Friday, December 24, 2010
for your support for another year. I wish you
all a wonderful holiday and a New Year filled
Abbey and Ben are home and we did our family
dinner and gifts last night. They will be house sitting
a bit while Linda and I head off to California for a
few days with friends. We will be sightseeing, keeping
my eye out for new exciting material and then cap off
the week with the Rose Bowl Parade.
Leave an email if you are planning to take classes.
They start the day after I return. More info on my
My blog will start its 5th year! So join me again in 2011!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Studio Price $225.00
sidewalk looking up at the entryway. I am working
hard on my wreaths!
Call before 7PM if you are interested.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
$250. Contact the Studio
An ordinary brick entrance in Georgetown, DC.
I like the bright color harmony of the door
and the red bow hanging off the lamp.
My final commission was picked up today and
he loved it. Pressure is off! I am still taking boxes
to UPS so keep the orders coming! I also have
gift certificates available, give me a call so I can
help with your last minute gift buying. A painting
Monday, December 13, 2010
$275.00 Studio price ~ SOLD
To all my bow lovers... check out this luscious bow!
This is from my stroll around Georgetown. Needs
a bit of paint but I liked the contrasts of the new green
wreath against the weathered white.
Busy weekend. Friday I worked on my commission
all day. Then I took Linda out dancing. Saturday we
were car shopping. I need to replace my Saab and
found a nice one. Sunday I did very little! Yes, I
will admit that. Linda was helping her Mom so I just
chilled. Today was back to my commission which is
now finished and I am framing it next.
Remember if you were planning to place an order you
really should get it in shortly so Linda does not have
to rush! The $10 off coupon is only good until 12/21.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Studio Price $250.00 ~ SOLD
This Georgetown lamp with yellow brick for a
backdrop and red berries around...
screams holiday! Notice the flickering flame.
There is still time to place an order, call the studio.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Studio price: $225.00 ~ SOLD
Dinner for four... My painting is actually brighter
than the photo, you will not be dissapointed.
Great red and silver in the tree.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
2010 Holiday Series #1 ~ 4"x 6" original watercolor
$225.00 Contact the studio
An interesting architectural design I found in
Georgetown, DC. I was on a hunt for holiday
wreaths with bows! I think it is the shadows
against the wall that offer interest.
I have two paintings to put on tonight since I
missed a few days...
Contcat the Studio $200.00
Two buildings, interesting angles, night sky, full moon,
a little snow on the roofs and a holiday wreath...
perfect to me!
We spent Monday in cold and windy DC. Abbey walked
around with us. Ben was studying, his law finals are
starting shortly. There were not as many decorations
as past years but I found enough to start me off!
I posted my new 2011 classes on my website.
Sign up started today!
Friday, December 3, 2010
at "Christkindlmarkt" in Hershey, PA
Sat 12/4 and Sun 12/5 from 10am-5pm
Held at "The Hershey Story Museum"
63 W Chocolate Ave. Hershey, PA
I will be in Hershey and Linda will be at the
studio to help with Holiday shopping.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I am busy working on my two commissions,
going back and forth between the two. One is now
ready for paint and one is almost finished.
I am hanging out in the kitchen area because the studio is being used to box orders and
Linda was at the kitchen table with show applications
spread out from one end to the other. Hard to believe
we have to squeeze that in before the end of the year.
But many shows have due dates in December so she
needs to look over the 2011 schedule. Linda starts to
get restless this time of year so I need to be listening and
be careful how I respond to questions like... how about
Atlanta; haven't been there in a while, can we go to
Kentucky twice in a season, how far is Belleville, IL,
we could stop and see Esther in IN on the way...
can we do two weekend shows in Ohio and
stay with Bruce and Kathy (our good Ohio friends)...
You get the idea!
Keep calling with your orders, I am told we are on
schedule with shipping.
Monday, November 29, 2010
several calendars available at $19.95
I have a painting included in:
Landscape ~ December (Haybales in Winter)
Sunsets ~ February (Dusk on the Farm)
Western ~ December (Haybales in Winter)
Food Lovers ~ April (Made by Hand)
I am concentrating on a commission I have
due for Christmas... Linda is concentrating
on filling orders. If you want a print shipped
for a gift now is the time to order it!
To order on line using PayPal go to my website.
