Monday, August 2, 2021

Checking in...

Lititz Art Show went very well, the weather was perfect.  Pack up took what felt like forever, we got home at 7:30pm and I was only a few blocks away!  I am getting back in the swing of showing after a year off.   I am working on a large painting that I will share soon and also a small commission that will be a gift.  Today I unpacked the van,  cut a case of glass and cleaned the air conditioner filters. and suddenly it is dinner time and I was to be grilling.  Next, I want to tune up the tandem in hopes of a bit of riding this week.  

Again, I must say how blessed I am.  Saturday the Harts brought muffins out to the show.  They gave me energy at pack up! There were 4 and now there is one... Delish.  Today Keylor's dropped off a wonderful drink when picking up a painting.  I am SPOILED!  But a good spoiled!  And I am grateful!


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Collector Series on YouTube

 My latest video is now posted on YouTube.  It is called "Andy Smith Collector Series" and the first guest collector is Rose Ellen.  She has collected my work for the past 20 years.  I can say she truly loves her paintings and they look stunning in her home.  Click HERE to watch the video.  It is only 1.51 minutes short so enjoy!  I thank Rich for doing a great job filming and editing and the soundtrack is a recording of him on his baritone guitar, how cool is that!  Linda is thinking it was worth every penny so she does not have to do it.  I have a few more lined up after I pay off this one!

I did not have time to paint my blog today.  It was errands day.  We picked up an order of frames, then went for a pedicure. Yes, I get a pedicure and I am not too proud to say my sad dogs feel wonderful when they are finished.   A few years ago Linda twisted my arm and dragged me in kicking and screaming.  After the first time, getting over being one of the only men in there... now I love it.  Oh, the things you hear.  A woman scheduled a back wax for her husband...ouch... now that made me feel pretty lucky, I'll do my feet anytime!  Back to the errands; checked on the camper, stopped for pretzels and then to the grocery store.  A full day.  I did start the drawing for a small commission.  Sending that for approval.  It's a gift so I cannot post it for a while.

Reminder:  Saturday I will be at booth 153 near the pavilions.  The weather should be perfect for a day in the park.  Come see me!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

2021 Still Life #15

mini original watercolor  $225.

This beautiful woven basket was spotted while antiquing in Tannersville, NY (the Catskills).  Linda thought I should have left the little price tag off but I am so literal!

My latest larger original painting will be displayed this Saturday at the Lititz Art Show. Space B152 near the pavilions.

"2021 Window Seat"   framed 14x18  $875.
A huge thank you to our friends the Wardells for the inspiration for this painting!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

2021 Landscape #24


$135. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 7/29 the price goes to $225.

This is a backyard in Chestertown, MD.  I liked the shadows and the red pop of color drawing you back the driveway.

This Saturday you can find me at the Lititz Art Show
Booth #153 In the back near the pavilion
Grab a friend and come see my latest work!

Monday, July 26, 2021

2021 Landscape #23

mini original watercolor  $200.
Cloud work!

Today Rich filmed my 1st Collector video for YouTube.  It was fun to watch him work and Rose Ellen did a great job explaining what her paintings mean to her.  Linda was just relieved it was not her job to film!  Can't wait to see the results.  I will post as soon as it is ready.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

July Backyard open this weekend

I just realized how long it has been since I was able to blog...  8 days.  So here is a recap.  We had the RV out for 5 days last week.  Had my 2nd show of the year.  Normally I would have attended 15 shows.  Wow, let that sink in.  While Winterthur weather was brutal it was a pretty good show for me. Home to laundry and unpacking the van.  Lots of framing for this weekends Backyard Show.  Meanwhile Linda bought a used set of beautiful kitchen cabinets that took 5 of us and a huge trailer to pick up.  But before we could get them we had to clean out our garage. I think I am being played, cleaning the garage has been on Linda's list all year and I have tried to avoid it.   Suddenly I own cabinets that must be stored there.   I mean totally empty to make temporary room.  Are you seeing how this is going?  This undertaking took a whole day.   Our kitchen remodel was not even on the list for this year but I am guessing there is a change in priority!  In the 8 days we were away Linda's flower beds became a mess, according to her and needed hours of work.  She has been going out each morning at 6:30am to beat the heat.   I am finishing a larger painting that I want to frame tomorrow.  And tomorrow is backyard set up, that's an all day affair.  

