Friday, August 16, 2019

Setting up...

UPDATE on Mount Gretna Art Show: they moved me back to my original space but faced me forward towards the walkway.  So you can find me almost at my same space!!

I am sure you have pondered what goes into setting up for an art show!  Wishing you could help...  but you cannot. Linda and I have it down to a science, each has a job and we do not even have to talk the whole set up and pack up.
Saves the marriage!!

Today I was getting ready for the Mount Gretna Art Show.  First, check in with the show committee and get a show packet then find my 10x10 plot of land.   I have to park way behind the trees and dolly in!  I tell Linda this is why I have to ride my bike so much, to stay in shape to dolly my show stuff!!  She probably does not buy that but it is worth a shot!  Now I lay my rug, nailing the rug into the ground to keep people from tripping over it.
Next the frame for the tent. This is like setting up an old school tent from camping! Poles everywhere that snap together.
Placing the top on the frame.

Legs added, raise it up, zip on sides.  Have to think rain and keeping my paintings dry!

Place the racks for optimal display of my fabulous work.

Hang my sign,  covers over the racks, uppers added and now attach everything together so it's all one secure unit.  Add awnings to three sides.

I stake the legs into the ground and I am adding 50lb weights to each corner.  Prepared in case of a storm.  Considering how uneven the landscape is here, it looks pretty good.  So two of us working and we were taking our time this took about 4 hours!

I still have to bring in my paintings and they all need hung up but that gets done very early Saturday morning.  Now, as promised because of all her help today, Linda gets treated to a sundae from the Jigger Shop.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

2019 Sunflower #5

4x6” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 8/16 at 7pm price goes to $275

A huge sunflower...

This is it for the week.  I will be setting up for Mount Gretna and I also want to get back to the large painting I have been working on.
This weekend...Mount Gretna Art Show
August 17-18

Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 9-5
They rearranged the layout and moved
my space.  In in the same area, the same
row but half way down the row.  I also
downsized to one space!  #210

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

2019 Sunflower #4

6x4” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 8/15 at 7pm price goes to $275

I paint fast and usually do not pay any attention to how long something takes me to complete, but I realized these sunflower paintings are taking me all day!
I'm talking 10 to 7 with an hour off for dinner.   8 hours...  They are pretty complicated little things. Like a massive jigsaw puzzle. Not complaining, just was surprised.

Monday, August 12, 2019

2019 Sunflower #3

4x6” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 8/14 at 7pm price goes to $275

I found a garden full of sunflowers on Main Street in Lititz and plan to paint them all week.

This weekend...
Mount Gretna Art Show
August 17-18

Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 9-5
They rearranged the layout and moved
my space.  In in the same area, the same
row but half way down the row.  I also
downsized to one space!  #210

Thursday, August 8, 2019

2019 Sunflower #2

4x6” original watercolor    $225

I saw this at the ice cream parlor in Lexington KY.
What really caught my eye was the reflection of the glass
jar in the metal table. Take a little time and study it.

BIG Lititz Rotary Craft ShowAugust 10 from 8am - 4pm
rain or shine ~ FREE
My booth is #B4 on Broad St (Rt 501)
In front of the entrance to the Sutter Patio

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

2019 Sunflower #1

4x6” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 8/9 at 7pm price goes to $275

I usually wait until September to paint sunflowers however they are every where right now and I feel like I should not wait!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

2019 Landscape #2

5x5” original watercolor $200
Just a little full moon study...

