Thursday, June 13, 2024

Check in...

We have a wonderful group of 9 friends that have been traveling together since our daughters wedding in 2009.  Sometimes its all of us and sometimes its whoever wants to go.  On Sunday, 8 of us are heading to Canada.  4 days in Montreal and 4 days in Quebec.  Going for that French feeling!  Lots planned so I will share when we get back.

No Blog posts till 6/24!

Today was my MRI, then our customary breakfast after a procedure.  Then a few errands. Tonight I am taking kid to the track for a little sprint practice.  All that to say no time to paint.  

Since I am busy and YOU took the time to read my blog...
I am offering one of my older mini originals
FREE to the 1st person to send an email and claim it!
If you are a past winner you are not eligible!  In honor of traveling and sightseeing, this mini is from a trip to Oregon.
 
CLAIMED!!
"2019 Oregon#2"  mini original watercolor, painted in 2019
A Harris Hawk from The High Desert Museum in Bend Oregon
Value $225 framed in black wood 8x10”

- shipping available at cost-

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Still Life #32


SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 6/14 the price goes to $225

Love the patina on the pottery!


Hey Pittsburgh...save the date!

WESTMORELAND
ART & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Held at 219 Twin Lakes Rd, Latrobe PA
Rain or shine!
Thurs. July 4 thru
Sat. July 6 from 11am to 8pm
Sunday July 7 from 10am to 6pm
My Space: #159    See you soon!

 


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

2024 Landscape #17


 mini original watercolor $225
A Lancaster County view from a bike ride.  I LOVE our landscape.

I enjoy when clients send me views of their Andy Smith Collection.  This one has 4 mini originals and a print.  Looks beautiful on the wall!



Monday, June 10, 2024

2024 Landscape #16


mini original watercolor  $225
While scouting what I wanted to paint for the Quick Draw I saw this view.  I think it is part of the Moravian complex.

The Lititz Quick Draw went well.  2 hours to start and finish a painting.  You sit outside and draw on site.  This is way out of my comfort zone.  Yes I paint outside at shows but I am using my own reference not sitting in front of it live.  I am a studio painter.  Plus I take hours on my paintings, even my mini paintings are 4-6 hours each.  This was 2 hours, I had to hustle and the overall style was much looser.  It is the Mueller House on Main Street.  AND as an extra bonus...it SOLD right away!



Thursday, June 6, 2024

2024 Still Life #31

 

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


Taste of Lititz Quick Draw
Friday, June 7
Painting is from 10-noon

I will either be in front of the Mueller House on Main street or in their back garden.  Feel free to come watch!  Artists will be within a 15 minute walk of the Moravian Church.  Then 2-8pm all artwork will be displayed and up for sale as part of the Taste of Lititz.
Taste of Lititz Street Festival is from 5-9pm on the streets of Lititz.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

2024 Still Life #30

mini original watercolor $225


NEW Original Watercolor:
"Beached" framed 13x13   $700.
Thank You Gwen for the use of your wonderful photo from Cefalu Sicily.










Tuesday, June 4, 2024

2024 Still Life #29


 mini original watercolor  $225

I love the color on this little pitcher.  From PennyPacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA

My latest commission was an anniversary gift and I may now show it... I am very pleased how it turned out.  The size is 18x14"  There was a lot of detail to squeeze into a small size.  If you are interested in a special painting,  contact me.


Plan ahead to Friday, June 7th for Lititz Quick Draw
I have 2 hours to start and finish a painting in Lititz.  I am scouting out my subject and let you know where you can find me.  You walk around town and watch and then the paintings are up for sale at the end of the day.  More details to follow.

Monday, June 3, 2024

2024 Still Life #28


mini original watercolor   $225

Another one from the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA. I modified this a bit; there was actually the most unusual smudges of paint on the walls, I left them off and I added a pear because I had one setting on my table (before I ate it!).

Thursday, May 30, 2024

2024 Still Life #27

SOLD!   $145. (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 10x8 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 6/1 the price goes to $225

Another one from the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA.


My free time is coming to an end, Linda will be back home shortly!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

2024 Landscape #15


SOLD!!  $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/31 the price goes to $225

From the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

2024 Water #5


$145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/30 the price goes to $225

Nova Scotia, Canada.  I needed a little change in what I have been painting.