You may also call the studio (717-627-3383) to give your
order directly to Linda and may use MasterCard,
Visa or send a check.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I ran a few errands today but otherwise
concentrated on painting. Abbey and Ben
(daughter and son-in-law) are
on their way home from DC so it will be nice
to see them. We are all spending Thanksgiving
dinner in the nursing home with my Mom, even
Linda's Mom is going along. Not a great meal
but Mom will be happy.
The other night I took Linda to see the movie
Secretariat. Thought it was very good, especially
having seen several of the race tracks and took a
few horse farm tours in Kentucky.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all! A special Thanks
to all who have supported me this year, I truly
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
a huge success. It will take a few more days
to get the house back to normal, if we even
have a normal around here! Linda is starting to
fill orders and I am starting 2 commissions
due for Christmas. After several days of not
painting I was ready to get the brush in my hands.
I managed to get a blog painted today...
Shaker Still Life #7
4.5"x 6" watercolor ~ SOLD!
$100.00 to the first offer phone or email.
Offer ends Friday 11/26 at 8pm.
Price goes to $250. after Friday!
available. Click here to see if any interest
you! We are framing and shipping orders
for the new prints now...
so get your order in.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
As soon as I get the blog finished Linda
and I are doing a final walk through...
and she always finds last moment things
that need done. Maybe since she is very
tired from 13 hours of cooking it will go
easier! I was able to sample the hor d' houvres
today and I can tell you each was freshly
made and delicious! The doors open promptly
tomorrow at 2:00. See you soon...
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Love the colors and the unusual door.
Another new painting featured at my Open House.
We ran to "Gallery 13" in Mechanicsburg today to
pick up my paintings that had been included in
an exhibit. Had the pleasure of meeting Mary Beth
who runs the PA Daily Painters blog. Then I took
Linda to lunch at Mount Hill Tavern. They have my
prints hanging in almost every room and the food
was excellent. Back home to Linda's list of things that
still need finished!
2 Days till Open House...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I have the new larger paintings now on my
website under Originals!
None of the new paintings will be sold until
2pm on Friday 11/19. I am trying to be fair
to everyone looking for the new originals.
The exception is the new Holiday Surprise.
That is available to anyone who calls.
3 days... there is Maximum Strength Maalox
setting on the table... and its not mine!
I am trying to stay out of the way, Linda has
her helpers washing windows, cleaning every
thing that does not move, even the rugs were
shampooed today. All paints are hung, the new
extra porch room looks good. I went to market
today for some food supplies. I washed off the
front porch...in the rain. Like I said, we just do
as we are asked!! When the doors open on
Friday we are more than ready for you.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
You have to come to Open House to see the
rest of it!
I finished a painting and then Linda called
me into back yard duty. She cut down all
the finished flowers and wanted muscle
to help pick it all up... 20 minutes turned into
2 hours! Tomorrow morning we set up for a
weekend show and I think Linda is planning on
going dancing tomorrow night. Anyone who
likes 50"s music to a DJ should check out
Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, PA.
We are still looking for someone to teach us
the Cha Cha and an easy jitterbug! So if
you danced in the 50's and still remember
your steps give us a call!
I am willing to trade prints for lessons!
This weekend I am showing at:
PA Guild Craft Fair
Held at Manheim Township H.S.
School Road, Lancaster, PA
Sat. 10-6 and Sun. 11-5
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Put a rug down and tomorrow panels
will go in. We have to work on heat
since it cools down pretty much in the
evenings, but it will work... at least short
term.We kept the grapevine and the string of gourd
lights on the inside. Linda and Abbey made the
gourds years ago and they are a favorite of mine.
Remember to use the front house door when you
come to Open House! Plan on Friday if you want
to see the best selection of originals.
I am still painting!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Open Edition Print 5.5" x 6.5" $15.00
Framed Print 8"x 10" $35.00
Available on my website or call or email to order.
This is another of my new prints for Open House.
I spent a good part of my day helping to get
the tarp hung on my side porch. I actually
think it is going to work. Carpet and display
panels go out tomorrow. I finally sat down to
paint at 2:00 so I guess it will be a late night.
Monday, November 8, 2010
This is one of my new prints featured at Open House
Open Edition Mini Print ~ 5" x 6" ~ $15.00
Framed Print ~ 8" x 10" $35.00
You can order it on my website or call/email
to place an order. They will also be available
at Open House.
I am still painting every moment of the day!
