Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Invites in your mailbox...

Watch your mail for your invitation!

Please note: Open House is Nov. 16-18.
I am simply opening the studio to the public over
Thanksgiving weekend!

Also I am officially taking orders for my
new print "Harvest Finished"

Print: $50.
Framed (17x21")  $100.

This painting wordlessly sums up the season.
An empty bucket and bare trees clearly tells us
that autumn is passing and winter is close behind.
There is a peaceful feeling, quiet and soothing,
the world entering a phase of rest.
This is a classic Andy Smith

You can order on the website or
call the studio ~ 717-627-3383

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

16 Days till Open House

untitled watercolor
framed 22x12
Available at open house!

My heart goes out to all my NJ and NY clients who
may have had losses in the storm.   I know your Smith
paintings and prints may be the last thing on your mind
but if you need replacements or values for insurance
let me know.

Open House Update
My mailers are at the post office...  hopefully they arrive
in your mailbox dry!  Linda has been glued to her desk
making 250 corrections to the mailing
addresses that
were returned from the mailing house.  Who knew so
many people move in a year!
Today I picked up the new
print and 
now they all need numbered and signed. 
I do a stack of 50 at a time so my had does not get tooo

Tomorrow is scheduled for matting and framing.  I was
asked to vacate the studio!   I will be painting 
for one more
week and then it will be time to clean and set up.  I saw
Linda's folder with hors d'oeuvres so I think she is quietly
thinking what to serve you.

I had a question...AnonymousAnonymous said...
First of all I would like to say awesome blog! I had a
quick question which I'd like to ask if you don't mind.
I was interested to know how you center yourself and
clear your head before writing. I have had trouble
clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.
I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first
10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure
out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!
My blog is simply an extension of my day.  It is just like
I am talking to someone in front of me, giving a quick
rundown of my day.  I don't think to hard about it,
I simply share. There is a general plan.  A photo of my
newest painting.  Info about this new painting.
Then my day, who is doing what in the studio.  My next show.
Any info I think I need to share.
Linda and I talk all day so by the time it comes to the blog we
already know what to say,  she types faster so she often
types it for me.  I rarely have a day with nothing to say!!
So relax and just chat!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Framed 24x18
Available on Friday 11/16!

A second in my early morning series.
This weekend I will be at the Carlisle
Expo Center at 100 K Street, Carlisle, PA
Exhibiting with
the Yellow Breeches
Chapter of the Guild
Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 5
$5 admission 
there is a $2 off coupon on their website

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

23 Days till Open House

Framed 24x18
Available on Friday 11/16!

This is a view from my early morning
bike ride.   The sun is just coming up.
Open House Update:
We took the 6000+ invitations to the mailing
house this morning.  After 28 years of Linda and
friends and family stuffing, closing, labeling and
stamping it seems a bit off to take them to be done.
A big step for Linda to let someone else handle it.
They should be at the post office by Monday. So keep
an eye out for yours!
Otherwise  Linda is framing and I am painting.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin #2

Pumpkin #2
5"x 5" original watercolor painting

I was able to squeeze in a blog for the first
time in ages.  Feeling the season!

This is the last week for my classes. I need
to really concentrate on painting in November.
December I work on commissions. So
classes will start again in January.  Keep in
mind you can do a gift certificate for classes
as part of your holiday shopping!

Monday, October 22, 2012

25 days till Open House

Framed 14x18

Good strong color, waiting for Open House...

Open House Update:
And the count down begins! 
25 days till Open House.
Linda tells me we are on schedule, my part is
to paint, paint, paint.  Although today I proofed the
new print.  It looks fantastic.  Great color match.
FYI: I use Pemcor for my printing.  4-color lithographs.
They do a great job. Only 200 ordered this year.
I also picked up the invitations from Miller Printing
here in Lititz.  There are over 6000 mailers sitting in
the studio!  If you are not sure you are on my mailing list
send me an email.
Linda decided to go with a mailing company for the first
time this year. That meant she does not have to print
all the addresses and have a party labeling and stamping.
The first frame order arrived and there are piles of mats being

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday check in

framed 14x18

Painting, teaching and packing.
Setting up tomorrow in Blue Bell.
Yup, I am still showing, I need to make some
cash to cover the open house bills that are
rolling in!!

Had a question yesterday about my white
areas.  The traditional way to paint watercolor
is to use the white in the paper and no white
paint.  That is what I do.  So look closely, the
white is all the paper!

PA Guild Fine Craft Fair
Saturday 10/20 from 10 to 6
Sunday    10/21 from 10 to 5
Held at Montgomery County Community College
340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA  ~  $7 admission
I am outside under my own tent

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Four weeks till Open House

New painting... framed 23x20"
Ever since my France trip I have a thing
for lavender!   I found this while walking
the streets of Alexandria, Va.
Titles welcome...

Painting, teaching and painting some more.
Linda has the mailer underway, I have checked
color on the new prints.  I think things are on
Save the date:  November 16-18 
29th Annual Open House.

This weekend I am in Blue Bell, PA
for a show with the guild, which means great

Friday, October 12, 2012


Today and Saturday we are hosting four craftsman at
my studio.  We are part of a group called "Artisians'
Porchwalk.  There are 6 porches/yards open around
Lititz and my studio/yard is stop #6.
This is FREE and tomorrow we are open from 10-6. 
Start at my studio, I have brochures to guide you to
the other houses.

At my house you can see:
papercutting by Jodi Miller

Felted Wool Purses by Lydia Dierwechter

Scarecrows also by Lydia

Photography in antique frames by Ray Becker

Pottery by Mary Anderson and Leslie Howland

And my studio is open and I am demonstrating!
See you tomorrow!
For more info click HERE!

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Untitled ~ framed 14x18
I needed a little change from the past
few I painted. I was most interested in
the shadows.

I plan to head to Alexandria, VA tomorrow,
check out my space location and spend time
walking the streets looking for fall subjects.
Then spending the night with Ben and Abbey
in DC, which makes the Saturday morning
commute back to Alexandria a little easier.

The Show:
Art on the Avenue
Saturday, Nov. 6
Mount Vernon Avenue, Del Ray, Alexandria
My space is #E152 near Stewart Ave.
10am to 6pm
this is a new show for me so I have no idea
of the quality.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Another one finished...
framed 21x17 ~ untitled
A view under a cabinet.
I am painting about 14 hours each day.  Focused!!

Decision made... we are going with Harvest Finished

It was a hard decision, we had to think about the
costs to print, costs to frame, what blends with
the prints we already have so clients can add to
their collection and the selling price.
And while we loved the new one this one
seems a better choice.

Monday, October 1, 2012

new painting

Another painting for open house.
I had been working on this since Thursday.
It takes time to weave the basket!
It will be framed in 24x18 and it needs
a title!

If you live in the DC area I am exhibiting
in Del Ray, Alexandria VA on Saturday.
More info to come.