Wednesday, February 28, 2024

2024 Window #1


$145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 3/1 the price goes to $225.

Love the chippy paint on this old window.

My next blog will be March 11. Linda has some fun planned!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

2024 Still Life #10


SOLD!   $145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/29 the price goes to $225.

Glass...

A beautiful day, we actually got outside and spent a little time in the garden.  I cut one of the grasses and a butterfly bush.  Linda trimmed the lavender.  It felt so good.






Monday, February 26, 2024

2024 Still Life #9


mini original watercolor    $225.
More from the antique shop.

Over the weekend, I had my first show of the season at Lititz Fire & Ice Makers Market, all went well. This morning I took my suburban in to get some bodywork done, took Linda for breakfast and then back home the rest of the day to paint.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

2024 Snowman #3


mini original watercolor    $225
My last snowman for the season! Now I am ready for Spring!
Thank you to the Benjamin Family for the use of their photo. 

Linda was filling out show apps all morning. So glad I do not have to do that!

Packing for my first show of the season.  I do not have far to drive!
THIS WEEKEND:
Makers Market at Lititz Fire and Ice
February 24-25 from 11am to 4pm
Held at the Linden Hall Gymnasium
Free admittance!   New ice sculptures.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

2024 Snowman #2

























 mini original watercolor   $225
Thank you to the Wardells for the use of their photo. These impressive young 80 year olds built a snowman! He is leaning a bit but pretty cute.

Tree Commission FINISHED!  I will be honest, I was not confident I could pull this off to where I was satisfied.  To have the tree stand out in the middle of the woods among the other trees.  It is a "tree portrait" and my client loves this tree. So I put extra pressure on myself.  But I framed it today and I love it!



 

Monday, February 19, 2024

2024 Snowman #1

 

SOLD!  $145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/21 the price goes to $225.

Thank you to the Atkinson family for the use of their snowman!
I am planning on a few snowmen this week. It is my way of closing out winter, Spring better be right around the corner!

Weekend Update: We had a fun weekend. Friday night was pizza and game night with friends. 6 of us played dominos and laughed hard!  Saturday, I finished my tree commission, I will show you tomorrow. So that was a full day of painting.  Sunday our travel group of 9 started our day with brunch at the Franklin House in Schaefferstown, PA.. Then we came back to Lititz and walked Fire & Ice. Then to the Linn's house for dessert.

Reminder: Makers Market at Lititz Fire and Ice
February 24-25 from 11am to 4pm
Held at the Linden Hall Gymnasium
Free admittance!
After you visit me go walk around and check out the ice sculptures!
Spend the day in Lititz




Commission: I finished my last bird commission. Bird #15. This has special meaning to my client.


Thursday, February 15, 2024

update

We had a GREAT time at Jimbo's!  We had a light buffet (nothing exciting but nice), drinks were very reasonably priced and we danced from 7-10 only sitting out a few line dance songs.  The DJ was old school and when playing a slow song did 2 in a row.  Everyone was friendly AND we won a door prize.
A bag full of chocolates, mug and tee towel.


I think we are going to try to go more often on Wednesday nights.  Need to practice our swing dance! Actually I forgot how to waltz so need to practice that also!  It has been several nondancing years. (Linda's knee replacements, Covid, Cancer...) Felt good to be back out.
We have been Valentines since 1978!

I am working on my last bird commission today and spending Friday-Sunday finishing my tree commission.  I see Linda lined up a few snowmen...

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

2024 Still Life #8


SOLD!  $145 (unframed) 5x5” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 9x9 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/16 the price goes to $225.

Love the color of the blue chest...

We are heading out dancing tonight for Valentines Day. PreCovid we went out regularly to (don't laugh!) Jimbo's Steaks & Hoagies in Bellevue Plaza Hall, Reading, PA. Oldies Night. with a DJ. I am hoping nothing has changed!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

2024 Still Life #7


SOLD!  $155 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/15 the price goes to $250.

Beautiful old paint on this bucket.
 
Glendale Flour Mills in Boyertown, PA.

The snow was pretty today.  If your kids built a snowman and
I may paint it, send it to me!