Monday it was raining in NYC.  Linda stayed home, Ben went for a wet run and Abbey and I headed to the Met.  I listened to a podcast for background on the show before we left.  The Met was PACKED and it was hard to see the paintings but it was inspiring.  I am pretty excited to say I had not one but TWO Tesla Lyfts!  I’m begging for a Tesla but no one is listening!    We had tickets for a 9pm play at the SoHo Playhouse to see Hahahahah.  All audience participation, unusual but uplifting.  We all really liked it but it was definitely different.  

Leaving Tuesday morning, Linda is headed to the beach with the girls for a few days.  My plan is to get as many miles on my bike as I possibly can!

Monday, May 27, 2024

2024 Still Life #26


SOLD!   $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/29 the price goes to $225

I must give the credit to the Glendale Flour Mills antiques. An old table in front of the window.
I was attracted to the light.

Saturday evening we took the train to NYC to spend some time with Abbey and Ben.  Sunday we went to Abbeys museum, Cooper Hewitt for a very interesting exhibit.  Lunch on a blanket in Central Park.  Then capped off our day with a fantastic concert at City Winery. This is a great place to see shows, we were 10’ from the stage,   Leonid and Friends.  Unbelievably good.

Meanwhile over the weekend we had some 150 year old cellar wall work done.  Pretty impressive it lasted that long.  There was some erosion behind the dry stacked huge stones causing a few feet long to push forward a few inches.About 2 feet deep wall, they don’t build them like that anymore!


Thursday, May 23, 2024

2024 Still Life #25


mini original watercolor. $225

From the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA


I have a super client who tells me he is out of room but keeps buying the mini paintings! Salon style, floor to ceiling.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

2024 Still Life #24


SOLD!   $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/24 the price goes to $225


This window is from the Franklin House restaurant in Schaefferstown, PA

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

2024 Landscape #14


 original watercolor   $225

I have a "thing" for fields.  They were plowing, planting and growing in this field.  I was intrigued with the patterns and colors.  This view was across the street from Hoovers Market outside of Lititz.  Linda was in getting veggies while I was getting inspired.

To keep my framing life simple I only offer a walnut or black wood frame.  If you buy my print unframed and take it to a frame shop you can really do special framing.  Here is a clients example of Heritage. They were picking up the feel of the stone in the frame...beautiful.

Saturday...May 25
Opening my studio from 10am to 3pm

I will be working on a painting...
There is always a large stock of Prints, framed and unframed.
Lots of Originals in all sizes.
Stop in, then spend some time in downtown Lititz!

Monday, May 20, 2024

2024 Landscape #13

SOLD!   $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/22 the price goes to $225

You just can't beat a red barn!
Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA

Last Friday was set up for the Spring Heart of Lancaster Show. We had a double booth with 2 tents and a nasty forecast. Watercolors and prints just soak up the moisture and get wrinkly so I took half the stock back home and spread out what was there. Saturday was about what we expected and we stayed relatively dry. Today was spent drying out 2 tents and lots of tarps. Just extra work!

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Saturday Show...

 I worked on a blog painting but did not get it finished in time to post.  I will post it on Sunday night.  I Spent the morning in the yard; mowed and trimmed, dug out an old plant for Linda.  Then packed the van for the show.  I have a double booth so that means extra stuff to pack.  Linda was in the garden for hours!  There are 3 heavy brown bags filled to the top to prove it!

It may rain on Saturday but we will be at the show!
This Saturday...
Spring Heart of Lancaster Show
Saturday, May 18 from 10-4
Held at: Rots Market, 705 Graystone Rd, Manheim PA
FREE! rain or shine    Booth 21


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

2024 Landscape #12


SOLD!   $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/17 the price goes to $225

Another farm scene from the Bedford PA area.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

2024 Landscape #11


mini original watercolor $225
A farm scene from the Bedford PA area.


I just finished a 14x18 landscape. 
Ready for the show this weekend.


Monday, May 13, 2024

2024 Landscape #10


mini original watercolor   $225
Yorktown VA

UPDATES:
This Saturday...
Spring Heart of Lancaster Show
Saturday, May 18 from 10-4
Held at: Rots Market, 705 Graystone Rd, Manheim PA
FREE! rain or shine    Booth 21



The show I did on 5/4 posted a YouTube video. I am included towards the end! This guild has wonderful craftsman and while I am NOT showing in their fall show it is worth attending.


