Wednesday, October 9, 2019

2019 Still Life #17

SOLD!   5x5” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 10/11 at 7pm price goes to $250.

This looks even better in person!  Working on my still life.


I finished my window that has taken about 6 full, long days to complete.  20x23" framed, untitled BUT it will be available at my Open House in November.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

2019 Pumpkin

6x4” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 10/10 at 7pm price goes to $250.

My first pumpkin of the season.  From a house in Waterford, VA

This weekend:
Bedford Fall Foliage Festival
Held downtown Historic Bedford, PA
October 12-13 from 9-5  FREE!
My space is #177 on Julianna St
near the corner of Penn St.






Monday, October 7, 2019

2019 Still Life #16

SOLD!   5x5” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 10/9 at 7pm price goes to $250.


Save the Date:
ANDY SMITH"S 36th ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
November 22-24

It is too soon to start my annual Open House count down and update however, there is lots being done.  Frames and framing supplies are being delivered every time I look up and in very large quantities. Linda is slowly framing the other prints so there will be a large selection for you!  We are doing 2 new prints this year and they are at the printer, I will post them a bit later.  FYI: there will be a VERY limited edition of only 50 of each print!  Tear sheets for the new prints are being designed and printed.  Our invitation is still in the design stage.  This is a wonderful time to spend a weekend in Lititz.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

2019 Still Life #15


5x5” original watercolor    $250.

Working on still life paintings, so I went with a basket.

This weekend I am exhibiting with a fantastic show:

Waterford Fair

Held in historic Waterford, VA
October 4-6 from 10-5
My space is on the hill, at the Old School!

Monday, September 30, 2019

2019 Still Life #14

6x4” original watercolor     $250.

Redware on a shelf...

It has been a while since I had the time to work on a small blog painting.  I have both my commissions finished and picked up, they are both gifts so I cannot post them till later!  I can now get back to my mini paintings and my larger ones.  I am looking ahead to Open House.  Save the date:  November 15-17.  Plan on a fun weekend in Lititz, there are lots of hotel and B&B options, several good restaurants and lots of great shopping plus my Open House.  

Monday, September 23, 2019

Monday check in

My weekend was spent working on Commission #2 and I have it almost completed.  My client came to see it today and was thrilled.  Meanwhile Linda is getting ready for Porchwalk and starting prep for Open House.  Today's purchases include mums, corn shocks and pumpkins.

















Class again on Tuesday.  My students are all doing well.  Check the student blog to see their work.

Friday, September 20, 2019

commissions

Commission #1 is finished, owner approved it and I am waiting to frame it.  Commission #2 is drawn and the drawing approved and I started laying in washes.  Both are gifts so I cannot share them for a while.  I just wanted you to know I am working! 

Preparations are starting for Porchwalk... my studio is stop #1 and I have some fantastic craftsman joining me.  I have plenty of flyers and can tell you how to get to the next stop.
See you next week!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

If this print is on your wish list, now is the time, don't wait, it is almost sold out! ONLY 12 LEFT!!!
Garden Club








Framed 22x11"  $85.
Unframed $45.
You can order on line   Email or call 717.627.3383

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Weekend...

We started the weekend early with a trip to Brandywine River Museum  on Thursday.  I spent several hours studying N C Wyeth paintings.  I found it so inspiring.  Friday we spent most of the day at the Hershey RV Show.  I’m not sure what we expected but it was very overwhelming.  Rows and rows of RV’s, most out of our meager price range!  It was packed with people and lots of sales going on.  We were there all day.  We may be more confused than when we started!  Next up was 3 days in New York State.  It was our road trip weekend with our friends the Hildebrands. The trip started with walking several hours around  Storm King Art Center.  This is our favorite, a wall by Andy Goldsworthy.




















We then headed 3 hours north to North Creek, NY and in the morning had great fun at Revolution Rail, riding a quad bike on the rail tracks, if only the leaves had changed. 




Left here and drove back down 3 hours to Hyde Park, dropped our luggage and headed out to the Walkway Across the Hudson for great views of the Hudson River.
Monday we went to Roosevelt's Home and Museum and Library.  We were there from 9 to 3!  And could have stayed even longer but we had a 4 hour drive home.  This is a wonderful museum that I highly recommend.
Tuesday is back to work feeling inspired and ready to paint.  I had a morning and evening class and almost finished a commission.

