Monday, October 3, 2022

2022 Landscape 25

$145. (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 10/5 the price goes to $250.

A Lancaster County sunset.

We are back home from Bedford.   Unpacked and laundry done.  Already repacking for the Waterford Show.  We are juggling a big show, the kitchen remodel and Open House demands.  I cut 5 mats for my original paintings I am saving for Open House.  Linda is emptying boxes and filling up the kitchen cabinets and she found her hors d'oeuvres folder!
Invites are being printed and Tuesday I proof the printing of two new prints.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Bedford Update

 We made the hard decision to NOT exhibit this weekend at Bedford Fall Foliage Festival.   They are predicting just tooooo much rain.  I don’t mind sitting out in a drizzle but…

I think this may be the 1st time I did not continue with a show.  Feeling bad but think it’s the wisest decision.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

2022 Still Life #28

mini original watercolor   $250.

I love green glass! Painting glass so can see through it is a challenge.

Packing for Bedford show this weekend, and watching the weather.
Oct. 1-2, 9am-5pm My space is Juliana St #175 (close to Penn St.)
FREE   I will only be here the 1st weekend.

Linda and I did a little wall papering last night and we are still talking to each other! Although we will probably never do it again!

Monday, September 26, 2022

2022 Landscape #24

$135. (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/28 the price goes to $225.

This little landscape is from Ireland.

Mad scramble to get the kitchen finished. Need it ready for Open House.
Working on moldings and the bathroom.  The carpenter, not me!!  Floor was put in over the weekend, not in this photo. Stove hook up on Wednesday.   I think WE are putting a bit of wall paper in the bathroom sometime tonight...Oh boy!!   Lots of little loose ends driving Linda crazy!  Check out the stool, that's my new painting spot until we put in a dishwasher.  On top of all that, it is Open House time!  I saw the layout for the invitation and a new sign for the porch.  She has been talking to the printer for my new print. (hint...think Bittersweet)  AND the  folder with her hors d'oeuvres has not been located as of yet.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

South Dakota Trip

We are back from a great vacation in South Dakota.  We had driven WEST with Linda's  Mom and Step Dad in 2004, 18 years ago, so this was our 2nd time here but no less exciting!  The trip was planned by our friend Joan and included us, and my brother Carl and his wife Beth.  

Day 1 Arrived in the afternoon and dinner at Fuji Japanese Steakhouse  this was filled with good food and lots of laughter, a great way to start.

Day 2 We spent in downtown Rapid City.  Starting our day with brunch at Tally's Silver Spoon.  I highly recommend this place, the food was very good. Rapid City has statues of every president on every corner and we found them ALL!.  It was fun crisscrossing the streets and guessing who the president was.  Props to my bro who guessed most of them.  Here we are with Lincoln, who because of him we were able to all be together!
After a full day of walking in the hot sun we went back to our hotel for drinks and snacks.

Day 3  If you know Joan, you will not be surprised that our mode of transportation was a Limo!

We started with Custer State Park in the Black Hills. The views were magnificent.

The Needles (rocks) Sylvan Lake, and the tunnels through rocks.  A stop at Crazy Horse

A surprise view of Mount Rushmore.

Finishing our evening with a night show at Mount Rushmore

Day 4   Our limo took us to the Minuteman Missile National Site and the visitors center. WOW, thats all I can say. Followed by a drive through the Badlands. Another WOW...the views here are other worldly.   A MUST see.   We did group selfies everyday!

A stop at the famous Wall Drug and ending our sightseeing at the Museum of Geology. Followed by dinner at Sabatinos Italian.  A FULL day.

Day 5   Headed to Wyoming to Devils Tower!!
Carl, Linda and me walked 2 miles around the base. Stunning views of the valley. Well worth the walk. Lunch at Steerfish in Spearfish! And then a beautiful drive through canyons (Leads, SD)

In the four days of travel we saw: buffalo

Bighorn sheep

Mountain Goats

not to forget Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Wild Turkeys and LOTS of Prairie Dogs.
We arrived home very late on Friday night and I am already back to painting!

Thursday, September 15, 2022

2022 Window #8

$145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/17 the price goes to $250.

I am scrolling through some old photos and found these fantastic windows from Ireland.  Brings back happy memories from a castle tour.

I have 2 more shows on my schedule...

Bedford Fall Foliage Festival
Downtown Bedford, PA
**I am at the 1st weekend only
Oct. 1 - 2 from 10-5  Space #175 on Juliana St


Our trip to Mount Rushmore with friends is coming up fast.  Looking forward to some fun.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

2022 NYC

mini original watercolor$225.

