Friday, September 25, 2020

A weeks update...

Only one week to go.... if possible, plan to come during the week to help spread out the crowds.

We have been busy here at the Smith house... painted our front porch which took all of last week.  Not for Open House but simply because it needed it!  

We also had a custom railing installed at the entrance to the back yard.
 Here is Bob from Steel Expressions installing the first part.

Linda has a thing for circles and was able to include them in the railing.  We are very happy with Bobs job and willing to share his info if you need metal work.

We also were lucky to be able to spend 2 nights at the beach with friends.  Now its back to work!

Monday, September 14, 2020

2020 Sunflower #10

4x6" original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$150. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
If unsold by 9/16 the cost is $275.

Another big one...  as long as they are selling, I'll keep painting them!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

2020 Sunflower #9

4x6" original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$150. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
If unsold by 9/15 the cost is $275.

This sunflower just fills the paper!
Postcards for our backyard open house
are starting to go out... SAVE THE DATE!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

2020 Sunflower #8

4x6" original watercolor - A Painting A Day

Still working on sunflowers!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Boat progression...

 You can view a short YouTube of the progression of the boat painting.
I plan to paint the boat next.

Click here if it does not load.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

2020 Sunflower #7

4x6" original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$140. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
If unsold by 9/4 the cost is $250

I have a deal with Linda that I will paint 
sunflowers until they stop selling... I am
at #7...  I am conflicted!  It is nice to sell
and earn a living, but at the same time I
am used to painting variety!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

YouTube...more on my boat painting

I added a video of the progress to my boat painting on YouTube...
Click here if video not playing.

Meanwhile I did a special order sunflower #5 for a client.

Monday, August 31, 2020

2020 Sunflower #6

4x6" original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$135. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
If unsold by 9/2 the cost is $250

When you start looking for sunflowers
you suddenly see them everywhere!

Thursday, August 27, 2020


Print from a watercolor Painting
limited edition of only 200
$50.00  unframed  (image is 10x16")
$100.00 framed 15x21"
plus shipping (or arrange for pickup)
You can order online...
or send an email  and I will personally help you!

Following my sunflower theme I thought I would feature my print with sunflowers.  I painted a sunflower that is a special order and I cannot show it right now.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

2020 Sunflower #4

4x6" original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$140. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
If unsold by 8/28 the cost is $250

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

YouTube: Washes on the boat...

New YouTube.  Starting washes on the boat from the Eastern Shore of Maryland.    Click here...

Monday, August 24, 2020

2020 Sunflower #3

4x6" original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$140. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
If unsold by 8/26 the cost is $250

Thank you Lynn D for your photo of sunflowers, I took artistic licence and changed the sky to dark to make the flowers pop and they POP!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Save the Date...

After lots of discussion and trying to think outside the box, we have decided to bump our Annual Open House up to October and move it to our back yard!  We will be open daily for 2 weeks to help spread out the crowds.  I encourage you to come during a week day if you can.  There will not be the usual wonderful spread of hors d' oeuvres and we are asking you to please wear a mask.  Also if it is a rainy day we will not be open but with 14 days you should have plenty nice days to pick from.  We will be putting up 3-4 tents for you to walk around.  Get this on your calendar!!

Our Annual Open House is moved to
               Our Backyard

Thursday, October 1st through Wednesday, October 14th
     daily from 10am to 5pm

* Cancelled on rainy days
* We encourage you to come during the week
it will reduce large crowds!

We are open to your suggestions or opinions... send an email.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

2020 Sunflower #2

4x6" original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$125 (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
If unsold by 8/20 the cost is $225

It is time to paint some sunflowers again.  They are blooming now!
My student, Judy G took this photo, her house was actually in the corner of her photo and I edited that out (sorry Judy).  Feel free to send me your sunflower photos, only ones you took.

I am still working on my commission, it is coming along...