Linda started setting up the panels in the house
and she has the menu planned. You are lucky
I am not in charge of the hors devours...
You would be having pretzels and baloney
roll ups! She spends days looking for just the
right recipes and needs to have new ideas every
year. I am told we needed a bit more room
so we are trying something new. Linda found
a large tarp with windows that we are using to
enclose our side porch. Not sure if it will work
but we will know tomorrow. I am thinking this
little project is going to include my help...
Friday, November 5, 2010
Prints are now available:
Print 17"x 15" $50.
Framed Print 22"x 20" $115.
You can order this on my website under "New Prints"
Or call the studio 717-627-3383
My prints are 4-color Lithographs in an
edition of 450. Each hand signed (by me!) and
Thursday, November 4, 2010
this past weekend. Friday night we went
dancing and then on Sunday morning we
went to Linda's favorite gardens.
Chanticleer Linda always goes with her
girlfriends so this was my first time.
We had a beautiful day.
The girls have been matting and framing like mad
and I think they are a bit ahead of schedule.
The invites are in the mail; arriving in your mailbox
any moment. Look for this flyer.
If you are not
Go to my
for more info.
I have a show this weekend:
ART at the ATRIUM
Held at Brandywine Towne Center Atrium
Rt 202 and Naaman Rd, Wilmington, DE
Fri. 4-9 * Sat. 9-9 * Sun. 11-5
This is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
and 30% of my sales are donated.
(I will NOT have my new prints, you need to
come to Open House or place an order)
Monday, November 1, 2010
to wait to
We have 18 days till Open House.
The invitations are ready to go into the
mail on Wednesday. We do not want to
get them mixed in with political mail that
is bombarding the mail box. If you can't
wait that long, it is on the homepage of
my website, upper right corner.
Linda said 3 more long days of framing
to be done. You can go to the right of this
blog and click on November of past years
for more stories about getting ready for
Open House. We have it down to a formula
and handle it the same way each year.
My only job is to paint and my brush is
Friday, October 29, 2010
info is now
What a Friday! I drove to Clifton,
NJ to pick up my frame order. That
was a 6 hour round trip. Meanwhile
the studio help was busy framing.
The new prints were delivered and
they look great. Other help is coming
tomorrow to help Linda get over 6,000
invitations labeled and stamped.
Save this date: November 19-21
If you want to see the best collection of
new Original Watercolors plan on being
here on Friday.
Lititz is a great town; shopping, restaurants,
B&B's... consider an overnight mini vacation!
We are taking the night off! Going out
dancing at Sunnybrook tonight. We are
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I just keep working into the painting.
Slowly going darker, building the texture.
The color palette is not changing, I am
simply adding more color with a drybrush
technique - meaning less water, more paint
and smaller brush strokes. Notice I have
saved the chair for last.
A bit darker outline to define the
door and moulding. To make the chair
stand out, I darken the floor behind it.
Add the shadows against the door.
Now the chair... I used a light wash of
Cad. Orange and Yellow Ochre to the seat
to give it a warm glow. Finishing the chair
with Paynes Grey, blue and a touch of Sepia.
Finally, the warm spot on the floor.
I continued the floor lines through the spot.
Then surrounded the spot with a warm wash of
Cad. Orange diluted to the thinnest wash I could
While I am busy with my painting, Linda and
her helpers are busy in the studio. Stacy is
cutting mats while Lori is framing. There are
supplies in every room of the studio and house.
Its a little scary if I did not know that Linda will
have it all organized in another week!
Invites were delivered today so they will
be labeled and stamped this weekend. I make
my annual 6 hour round trip to NJ to pick up
the frames tomorrow.
Monday, October 25, 2010
home to the paint on the front porch
finished and the side porch almost done.
Linda and her helpers had also been working
in the studio cutting mats. There is a 30'
tarp with windows setting in the studio which
I am told will go on the side porch to give us
an extra room for Open House... Interesting...
I find it best to just stick to my paintings!
Back to the Demonstration...
I used Paynes Grey to outline the door
panels. Next I intensified the floor with
a mixture of Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber.
Saving that spot on the floor. I also sketched
in the shadow across the chair that I want to save.
I do not use misket or maskoid. No reason except
that I learned to paint around my saved areas.
walls and the chair. Using Cad. Yellow
mixed with Cad. Orange again, this is a
thin wash, and dried.