July 23-25  held at our studio at 4 N Spruce Street, Lititz PA
Open to everyone, from 10am to 4pm  daily      FREE!  
If it is raining we will be closed, there is no way to keep my paintings
dry with this set up.  You can always call to confirm.
2 tents filled with original watercolors and prints.
I will be painting so bring a friend and stop in.

July 23-25:   BACKYARD SHOW at the studio
                                  4 N. Spruce St. Lititz, PA  
Open 10-4     Closed if raining!   FREE

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Show weekend at Winterthur in Delaware!

My space is  #6 on the West Side (Clenny Run)   I will have four new originals and a full compliment of prints.  Stop in and see me.  Rain or Shine or Heat!!

No painting today, spent my day gathering my show equipment,  getting the RV and packing.  We are going to camp before the show.  Meeting my brother and his wife for dinner, first time seeing them in over a year.  And topping it off with a new show this weekend in a fantastic location.  Linda is not looking forward to the heat and sitting outside...  I like the heat however todays humidity may have been too much for even me.

Monday, July 12, 2021

2021 Still Life #14

SOLD!   $145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 7/14 the price goes to $225.

Finally a still life, I have not been inside anywhere except the grocery store in forever!  Last week we stopped in to a friends house and I took a few photos.  This is their beautiful window seat.  I think she made  the cushion and pillows.  Just felt nice to paint something that was not a landscape.  

I am running a bit late today,  time just got away from me.   I had the oil changed in the suburban, a very nice young couple from MD stopped in and we chatted for a long time, I took Linda to the store and somewhere in between there I painted.  My goal is to post at 7pm... usually I make it!

That said, I finished this Lancaster County scene over the weekend.
"Lancaster County Vista"       Framed 22x12      $875.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

2021 Waterlily #2

SOLD!   $145 (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 7/10 the price goes to $250.

Another beautiful waterlily came up in our little backyard pond. 
This time a pale light yellow.  I had to paint it.

We had an appointment today with a friend Rich Johnson who is going to clean up my YouTube channel and video a few YouTubes for me.  If you own a few of my paintings and live in Lititz and are willing to be videoed and chat about what my paintings mean to you...only about 1-2 minutes... Please send an email.  I am looking for volunteers!  

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

2021 Beach #2

SOLD!   $145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 7/9 the price goes to $225.

Ocean City, NJ.  We had a beautiful beach day.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

2021 Catskill #3

mini original watercolor    $225.

Another view of the North-South Lake in Hunter, NY.   Almost makes me want to try kayaking!

This is a great link... check it out and feel free to share it with your friends.     

Monday, July 5, 2021

2021 4th of July


$145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 7/7 the price goes to $250.

I wanted to post this on the 4th but did not get it finished in time.  This is from our hill.

I spent the weekend working on this painting.  I am working on some larger paintings since my show schedule is picking up and I want some fresh work.

18x14...not titled or priced

Thursday, July 1, 2021

2021 Beach #1


$145 (unframed) 6x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 7/3 the price goes to $250.

Not exactly a beach but beach related and I will probably do more beach paintings later. While at the beach last week our friend Kathy found this beautiful scallop shell and gave it to Linda.  The back story is the girls are always talking about walking the 
El Camino de Santiago and the white scallop shell has meaning.  If you are unfamiliar click the links it is very interesting.  She saved it and suggested it would make an interesting painting... testing my skills as always!  I think it turned out well.  This also shows you can find inspiration anywhere.

FYI: there is a good movie about walking the El Camino caller "The Way" with Martin Sheen (2012), worth your time.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

2021 Catskill #2

mini original watercolor    $250.

NO white paint was used in this painting!  
Glen Falls in Round Top, NY.  What a surprise this falls was, a short walk in the woods and there it was!  We were the only people there.

Here is another "big sky" painting.  This is from my bike ride near Hershey, PA.  The colors are a bit brighter, and the farm has sharper lines. I love that bright red roof.  This sky has a few wispy clouds floating across but study the sky, it has a lot of understated shades and colors.