The view outside our daughters window in NYC.

Busy day: van to the garage, Lititz borough inspection of our apartments (passed with flying colors), counter top installed.  We had a lively debate on this years new print...  the rest of the day was spent painting.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

2022 Hudson

 mini original watercolor   $225.

I was going through some photos from 2019 and found some views from our walk across the Hudson in Highland, NY.  If you have not done that put it on your list.  There is plenty to see in the area.

We got a bit wet and muddy on Sunday at the Mellon Park show so I spent today hosing off and drying out the tent, tarps and rug.  We had a few damaged prints from the dampness.

I also wanted to share a great photo taken by AJ Nutter.  He did some video for me a while back but was taking photos for the Heart of Lancaster show.  Just my hand but so expressive.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Heading to Pittsburgh

 Heading to Pittsburgh...

This is a great quality show that I am proud to be included in.  It is free, tellyour Pittsburgh friends to come see me!

Thursday, September 1, 2022

2022 Sunflower #8

$150. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/3 the price goes to $250

This is my last sunflower!

Just an interesting update, I am always surprised to be included in these rankings, I do not apply for it, they just find me! That said, I am always honored.
In 72 Top Watercolor Blogs & Websites To Follow in 2022 I am ranked #2!!

In 80 Best Watercolor Blogs and Websites I am ranked #7!

In 50 Best Watercolor Blogs and Websites I am ranked #42

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

2022 Sunflower #7

mini original watercolor   $250.

I am nearing my max on sunflowers, so one more tomorrow and that's it for the season!

I am getting ready for Heart of Lancaster set up. This is my last local show for the year other than my annual Open House. It is FREE so stop out.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

2022 Sunflower #6

$150. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 9/1 the price goes to $250.

I am trying to find some interesting views, without painting the same ole thing.

I love the heat but this is getting even to me. It is hot when I am riding at the crack of dawn. I was dripping wet when I came in today. Otherwise, I am just painting.

Monday, August 29, 2022

2022 Sunflower #5

mini original watercolor $250.
Planning on a few more sunflowers then moving on to a another subject.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

2022 Sunflower #4

 mini original watercolor  $250.

I did a little fun thing with this one, do you see it?

My last local show is next weekend.  Booth #136

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

2022 Sunflower #3

$150. (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 8/25 the price goes to $250.

Sunflower #3.

The planning has begun on our Annual Open House. Back to the usual date of the weekend before Thanksgiving and back to the usual wine and hors d'oeuvres. Linda did shorten the hours, after all we are not as young as we were! So that means I need to focus on some fantastic new paintings! Pressure is on.  More info will be coming.

Monday, August 22, 2022

2022 Sunflower #2

 mini original watercolor     $225.

Concentrating on sunflowers this week.

Had a good show at Mount Gretna this past weekend.  I received a Judges Choice award for overall booth which means I am accepted next year without jurying.

Meanwhile Linda is doing some painting of her own, in her kitchen!

Thursday, August 18, 2022

weeks update...

The week is flying by with no painting time! Tuesday I played carpenters helper, helping my friend Ron put in the base cabinets in our kitchen. By helper, I mean lifting and handing him tools! Wednesday was our "play day". Rode bikes with our friends the Hildebrands. We did 16 miles on the tandem on the Mount Gretna Trail and then had a late lunch at Lazzaro's in Lebanon, PA. We really enjoy the family that owns this restaurant, very out going and SO Italian. They make dining so much fun.  Thursday is set up at Mount Gretna. This is a hard set up, you may not drive to your booth so you dolly pretty far.  That's LOTS of trips back and forth.

I was thinking, this makes 41 years at this show. My first year was 1981 and I was 28 years old. In those days this was a BIG deal show, I was showing with the "big boys" and I was GREEN! I did not own a tent and was using tarps. It was a mess. I was SO out of my comfort zone and out of my league. I was not ready to be exhibiting with this group! On Sunday morning they had a Pancake Breakfast and we walked in and the main table was filled with all the big named artists. Bruce Johnson, Lynne Yancha, Nancy Strailey, plus others and they were chatting about showing and being an artist, sharing stories and it was intimidating.  The first few years I was not invited to that table! I was so starry eyed and new and inexperienced. Eventually I was accepted. They are all no longer showing and I am now the next older generation of artists. I am now the old guard and there is no longer a breakfast. I was thinking that another five years and it will be our turn to retire and hopefully there will be a new group ready to take over... I have had the same space location for most of the years. I went from a tarp to my own tent, then to a double booth where a local tent company put it up for me, then I put up my own double booth until 2017 when I went down to one booth but still in my usual space location.  I have been here so long there have been three show directors!  This is a great show with professional artists and craftsmen.  Worth your time to come out and walk around.  There is food and music and ME!  