Step 7: After drying hard I am ready
to go into it even more. Intensifying
everything. On the woodwork I used Paynes
Grey and Thylo Blue and a drop of India
Ink. I then thinned out the same mixture
for the walls, using varied brush strokes to
create texture. On the floor I am starting
to separate the dark and light areas.
of the chair. It helps with shine on the floor.
painting at a time. My last set of classes are this
week so that will give me more time to paint.
Make sure you check my Student Blog
to see their work.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
It has been a while since I wrote a blog.
I am painting, just not small daily paintings.
I decided to show you a demonstration.
Feel free to ask questions.
First, I need to let you know I am showing
Crafts in the Meadow
Fall Invitational Craft Show at Tyler State Park
Bucks County. Use the entrance on
Newtown-Richboro Rd (Rt 322) in Richboro, PA
Fri. & Sat 10-6 and Sun 10-5
There is a discount card at their website.
Now, my demo...
Step 1: I always do a little sketch in my sketch book.
Always! This helps me plot out the perspective, the
light and dark areas, work out any problems.
This is for my enjoyment only.
I want to work in. This is going in a 14"x18" frame.
Next I draw it - by hand. I do not use any
computer generated drawing. I love to draw.
I think it makes a more intimate painting.
I need a drawing to know where I am going
with my paint.
Step 3: I start with my first washes.
I used Paynes Grey with a touch of
Pthalo Blue on the moulding and door.
Step 4: The floor
I used Yellow Ochre, Cad. Yellow
and a touch of Perm. Rose in a thin wash
over the whole floor. Saving the sun spot.
Dried it. Next, I went back over with a bit
darker color to make the wood grain
and texture. Drying often.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I have been painting daily but I am working
on larger paintings for open house. I decided
to stop and paint a blog today. I started
a larger more expanded view of this image and
wanted to explore a close up study. I rarely
paint books but this was an interesting composition.
Painting, painting, painting. Open House is
November 19-21 so save the date!
Linda is right on schedule, invitations are
designed and at the printer. The new prints
were selected and are at the other printer.
Frames and supplies are ordered. I saw she
was running the mailing labels today, all
6000 of them!
scrapbook making, Linda's Mom is having
a huge yard sale on Saturday morning, here
at the house (4 N Spruce St. Lititz)
Lots of supplies. I am getting out of town!
You can find me at:
Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair
Held at Montgomery Community College
Rte 202 in Blue Bell, PA
Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 11-5
Monday, October 11, 2010
Came home last Monday night from Rhinebeck, NY
with a wet camper that needed attention. Tues. and Wed.
was spent in the drizzle trying to get the yard cleaned up
Thurs. we made three soups for our guest exhibitors,
Linda went to a 3-hour High Tea with her Mom and
niece, Tiffany. The exhibitors came to set up.
Friday was Porchwalk and I left for a show in Waynesboro,
VA. Sat, was Porchwalk and pack up for Linda and
her exhibitors. Porchwalk went pretty well for everyone.
Sunday I got home at 11pm. Today I had a commission
due and they came to check it...perfect! Its time to get Open
House together, we took the new paintings to the printer.
I am printing the Lemons and two small holiday paintings.
I painted all afternoon while Linda helped her Mom price
yard sale items. We capped off our evening with dinner
with friends and just got home.
Just to busy...
Thursday, September 30, 2010
the heavy rain we decided to wait until early
tomorrow morning. On our way to...
Crafts at Rhinebeck
Held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds
Rt. 9 in Rhinebeck, NY
Sat. 10-6 and Sun. 10-5
$7 admission but there is a coupon on their
Please tell all your friends in the Rhinebeck area
to stop out.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
house with the field and another building off
in the distance. I put a satin polymer over this
painting which gives it an oil painting finish.
Just something different.
My first 4-week class is finished and I will
be starting another one next week. I have room
in the Wed. morning and Wed. evening class
if you want to give it a try.
Also my Student Blog features this classes
paintings. Great classes, I enjoy them all.
In between, painting, painting and more painting.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I do not know what it is about this farm but
I simply enjoy painting it... from every angle!
I started working on my Open House paintings.
This means I may not get as many blogs done
but I am painting daily. I finished a fabulous
amber bottle... but since I want to surprise you
at Open House, I am only showing you a small
corner of the painting...
Thursday, September 23, 2010
9/1. I was interested in the subtle colors.