Monday, February 12, 2024

Toooo busy

I did not have enough time to paint a blog today. We started the morning with Linda having a bloodwork consult. She is all good. But a foot problem sent her for an X-ray. The doctor had Left on one part of the referral and right on another so we had to wait an extra half hour to get that corrected. Now we are hungry so went for a late breakfast, then a not so quick stop at the mall and the grocery store.  I am starting a mini but can't get it finished in time to post.

Commission Update:  I have worked on my tree.



I promised a story. January was the opening of Glendale Flour Mills (antiques) and we decided to go. They are open 2 days a month. It is a good hour drive. Linda said, should we take the suburban. I said NO, we are not buying anything that big and I think we should set a limit of $150. She may have rolled her eyes, I'm not sure! So, we go and right inside the door is a beautiful painted pie safe. I fell in love. I measured it and it will not fit. Believe me I tried. May have been more eye rolling... I offered to come back for it but Linda was saying no. We get home and decided to sell 2 benches to make room. Here is where I say our daughter is after us to work on downsizing... and we have tried. 2 pieces went out the door and only one came in. That's downsizing, right? Anyway the Mill was open last week for February, we called and it was still there, meant to be right? We may be getting a bit tooo old to be lifting but we got it in and it is perfect.


Sunday, February 11, 2024

2024 Still Life #6

 

mini original watercolor $225

Another perfect still life from Glendale Flour Mills.
Tomorrow I will share a story about our trip or two to the Mill.

Commission Update: (scroll back to 2/5 for the beginning)
Saturday I worked on this commission all day while the studio was open. Here you can see the slow build of the woods around this special old dead tree.










Also happy to see my commissioned bird painting with flowers for a special couple celebrating an anniversary.




Thursday, February 8, 2024

2024 Still Life #5


mini original watercolor   $225.
I found this at Glendale Flour Mills in Boyertown, PA.

OPEN STUDIO...
Saturday, February 10 from 10am to 4pm
I am opening my studio in Lititz (4 N. Spruce St.)

Check out my new work, sit and watch me paint.
I will be working on the tree commission.
Come spend the day in Lititz!


ALSO... take 5 minutes to watch my interview
with WITF . You-Tube (click HERE to view).
I would selfishly like to be their most viewed artist!
So go watch...

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

2024 Still Life #4


SOLD!  $145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/9 the price goes to $225.

Nice jug from an antique shop in Lewisburg, PA

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

2024 Still Life #3


SOLD!   $145 (unframed) 5x5” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 9x9 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/8 the price goes to $225.

I went with a little glass work today.  There was an odd white cloth placed behind and I thought it made the green in the glass look interesting.

It was super busy here today.  Framing and boxing in the studio.  Our housecleaner was cleaning.  Linda was trying to work at her desk.  A client picked up her painting, a friend stopped to chat with Linda and show her fantastic felted items, she gave us the cutest felted cat.  The guy that bought our bench came to pick it up.  The phone was ringing...And I am trying to paint!


Monday, February 5, 2024

2024 Still Life #2



SOLD!  $145 (unframed) 5x5” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 9x9 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/7 the price goes to $225.

A tea cup, I simply like the color and pattern.

Reminder: My Studio is open on Saturday!
Saturday, February 10 from 10am to 4pm
I am opening my studio in Lititz (4 N. Spruce St.)
Check out my new work, sit and watch me paint,
ask questions and generally hang out.
Come spend the day in Lititz!


Painting Update: I finally got started on my tree commission. This dead tree has special meaning to my client and she knows every inch of it so I needed to get it right.  I had a hard time understanding the photos she sent me but after a few conversations I got it. There is a huge hole in the middle from the bottom up to the knot. I redrew it several times!  this is not my final drawing.



After getting the drawing ok'd I am starting to layer paint.





Sunday, February 4, 2024

2024 Still Life #1


SOLD!  $145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 2/6 the price goes to $225.

I am focusing on still life paintings for February.  We have spent some time in antiques shops lately so I have all these great pieces waiting for me to paint!  

There are only  9 "Simple Pleasures" prints left in the edition of 450. Go back to Thursday to see the offer of $10 off. Here is a sample of my walnut and black frame. Simply send me an email to order.


Over the weekend I finished another bird commission.
A pretty bluebird.  SOLD!   2024 Bird #14



Thursday, February 1, 2024

Simple Pleasures print, only 12 left! Only 9 left!!