"Hot Spell"   framed 19x19   $1500.

Monday, June 28, 2021

2021 Catskill #1

mini original watercolor  $

This beautiful lake is the North-South Lake
in Hunter, NY.  A one mile hike (walk!) from Kaaterskill Falls.  It feels like you could just slip a canoe into it!

A year sitting at home during Covid forced me to paint more landscapes.  Without my usual traveling and sightseeing I spent more time studying our land.  I have been really concentrating on improving my skies, experimenting with washes and texture and color values.  This is actually quite hard, with watercolor you save the negative space, that means painting the blue around the white clouds.  In other mediums you can add puffy white clouds on top of the blue.   With my latest paintings I am using the sky as a focal point.  1/3 landscape with the silo and trees pointing you up to the sky which covers 2/3 of the paper.  This painting has a bit of cloud drama with the feeling of being overcast.  Meanwhile the foreground stands on its own.  Beautiful yellow across the field sweeps you in.  

"Cool Front"   Framed 19x19    $1500.

2021 Waterlily

SOLD!  $145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 6/30 the price goes to $250.

This little gem was standing tall in our pond, daring me to paint it!

We are blessed with wonderful friends; we were invited to Ocean City, NJ for a few days last week.  The weather was perfect.  We had some beach time, some game time and good food.  Blessed!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Family visit...

FINALLY... after 11 months we were able to visit Abbey and Ben... Family time!  We spent several days at their cottage in the Catskills in NY.  A very good reason I was off the blog for a few days!  As you can see our days were filled exploring the area, hiking, waterfalls, lakes and lots of forest.

Ben cooked and made amazing cocktails and we sat under the stars with a fire.   

We own a few adirondack chairs that Linda's Grandfather made.  We were not ready to give them up so we asked a very gifted friend to use one of our chairs and make a pattern and then build 6 chairs for Abbey and Ben.  They are red Oak and are beautiful.

Next we will be spending a few days with friends at the beach...Then I have two 8x10 commissions to paint and THEN I will be back to A Painting A Day and I am thinking it will be the Catskill mountains or beach scenes!

Monday, June 7, 2021


 I am still concentrating on my commission.  This one is a lot of work but it is coming along nicely. 

 I want to remind everyone this weekend is my June Open Backyard. Bring a friend and stop in!  Let everyone know, spread the word, everyone is welcome.
June 11-13:  Andy Smiths Backyard is Open
                     4 N Spruce St.   Lititz, PA
                      Open 10 to 4    Closed if it is raining but I am expecting a beautiful weekend.
Original Paintings and Prints will be on display and I will be demonstrating.

Question of the Day:   Do you follow trends in decoration or use the color of the year?
NO! I do not even pay attention.  A trend becomes popular for a while and then the next best thing comes along.   I do not even know what the latest color is.  I simply paint, I am looking for longevity.   I have a solid color pallete, I do not add the latest colors, I mix whatever color I need.  I am not interested in remaking myself every year.  I do not change my style or subject matter to try to fit into an area.  I am not painting beachy pastel things just to fit into Florida.  I believe traditional subjects in realistic style are always in fashion. 
 Luckily my clients agree!  I have been blessed to simply paint what is in me. 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thursday catch up...

We took a mental health day on Wednesday! Linda planned some tandem riding time. We drove to Elizabethtown PA for the Conewago Recreation Trail. (crushed stone they filled in with bigger stone making is very bumpy! Linda was not happy with this section and it will be the only time we ride this one!!) 5.5 miles and it meets the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail (one of our favorites) which goes through Mount Gretna. We rode 10.5 miles to the Barrel snack stand and exited to the Blue Bird Inn for lunch. Then turned around and rode 16 miles back; 32 miles round trip.

I have been concentrating on my commission which I cannot show because it is a gift.  While not getting much painting a day paintings done I am still  painting every day all day, except for Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

2021 Landscape #22

 6x4” mini original watercolor     $275.

This was the view from our campground in N. Connellsville, PA

My latest commission was picked up on Saturday.  They loved it!  Now on to the next one!

