Thursday, April 15, 2021

2021 Still Life #12

 

SOLD!   $135 (unframed)  4X6" original
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/17 the price goes to $225

Shaking it up today, I went with a still life.  This great old crock is from the collection of our friends Ron and Carol.   Yes, when I visit friends I take photos to paint!

Question for the day: Why did you pick watercolor over other mediums?  There are actually three reasons for my settling on watercolors. 

#1  When I decided to actually be an artist I had no money.  Watercolor was the least expensive , least messy and most portable of the mediums.
#2  In the "plan" Linda and I started, the thought was to build a clientele with my work.  We felt it would be confusing to see different mediums under one tent out at art shows, like I could not decide who I wanted to be.  Many artists get bored and jump around, I wanted to build a reputation.
#3  I had painted in all the mediums and 
I found the other mediums were pretty easy for me.  Not a big challenge.  If you made a mistake you could just paint over it. But with watercolor you need to plan, think ahead, learn to mix color, understand how washes of color work together.  It was a challenge I needed to keep interested.  I had a love hate relationship for years, now its just love!


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

2021 Landscape #7

 

SOLD!   $145 (unframed)  4X6" original
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/16 the price goes to $250.

A fun night scene.  I love painting night scenes, 
I get excited seeing how the moon glow changes the landscape.   This is the horse barn from the farm where we stayed a few weeks ago.


Linda downloaded a list of questions to ask an artist.  So I thought it would be fun to answer one each day.
Question:  Did you always want to be an artist?
My Answer:  I knew from an early age I could draw and paint better than my friends.  Perspective was never an issue, I could copy comics easily.  I did well in art class in high school.   It was a gift I have always just known I had but being an artist was abstract.  I spent a few semesters in college for elementary ed and dropped out, promptly stumbled around making a bit of an immature mess of my life until I met Linda in 1978 at the age of 25.   I showed her some of my work and proudly proclaimed " I want to be an artist" and her reply was... "You need to get a lot better"!   Together we made a plan and with a lot of resolve, commitment, and practice I never looked back.  I think Linda may have looked back in the early hard years!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021 Fox

 

SOLD!

 $145 (unframed)  4X6" original
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/15 the price goes to $225.

I must say this was a bit of a challenge.  I think it looks better in person.  Thank you Carol for another great photo to work from.

I got a good bike ride in this morning before painting.   Linda has been working hard in the garden for over a week.  I hauled out 14 of those brown recycle lawn bags to the curb today.  No wonder her hands are hurting!  What seemed like fun flower beds in our 30's has a different feel in our 60's!  We also did our first mow of the season.  Feels good to be outside.

Monday, April 12, 2021

2021 Window #7

 

$145 (unframed)   5X5" original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/14 the price goes to $275

This scene was the office or library from the house we stayed in a few weeks ago.  A bit of practice painting leather and some glass work in the lamp.  I think it has a dark, library kinda feel to it even with the light from the window.


Meanwhile last week I finished a 15x15 original.  The plan was to have some new work for the start of my show season in May.  I posted it on Instagram and it sold right a way.    I was pretty excited because I wanted to paint a few "BIG sky" type paintings.  Thank you Carol for the use of your photograph.  This is from Winterthur in Delaware.



Sunday, April 11, 2021

2021 Landscape #6

 

SOLD!    $145 (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 4/13 the price goes to $275

Lancaster County has some fantastic farms, this is from the Strasburg PA area.

Updates:  Sorry for not having any blog posts all last week.  I was simply too busy!  We got the RV back from inspection and spent a day stocking it and scrubbing the awning plus booked a campground as a trial run.   Wednesday I received my 2nd Covid vaccine so now we are both finished.  We received Pfizer and neither of us had any issues, feeling blessed.

I did a
You Tube Video on watercolor "paint".  I am having some issues with sound... I need to look into a better quality microphone to use with our iPad.

I hit 200 You Tube subscribers!  Another little milestone.

Another show cancelled; Westmoreland, PA usually held in July.

I think that brings you up to date.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

2021 Window #6

 

SOLD!

$145 (unframed)  Available to the 1st person to email

(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/3 the price goes to $250

Last window for the week.