Monday, August 17, 2020

YouTube... new painting

I am starting a new painting and will be featuring the steps on You Tube.  It is a boat on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  This video is about the drawing.   Click here...

Sunday, August 16, 2020

2020 Landscape #14

6x4" original watercolor - A Painting A Day

A bit of Lancaster County from my bike ride.

A client sent a photo of how her new mini painting is being displayed. I keep saying you do not need to hang all your paintings. This looks great.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

2020 Ohiopyle #4


5x5" original watercolor    $250

I found this while on our covered bridge hunt in Somerset County PA. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

YouTube - sketching

 My latest YouTube is all about sketching...  enjoy.  
If you don't see it above... click here.

Monday, August 10, 2020

2020 Ohiopyle #3

4x6" original watercolor - A Painting A Day   $250

A view of the water flowing under the Trostletown Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Somerset Beauty

Somerset Beauty
Image:    17x 6"
Framed: 22x11"

While we were in Ohiopyle PA we drove around searching for covered bridges and looking at the beautiful country side of Somerset County.   Beautiful farmland,  and there is nothing like a red barn against the green landscape. 

I have my next commission drawing approved (after 2 tries!)  and I am starting to draw it on my watercolor paper.  This one is way out of my normal paintings.  It should be an illustration and it is testing me greatly...  I am doing everything I can to make my client happy...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

2020 Flower #3

4x6" original watercolor
$125 (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
If unsold by 8/7 the cost is $250

Back in May we took our first "hike " in the woods and Linda spotted this beautiful Jack in the Pulpit.  The dark background makes it pop.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020


This was my July commission, it was a birthday present and I may now show it!
Framed 12x12
Keep me in mind for a special gift.

My very last show that was holding out has now announced their cancellation.  Fall Foliage in Bedford, PA held in October.  Heart of Lancaster in September is also cancelled.  That's it, the whole year cancelled!   I rolled my booth fees over to 2021 but the word out on the art street is there will not be large events (more than 250 people)  next year either unless there is a vaccine.  

Monday, August 3, 2020

Where you can find me...

I am always available to you even when I am not showing!

My newest adventure is YOUTUBE videos. Go into YouTube and google AndySmithArtist! Let me know if you need help finding them. Currently there are 3!

WEBSITE: You can find all my latest work on my at

My BLOG features what I am currently working on, demonstrations, daily updates on the life of an are already this!!

FACEBOOK (andysmithartist)

STUDIO VISITS are by appointment and you must wear a mask!

You can place an order and I ship within a day or two!

If you were thinking about a COMMISSION, a very special painting, NOW is the time. Contact me and we can chat!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

New You Tube

We shot our first video for You Tube!  Click HERE to view it!  This will take some practice but it seems to be the only way to reach out to you until I can do shows again.  Thanks for looking and make sure to subscribe and share with all your friends.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020


Sometimes you get excited when something strips a plant!  Nothing left but the stem from the Fennel. There were 12 munching away.

I emailed the sketch for my latest commission and am waiting for a reply.  I had a dentist appointment today, no cavities but he'd like to talk me into an implant.   Hummm   $5000, that's a lot of paintings!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Amazon dropped this off today... I think Linda is getting frustrated with trying to figure it out... I am not even asking questions!

I almost have my sketch for the new commission ready for approval.  I had to put several things together.  The sketch is actually a full size drawing so I could see the placement of each object.  I am not totally confident it will get a thumbs up approval but we will see.

Monday, July 27, 2020


First up is my video that was featured last Tuesday for the Lancaster Demuth Museum Studio tours is now available on Youtube!!  This is 42 minutes long so grab some popcorn and a drink and clear an hour of your time.  Also, Please share this video with everyone!!

Next is an update on some of my rankings... who knew!!

15 Top Watercolor RSS Feeds To Follow in 2020... 
and I am listed as #1!!

4 Top Lititz (PA) Influencers, Blogs, Podcasts & Youtubers in 2020...
and I am listed as #1!!  granted this is for Lititz!

