Monday, August 31, 2015

Tuscany #4

4"x 6" Miniature Original
A Painting A Day...
$125. to the first person to email or call
after 9/3 the price goes to $275
(plus $8 to ship).     SOLD!!

Another Tuscan landscape...

I finished my commission, cannot post it
until the end of September, it is a gift.
I have a flower garden commission to start
for September.  No complaints, I am staying
busy!  I thought I would try to get a few
miniatures painted this week just for a change.
Meanwhile I have two bees nests to go deal with!

this weekend:
Heart of Lancaster Show
Located at Roots Country Market     
705 Graystone Road  Manheim, PA 10 AM to 4PM    rain or shine.My booth is #136

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Florence finished!!

Finished!  I am very happy with my new painting.
I rarely paint a city scene and had to really take my
time. That's a lot of buildings with a lot of windows!
it will be framed 24x18    I need a title...

Below is the progression from yesterday.
Spending all my time on getting the reflection
look real and still have it look like the Arno River
is flowing.

Now I am concentrating on my commission!  I
plan to have it finished by Friday but it may require
me pulling some late nights...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to my Florence painting...

I am back to my Florence painting...
 I added lots more detail in the buildings and am
working my way across the painting.  You can
see my under washes on the right and detail on the
left.  Also worked on the wall.  I am trying to fill
in the buildings.

 Finishing the detail across the painting.
Adding shadows.  Building depth and color.

Next I penciled in the reflection in the river.
Added more green and started the under painting
in the reflection.
Any questions??
More tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Heading to the Pocono's

Busy day today, I had my Men's Breakfast early,
took Linda to physical therapy by 8:15.
Went for a haircut.   Hooked up the camper.
The girls Linda went to Croatia with came for a
visit and we all went to Tomato Pie for lunch.
I worked all afternoon on my commission.  Off to
get some groceries for camping.  Back to my
commission.  I am not going to bed until my drawing
is finished...

My weekend show:
Pocono State Craft Show
August 22 and 23, 2015
10-6 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday
Held at The Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Stroudsburg, PA.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


I started my next Italy painting.  size 24x18"

1) the detailed drawing, drawn by hand!

2) The start of washes in the sky and water

3) Under color on the buildings

I will continue to work on this painting at the
Pocono show this weekend.  Meanwhile I am
working on my commission.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mt Gretna Art Show...

Filling the van for the Mt Gretna Art Show.

We have a double booth, which means double tents,
double tarps, rugs, double the panels, double the paintings
double the fun!  Set up is Friday.

The Show:
Mt. Gretna Art Show
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Chautauqua section of Mount Gretna between
Route 117 and Pennsylvania Avenue
My space is #227

Monday, August 10, 2015

August 3 Day Special…

August 3 Day Special…
I am trying to lower my inventory by offering my clients a special price.
The deal: I picked three prints (unframed only)  ½ off the regular price!
Orders only (not available at shows) 
Pick up or add $8 towards shipping
Available for 3 days, Monday 8/10 to Wednesday 8/12 ending at 9PM

“Potters Pride”   16x12”    $50 …. ½ off = only $25!


“Sunny Side”   9x12”   $45… ½ off = only $22.50

“A Quiet Place”  13x18”   $85…1/2 off = $42.50!

How to order… Send me an email and tell me what you want.
Include name and address and how you want to pay.
I can accept a check, charge cards or PayPal payment!

Think ahead to Christmas gifts!
Any questions, email me

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August, Artist Appreciation Month...

I'm celebrating Artist Appreciation Month with Patience
Brewster by sharing some of the artists who've inspired me!
I spent some time today thinking about artists that inspired m.
Because I am
self-taught I spent a lot of time studying artists.  I think my
early work; more so than my current paintings show my
love for Andrew Wyeth.  I was very young when I
discovered his works.  I grew up in Wyeth country and my
parents exposed me to his work.
His father, N C Wyeth, I think the best Wyeth for his dramatic
compositions and use of light.
Then as I explored more, Winslow Homer because of his use
of watercolor and his draftsmanship.  Henry O Tanner... the
first black realist I really got into.  I love his use of
composition and soft light to convey a mood.  A few years ago
I came across a book by Michael P Rocco and it really resonated
with me, a master watercolor teacher.  I still study his paintings.
There is a theme here in my choice of inspiring artists, their
ability to draw, their way of looking at a subject, and their use
of light, all what I am naturally drawn to.

During my early painting years I think the comradery of other
artists and craftsman I was doing shows with helped keep me
going.  Being able to talk about what was happening at shows
and where they were exhibiting, understanding we all go
through highs and lows and how to deal with them.  This group
of special people are my friends.  They are my contemporaries
and I do not feel in competition with them, we all are simply
trying to create and earn a living.

Recently I was blessed to be able to take a trip to Italy to see
someof the greatest old masters.   The genius of
Filippo Brunellschi,   Giotto, a master Fresco artist,
Michelangelo... seeing the  Sistine Chapel was a life long
dream and almost made me weep.  Inspiration every where I
looked.  I could hardly wait to get home and paint!
I am also inspired by my clients when they fall in love with one
of my paintings and give it a special home.  Without them
I could not continue painting.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday check in...

We had a very nice trip to one of my favorite places,
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky.  While at
the show I finished my first larger painting from Italy.

I sold it as I was working on it!  It turned out really nice.
I started drawing the next one, a view of Florence.

While I was away the Lititz record had a nice article
which included me. (click here to read it)

No "painting a day" right now because I have a commission
to work on.  It is a surprise so I cannot talk about it till later!