I received a request to make a You Tube video about my painting supplies.  Linda is working on it, who knew this video thing was so complicated...  The plan is to keep them short and start with paints.  I got out all my paint sets and had to try to explain to Linda why I have so many when the colors are almost the same...  that will be in the video I am sure!  I laid everything out, got out all my tubes and here I am concentrating on refilling the pans.

Next was making a list of my 12 favorite most used colors.  Then an order for new tubes was placed.  I am trying two new companies to see how I like them.   It is always exciting to get new paint.  I also made a palette guide for the video.  Friday may be a recording day.  I will let you know.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

2021 Window #5

 
 $250  

Another great window scene.  This one has a wood bowl filled with potpourri and a candle.  I am most interested in the contrast of light and dark.
This was painted on paper I hate... I had half a sheet left and did not want to waste it but I hate it.  This is Saunders Waterford.  It simply fights me; it soaks up the color, doesn't blend.  You can't tell, but I know!  I will never order this paper again!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

2021 Window #4

 

 SOLD!
$145 (unframed)  
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/1 the price goes to $250

The farm house where we stayed had beautiful deep windows with light pouring in.   Almost anything around the house looked great on the window sill.  Linda set up several still life scenes for me to paint.

I also finished a larger painting that I am pretty excited about.
Framed 21x15  $1500.   "Kissed by the Sun"  It is available!!

Business updates:
#1   In the top 70 Watercolor Blogs, Websites and Influencers in 2021 (Feedspot - worldwide)  I am now in slot #5!  I moved up a space!!  Kinda a big deal

#2  I reached over 100 subscribers on my You-Tube channel!  To see my videos just google andysmithartist youtube.

Monday, March 29, 2021

2021 Window #3 Spring tulips

 
SOLD!       $145 (unframed)

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/31 the price goes to $250


These tulips brightened the kitchen where we stayed.  Linda brought them along and I thought it silly to pack them but I must admit to enjoying them.  They lasted the week and added a spot of Spring to the kitchen.  I used the kitchen island as my studio so I saw them every day.

I spent some time at the dentist today.  I finished this painting even though I had a tooth removed and the start of an implant!   All my sales for a few weeks will be going to pay for the implant.  I should have been a dentist!

Also wanted to mention, we had lunch at The Bullfrog Inn in Christiana PA.  Best Crab soup and a great burger; maybe because it has been a year since we ate out! They did a great job of spacing tables and you needed a reservation (even though it looks a bit dive bar)  But if you are in the area check it out.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

2021 Landscape #5

 

SOLD!
$145 (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)

If unsold by 3/30 the price goes to $250

A little scene from a drive around Strasburg, PA from our little winter break.  I added a full moon, you know I love the way a moon gives everything a special glow.

I can highly recommend a stay at Shallowbrook Farm.  The house was beautiful with lots of room to spread out.  Well stocked, there was nothing we needed.  There was a screened in porch we used even in the rain.  We also sat out by the pool even though the pool was not opened! The views were beautiful. We managed one 10 mile tandem bike ride on the Enola Low Grade Trail.  So now we are back home, refreshed, recharged and ready to go.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

2021 Ireland #7

 

SOLD!

$145. (unframed).  Available to the 1st person to email

(framing $35 - shipping available at cost). 

If unsold by 3/27 the price goes to $250

This window is from a building at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

I thought I was going to switch to painting to something from the house where we are staying but stumbled across this while looking at Ireland photos.  I guess I’m still longing for Ireland!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

2021 Landscape #4

 

SOLD!
$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/26/the price goes to $250

This painting is from the grounds where we are staying.  Sunset at Shallowbrook Farm

We are spending a few days at a VRBO just to look at a different set of four walls.  Being home was getting to Linda, I thought I was fine but sitting in a different kitchen with a change of light felt really good.  I am getting some new subject which charges my batteries.  It will be perfect if the sun comes out!  Planning on a bit of hiking and biking.  Linda is excited about a fireplace and an outside fire pit with a large pile of wood waiting for us.   We did not go far; just far enough,  in fact we took Grandpa along for a day/night just to get him out of the house too and its close enough to bring him back home.

I was enjoying painting Ireland and will go back to it after I paint Shallowbrook Farm for a week!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

2021 Ireland #6

 

SOLD!

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/25/the price goes to $250

This is from Skerries Mill, Townparks, Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland.  I like the darkness surrounding the light from the window.