Question of the Day: What is the hardest part of creating a painting?
I consider my self a realistic painter... here is the definition:

ART TERM: REALISM     In its specific sense realism refers to a mid nineteenth century artistic movement characterizes by subjects painted from everyday life in a naturalistic manner; however the term is also generally used to describe artworks painted in a realistic almost photographic way.

This means my painting look like what I saw.  For me the hardest part of creating is the drawing.  I ONLY draw free hand, using a photo as my guide and occasionally I use a strait edge.  I have a pretty steady hand!  No help from computers, projectors or tracing.  Why?  This is only my opinion, I feel there is a greater connection to the painting when I hand draw.   It is not totally perfect like a traced drawing.  It helps me understand the perspective and gives me time studying it so I also understand the light and dark areas. That drawing is the foundation of the painting.  This stage cannot be rushed, I work on it until it is correct, however long that takes.   Here are four examples of four totally different subjects of finished drawings on my watercolor paper, ready to start painting.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

2021 Landscape #21


mini original watercolor  $225.

This on is from Adelaide Road in North Connellsville, PA
I just like the view;  the rolling hills with mow marks and the tree line.

Question of the Day: Do you use photos for reference?

Yes I do.  I travel a lot and often fill my time with heavy sight seeing.  That does not allow time to sit out and paint whatever catches my eye.  In the old days I had a good camera and printed my photos.  I still have shoe boxes full of photos that I can't seem to throw away!

With my next camera I could download onto my computer and the print out what I wanted to use.  Now I simply use my Iphone.  I do not even print photos anymore.  I am not a photographer, waiting for the perfect shot, I am a point and shoot guy.  After all its for reference.  My photos are less then great!  I am a realist painter, that means I am interpreting what I see.  So I am not making things up.  I try to tell you where I saw what I painted.   I also do not do "Plein Air Painting" which means sitting out and painting the view in front of you.  My style does not lend itself to painting outside, plus I am not keen on bugs!  The only time I painted Plein Air was when we took a cruise.  I painted a very small mini every day while on ship.  I also paint outside at my shows, just using my photos for reference.   I do not use any free photo sites off the computer.  I prefer my own photos although I do accept clients photos as long as they personally took the photo and I usually give that person credit.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

2021 Landscape #20 - Great Allegheny Passage

mini original watercolor $225.

A view from the trail, Great Alleghany Passage,
following the river.  This was a nice shady spot.

Monday, May 24, 2021

2021 Landscape #19 - Great Allegheny Passage


SOLD!  $145 (unframed)4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/26 the price goes to $225.

This is from our bike ride on the Great Allegheny Passage. near Layton, PA.  I thought the bridge tucked among the greenery was interesting and hints of the river.

I am allowed to show my finished commission.  I was asked to say;  "
it is a cherished memory of a family farm/barn!"

Sunday, May 23, 2021

2021 Landscape #18

mini original watercolor $225.

This is a wonderful barn from our drive around Chester Springs PA. (Charlestown Township)  Love the type stone you find in that area.

We are back home and unpacked, laundry done and RV back in its parking space.  
Meanwhile, I finished my farm commission and am awaiting permission to show it.  My other commission will be finished this week.  

I am always surprised by the kindness of people.  I simply gave some email painting advice and I receive brushes as a thank you.   Thank you Dave!  Totally unexpected and that's the best gift!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Catch up...

We are trying to take our little RV out a few days each month.  We left Tuesday for  Connellsville, Pa.  The plan was to ride sections of the Great Allegheny Passage.  Wednesday we rode the tandem 46 miles; 23 miles north to West Newton, had lunch then 23 back to camp.  This section was flat but a bit boring, part shade but some full sun.   This is the longest we have ever ridden the tandem!  I was a bit surprised when Linda agreed to go out again.  Thursday we rode 40 miles; 20 miles south to Ohiopyle, lunch and 20 miles back.  Linda is all in now...if we had a whoopie cushion she would be using it!  There will be NO riding tomorrow!!

The views of the river were beautiful and I will have some new mini paintings shortly.

Friday is a rest and read day for Linda and I am working on my commissions then it’s back to reality for us.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

2021 Landscape #17

SOLD!  $145 (unframed) 4x6” original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/15 the price goes to $225.

