This is another figure study from Liberia. It is amazing that anyone has that much balance. This girl was carrying a load of bananas...barefoot! It is a great study of the natural flow and movement of clothing.
This painting is all about color and angles. It is a simple view from a corner of an old barn. Lush green grass, vibrant blue sky, New England barn red on the siding. The color is bolder than I usually work with yet the style is still mine. The location is Simon Rock College in MA.
My second Friday actually spent at home. The blog is late because I had to run all the way down the block to the park to set up for tomorrows art show. I had to wait till some storms passed through. Hopefully the weather will hold for the show. But it is so nice to be home.
Family: There are some birthdays this week. Ben, my favorite (almost) son in law turned 24 today! My only brother Carl celebrates on Sunday. Lets just say he's a bit younger than me but I'm better looking! And our good friend Kathy also is celebrating.
Painting: One of the great things about my blog is the chance to experiment. It allows me to ponder, to study a subject, and to work out painting problems. I get to present it to you and get feedback without the time invested in a major piece. This week I was able to study a flower, a portrait, a dog and some limes. I also finished a 14x18 still life. All in all...a good week.
Show: Saturday is a great local home show. The Lititz Art Show Held in the Lititz Springs Park Rt 501 Lititz, PA ~ 9am to 5pm ~ rain or shine!! I am in the back of the park near the pavilions ~ B153 Free admission! I have all my prints and a great selection of originals. Stop out and see me.
I think my first love is portrait or figure work. I have always had a passion for them. They are harder to sell than my other subjects so I paint them mostly to satisfy myself. This blog will give me a great excuse to experiment with a few more.
My good friend Ray is a missionary to Liberia, he has shared many stories with me. He loves these people and I am honored and blessed to have his photos to use as my subjects. Their faces tell their own special story.
This is a little different for me. It is from my farm series. When we arrived at the farm the door to the house was open and this bulldog was laying in the doorway. Ever the energetic watch dog he kept his eye on us; but did not move from his comfortable spot.
There was not a new blog painting yesterday, our computer had problems and needed a tec guy. I used it as an excuse not to paint! But its back to the desk and brushes today.
I don't think of my self as a "flower painter". But Linda is always after me to walk through the garden and see if I become inspired. I often get hung up on the masses of color and green instead of looking at each individual bloom.
This plant intrigues me. It blooms at night and its poisonous. Linda has to watch it doesn't take over the garden. It's other name is Datura. I learned all this on our little morning stroll! We had a little rain this morning and I saw it was still open. I looked closer and there were little drops of rain captured inside. I decided to give the single blossom a try, but I had to add the droplets of water.
Wow, I am actually writing a Friday update on Friday night. That has not happened in a long while! Yes, we took a weekend off. We are both a bit weary. This last trip to KY was long. 10 hours of straight, no fooling around driving, just in case any of you are thinking about going to KY. We were south of Lexington and we have been in the area several times in the past so we did not take any extra time. A three day, long, hot show and another 10 hr. drive home. I can tell you are feeling envious!! I sold ok, certainly not like past years and the gas prices really hurt the bottom line. Lexington is a great sightseeing spot. I highly recommend a trip there. Let me know if you need any info.
Family: Linda had a birthday while we were traveling. I don't think it is wise to tell you her age! Her big gift from Abbey & I was a "Harry Lauder's Walking Stick" Its a tree for her garden. She has wanted one for a long time. It is looking a little droopy, I think we are going to the greenhouse on Saturday for better instructions. Linda is a bit distraught (not just because of her birthday...) but the Japanese beetles have swarmed the garden and are leaving nothing behind.
Painting: I hope you all went to my website and looked at my large Nesting Goose painting (Under originals). I have her in the kitchen so I can enjoy her for a while. I am really happy with the way she turned out.