Mount Gretna Art Show
Saturday, August 20 from 9 to 6
Sunday, August 21 from 9-5
Booth #210

Monday, August 15, 2022

2022 Sunflower #1

$150. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 8/17 the price goes to $275.

I normally wait till September to paint my sunflower series however they are in full bloom right now. I decided not to wait. If you have a great sunflower photo send it to me, I can always use more.

Busy weekend. Abbey and Ben came home for their 20th class reunion. I cannot believe its 20 years. Actually, I wish we could have gone since we know so many of her classmates! Would have loved to catch up with them. But we were NOT invited. Saturday was a beautiful show day in Lititz. I did well plus got to talk to so many people I know. Sunday was brunch with the kids before they headed back to the city. We were feeling a little tired and lazy but do not want to turn into stuffy old people, so we forced ourselves to go out to Longs Park for a free concert, Zydeco. Excellent evening and glad we went, music of any kind always makes you feel better.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

2022 Landscape #23

mini original watercolor   $225.

Another Storm King view.

Packing the van today... I have only ONE block to drive but still need to pack!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

2022 Landscape #22

mini original watercolor  $225.

One of our favorite places to visit, Storm King in New Windsor NY, we try to go every year.   There is something about that little grove of trees. I must love this view because Linda remembered I had painted it in the past. So I added some birds!

Weather is looking great for Saturday's BIG Lititz Craft Show.  If you are on Facebook, google the Lititz Rotary Craft Show, then scroll down and see FAQ's for parking info.  Come early, wear your walking shoes!!  Find me on the square.


Monday, August 8, 2022

2022 Landscape #21

$135. (unframed) 5x5” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 8/10 the price goes to $225.

An Irish home in Kinsale  from our trip in 2018.  I am going looking over my trip photos and seeing it all over again.  All the angles interested me.

This Saturday is the 2nd local show for me:
Lititz Rotary BIG Craft Show
Saturday, August 13
From 8 to 4   Rain or Shine  FREE!
Space: B4 on the square in front of the Patio entrance

I road my bike this morning and it was hot even for me, and I love the heat!  Linda loves documentaries in a broad subject! I simply sit in on whatever she has on!  Saturday we watched 
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.  Very facinating!
Then Sunday was  Meltdown, the Three Mile Island story.  I was ready for it to be boring but it was fascinating seeing 1979 and bringing back memories.  Its a 4 part series, the first 2 parts were ok but the meat of the story was the last 2.  A lot I did not know.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

2022 Still Life #27

mini original watercolor $225.

Just working on my still lifes.
Interesting subjects from Stratford Hall.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

2022 Still Life #26

$145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 8/5 the price goes to $225.

There is quite a bit going on in this little still life so take your time studying it.

I am selling a "Deep Sill" Print for a client. 
This is a SOLD OUT print and rarely comes up for sale
Framed in a walnut 20x22    #65   $150   send an email if interested  

Monday, August 1, 2022

2022 Window #7

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

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 8/3 the price goes to $250.

Stratford Hall, VA window. This building had the BEST windows, wonderful light,  great paint colors and views!

UPDATE: I had a great show in my home town of Lititz this past Saturday. Perfect weather and I got to see lots of friends and clients. This is the perfect show for art, with a great selection and many of my peers so I was very surprised and honored to take 1st Place Watercolor.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

2022 Still Life #25

 mini original watercolor $225
A single chair...

Friday is set up and Saturday I am in the Lititz Park.  Here is another newly finished painting to preview at the Lititz show.  I have several new paintings...stop out and see me!

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

2022 Still Life #24

$155. (unframed) 6x4” 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 $275.

This is a fantastic mini! Another view from Stratford Hall in VA. I was planning on this as a large piece and wanted a little practice.

I made Linda very happy today, her new show fan came!  Her old one was just not doing it anymore.  The last few shows have been HOT and she was suffering so this should help.

Did a lot of framing to get ready for the Lititz Art Show!  Hope to see you Saturday. My space is near the back, in front of the pavilions B152

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

2022 Landscape #20

SOLD!!  mini original watercolor   $225

Our sunsets have been glorious!

Another new painting for the Lititz Art Show

18X14 Original Watercolor   Items from Strattford Hall, VA
A very unusual jug but that's how it looked!