Monday, March 22, 2021

2021. Ireland #5

 

$145. (unframed)   $250

This is from the fishing village of Howth, a suburb of Dublin.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

2021 Ireland #4

SOLD!    $145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/20 the price goes to $250

This just simply looks old!  I was intrigued with the two sets of windows badly in need of paint.  The top one has a curtain and the bottom has lots of reflections so a bit of a challenge.  It is from Market Square, Sleveen, Kinsale, County Cork.  It has the honor of being the oldest pub in Ireland dated to 1690 so I guess it earned the right to look old!
 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

2021 Ireland #3

SOLD!

4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/19 the price goes to $250

Forgive me for giving so much detail but it is allowing me to relive our trip!  This scene is on the road somewhere between Tully, Kildare, County Kildare, (we toured The Irish National Horse Farm) and where we spent the night at the Old Ground hotel in  Ennis, County. Clare.  The sky in Ireland is never quite what you would call sunny even though we had little rain.  But the color and patchwork of the fields...  


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

2021 Ireland #2


SOLD!

4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/18 the price goes to $250

Kilcarn Bridge, Kilcarn, Navan, Meath, Irleand, that's a mouthful.    A multiple-arch stone bridge over the River Boyne from 1599.  This is from the country side on our way to see the Bective Abbey founded in 1147...let me say that again...1147!!  Again, green grass and stone.


News:  I went for a photo shoot at Landis Homes for their Pathways Institute of Learning brochure.   I give classes/lectures there sometimes.


A client, Pat, shared her Andy Smith wall.  The 2 on the end are my prints that she had framed.  Looks great!


If you stream Netflix, we watched a great documentary about a marathon race in the mountains.  "Barkley Marathon".  Even if you are not a runner I think you would enjoy it.


Monday, March 15, 2021

2021 Ireland #1


 4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$250

I am in an Irish kind of mood with St. Patrick's day coming up.  Started going through our photos from Ireland back in 2018.  Seems so long ago and yet the photos make it feel like yesterday.  A wonder country with amazing people.  I think of green grass and stones.


At home... we spent several days cleaning our popup camper getting it ready to sell.  It was sold immediately upon posting it.  Went to a nice family in Bedford PA.  We had it 11 years and it was a bit sad to see it roll out of here.

But we are excited with our new to us Jay Feather expandable.  The beds pull out the ends.  The reason for moving up was to have a bathroom/shower in the camper so we do not need to use campground restrooms anymore.   Also spent several days cleaning this one.   I have so many new things to learn...Excited for our first trip out.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

On task...

I said I needed to stay focused today and I did but there was no painting time.   I was in line at the Park City Bon Ton by 7:45am.  Lots of waiting in line.  I finally got my Covid shot  (Pfizer)  and was back at the car at 9:30.  This was the soft roll out and other than standing a lot, it went smoothly.   Just took really long - 1.5 hours.  No place to sit if you have issues standing.  Hopefully they get the kinks out.  I made the local news!  That's me in the tan jacket.  

 

I must admit we were not too thrilled to get the shot, we were planning to wait for the J&J.   Let them work out a few more issues so we did not feel like an experiment.   We usually do not get any shots (flu, pneumonia, shingles)  just not big on it all.  But our sweet but insistent daughter did a signup facetime and cornered Linda... so, here we are.  Signed up and scheduled.  Linda gets hers on Saturday at a Wyndham hotel on the Lincoln Highway...    OK      I am glad I did it.

Anyway, back to my day:  Next stop was Panera for breakfast, then UPS,  then home and finished cleaning the old popup.  It is finished and ready to put up for sale.  Next on the list was 2:00 lunch and ice cream to start grandpas birthday celebrations.  He will be 87 yrs old.  Back home and now I needed a bike ride!  22 miles.  It was too beautiful not to go out.   I may sketch something...

Note:  I am not even black and blue (yet)  and just a tiny bit sore but nothing to speak of (especially if I rode bike!)  


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

2021 Sheep

 

SOLD
4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/10 the price goes to $275

This is from January at Philips Farm at Greenbank Mills, Wilmington DE.  He is framed perfectly in the dark entry with just a little sun on him (or her??)  My plan is to paint a larger painting with two in the doorway,  so this was great sheep practice.  Thank you Carol for another great reference photo.