Weekend update...
To give you an idea of how I spend a weekend...we left home on Thursday morning at 7AM headed to Kentucky.   We take the Cumberland Gap route stopping every 2 hours to stretch. Lunch at Muriale's Italian Kitchen in Fairmont WV.  Excellent food, in fact we ordered take out for the next nights dinner.  One more stop for ice cream at Crank & Bloom in Lexington KY.  Ok ice cream but not overly exciting.  We arrived in Wilmore KY at 7PM. Long drive!  The bed felt good.  Friday morning we went out to the Shaker Village for set up.
Our space is out in the sun and it was hot.  We finished at 1:00.  Linda has had The Abbey of Gethsemani on her list to visit so we decided to check it out. It was an hour drive.  I think her thoughts were Abbeys in Europe since it was founded in 1848 but it has been rebuilt in a very modern style.  There was little to see and too hot to walk the grounds which would be beautiful in fall but not in August!  We did watch an interesting film on the Monks daily life and bought their fudge and a piece of their fruitcake made on the grounds.

It just so happens that Makers Mark Bourbon was close by and the bottle we dipped ourselves 20 years ago was long gone so we decided to check it out.  The grounds have been spruced up and to dip your own bottle is a bit more updated.
Here I am with my bottle, gloves, apron, arm sleeves and googles...must be safe you know!

I am dipping my bottle in the signature red wax...

and its finished.
Back in the suburban for an hour drive back, left over dinner and early to bed.  Saturday we are out at the show by 8:30am till 6pm exhibiting in the heat all day.  These temps are wearing Linda out!  Repeat on Sunday only adding pack up to the evening.  Monday we socialized at breakfast with the other B&B guests and hit the road at 10am for the very long drive home.  Arriving back in Lititz at 9pm.  Today I emptied the van, cut two cases of glass and went to the market.  The above painting was half finished and I scrambled to get it done.  It will not be a late night tonight!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tuesday checking in...

I have a few things to share:
**This past Saturday at the Art Show in the park I took
3rd Place Watercolor!
 " Lancaster County #2"  Framed 18x14   $875 
This painting is available, give me a call!!

**The next large painting I am working on is from Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, OR.  My reference photo which I took is taped on the right and you can see my hand! I started watercolor washes on the tree trunk.   I bit out of my norm but I am really enjoying it.

**This weekend I am in one of my favorite places... 
The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, KY.  

Shaker Village Craft Fair
August 3 & 4 from 9 to 5

**Yesterday we had a wonderful dinner at McCleary's Public House in Marietta, PA    The best fish and chips since I was in Ireland!

And finally, my brother-in-law got a miniature baby pot belly pig.  I don't particularly like pigs. But I had to admit when she cuddled up in my arms and snorted she was pretty cute...for a pig! 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

2019 Oregon #9

4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 7/27 at 7pm price goes to $225

View in the Hoyt Arboretum.
Oregon Trip  Day 9
This is our last day. Started with a nice breakfast at Brix Tavern.  Then headed to the Hoyt Arboretum.  Linda wanted to see the redwood grove.  We were lucky to arrive right when a tour was going out and there was us and one other woman.  Perfect.   This was a great walk in the woods.  We went back into the city and had some time to kill so we went to the Portland Art Museum.  Dinner and off to the airport for the red eye home.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

2019 Oregon #8

6x4” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 7/25 at 7pm price goes to $225

A rose from the Rose Test Garden.
Oregon Trip

Day 8
We started our day with donuts from Blue Star Donuts.  Unlike any donuts on the East coast!  And expensive, $3.75 each!  But fantastic!!  We had an 8am four hour tour with Evergreenescapes.  Visiting the 6 Quadrants of Portland. The highlights were the Rose Test Garden and the views from Pittock Mansion.  I would say it was about an hour too long but the guide was knowledgeable.   Time for salads at the Garden Bar.  Linda had two things on her list so we decided to do them next.  There is a very old photo booth at the Ace Hotel so we had a family photo taken.  The old 4 photos on a strip. And then Flaming Spanish Coffee at Hubers, Portlands oldest restaurant.  This was a show. The drink has rum, kahlua, triple sec, coffee and whipped cream with flames! I would say it was a Portland highlight.  

We went back to our apartment for a little rest and then Dinner was at Mediterranean Exploration Company.   We all sampled plates Tapas style.