I am bumping it up a size to 17x21.  I am not charging my client the extra since I am the one who feels it needs a larger size.  I am spending all day today on the new drawing.  The moral to this story is that even after years of practice... you still need practice!  It is not a mistake as much as a learning curve!  I never keep going if the drawing doesn't feel right.  Sure, I could make this easier on myself by using the computer or a tracing device but I personally like the connection I have with the subject by drawing by hand.  I am really getting intimate with this one!!

Monday, June 22, 2020


Weekend update: Friday I replaced our old tandem with a newer tandem which required switching parts and tweaking the fit. I have our tandem for sale (on Facebook Marketplace) if you happen to be thinking about it.  Excellent bike, well cared for!

We had a social distance dinner on the patio with friends, The Hildebrands. Linda made this fabulous dessert; Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse Cups. BEST ever desert! My client received his birthday commission and hung it immediately, he is very happy which is always a relief. Saturday we met friends (The Hildebrands again) at the Mount Gretna Trail and road bikes for 11 miles. Came back to the house for soup and fancy grilled cheese. Apricot jam with bacon and sharp cheese! Sunday we had another social distance dinner with other friends, The Woodruffs. Feeling a tiny bit normal.

Art update: A HUGE shout out THANK YOU to Ryan for filming my video for Penn State Virtual Show. It posts in July.   I could NOT have done that myself.  I will be able to share a copy later.

Another show cancelled. Waterford, VA in October. I know many people think we should just open up and get back to normal but there is a lot to think about. Many states still have a 250 people outside limit. Yes I know, that is not being observed however I am observing it... and that number covers just the exhibitors. From my end I have traveling. That means meals out, hotels, porta johns (ewww)  and then the contact with unknown people. And we are wearing a mask all day in the heat. Do I wipe things off every time someone touches my shrink wrapped prints? Do I let people take business cards. And if someone gets sick and it is traced back to the show there are huge questions about liability... It is just not easy.
I am going to have my own hard decisions when looking at my Annual Open House in November. The new rules say no food (buffet table with hors d'oeuvres) and no served drinks. Limit the number of people in the house at a time... what??? make you stand on the sidewalk (6' apart) until someone leaves?? Timed entry?? Who is going to do that. It ruins the whole social atmosphere. I could bump it up and hold it under tents in the back yard... but weather??? And if I skip it for this year I lose the income that gets me through winter... These are issues every artist is facing. For now I have enough commissions lined up to hold me through Fall and I am THANKFUL. If you have something special in mind for that special memory contact me and get in the Q!   And meanwhile check out the available Original Paintings and Prints on my website, there is something there just for you. Here is a sample

Thursday, June 18, 2020

In Honor of Father's Day...

I had my video interview for the Penn State Virtual Show taped today. Tinkered with our tandem bike getting it ready for riding, and worked on the next commission, another birthday gift which I cannot show for a while.

I saw this posted on Facebook....I beg to differ, I think while you are closed up at home you need art more than ever! Especially my paintings!

CLAIMED at 5:16am!!
In honor of Father's Day I am offering a FREE original watercolor painting from 1986!   FREE to the first person to email claiming it.   If you have already been a winner you are not eligible (sorry).   The image is 17.5 x 11".  It comes unframed.  Good luck!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Finished, framed, boxed and shipped in time for a wonderful birthday surprise.
18x24"     Original watercolor.   Banff, Canadian Rockies