Thoughts:  I said I needed to be organized this week.  So late last night I sketched this sheep.  Then started painting early this morning.  By 11am I got our old camper hooked up and brought it up to the house to start a spring clean.    We emptied all our stuff out and wiped it down.  Not much to do since we are careful with it when we pack up.  Tomorrow I go for my first shot at 8am.  Then home to wash/wax the popup and then its ready to put up for sale.  At noon we are taking Grandpa to Fox Meadows for birthday ice cream and back home to start the new camper clean.  I may not get a painting done tomorrow.

Monday, March 8, 2021

2021 Still Life #11


4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/10 the price goes to $275

My favorite fruit with a crock.  Thank you Amy for the use of your photo. 


Sunday, March 7, 2021

2021 Landscape #2 and #3

I am featuring two landscapes today... both are studies and practice... Yes, after 40 years I still practice!

2021 Landscape #2

4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$200.

Thank you Carol for allowing me to use your great night time photo.  This was from January's Wolf Moon over Rockford Tower.  I love night paintings and moon glow.


2021 Landscape #3

6X4" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Da
$200.


This one looks so much better in real life. The camera pixels were not kind to this painting.  I am intrigued with snow laying between the rows in a field and the contours of the earth.


I see this week is to be warmer, Spring fever is hitting the Smith house!  I am putting the shovels away.  I NEED to get outside on my bike.  So that means managing my day a bit better.  I am trying to balance painting a larger painting that I started on Friday, with a mini painting a day.  And I want to wash and wax our new camper.  Plus clean out and wash our old pop up camper to get it ready to sell.  Oh, and find a way to Covid celebrate Grandpas 87th birthday on Thursday (Linda's step-dad who lives with us).

Thursday, March 4, 2021

2021 Still Life #10

 

4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day  $275.

Another set of oil cans.  They are only about 3-4" tall. 
I have been having fun with these.  


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

2021 Still Life #9

 
4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day   $275.

Linda likes small oil cans and we have a few!    Some have dents and worn areas, some are a little... well, oily.  But the colors are so interesting.  So I am on an oil can kick...

I have had to work a little harder for subjects lately.  Normally we are traveling all the time, for fun and to show.  For over a year we have hardly left the house.  I am looking around and realized I have painted most of our antiques.  I am going through my old photo and have painted most of the really nice ones.  As soon as it is a bit warmer I need to take a walk around town and find new subjects.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

2021 Still Life #8


SOLD!
6X4" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/4 the price goes to $275

Just a nice still life...

Monday, March 1, 2021

Commission

I spent the weekend finishing a house commission that I had been working on for several weeks.  Framed 24x18"  This is a family home near Cherry Springs, PA (where the best star gazing can be found!).

I really try to make my commissions a partnership.  I bring to life my clients vision and my style into a wonderful watercolor painting.  This client was able to come to the studio and watch me paint, making the whole experience even more personal.  I am happy to help you with a painting... contact me!


Thoughts:   I was distracted today so I did not get my mini painting finished. Over the weekend we upgraded our popup camper to a Jayco expandable. With Covid the idea of campground bathrooms and showers did not appeal to either of us!  I have been looking hard for over a year for just the right model in our price range and had 5 we were starting to make plans to see.  We took this one right away and when I looked, 3 of the others sold on Sunday.  So Spring is coming cause campers are selling fast.    I bought it in DE so today we went to AAA to sign the title and pay the state their portion only to find you now need an appointment... so that is scheduled for Wednesday.  Then the phone calls... Called a ton of places looking for a reasonable parking lot to store it.  Prices all over the place. Finally at 5PM I found one.  Called several RV Services looking to schedule a good going over to make sure all the parts are working well.   Several were booked far ahead, a few were simply not pleasant, one tried to sell me a new one.  Finally settled on Shady Maple RV and not till 3/31!  Called my insurance company, that was the only easy call.  Then called and ordered a pizza for dinner!


Thursday, February 25, 2021

2021 Snowman #5

 

SOLD!
4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/26 the price goes to $250.

This was from a snowman family.
Changed it to evening and changed the scarf, I actually looked at photos of how scarves draped around ones neck...  There is ALWAYS some study and practice in every painting.

My subjects are melting!   My mind is going towards Spring...

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

2021 Snowman #4



SOLD!

4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/26 the price goes to $250.

Thank you Nancy for the use of your photo to create this snowman.  A little artistic license was used.  I added buttons and changed the color of the scarf.