Top 60 Watercolor Blogs Winners
and I am listed as #6!!

Today I am starting a new commission for a surprise retirement gift.  It is a bit different and a challenge.  Since it is a surprise, you will need to wait to see it.  Just know I am super busy working on this.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

2020 Ohiopyle #2

4x6" original watercolor   

This landscape has wonderful depth.  It is from a visit to Flight 93.  The view is at the overlook looking towards Shanksville, PA.  The painting is even nicer in person.  This would make a great addition to anyone's collection.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Thank you's...

My Studio Tour went well, thanks to the help of my video guru!  If you are in need of an expert contact AJ Nutter.  Thank you to Sarah and the Demuth Museum for the opportunity to join the other artists in this adventure, if you would like to see other artists tours click here
And lastly, thank you to all that joined me live.  Covid has forced me into the Social Media age...
Here I am answering live questions!   I will be able to share a Youtube shortly.

I finished my blueberry painting!  Thank you Nancy G for the use of your photo and I believe this is your hand made pottery bowl. Click here for Nancy's info(a little plug for a fellow crafter)   I had a great time painting this. 
Framed 12x12"    $500  and it is already SOLD!

Below you can see the steps in this painting...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Can you just imagine a new bride stepping through these doors?  Happy Anniversary to my clients, you have been easy to work with and this was a joy to paint.  Thank you!

If you have an interest in a commission I am happy to work with you, just call or email

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

back to my Church commission

Back up to July 13 to see where I left off.  I am working on the stones.  Painting a thin wash and drying it and adding another wash, building the texture and color.

making the stones look like stones...

Adding the upper part with a hint of a window.  Getting there...

Monday, July 20, 2020

2020 Ohiopyle #1

4x6" original watercolor
$135 (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
If unsold by 7/23 the cost is $275

This is the view from our bike ride on the Great Allegheny Passage.
The Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle PA

There is still time if you want to join my Google Meets
Studio Tour for the Demuth Foundation.  Today,  July 21  At 4pm 
Download Google Meets (has a green bubble with a video camera)
I need to send you the log in information. Email me! Its about an hour long and then questions at the end.  PLEASE join me!!  

Sunday, July 19, 2020

travel update

We had a few days away planned for last week.  We went with our friends the Hildebrands who we have been social distancing with for a few weeks, we stayed in PA and we ate our meals in.  We left Lititz at 8am last Tuesday with our day planned, starting with a visit to the Flight 93 Memorial  and then stops at 5 Somerset County covered bridges.  We exited off the turnpike and the girls saw a bison farm and when I turned around to go back to see the bison I lost my brakes.  Almost to the floor and we are sitting in the middle of nowhere.  Found a garage, Bobs Garage in Manns Choice PA.  We are so blessed, he took us in right away, made new brake lines but then we needed a master brake cylinder... we got out our lawn chairs and sat in the drive way for 5 hours...  Gary and his sons were kind and they had a steady stream of neighbors stopping in to say hi, it was a look into the real rural America.  Now our day 1 plans are shot and we still had 2 hours to drive.

We left the garage and went right to our VRBO house in Gibbon Glade PA  again, in the middle of no where!  But our house had a wonderful stream and was air conditioned!   Unpacked, settled in, explored the property and had a nice dinner.

Day 2:
Drove into Ohiopyle (Laurel Highlands)  and rode our bikes on the Great Allegheny Passage.  We did a total of 22 miles!  I am trying to talk everyone into another vacation biking the whole 333 miles from Washington DC to Pittsburgh PA...  The girls were almost in until I mentioned the need for shammy cream (for chafing!)  I will be working on this!
Fantastic!! Followed the river and was shaded.  I would do that again in a heartbeat!  Back to our house for a quiet afternoon.  The girls worked on a puzzle, John read and I worked on a little painting that I will be offering tomorrow.  This house had no internet, no cell service, no TV.  It was great to be totally disconnected from the world and the news.