Monday, September 9, 2019

2019 Still Life #13

4x6” original watercolor.  $275

I used this as a study painting for a larger pepper painting.

We had a long but nice weekend in Pittsburgh.  Drive and set up on Thursday.
Showing Friday and Saturday.  Sunday we showed till 5pm and then a sprinkle at pack up!  Drive home Monday and unpack, laundry, and general catch up!  I still need to open the tent and sides to dry out, they are just damp but enough to get moldy it I let them go.

Last year we were headed to Ireland... I would rather be heading there now!!  Instead we are heading into our super busy season... Linda is getting ideas together for open house and that means pressure passed on to me!  New paintings, glass cutting, keeping my stuff picked up, teaching classes.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Another one finished...

I worked on this over the weekend as my demonstration
painting and needed yesterday to finish it.  Linda is saving
it for Open House.  Untitled...  framed 18x14"

Thank you to Amy for the still life, all Linda has to do is ask
for a still life with vegetables and they come my way!
I started a commission today and I cannot show it until later.

This weekend...
Heart of Lancaster Art & Craft Show
Aug. 31-Sept. 1 from 10am-4pm
Held at Roots Market ~ 705 Graystone Rd
Manheim, PA    rain or shine ~ FREE
Booth #136


Thursday, August 22, 2019

finished...

I have been using my free time this week to finish my larger original.  This was way out of my comfort zone!  I stood there...in the quiet, with a woodsy pine smell in the air, feeling small among the tall trees and wanted to get that feeling across.  This was from the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon.

I did the drawing by hand.  I did not use anything (misket) to save the white areas, the white is the paper showing through.  I simply took my time and painted around things.   It is a green mess until you can separate it out in your mind like a puzzle.

It will be framed 20x24.   I need a title but it is too soon to price it.  I want to live with it a bit so I can let it go later.  I plan to have it available at Open House in November.   

Tomorrow I set up at YorkFest, tt has been 16 years since I last exhibited here and since we were trying to stay closer to home while Linda was healing I thought I would give it a try.  Tell all your friends near York, PA to come see me.

Yorkfest
August 24-25
Sat. 10-5 and Sun. 10-4
Downtown York, PA
I am at the Colonial Courthouse  B2
rain or shine ~ FREE









Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Watercolor Classes

Watercolor Classes starting in September!
Send an email to sign up or with questions.


I am again offering a beginner class on Thursday mornings.
You should be able to draw/sketch.  This is a structured class
where everyone paints the same thing.  I demo, and talk you
through each step 
to understand shape, texture and light.
9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26
Thursday morning 9:30-11:30 Limited to 8 students   $75 for 4 weeks.
week 1: talk about supplies, paint a fruit
week 2: paint a still life
week 3: paint a landscape
week 4: paint a water scene
At the end of this class you are ready to join any other
class and start a painting on your own!
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Advance Class -  9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24
Tuesday mornings 9:30-11:30am
You are basically working on your own and I help when
you are stuck.  Many use this simply for some painting
time.

All levels 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24  
Tuesday evening 7-9pm 
9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25Wednesday morning 9:30-11:30amWednesday evening  7-9pm
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A limit of 8 students per class, bring your own supplies.
$65 per 4 weeks OR $60 if you take both September
and October  NO Prorated class - take all 4   OR
$20 "drop in" fee per class.

Everyone works on their own subject at their own pace
with my guidance! 
Classes are laid-back, offering demonstrations, gentle
critique, chit-chat, coffee/tea and some music.

FYI: I have cats...
if you are alergic it will not be a good idea to attend!

Monday, August 19, 2019

packing back up...