We took the time today to film the steps used in painting snowmen.  
Click HERE to view my 20 minute You-Tube!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

2021 Snowman #3

SOLD! 4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/25 the price goes to $250.


Thank you Sue for the heads up that this snowman was located on Spruce Street here in Lititz.  I took a little artistic license with him and gave him a carrot nose.  This one has a different body than my other ones.  Don't tell Linda but I am actually getting into it now!

The way you paint a snow man in watercolor is by painting the grey areas (positive areas or half tones)  allowing the paper to be the white snow.  It requires the artist to really study the subject and take it apart a bit like a puzzle.

Monday, February 22, 2021

2021 Snowman #2

 

4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/24 the price goes to $250.

Who knew so many people like snowmen.  As promised, #1 sold so here is #2.  The only serious artistic thing I can say is no white paint was used.  

Sunday, February 21, 2021

2021 Snowman #1

SOLD!

4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/23 the price goes to $250.

SO... here is the story; Linda likes snow, she loves to shovel.  After this last snowstorm she gets the bright idea I should paint snowmen.  Personally, I am attempting to ignore the snow and my mind has gone to Spring!  However... a happy wife... you know the rest!  SO... here is a snowman and the deal is if it sells I will paint another one, however if not, I am moving on.  What a conflict, sell and earn money vs no sale and I will not paint more of them.  My fate is in your hands!
I combined several snowmen people sent me, trying to balance a realistic one and not get too cute.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

2021 Window #2

 
4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$225. framed

I was drawn to the light and shadows in this window.
The original photo was given to my from Dave...thank you.

I am thinking about painting a snow man or two, if you have
a good photo I may use, please send it to me.  Must be one
you took!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

2021 Landscape #1


SOLD!

4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/19 the price goes to $275

Going for a landscape today...  interesting gate.

Thoughts:  We had a nice visit from an old dear client today.  She is not old!!   Just been a client for almost 30 years.   We had takeout lunch and chatted and I reframed her commission from 1993.  A fresh mat does wonders for an old painting.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

2021 Still Life #7

 

SOLD!
6X4" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/18 the price goes to $275

I enjoy crocks.  Here are three with a fourth tucked behind.  All different shapes and colors.  A wonderful study.


FYI:  Today the phone rang and the caller ID said Pennsylvan Call.  So Linda decided to answer incase it was something important.  They said they were from Medicare and confirming the correct information because they are issuing new plastic Medicare cards.  I hear Linda agreeing with a few things and then she gets a bit agitated with the questions and the next thing I hear is,  "listen, if you are from Medicare you already have all the information you need and you can look it up" and the phone slams down.    She Googles it and its a scam.  Medicare is NOT issuing a new plastic card.  So be warned!  She is pretty much on top of things and still got pulled in for a few moments.  But it did offer a little excitement in a long Covid day!

Monday, February 15, 2021

2021 Still Life #6


4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day
$225

This photo does not do the painting justice...
I am practicing my glass skills on this one.  A little challenge painting a clear glass and a dark amber glass. To make it even harder, the clear glass was setting side ways giving an interesting angle with difficult shadows.  Savings the white paper for the highlights.  Understanding what to paint in and what to leave out.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

2021 Still Life #5


SOLD!
5X5" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/16 the price goes to $275

This is not just any basket... it is a South Carolina sweetgrass basket.  AND not just any sweetgrass basket...  Back in the early 1980's I did the Longs Park show and exhibited with Mary Jackson and her sister Yvonne Foreman, sweetgrass basket weavers.  
At that time we splurged and purchased a basket, picking one we could barely afford. This one is by Yvonne (sadly not by Mary, if it was Marys it would be worth much more today!!)  Mary Jackson goes on to become a premier weaver (I mean BIG time!) I did many shows over the years with her. Yvonne stopped weaving, anyway I could not find much info on her.  While it would be nice if it had been one of Mary's baskets,  we still cherish it.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

2021 Still Life #4

6X4" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day  $225.

I still have some pears hanging around so I put together another still life.  This time I grabbed a small green bottle and this lavender thing... ok I have been informed it is a lavender wand, handmade by our extra creative friend Lynne!  I just liked the color!  


This is it till Sunday night, I need to spend a few focused days on my commission.

