Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bucket and Window

4" x 6" original watercolor

This painting is a study for a larger painting
I am working on. The scene is from the inside
of the round barn at Hancock Shaker Village.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


6" x 4" original watercolor

Several years ago I visited a 4-H farm where they raised
pigs. I used it for material for my print "Another Pretty
Face", which can be seen on my web site.

I saved a few photos to use later and today was the day.
I was intrigued by the incoming light playing across the
pig and lighting up the dark stall. It may be a little odd
but I needed to give it a try.
An offbeat subject but great light!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Pastoral View

4" x 6" original watercolor $200.00

This is a pastoral view of a house in Kentucky.
I was studying the perspective of height as if
viewing from a high hill or a low flying airplane.

Monday, May 28, 2007


4" x 6" original watercolor

I wanted to see if I could make the tool look like
real wood. Worn from use. I also liked the feel
of the tool hanging against the warm yellow paint.
The painting actually is more golden yellow
than it photographed.

I am back from a few days in New England.
Inspired and ready to paint!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Friday update...on Thursday morning!

I am heading out the door in a few minutes...again!
Planned to be on the road by 7am.
House sitter and Moms caretaker are all arranged.
I need some new material and inspiration. So...we are
spending today in Stockbridge, MA. to look around
Norman Rockwell's home town and visit his museum.

Then on Friday visit one of my favorite haunts,
The Handcock Shaker Museum in Pittsfield, MA
More Shaker paintings will be coming your way!
Saturday will find us showing in Bennington, VT.

Show: MAYFEST ~ Held on Main Street, Route 9
Bennington, VT 10am-5pm

Track: Track season is over. Our banquet was last night.
Due to last weeks rain, our Wednesday League meet was
postponed to Thursday. As it happened, I needed to be at

my show on Thursday. It broke my heart to send my kids
to their big meet without me. But they called my cell with
an update for every race. I am proud to say the girls took
1st place and the boys took 3rd. This is Leagues!! So our
banquet was quite a celebration.

Butterfly Bush

4" x 6" original watercolor

I went for some color today. A yellow building
against the green landscape. But there is a pink
butterfly bush competing for your attention.
Hopefully it comes across well on your monitors.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


6" x 4" original watercolor

I found the diverse subjects interesting.
The combination of this mix of subjects
has a southwest feel.

Monday, May 21, 2007


6" x 4" original watercolor

Imagine a bright hot sunny day.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Willie Ross, Golden Eye decoy

6" x 4" original watercolor

A painting within a painting. In the background is a
painting of mine called Number Six. Setting in front
is my Willie Ross, Golden Eye decoy. I used this as
my demonstration painting at the show this weekend.
Thought I would get it on the blog tonight so you could
see it on Monday morning.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Friday update...on Thursday morning!

Scroll down after reading this...
don't miss Pathway #2 from last night
and Pathway #3 from this morning.

I had to creat my blog early today, very early!
We are headed out the door in a few minutes
to drive to a show. No time to chat!

held at Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA
11am to 8pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday
12 noon to 5pm Sunday ~ rain or shine!!
need more info:

I know your thinking...Wilkes-Barre???
But the show is very good quality and the people
really support it. Thursday the schools use the show
as a field trip so there are lots and lots of kids running
around. I will attempt to be a good role model and
demonstrate all day!

Pathway #3

6" x 4" original watercolor $200.00

Another pathway study. The building in each of the
pathway paintings offers stability or a stationary point.
I am also intrigued with the illusion "depth" in the background.

Pathway #2

4" x 6" original watercolor

As an artist, I get preoccupied with the "study"
of how things effect a painting. Right now I am
examining how a pathway in the foreground leads
a viewer into a painting. It is simply where your eye starts.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


4" x 6" original watercolor

Three containers on a table. Pottery and glass.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Shaker Basket

4" x 6" original watercolor

Burnt umber was my muse for this painting.
The focus was not color, but the changing
values of the umber used for texture and light.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Another Friday...

I did not manage to get my blog posted as early as
I wanted to this week. There was to much going on
each day. Lots of family life again as in most households.
My Mom had two doctor appointments, Jason had his
Hershey School interview and a DARE graduation.
I did still manage to paint excellent paintings everyday,
I just cut it close to the evening deadline!

Track: I guess since I brag about the good meets, I
need to confess when we lose. Both my girls and boys
lost this week. Track is winding down. Next Wednesday
is the league meet and then we are finished.

Weekend plans: No show this weekend. Saturday is the
National Post Office Food Drive. We volunteer weekly at
our local food bank so we will be collecting food most of the

Sunday is Mothers Day. I am giving a shameless plug!
Remember an Andy Smith painting or print or even a gift
certificate would make a wonderful gift for your mother or
wife. I can always find time for a sale! Call or email and
I will help you find something special. I warned you it
was a shameless plug!
Happy Mothers Day!

Bass Harbor

4" x 6" original watercolor

My focus today was vastness. Tall looming trees,
massive rocks and ocean as far as you can see.
All creating a great view.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


4" x 6" original watercolor

I hope this painting
speaks for itself.
I am to tired tonight
to write something
creative!! Hope you
all understand!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


4" x 6" original watercolor

This painting will inspire
you to join me in a walk!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Shaker Collection

4" x 6" original watercolor

The title pretty much
says it all. A collection
of Shaker items with
the window offering
the back lighting.

Monday, May 7, 2007


6" x 4" original watercolor

Your eye travels right to the reflections on the
bench. The brickwork, the fence and the wood
siding should give a clue about where its from...

Williamsburg, VA! Another of my favorite places to explore.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Friday update...on Wednesday!

I am leaving for a show in Farmington, CT in the
morning so this is my last blog for the week. If
you win one of the paintings be patient, we will
settle up on Monday!

Painting: Trying to paint, coach, pack the van, be a Dad
(Jason, the boy we mentor, had open house at school)
and be a son (my Mom had issues this week) all made
for a hectic few days. The show will almost feel like a

More good family news, Ben landed a job with a non-profit
"Rebuilding Together, Inc" as Administrative Assistant
at their National Headquarters.
They are moving on Friday to their studio apartment in
Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington. Both starting
work next week. We are super excited for them and it will
give us a great excuse to explore DC.

Show info: This weekend, May 4-5-6 I can be found at the
WNPR/CPTV Arts Festival held at the Farmington Polo
Grounds off Rt. 4 on Town Farm Rd. in Farmington, CT.
10 to 5 daily For more info:

I will be back with a fresh set of work on Monday!

Palm Tree Wallpaper

4" x 6" original watercolor

It was the palm
tree wallpaper that
challenged me today.
The room was darkened
with objects on the
dresser, and a hint
of a window.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Pottery on Chest #2

4" x 6" original watercolor

Yesterdays Pottery on Chest had clean lines.
Today I added a painterly touch. Using similar
objects but changing color I created a painting
which is much softer.