Day 3:
Drove back towards Ohiopyle to the Meadow Run Trailhead and did a 5 mile hike in the woods  with the river near by providing a great sound.  It had look outs at different spots.  The water was very low so I am guessing the winter was too mild.  We planned to go to waterfalls but heard there was not much flow.  This was the longest hike we have done!  Back to our house for an early dinner, steaks on the grill and birthday cake, celebrating Linda's 65th birthday.  Stayed up late playing 500 rummy and then a rousing game of dominos. 

Day 4:
Its time to leave, that was a fast 3 nights.  The plan is to continue with 4 more covered bridges in Northern Somerset County.   This was to be a little game, find the bridges and take a selfie. 
Bridge #1  Walters Mill Covered Bridge  That's Bonnie in the bridge.

Bridge #2  Trostletown Covered Bridge

We were now close to Flight 93 so we decided to stop in, none of us had been there.  There were too many people inside the museum so we just did the outside stops.  It was very moving.  Quiet.  A lot to take in.  Beautiful job on all the symbolism.  Worth the stop. 

Bridge #3  Glessner Covered Bridge - this was our favorite!

Bridge #4  New Baltimore Covered Bridge (our least favorite)  That's John in the bridge.

This little adventure took us several hours but we all actually enjoyed ourselves.  Got us out of the van and walking around and in each bridge.  We had a sheet of info for each bridge and driving to each took us all over the back roads.

We finished up with dinner outside on the patio at Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford PA.  This was the first we have had a meal out in 5 months.  They had the tables spaced nicely and everyone had masks except while eating.   Good meal.  Then its 2 more hours to Lititz.  This little outing just made us all feel somewhat normal!   I plan to feature a few miniature paintings!

UPDATE:  Tuesday,  July 21...tomorrow!  At 4pm is my Studio Tour for the Demuth Foundation.  It is on Google Hangout Meets so you need to let me know if you want to see it so I can send you log in information. Email me!    Its about an hour long and then questions at the end.  PLEASE join me!!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Commission Update

I have been concentrating on my commission.  Working on the stones and the door.  Windows in the door.

Layering the color... which adds depth.

Working on the little details... can you see it?

We are taking a few days off and going exploring.  Plan to ride tandem, a little hiking: Linda found a waterfall to hike to!  Also on an adventure finding several covered bridges.  Stay tuned for the details!

Sunday, July 12, 2020


Video updates...
My Virtual Penn State video posted over the weekend.  It is a You-tube so you can still watch it. CLICK HERE!

I had a fantastic experience on Friday working with AJ Nutter video taping my Virtual Open House Tour for Lancaster's Demuth Foundation.  That will be live on July 21 at 4pm.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Exciting News...

Exciting News...
First up;  since the Penn State Show was cancelled they are having a  Virtual Penn State Art Show  starting tomorrow.  Check it out...I have a featured video!   First time I have missed this show in 13 years.  I would spend Wednesday setting up and show for 4 very long (hot) days....  Let me know if you see my video.

Also exciting...
 I was asked by the Demuth Foundation in Lancaster, PA to join their Virtual Artist Studio Tours!  I will be taping on Tuesday, July 21 at 4pm.  It will be live on Google Hangouts Meet.  You must email me so I can give you the contact to get the code to join in.  Sounds like a lot but its pretty simple.  Just email me and tell me you want to watch my studio tour and I will send you the info!  There will be a question time at the end so get your questions ready for me!!   I need your support, I want a huge crowd on line!! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020


I added the lamps.  Next I am playing stone mason, putting in the grout.  Working on the side walls.
And starting the stone work.  This painting requires patience, it is a very slow build and I am working with a limited palate.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Starting to paint...

We had a nice weekend.  On Saturday one of Linda's girlfriends came over and they worked on a puzzle all day while I painted.  Then Linda made ribs for the 4th.
I spent the weekend working on my commission.  Starting with the steps.


and building...