Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 Still Life #13

4"x 6" Original watercolor

The great advantage of painting these little
gems is that I get to practice and study.
I am attracted to light and shadow and this
floor with the bottom of a cabinet was interesting.
A bit obscure but interesting.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 Still Life #12

4"x 6" Original Watercolor

This is from the KY Shaker Village,
the room used to worship.  I like the
light across the backs of the pews.

Heart of Lancaster Show has been mentioning
me often in their ads... click here!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Still Life #11

4"x 6" Original Watercolor

Always good practice.

We had a great visit with Abbey and Ben
this past weekend.  Yesterday Linda and
I had the tandem out for spin.  Other than
that I am just painting.  Linda is framing for
this weekend's show.
Heart of Lancaster ~ August 30-31
Held at Roots Market, 705 Greystone Rd
Manheim, PA ~ 10am to 4pm
Booth #136

Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Still Life #10

4"x 6" Original Watercolor

This is part of a larger painting I am interested
in doing.  I wanted to get a feel for it.  It has
warmth and a bit of color.  Turned out well.

Linda just started her fall panic mode...I have been
informed we only have 5 weeks till we go to the printer
with whatever new print we are doing this year.  I guess
part of the panic is she does not have something in mind.
I start teaching in September so class notices need to
be sent and with several classes a week the flow of our
days change.  I am sending her out into the garden as much
as I can!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 Still Life #9

4"x 6" Original Watercolor

More still life...

I finished drying my wet tarps from Sunday morning's
rain.  Packed up my extra tent, won't need two any more
this year.  Cleaned off the porch, a friend gave us a pile
of bubble wrap that needed bagged.  Mowed the lawn.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday check in

There was no time to paint today.  We had to set up our
booth at Mount Gretna.   I thought I would share what
goes into that exciting display you walk into at a show.
By the time you arrive everything is in place looking fun,
as it should.

Remember I took about two hours yesterday to pack the
van.  We left the house at 9:15am.  I had to dolly all my
stuff across bumpy grass.  I start by laying down my rug,
nailing it into the ground so no one trips, and to give a
nice "this work is special" feel!

At this show I have a double booth, so that's two of
everything. Next is my tent.  This is a lot like camping,
lots of  poles to put together.  I happen to have two
different tent styles, which is a lot to remember!
Add the top, tarp the sides, sun shades on three sides
and a rain gully in the center, (just in case it rains)
Two sets of banners so you know who I am and what
I sell as you walk past!  And so you know its watercolor
not photography which I get all the time, and I take as a
compliment.  There are 18 wire show panels all cleverly
arranged for optimal hanging space and so you can walk
around inside.

I added covers over the show panels to display my
fabulous paintings to their best.  Bungee and zip-tie
and nail everything together so it is safe in wind...  

You are looking at about 5-6 hours of work by both
Linda and myself. Made harder because I had to carry
everything so far. Linda will hang the paintings early
tomorrow morning.  The dampness is not good for
watercolors.  We zipped up and went to the
Jigger Shop for a treat!  Its early to bed tonight, I need
to be chipper for the next two days!  See you at the show.
Mount Gretna Art Show
Mount Gretna, PA Rt 117
Sat. 9am-6pm and Sun. 9am-5pm
$10 admission
By space is on the path #228 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

2014 Still Life #8

4"x 6" Original Watercolor

Another still life from the Shaker Village.
Simple clean lines.

I started my day by packing the van.  Linda must
be expecting a super good Mount Gretna because
we are loaded!  We always have a double booth;
one tent has prints and one tent has original paintings.
Set up is tomorrow at Mount Gretna.  Fingers
crossed for good weekend weather.
Someone from Hospice stopped in for a  donation
and clients stopped to pick up a painting.
So it was afternoon by the time I started painting.
Worked from about 3pm till just now.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 Still Life #7

4"x 6" Original Watercolor

Glass is always intriguing to me.

Started my morning with Men's Prayer breakfast.
Painted most of the day.  Ran to the grocery store
for a few things.  Dinner with the family and now
I am getting this blog on early so I can go out
for a bike ride!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2014 Still Life #6

6"x 4" Original Watercolor

A bit of pottery from the Shaker Village.
I told you I found lots of new inspiration.

Getting ready for Mount Gretna this weekend.

Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Still Life #5

5"x 5" Original Watercolor

Shaker...  got to paint it!  After visiting and getting all
new inspiration it simply calls me.

My usual busy Monday; bike ride, unpack the
van, paint.  Linda was at her desk all day.
Going for ice cream after the blog is finished!

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 Landscape #9

4"x 6" Original Watercolor

I went with a Kentucky landscape for my final
weeks painting.  I love the dry-stacked walls that
you see everywhere.

Took longer to pack today than it will to drive to my
space in the BIG Lititz Rotary Craft Show!
Sat. Aug 9 ~ from 8am-4pm ~  FREE!
Booth Change: Linda did not read the application correctly!
My booth is F8
Near the Square... on Broad Street (Rt501)
in front of Young Mens Business League.
Stop and see me!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

2014 Sunflower

5"x 5" Original Watercolor

Rows of different sunflowers were growing
at the Shaker Village.  I singled out this one
because I liked the way it was reaching for the
sky. Enjoyed the colors in this little painting.

Linda was on a cleaning kick today.  We went
through a few shelves of old paint cans and
cleaned up a few other shelves.  Then she finally
read the show info for Saturdays big craft show in
Lititz and realized our space was moved.  I am
now near the square, on Broad St.  In front of the
Young Business Mens building.  Space #F8.
The BIG Lititz Rotary Craft Show
Sat. Aug 9 ~ from 8am-4pm ~  FREE!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

2014 Chicken

4"x 6" Original Watercolor

A chicken from the Shaker Village.

Somehow this took most of my day.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2014 Kentucky River

6"x 4" Original Watercolor

This was my view everyday while driving from our B&B in
Wilmore to The Shaker Village. Route 68/33 snakes around
and crosses over the Kentucky River.  This was my view from
the bridge.

We had a nice time in Kentucky, worth the 9 hour drive!
A fellow artist decided to try the show so we spent some
time getting to know them.  Lynn & Jim Taylor...
Kingston Pottery.  Today I painted, mowed, picked up a
frame order and shipped some orders.