Thoughts:  We have several big show decisions to make and it is hard. Trying to balance the desire to get back to normal and the need to earn a living with being realistic.   We need to consider travel, hotels and restaurants.  At the show there are the crowds of people (who have been careful??) and the need of porta johns!  That is a big one!  Then consider sitting all day outside in the heat with a mask on...   Linda says if she cannot travel she should not be showing!!   ha ha,  the not traveling is finally getting to her.   SO, we made decisions, today we cancelled two of my big shows:  Penn State Show in July, I am sorry but the thought of thousands of college students at my booth....  need I say more about this one???  We also cancelled Waterford, VA.   we stay with a host family and that just does not seem smart this year and hotels are far away.  Also not going to my  favorite Shaker show in KY.  So basically we are going with only shows close to home for this year.  We will do a few of our own shows in our back yard, to be scheduled as soon as the snow leaves us!!  


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

2021 Window #1


SOLD!
$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/12 the price goes to $275..

I am really shaking things up this week!  Todays feature is a window.  Thank you to a client who sent this photo from Chadds Ford.  Love the warmth of the light coming inside.  My favorite artistic part is the tiny lightbulb, I did it without white paint!  

Anyone needing a Valentines gift, I am happy to help.  You have so many options!  You may visit the studio and pick out a painting or print, you can have something shipped, you can schedule a special commission,  or you can order a gift certificate.   



Tuesday, February 9, 2021

2021 Still Life #3

 

SOLD!    $145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/11 the price goes to $250.

I bought pears yesterday, and thought I simply needed to paint them.  I paint pears often so I needed to put a little effort into a still life with something other than the pear.   I hunted through Linda's blue bottle collection and found a shape I liked.  So... pear with blue bottle!


We took Grandpa (Linda's step dad, he lives in our upstairs apartment) for a new stove, his died and we decided to replace his fridge at the same time since everything is now 20 years old.  I want to thank our salesman Pete at Martin Appliance in Brownstown.  He was kind, took his time with Grandpa, he listened and was not in a hurry and did not try to upsell.  If you are 86 it takes a while to pick out two appliances...

Monday, February 8, 2021

2021 Still Life #2

 

 miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day
 $275 Framed in black wood

Fruit on a platter... loved the harmony of color on this one.  I am guessing its clementines. I have been hanging onto this subject for a year and I cannot remember who sent me the original photo but I loved painting it.   I know I say this all the time, but with daily painting you just get better (more accomplished) and the paint just flows off the brush.   The pleasure for me is being able to relax and simply paint and enjoy the subjects without struggling to know how to paint it.
practice, practice and more practice.

Another uneventful weekend.  I worked on my commission, actually balancing two of them at the moment.   Watched several episodes of Zelda (married to  F. Scott Fitzgerald).  Linda made a great shrimp bisque and that was about all the excitement here.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

2021 Still Life #1

 

SOLD!
4X6" miniature original watercolor - A Painting A Day

$145. (unframed)
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/9 the price goes to $275

A wonderful piece of redware starts off my still life series.  I simply love the color of redware.

REMINDER:  Please check your spam or junk folders often, I personally have had issues with emails I have sent out going into clients junk folders, making it look like I am not replying.  Better yet, pick up the phone and call me!



Thursday, February 4, 2021

Kindness...

I did not get a painting done today.  I spent most of my day at the Lebanon VA with my father-in-law.  He had his usual appointment plus his Covid vaccine.  A little time there reminded me how grateful I am, how blessed...   I wanted to take this time to tell you to do something kind for someone, a random act.  You cannot believe how that kindness will make someones day.  I am on the receiving end of kindness all the time.   So far this year clients and friends have dropped off little special gifts...

Thank you Lynne, she made this felted mat for Linda...

Thank you Jim, homemade fruitcake... ok, this fruitcake is no joke!  The only fruitcake I eat.

















Thank you John, he has dropped off this fabulous coffee drink several times.



Thank you Lynne, you are the BEST baker.   I get a bag of the best shortbread several times a year.  And these biscotti were delish.  I don't think Linda even got  a bite!











You can see how happy these items have made me!  I try to pass on the kindness and I am challenging you to do a few random acts this coming week.  If you are stuck for ideas, Google Random Acts of Kindness Ideas and you will get lots to pick from.  The simplest things are a huge blessing to someone.

Meanwhile, I have a commission to work on all weekend.