Mount Gretna Art Show update:  this show made too many changes in one year. They closed several areas and moved artists.  They closed down Rt 117 and put artists along the road making getting around impossible.  They canceled the shuttles, making everyone park up in the field. Anyone older now has to walk pretty far to the show and then walk around the show.  Too much in the heat.  Saturday traffic was backed up 2 hours to park, many people turned around and went home.  The show boasted record attendees...  ??  They did not allow artist to drive anywhere in the show to restock, drop off an ice chest and just all the junk you need to drag in and out daily.  We had to dolly it all in.  It was hot, and a brief shower on Saturday created red mud everywhere.  Sunday was hot with a show closing rain at 4pm.  Again, with the new layout pack up was almost impossible so we decided to close up and come back on Monday morning.  They had some pretty bad storms roll through so on Mondays arrival the tent and rug are drenched so it’s pack up wet.  If you ever tent camped in the rain it’s like that!  At home everything has to be unpacked, hosed off and dried.


















I am talking hours of extra work. My 2 day show turns into 4 days of work.  Many artist had very low sales however I did ok so I’m feeling grateful, as long as I do not add the hours and figure out I
am probably earning below minimum wage!!  I am not getting a blog painted today but will try to work on the larger forest painting I have been working on later tonight.   Thank you to all my clients that supported me this weekend.  No worries, I’ll be ready for Yorkfest by the weekend!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Setting up...

UPDATE on Mount Gretna Art Show: they moved me back to my original space but faced me forward towards the walkway.  So you can find me almost at my same space!!

I am sure you have pondered what goes into setting up for an art show!  Wishing you could help...  but you cannot. Linda and I have it down to a science, each has a job and we do not even have to talk the whole set up and pack up.
Saves the marriage!!

Today I was getting ready for the Mount Gretna Art Show.  First, check in with the show committee and get a show packet then find my 10x10 plot of land.   I have to park way behind the trees and dolly in!  I tell Linda this is why I have to ride my bike so much, to stay in shape to dolly my show stuff!!  She probably does not buy that but it is worth a shot!  Now I lay my rug, nailing the rug into the ground to keep people from tripping over it.
Next the frame for the tent. This is like setting up an old school tent from camping! Poles everywhere that snap together.
Placing the top on the frame.
















Legs added, raise it up, zip on sides.  Have to think rain and keeping my paintings dry!
















Place the racks for optimal display of my fabulous work.






Hang my sign,  covers over the racks, uppers added and now attach everything together so it's all one secure unit.  Add awnings to three sides.


I stake the legs into the ground and I am adding 50lb weights to each corner.  Prepared in case of a storm.  Considering how uneven the landscape is here, it looks pretty good.  So two of us working and we were taking our time this took about 4 hours!


I still have to bring in my paintings and they all need hung up but that gets done very early Saturday morning.  Now, as promised because of all her help today, Linda gets treated to a sundae from the Jigger Shop.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

2019 Sunflower #5

4x6” original watercolor  $275

A huge sunflower...


This is it for the week.  I will be setting up for Mount Gretna and I also want to get back to the large painting I have been working on.
This weekend...Mount Gretna Art Show
August 17-18

Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 9-5
They rearranged the layout and moved
my space.  In in the same area, the same
row but half way down the row.  I also
downsized to one space!  #210

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

2019 Sunflower #4


6x4” original watercolor   $275

I paint fast and usually do not pay any attention to how long something takes me to complete, but I realized these sunflower paintings are taking me all day!
I'm talking 10 to 7 with an hour off for dinner.   8 hours...  They are pretty complicated little things. Like a massive jigsaw puzzle. Not complaining, just was surprised.

Monday, August 12, 2019

2019 Sunflower #3

SOLD!
4x6” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 8/14 at 7pm price goes to $275

I found a garden full of sunflowers on Main Street in Lititz and plan to paint them all week.

This weekend...
Mount Gretna Art Show
August 17-18

Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 9-5
They rearranged the layout and moved
my space.  In in the same area, the same
row but half way down the row.  I also
downsized to one space!  #210

Thursday, August 8, 2019

2019 Sunflower #2




4x6” original watercolor    $225

I saw this at the ice cream parlor in Lexington KY.
What really caught my eye was the reflection of the glass
jar in the metal table. Take a little time and study it.


SATURDAY...
BIG Lititz Rotary Craft ShowAugust 10 from 8am - 4pm
rain or shine ~ FREE
My booth is #B4 on Broad St (Rt 501)
In front of the entrance to the Sutter Patio

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

2019 Sunflower #1

SOLD!
4x6” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 8/9 at 7pm price goes to $275

I usually wait until September to paint sunflowers however they are every where right now and I feel like I should not wait!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

2019 Landscape #2

5x5” original watercolor $200
Just a little full moon study...


