Monday, December 2, 2019

post Open House

I wish I could say we have been resting and I had been riding bike but no...   Linda had orders to get together and I had three mini commissions to finish.  Open House and the 2nd week were a success!  Everything went well and I must thank everyone who attended. 

If you want to visit the studio for some Holiday shopping we are making every effort to be available, just call or send an email with a day and time.    You may also place any orders to be shipped by going to my website or call or email and we will be happy to help you.   Gift certificates in any amount are available.

In case you were waiting, I still have some new prints available!

We are heading to Jim Thorpe and Bethlehem to get Holiday subjects for my Holiday blogs which I will start next on the look out for some great mini paintings!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Studio Open this weekend

If you could not make it to my Open House you get a second chance!   I just restocked the prints and there are still some of the new prints available plus a pretty good selection of Original Paintings.

Friday, Nov. 29:      from 10 to 5
Saturday, Nov. 30:  from 10 to 5
Sunday, Dec. 1:     from noon to 3
Held at the studio at 4 N. Spruce St.  Lititz, PA

Sample of available Originals...

You can place an order and have any painting shipped!
Do your Holiday shopping with me...consider a gift certificate.

Watch the Blog for new mini Holiday paintings…

Thursday, November 21, 2019

My 36th Annual Open House!

It is only hours to my Annual Open House! 
Doors open at 2pm on Friday, November 22
at 4 North Spruce Street, Lititz, PA

There is a HUGE fabulous selection of Original paintings and Prints!  I offer a broad price range from $1.50 bookmarks to $4000.00 Original Paintings and lots in between.  Framed and unframed and lots of sizes.

Linda and the girls spent the better part of the day in the kitchen...  Food is prepped and the tables are set up. Linda is shaking it up this year with a large charcuterie board, I got to sample some goodies and you are in for a treat!

Wine glasses washed and the drink table ready... but I heard no wassail this year.

Flowers arrive in the morning and I am tasked with last minute sidewalk sweeping!

There is still time to tempt you with a few painting photos...

I hope you are planning to stop in and save some time to explore my wonderful town of Lititz. 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

8 Days till Open House

It feels like this should be my weekend but with Thanksgiving late and my Open House has always been the week before Thanksgiving we have an extra week to tweak!
Linda is planning a Charcuterie Board.  She found a beautiful board a few months ago at a show.   She has been researching cheeses and meats for a week.  Which to buy, how to cut, how to store... Today was our run to Trader Joe's.  She had her list and still it was all overwhelming and the staff was very helpful.  This pretty much took the whole day, the closest one is over an hour away.

 I am running to UPS daily with orders to ship.  I think the last of the framing is finished. I am still painting some mini paintings to fill in a hole here and there.  Personally, I am ready!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

9 Days till Open House!

A little reminder, if you have friends you think would love my work you may share your invitation.

There are 12 panels full of new originals!
Here is a sneak peek at two.

Labels are going on today.  Linda has the new work on my website so you can get your wish list started!  Framing is almost finished and there is a large selection of mat choices ready for you.  Cleaning starts Monday, I will be looking for somewhere to hide out!!

Thursday, November 7, 2019


15 Days till Open House...
Linda rearranged all the prints in the studio to make room for the three new prints.  There was a lot of framed stock to move.

This is my second trip to UPS...filling print orders.  Boxing is quite a process, we make our own boxes,  each painting is bagged, cardboard around, and bubble wrapped.  FYI: I will always take your bubble wrap or packing peanuts, just drop them off on my porch!! Oh, Linda tells me not the air filled pillow type!

Meanwhile I finished another painting.  Framed 20x22, untitled but taking suggestions!  This is will be available on 2pm of Friday 11/22!  If you see one you just have to have but cannot get here at 2pm, Linda takes phone calls for sales at 2pm when the doors open!  All the new paintings will be posted on Monday.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


We are down to only 17 days till Open House...
I just picked up 112 frames so there is still framing going on!  I am still painting.  Invites have hit your mailbox and orders are coming in.  Remember there are ONLY 50 of each of the new print. Linda's 2-page "to do" list has one whole page crossed off.  Furniture has been rearranged and the panels are up in the house.  Ever wonder how titles are decided?  Once we start hanging the new paintings Linda tapes a piece of paper to the painting. Anyone walking past may add their title suggestion, that includes me!  Friends have added some interesting titles over the years!  Linda has final say unless I insist on something.  The title must fit on our little title cards.  Here is a quick peak at a few new originals...

I have one more show for the season... this weekend I will be at:

FYI: this is the show that was held at Spooky Nook, now moved to Lebanon.   Print this and you can get $1 off the admission.  Same great quality show just a new location.  Parking and walking should be much easier.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Open House Update

New prints are here and being framed!  We started with two, went to the printer, had them put on the invitation and I thought we were all finished.  Then I painted some tulips and Linda thought they were... dare I say "fantastic"...  so she insisted we print them and worry about advertising them later.  We decided to ONLY PRINT 50 of each so it is a very limited run.  We are taking orders now!  You may send an email or order off my website using PayPal.

13x9" print: $45.00 
18x14" Framed print:  $85.00

12x16" print: $50.00 
17x21" Framed print:  $100.00


10x16" print: $50.00 
15x21" Framed print:  $100.00
Three fantastic new prints but wait till you see the new originals!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

2019 Still Life #20

4x6” original watercolor $250.

I tend to like busier still life paintings so I have been practicing concentrating on a single object and filling the page.  It is great practice.

The count down is ready to begin... 23 days till my 36th Annual Open House!  I will start to post my larger painting just to give you a tease.  NO sales of originals till 2pm on Friday November 22.  But you can put it on your wish list!
Prints can be ordered.

This is my last week to teach.  Next class is in January.  Check my students work.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Open House Update

I wanted to finish a large painting I have been working on so there is no painting a day piece.  Meanwhile there are fantastic things happening here at the studio.  My NEW prints were delivered and here I am signing them.

Lots of framing is going on...

6400 invitations were delivered today!   They do not go out until the 29th  But you should save the date!  You don't want to miss this.   Lititz is a wonderful town for you to spend the weekend.


Monday, October 21, 2019

2019 Still Life #19

4x6” original watercolor      $250.

Practicing my crockery!

Open House Update...
Frames, glass and matboard are pouring into the studio.  Today I put the tarp up on the porch and picked up the new prints.  I am in the process of signing and numbering them.  They look fantastic and I will share them closer to the Open House.  Invites are arriving tomorrow.  We are ahead of schedule!!

We stole a bit of time to have some fun yesterday.  Celebrated our friend Bonnie's birthday by going to see the movie "Judy" and I was very surprised how well done it was and how much I enjoyed it.  This was followed by a very nice dinner at the Fireside Tavern in Strasburg PA.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

2019 Still Life #18

4x6” original watercolor   $225.

A simple chair...
My client finally gave his wife her anniversary commissioned painting and I can now show it off.  They collect Jeff Fiant furniture from Mohnton, PA and have lots of Andy Smith's paintings so he thought it would be nice to have a painting of the bench Jeff made setting in their home to combine their two favorite artists.  The size is 14x18

If you are near the Mohnton, PA area this Saturday you can see both my paintings and Jeff's furniture at:
PA Traditional Craft & Folk Art Show
Satruday, Oct. 19 from 10 to 3
Held at Allegheny Evengelical Luthern Church
1327 Alleghenyville Rd, Mohnton PA
FREE!  This is a small but great quality show!

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     $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:
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    $225.

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


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


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


I have been using my free time this week to finish my larger original.  This was way out of my comfort zone!  I stood 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.

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!
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

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
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.