This time I added the window, giving a more
There is a lot of commotion around here with
Linda working on the porches. She has her
brother doing repairs, Stacy working on sanding
Like little worker bees in fall!!
My job is to clean brushes and stick to my paint
table, I just try to stay out of the way so I am not
called into duty!
My show this weekend is in New Castle, DE.
Tell all your Delaware friends to come see me.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
I am so glad beds have improved since the
1800's. This is a view of a Shaker bed.
I was concentrating on depth in a small space,
but enjoyed the wrinkles in the coverlet.
The good news: I worked on my lemons all weekend.
The bad news: I was concentrating so much I forgot
to take photos as I was going along... I am very sorry.
But they turned out perfect. I think it will be my new
print for open house.
Ok, to catch you up...
1) I darkened the background. There are 5 washes getting
gradually darker and drying in between.
2) Next came the table, leaving the shadow under the bowl
white paper, saving it for later. I used Burnt Umber,
Cad. Red and Perm. Rose, about 3 washes. I darkened the
area for the grain.
3) I moved up to the bowl. The left side is the white of the
paper with a big of Yellow Ochre. The right which has the
shadow is a mixture of Payne's Grey and Pthalo Blue. Then
I added a touch of Perm. Rose to blend the two sides.
4) The shadow on the table mirrors the colors in the bowl.
5) Finally, I went back into the lemons, darkening the right
side which is more in shadow.
This painting glows and I would not change a thing.
I am open to questions for artist... and comments from
clients. Votes for printing or not! Enjoy
Thursday, September 16, 2010
This is the first of the waterlilies from my trip to
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in DC. This
variety stood tall out of the water and I liked the
color. Not a color usually in my palette so it was
fun to work on. The pads were unusually large and
the next bud was tall and fat. The layout is my usual
"off center view", allowing you to finish it with your own
eye. I just can't do the center of the paper thing...
I took my van to get shocks and sat in the waiting
room, painting by blog while waiting.
Its good I am portable, sure saved my day.
Back to my lemons... don't worry, this is just
the underpainting, I did not ruin it. Trust me!!
Step 4: I added the general definition all the way to the
top lemon. I will go back into them a bit more later.
Step 5: The Background... I plan to make the background
very dark so the lemons really pop out. To get the textured
background I am looking for I start with a mixture of:
Cad. Yellow, Burnt Umber and Perm. Rose.
I worked it over with cross-hatched strokes.
I stopped here to photograph it but will finish filling it in.
I saved the top of the table and the bowl for later.
I am taking my time on this piece. Linda is considering
printing it so I am being more diligent. I have a good
day into the drawing ~ remember I stress a good drawing.
Two days into the lemons and a day into the beginning
background.... watercolor takes a bit of patience.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This was a demonstration study in trees
for my Wednesday class.
We spent the afternoon with my Mom having
a picnic and Bingo and Human Checkers!
Conestoga View did a nice job trying to make
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This was a hot day in Kentucky at the Shaker
Village. The sun cast deep shadows across the
stone house. After so many interiors I went
with a landscape.
I had two classes today with my own painting
squeezed in! I really enjoy teaching and hope
my students are enjoying themselves.
I will be updating the student blog shortly.
My camera skills are off today, the background is
still very white paper, not sure what happened.
I continued painting in the definition on more lemons,
working my way up.
Monday, September 13, 2010
to have work done on our porch which required
me to help clean it off. I also had to unpack and
layout all the wet tarps from Sundays wet show.
I had a new client visit at noon and it was my
pleasure to sell them a few paintings. Another
new client came at 5 to order a commission.
So it was a financially productive day, just not
painting productive. Oh, I forgot to tell you that
I won "favorite artist" award at Chadds Ford.
People walking around had to vote and I won
the most votes and $200!
Since I do not have a blog today I thought I would
share the painting I have been working on.
You can click on the photo to make it larger.
Step 1: my drawing... you can see the pencil lines
I consider this the most important part of my paintings.
Step 2: I started with thin washes of Cadmium Yellow
on all the lemons, painting around the areas I am
saving for highlights.
Step 3: I am now ready to go back into my lemons
with more depth and detail. Using a mixture of Cadmium
Orange and Permanent Rose I gradually painted in the
darker areas of the lemons, blending back into the yellow.
I stopped here. I will be doing this over all the lemons.
More to follow!