Weekend update...
To give you an idea of how I spend a weekend...we left home on Thursday morning at 7AM headed to Kentucky.   We take the Cumberland Gap route stopping every 2 hours to stretch. Lunch at Muriale's Italian Kitchen in Fairmont WV.  Excellent food, in fact we ordered take out for the next nights dinner.  One more stop for ice cream at Crank & Bloom in Lexington KY.  Ok ice cream but not overly exciting.  We arrived in Wilmore KY at 7PM. Long drive!  The bed felt good.  Friday morning we went out to the Shaker Village for set up.
Our space is out in the sun and it was hot.  We finished at 1:00.  Linda has had The Abbey of Gethsemani on her list to visit so we decided to check it out. It was an hour drive.  I think her thoughts were Abbeys in Europe since it was founded in 1848 but it has been rebuilt in a very modern style.  There was little to see and too hot to walk the grounds which would be beautiful in fall but not in August!  We did watch an interesting film on the Monks daily life and bought their fudge and a piece of their fruitcake made on the grounds.

It just so happens that Makers Mark Bourbon was close by and the bottle we dipped ourselves 20 years ago was long gone so we decided to check it out.  The grounds have been spruced up and to dip your own bottle is a bit more updated.
Here I am with my bottle, gloves, apron, arm sleeves and googles...must be safe you know!

I am dipping my bottle in the signature red wax...

and its finished.
Back in the suburban for an hour drive back, left over dinner and early to bed.  Saturday we are out at the show by 8:30am till 6pm exhibiting in the heat all day.  These temps are wearing Linda out!  Repeat on Sunday only adding pack up to the evening.  Monday we socialized at breakfast with the other B&B guests and hit the road at 10am for the very long drive home.  Arriving back in Lititz at 9pm.  Today I emptied the van, cut two cases of glass and went to the market.  The above painting was half finished and I scrambled to get it done.  It will not be a late night tonight!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tuesday checking in...

I have a few things to share:
**This past Saturday at the Art Show in the park I took
3rd Place Watercolor!
 " Lancaster County #2"  Framed 18x14   $875 
This painting is available, give me a call!!




















**The next large painting I am working on is from Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, OR.  My reference photo which I took is taped on the right and you can see my drawing...by hand! I started watercolor washes on the tree trunk.   I bit out of my norm but I am really enjoying it.






**This weekend I am in one of my favorite places... 
The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, KY.  

Shaker Village Craft Fair
August 3 & 4 from 9 to 5


**Yesterday we had a wonderful dinner at McCleary's Public House in Marietta, PA    The best fish and chips since I was in Ireland!

And finally, my brother-in-law got a miniature baby pot belly pig.  I don't particularly like pigs. But I had to admit when she cuddled up in my arms and snorted she was pretty cute...for a pig! 


Thursday, July 25, 2019

2019 Oregon #9

SOLD!
4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 7/27 at 7pm price goes to $225

View in the Hoyt Arboretum.
Oregon Trip  Day 9
This is our last day. Started with a nice breakfast at Brix Tavern.  Then headed to the Hoyt Arboretum.  Linda wanted to see the redwood grove.  We were lucky to arrive right when a tour was going out and there was us and one other woman.  Perfect.   This was a great walk in the woods.  We went back into the city and had some time to kill so we went to the Portland Art Museum.  Dinner and off to the airport for the red eye home.











Tuesday, July 23, 2019

2019 Oregon #8

SOLD!
6x4” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 7/25 at 7pm price goes to $225

A rose from the Rose Test Garden.
Oregon Trip

Day 8
We started our day with donuts from Blue Star Donuts.  Unlike any donuts on the East coast!  And expensive, $3.75 each!  But fantastic!!  We had an 8am four hour tour with Evergreenescapes.  Visiting the 6 Quadrants of Portland. The highlights were the Rose Test Garden and the views from Pittock Mansion.  I would say it was about an hour too long but the guide was knowledgeable.   Time for salads at the Garden Bar.  Linda had two things on her list so we decided to do them next.  There is a very old photo booth at the Ace Hotel so we had a family photo taken.  The old 4 photos on a strip. And then Flaming Spanish Coffee at Hubers, Portlands oldest restaurant.  This was a show. The drink has rum, kahlua, triple sec, coffee and whipped cream with flames! I would say it was a Portland highlight.  