Daybreak outside of Ephrata, PA

Wednesday we decided to enjoy the day and took the tandem bike to the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. (PA)   We started in Columbia and road to Shocks Mill RR Bridge where we had to stop because the river was up over the trail.  Way too high to get across!  We had lunch in Marietta and rode a total of 20.5 miles.  Linda has not been on the bike since March, I do not see how she hops on and does 20 miles...  granted we are on a tandem but still, I ride everyday.  Anyway, it is a nice paved trail and we plan to return.  I managed to paint all evening so it was not a total day off.

Today was an eye appointment and pick up frames - not glasses, frames for paintings!  I packed the van for tomorrows show set up in Manheim. 
First show in over a year.  Commissions are coming along nicely.
Saturday you can find me here


Monday, May 10, 2021

2021 Landscape #16

SOLD!  $145 (unframed) 5x5” original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/12 the price goes to $250.

I am having a good time painting Lancaster County landscapes.  It is great practice and my sky is getting better, plus the light on this barn is really good!

Thank you to all who came out for my Backyard show this past weekend.  The weather was less than pleasant but I still managed to get most of the weekend in.  It was nice to see clients and friends.

I have my first show in 13 months!  
Saturday, May 15th  you can find me outside at:
Heart of Lancaster Spring Show 
held at Roots Market at 705 Greystone Rd, Manheim, PA
Booth #22 *  Rain or Shine! * FREE admission

Question of the Day: What is your work day like?
I am a very disciplined artist.  Painting is both a passion and my job.  I paint all day most days.  But there are days that other things must get done.  My day  today (Monday) went like this...
Up at 5:30am.  A little alone time till Linda gets up!
I start with my devotions.  Next I do some exercises: I stretch,
core exercises, sit ups etc.  I need to keep this older body tuned!  I still do a lot of lifting with my shows.  Then I walk around the house picking up my junk before Linda finds it!  I tend to be a little messy.   I make coffee and have breakfast.

Now at this point if there is no house stuff to do I start painting right away however today was busy...
At 8am I went outside and packed up the tent and panels and all the supplies needed over the weekend.  Organized things for this weekends show.  We went to the grocery store together and  I was painting by noon.  I painted this blog and next I worked on my commission painting till 5pm.  We have dinner together, I did dishes and then my bike ride.  I try to ride every day, it clears my head!  Back in the house by 8pm and back to painting again until about 10pm.   Then bed.  I am asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow!  I rarely have a day without 4 to 10 hours of painting. 

But remember this is a team effort, I just need to paint!
Meanwhile Linda is up between 7 and 8am, drinks the coffee I made and heads right to her desk.  Very very disciplined! I have no idea what she does there...
here is what I was told.  She entered all the sales from the weekend.  Balanced the charges and got a deposit together. Updated the data base of clients.  She has these sheets she designed years ago and fills out for each show with the tent layout/paintings hung, sales per day, Number of clients/ what sold... anything I ever need to know!  that was filled in.  Made a list of prints that need framed tomorrow and a list to pack for the next show.  She updated the website for sold paintings and the schedule. She got a painting ready to frame and another ready to box.  Then put on her wife hat and made a menu for the week and a grocery list... off to the store.  Home to prep dinner (meatloaf, mashed potatoes and fresh red beets - I eat well!)  then back to her desk.  Balanced our accounts, paid a few bills, answered a ton of emails.  Made dinner.  Then out in the garden to pull weeds. Back at her desk to get things organized for tomorrow.   Bed at midnight, asleep at who knows when... she's not a great sleeper!
This is the life of a blessed artist and his helper!

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Backyard plans for the weekend

Looking at the weather my plan for Friday is to be open at 10am until it rains, maybe 3??
You may always call 717.627.3383 to confirm.

Backyard sounds easy but its not.  We set up 2 tents with weights and panels.  Planning on wind and rain.  Hung signs, arrows on the sidewalk.

Next is covers and believe it or not, all the paintings need to be boxed and carried outside.  Linda hung everything so we know where it goes in the morning.  Then we took them all down and reboxed them!
9 hours later...  I think we are ready to greet you in the morning!   Fingers crossed the rain holds off.