We are taking stock of my prints and want to sell some out!
Starting with "SIMPLE PLEASURES"

There is a simple pleasure in spending quiet time in your favorite chair. Snuggling in the quilt handed down for generations while reading or rocking a baby. Simply sitting and studying the patina on the floorboards enjoying the peacefullness of an old home. Simple pleasures is about enjoying the things surrounding you and understanding what is important.

Print only: $65.00   Size: 15X18
Framed print: $135.00      Framed Size: 20X23 (walnut or black wood)

SPECIAL: take $10 off! (print only $55 OR  Framed print: $125)
There are only 12 left. ..9 left!
Email me your order.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

WITF ~ You-tube...

 I mentioned back on December 5th that WITF came to film me for an Artist series on their Mosaic YouTube channel where they highlight artist in central PA.  That video You-Tube was released yesterday!  (click  HERE  to view).  Please share with your friends.

A bit busy here on Tuesday, I had lots of errands to run, like go to the borough office and buy a tag for our microwave that died.  Go buy a new microwave!   Take 800 postcards (my schedule) to the post office.  Pick up sandwiches for Linda and friends who were working on our Canada trip.  Go to my local cable company to pick up a new clicker because the old one stopped working.  And run to New Holland and take down the show.  So, I did not get any painting done.

Today I am painting a commissioned bird and I promised to draw my commission tree before bedtime!

Finished it!    SOLD!    Bird #13 A Grosbeak



Monday, January 29, 2024

2023 Bird #12


 mini original watercolor   $250.
I am finishing up my birds with a Northern Flicker.

I actually have 2 commissioned birds to do this week and a large tree commission to get moving on.
February will start still life.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

2024 Bird #11


mini original watercolor   $250.
Todays bird de jure... A Brown Thrasher!

Last Thursday I did a demonstration at Garden Spot Village and I promised to share the finished painting.
This was how it looked when I had to stop.

Making the redware darker, still saving the stripes. Making the background darker. Notice the depth of the shelf.


Adding the soft Cad Yellow to the stripes


A bit warmer on the shelf and soften all my edges and it is FINISHED! Still needs framed, titled and priced.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

2024 Bird #10


mini original watercolor  $250.
I am told this is a Hairy Woodpecker...



I was at Garden Spot Village today for a 2-hour demonstration and a 45-minute talk. It went very well and was packed. I saw several people I knew and even my Jr. Hi. shop teacher! And since we were in New Holland, PA we HAD to stop at Fox Meadow for lunch and ice cream! I now need to concentrate on my next commission. Meanwhile Linda is doing some planning for a June trip to Montreal and Quebec with 8 of our travel group.


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

2024 Bird #9


SOLD!  $155 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/26 the price goes to $250.

I am doing a demo and a talk (Thursday morning) So I needed to draw and start a few washes on my demo painting.

Having one of our mini splits looked at, it is making a noise...hoping it is a cheap fix.
This weekend we have a funeral AND a baby shower, life sure is interesting.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

2024 Bird #8


SOLD!  $155 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/25 the price goes to $250.

Since the snow we just had my bird photographer, Leslie, sent me birds in the snow.

We are back home after a really nice time in the mountains.  And it was nice only being an hour from home so not a long drive.  We turned off a major route and went up into the mountains, then turned off an unpaved but plowed lane over a half mile to the cabin...  with the snow it was beautiful.  



We are back home to a full, busy week.

Monday, January 22, 2024

2024 Bird #7


SOLD!  $155 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/24 the price goes to $250.

Red Bellied Woodpecker with a very light colored belly!

We are spending 2 nights in a little cabin way back in the woods. I’m painting and Linda is reading. We are both sitting in front of a wonderful fire (Linda’s favorite)









Sunday, January 21, 2024

2024 Bird #6

  
SOLD!  $155 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor

Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 1/23 the price goes to $250.

Thank you Jim Wolf for the use of your photo.

We are spending 2 nights in a little log cabin in the woods without internet.  So, I will reply to emails when we go out, be patient!  Photos to come...

Commission Update...finished, framed and will be picked up on Friday!
I am SO pleased with the way it turned out.

I am starting my next commission and totally switching gears to a special tree.