We went back to our apartment for a little rest and then Dinner was at Mediterranean Exploration Company.   We all sampled plates Tapas style.


Friday, July 19, 2019

2019 Oregon # 7


4x6” original watercolor    $225

A downtown Portland city scene.


Oregon Trip
Day 6
We started our day with breakfast at the Screen Door and then met our guide for a 2.5 hour walking tour of  downtown Portland.  Linda has used Tours by Locals often and in other countries and we have found them to be knowledgeable and easy to tour with.  Our guide had great stories about Portland and he did a good job of pointing out all the sites.  After the tour we spent a bit of time at Powells Bookstore... definitely the largest bookstore I have ever been in and a bit overwhelming.  Dinner was excellent, a small Italian place...Piazza Italia.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

2019 Oregon #6


SOLD!
4x6” original watercolor
$125 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 7/19 at 7pm price goes to $225

Latourell Falls!  I did not use any white paint on these falls... 



I want to get back to our Oregon Trip!

Oregon Trip
Day 6

It is time to leave the Bend area and head to Portland.  Our first stop was Multnomah Falls.  They were pretty spectacular however so crowded you could hardly move.  We did not even walk to the bridge.  The guide told us to back track to a smaller falls but less crowded.  On the way we stopped at the Vista House, 733 feet above the Columbia River and w
orth the stop!  Great views and  inside  the building was beautiful.  Our next stop was Latourell Falls and the guide was right only a hand full of people so the views were wonderful.  Time to get moving and meet Rashetta in Portland, after all she was the reason for this trip!  Rashetta arranged for us to stay in an apartment with fantastic views.


























She also picked all our restaurants.  Dinner tonight was at the Picnic House.
The girls wanted to see a drag show...  us guys were not overly excited...  They picked the oldest in Portland.  Darcelle, the oldest impersonator on the West Coast.  He is 89!!  It was an interesting experience!










Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Three Finished Originals...

Recapping the past week;  we left last Wednesday morning for State College, PA, arriving at 1:00 to set up the camper.  Then at 5:30 we went to the show to set up our booth.   Finished and back to the camper by 8:30pm  The next 4 days were long, leaving the campsite at 7:30am and showing all day and back to the camper at 9pm.  The show was good  but the hours and heat are exhausting and I am glad when its over.  We took Monday as a rest day at the campground and came home Tuesday to unpacking the van and laundry! Today we had a client stop in plus some grocery shopping and Linda was glued to her desk.   I have a blog painting started but did not have enough time to finish.  So I am posting 3 paintings I just finished.  None are titled or priced.


#1    21x15"   SOLD!   Thank you Amy for the use of your fabulous still life.  Plums and blueberries.   


  #2    22x20"   Thank you Nancy for the use of your photo.  Duck, NC looking at the main land towards Virginia Beach during a storm.


#3   11X22"  from my own photo from Chestertown, MD.



Monday, July 8, 2019

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

Getting ready for Penn State... Hoping for nice, cooler weather.
Wednesday set up and then four long days.

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
State College, PA
Thursday 7/11 thru Saturday 7/13 from 10-8
Sunday 7/14 from 11-4
My space is A29 on Allen Street

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

2019 Oregon #5


4x6” original watercolor   $225

Painted Hills...color was unreal, big red colored large hill.


Oregon Trip
Day 4
We are all pretty excited for this day.  We started at Sheep Rock and Blue Basin where we did a 1.3 mile walk w
inding through the heaviest concentration of these blue-green formations that do not look real and my photos do not do justice.







Pretty proud of Linda being able to do these walks after three joint replacements in one year.  She is now six months from the last surgery and walking the trails.  You really needed to walk into the valley of these rocks to get the full view.  This place looked like the moon...fantastic.     We then stopped at Thomas Condon Paleontology Visitors Center to watch a film on how this all was formed.  Then off to lunch at Bridge Creek Cafe which was truly stepping back in time but had wonderful sandwiches. Our final stop is The Painted Hills




We did five short walks among the the hills.  Stunning colors.