Wednesday, February 23, 2022

2022 Still Life #10

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

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

I brought home some yellow tulips...

I spent the morning packing for a show only one block from our house.  There is no other way to get all my show supplies and paintings there!   Thursday, my set up time is 10am, the show starts at 2, if you are in Lititz stop in at the old church across from Dosie Dough on Broad street.   2 to 6pm  Free.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

2022 Still Life #9

 mini original watercolor  $250

I saw this bowl of fruit at a friends house... an artist can find subjects anywhere!

My first show of the year is this Thursday:
Lititz Fire and Ice Makers Market one day only! Thursday, February 24 from 2pm to 6pm at 1 W Orange St (the Church on the corner!) I will have a few panels of paintings and prints and will be painting. FREE! Stop in

Family Update:  We finally were able to get together with Abbey and Ben for a few days.  Its been 5 months since we saw them, we missed Christmas.  We simply hung out at their cottage, I actually worked on my commission.  One day the girls did a puzzle.  We attempted  a short hike to a waterfall however it was way too icy for us older folk to manage.  Did get far enough to see this fabulous view.  Platte Clove (site #18)

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

2022 Still Life #8

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

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/18 the price goes to $250

I picked up some tulips for Linda, actually I get her flowers almost weekly.  My mothers favorite saying was "give me my flowers while I am living" and that stuck with me.   I do not make a big splash of it, and I do not spend lots of money, a $7.99 bouquet goes a long way in brownie points!  These were last weeks flowers and I love the color with the blue vase.  I also happen to have a pear which just added to the color harmony.

Update: FYI: Change of time to 5:30pm

Artist Talk about their journey...

Thursday, February 17 from 5-7pm
Chester County Art Association
100 N Bradford Ave, West Chester PA

If you are near West Chester, PA on Thursday 2/17  I will be one of several artist from the  "A Black Thread Through Time: A Personal Journey of Black Artists" exhibit at Chester County Art Association who will be having a "talk" about their journey from 5-7pm.  FREE! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

2022 Still Life #7

mini original watercolor  $250.

Great glass in this one!

Spending all my extra time on my commission.  Update tomorrow.

Monday, February 14, 2022

2022 Still Life #6

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

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/16 the price goes to $250

Look at the shine on this pottery!  NO white paint was used.  I love when I can pull it off!

Commission Update:  Finally getting to start the fun part.  Underpainting, in watercolor each thin layer of paint stains the paper, allowing all the washes (layers) to bleed through.  Giving my painting rich dark values.  I will add MANY layers of color before this is finished.

House Update:   Our cottage is ready to rent... Looking for an older single person for our small cottage.  One bedroom, behind our house.  The park is 1/2 block and 1 block to downtown Lititz.  $1000. a month plus utilities.  Fresh paint, new flooring, great kitchen cabinets, stove, fridge, stackable washer/dryer included.  Street parking.  No smoking...  Trying to rent by friend reference without advertising!  So if you know someone who wants to live in Lititz...spread the word!

Cute little cottage, view from my backyard

quality kitchen cabinets (lots more than shown)


Living room

Bathroom with large closet.
All updated and ready for a special person.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

2022 Still Life #5

 mini original watercolor

From Williamsburg, VA... cannot go wrong with blue and white bowls!

Commission Update:    I now have a final OK and I may start painting!    These objects are very special family pieces and they needed placed in special angles.  The difference from Mondays drawing is the position of the pig.  I had to totally erase him and redraw it.  It has been approved!  I am anxious to start painting.

Home Update:  We found a good home for the single sleep number bed.   Linda declared the cottage is READY  to rent. Posted on Facebook and someone is looking tomorrow!  Sounds like a good match. We made decisions on the new farmhouse kitchen sink after a lot of research and help.  Hoping to order that tomorrow.  Made some other kitchen decisions.   Cleared a space for 35 sheets of drywall, lauan and insulation.   Linda has been packing up antiques and the kitchen.   Plumbing and electric is now in the laundry room.  PROGRESS!

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

2022 Still Life #4

 mini original watercolor 

On 2/17  I am participating in a talk about the artist journey at the Chester County Art Association.  The artist are exhibiting in the black history month show.  My work is SO different than all the other artists, causing me to give thought how my journey must be so different then theirs.  Why I do not paint typical ethnocentric work.  Thinking how I was exposed to museums and art at home.  How I love history.  Linda exposed me to antiques and traveling.  Where I fit in the art world.  I am not sure I really have the answers...   meanwhile I needed an artist quote for the Waterford Show publicity and I chose this one:

“Every good painter paints what he is.” 
— Jackson Pollock

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

2022 Still Life #3

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

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/10 the price goes to $250

I need to get back to some still life practice.  Yes, practice!  Anyone good at something still has to practice.  To sharpen their gift.

Reminder to my West Chester PA friends and clients: I will be at the reception from 5-6:45pm then
Heading to dinner!  Hope to see you...
“A Black thread through time”
Black History Month Art Show at the
Chester County Art Association 
100 N Bradford Ave, West Chester, PA 
 Opening reception: Thursday, Feb 10th
5pm to 7pm  

Monday, February 7, 2022

2022 Still Life #2

 mini original watercolor $250

Practicing some glass...

We dropped off my paintings for the exhibit in West Chester.
I will post more info as I know more.  But if you are in the area the opening is this Thursday from 5-7pm  I will be there from 5 to 6:45 then heading to dinner at  Lemoncello   with my brother and his wife.

Commission update. Not going as smoothly as my usual commissions go.  I had it drawn on my watercolor paper and my client wanted coins added,  then wanted a lilac added.  Then asked to turn the whole drawing in the other direction.  This meant starting all over.  Fresh sheet of paper, all new drawing.   So Sunday and part of today was spent redrawing.  I am now waiting for approval.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Check in...

 There was no painting time today.  We had an appointment at the attorney.  Then two bank stops that took an hour each.  Had some lunch, ran a cabinet to our master carpenter, stopped for pretzels, gassed up the suburban and stopped at the store to pick up some items for a neighbor.  Suddenly its 4:30pm.  Linda had an evening meeting with our builder.  I think we are both beat.  Friday we are headed to West Chester to drop off my paintings for the exhibit then having lunch at Four Dogs with our friend Joan.  We have four trips to West Chester this month and Linda is taking full restaurant advantage!  My weekend plan is to concentrate on my commission.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

2021 Still Life #1

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

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/4 the price goes to $250

I love pears... the shape, the color and especially the taste!  I never get tired of painting them.

After painting I got my paintings together to take to the exhibit at the Chester County Art Association.  I take them on Friday.  Then its back to my commission drawing.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

2022 Goose - Bird #17

4x6” mini original watercolor   $275.

He is big and proud!  I went with a different kind of bird today, just to shake things up.  
Thank you Carol for the subject.

I was given permission to show the commission.  There are 5 objects of huge family significance.  My client gave them to me so I am working live rather than using a photo.  I arranged them on a shelf and felt I needed to draw it first to get a real feel.  I draw free hand so this took several days.

Three pieces of glass!  The poor pig was broken and glued back together, and I am sure there is a story to go with that!  I am painting in the repairs. They wanted coins and a sprig of lilac added and I plan to change the shelf a bit in my next drawing.

So this drawing was approved.  The next step is to redraw onto my watercolor paper.  I am trying to balance this with the daily paintings.