For the purpose of education, I thought I would give you a bit of info on how I work. I tend to focus on whatever new places I have visited. And lately I have been to two Shaker Villages so I seem to be on a Shaker kick. I decide on a subject. I like variety. Going from landscape to still life and whatever moves me. Once I decide on the subject I sketch it. Working out any problem areas in my sketchbook. I have a pretty good idea how I want it to turn out by this point. We'll continue the painting lesson next week. To any aspiring artist, go get a sketch book. You should draw all the time, I do!
This weekend: I am home! I plan to keep painting this weekend, hoping my blog sales make up for a show, so go place a bid after you read this! If anyone wants to stop in at the studio give me a call. FYI: The Lititz Art show is next Saturday. Plan on a day in Lititz!
Yes, I am off again. It is a killer pace! Bet you didn't know the life of an artist was so busy and exciting! I am leaving at 4am Thursday for a ten hour drive to Berea, KY. And I must set up my booth as soon as I get there. I am looking for a little sympathy!
The week was busy as usual. Unpacking, framing and restocking. Packing up the van again. Painting my blog. We did managed to have dinner tonight with some friends and had a wonderful time catching up. Now I must get to bed!
If you won a painting be patient until I return. It is back to business at home on Tuesday.
The Show: JULY 13 to15 BEREA CRAFT FESTIVAL Held at historic Indian Fort Theater right in the middle of the Berea College Forest. Berea, KY 10AM to 6PM Rain or Shine Great quality!
I am not really a flower painter. However there are wonderful flowers growing in our garden that are hard to ignore. I brought in this yellow lily, the stem was to short for a vase so I laid it on the blue plate. (from past "blue plate specials"!) The yellow against the blue was so striking. My painting style is a bit heavy for such delicate blooms but I just can't make myself paint light washes. So, I did my best!
Another inviting scene from The Moon in the Pond Farm. These ducks chose just the right time to march out of the pasture in front of me. If I had wanted them to line up it would have never happened! The original is much brighter than it photographed.
What I like most is the light coming inside. This watering can was sitting on a work table. I painted it in a way that your own eye needs to finish the spout. You know its there because you see part of it.
We were home only two days this week! I got very little painting done. However, our trip to NH was great. First time ever in NH. It was so nice connecting with old friends. Their house was beautiful and Don is a great cook, so we ate well! We spent a day at The Canterbury Shaker Museum and I have all new Shaker material to work from! First time to Canterbury. The show was a bust, very loving hands stuff, we covered expences but thats it. On the way home we discovered Woodstock VT. What a great town. I think Linda is ready to pack up and move!
The 4th was spent at home. We had friends come over to watch the fireworks from our back yard.
And now we are off again!! At least we only have a three hour drive today. If your close to DE, stop in to the show.
Show: JULY 7 ST. PETER'S 41st ANNUAL ART SHOW Held in Historic downtown Lewes, DE my space is #115 on Market Street 9AM to 4PM ~ Rain or Shine ~ Free Admission
My goal is to join the other accomplished artists in the "Painting A Day" arena. I am expecting this endeavor to sharpen my painting skills and to help me grow as a watercolorist. I already paint full time and exhibit at art shows but I am hoping this experience will allow me to explore subjects I would not normally choose to paint. I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me. Andy Smith
ABOUT THE PAINTINGS:
Each watercolor is painted on Arches 300lb Cold Press paper. I use transparent watercolors occasionally adding ink to the wash. I paint in a series of washes to build color, creating shadows and a strong use of light.
The PAINTING A DAY paintings started January 1, 2007.
Variations in monitor settings plus my camera skills may not exactly duplicate the actual colors in the painting. I do my best!
I plan to work in two sizes.
An image of 5"x5" with a 1/2" border or
an image of 4"x6" with a 1/2" border.
You will need to take your new painting to a frame shop to be framed. For shipping, each miniature original watercolor will be placed in a protective sleeve with a foamcore back.
The new paintings will be posted for sale via Ebay. Paintings that do not sell at auction are then placed on my show stand at a price commensurate to my other work.