We had a special date night last Saturday. We went to the Hershey Theater to see Jon Batiste for his Streaming concert. Improv piano and oh what his fingers can do on a piano. He is so gifted;  excellent concert.









Thursday, May 9, 2024

Finished...

 I finished this one and am framing it on Friday. 
18x14 frame. Not titled or priced...

From the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA 
Authentic bright blue from 1758!

Updates:
We went dancing on Wednesday night. 7-10pm  If you like dancing to the oldies, 50's & 60's there is a DJ at Jimbo's Steaks (in the back is a hall, nothing fancy) in Reading, PA.   They have good food and limited drinks. $10 admission.  An older crowd who loves to dance and plenty of line dances (chacha), and he plays 2 slow songs in a row.  Everyone is very nice!  We try to go every Wednesday.

I did not get painting time in today.  Started my morning with a Hypertension Doctor appointment.  I finally have my blood pressure under control and he has passed me off to my family doc.  One less doctor to see.  Next was breakfast.  We got into the habit of having breakfast after my many doctor appointments.  A little treat.  We went to the Pancake Farm.   The next stop was our friends the Wardells, they have a bay tree they are giving to Linda.  I looked up and its 2pm.  Tonight we are having dinner at the Franklin House with friends the Hildebrands.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

2024 Landscape #9


SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 10x8 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/10 the price goes to $225

This is the corner of the springhouse at the  Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA  I love the sheep in the background!

Next Saturday... May 18 BOOTH #21

FREE 10-4 Rain or shine!
Roots Market 705 Graystone Rd, Manheim, PA



This is from 1984! Well loved for 40 years and went through several moves! It belongs to good friends. I would love to take it apart and touch it up. I am so much better now and have so much more skills! But I may not touch it!!


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

2024 Landscape #8


SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 10x8 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/9 the price goes to $225

Somewhere around Skippack PA!  Love that color.  Working hard on my clouds.

Monday, May 6, 2024

2024 Landscape #7


SOLD! $145. (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 10x8 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/8 the price goes to $225

This is our friend Lydia's barn in Millbach PA
UPDATE:  I learned this is NOT Lydia's barn but the view from her yard to the neighbor Joan's barn!

Our weekend: Friday I worked all day on my commission. We had a large supply order delivered and decided we would get a hotel so we did not have to get up so very early to drive to the show in the morning. Saturday we sat outside all day in the COLD and WET at the show. Barely covering expenses! Sunday I finished my commission, and my client is very happy! It is always a relief when my client is happy! Today I unpacked the suburban and took a load of frame moulding out to be joined. and painted this blog.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

2024 Landscape #6


SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/4 the price goes to $225

From Stratford Hall, VA Beautiful bricks.


Hope to see you in Kutztown on Saturday
FREE admission



I am never sure how these things happen, I did not send anything in.
But I am #1 (out of 15) best Lititz Blog (click here to view) for 2024!



Also in the news... I made it into my local Lititz Newspaper TWICE this week
1st for my excellent skills in ice cream scooping!


And then for my commissioned painting to a great guy who retired.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

2024 Landscape #5



SOLD!  $145. (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/3 the price goes to $225.

A Virginia landscape; lush greens...


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

2024 Still Life #23


SOLD!   $150. (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 10x8 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 5/2 the price goes to $250.

I had so much fun rendering this bowl.

Monday, April 29, 2024

1st Place...

 We spent a few days in Williamsburg, VA    Thursday was a driving day, we go the back way and stopped at a restaurant we really like, Nonna Angelas in Crofton, MD then on to our Air BnB on the York River near Gloucester, VA.  Friday Linda puzzled and I painted then had a very nice dinner at The Whaling Company with Linda's brother and his wife. We had a great time, we only get to see them about twice a year.   Saturday started with an excellent breakfast at Sweet Tooth Cafe in Gloucester then a drive into Williamsburg to check our booth location.  Spaces were not marked so we looked around a bit then drove back.  Sunday was the show in Historic Williamsburg, a show I have been doing off and on for 43 years!  After Covid they moved it off the Duke of Gloucester St and it did not feel like I was in Williamsburg.  This year it was back where it belonged. 

As a bonus, I took 1st Place in painting for my body of work.

I posted this a few years ago but its fun to look back on.  Here we are in 1981.  We look SO young, and I was trying so hard to look professional, I wore a sport coat in those days, AND I had a nice head of hair!  But check out my booth... no tent and wood racks.


Monday was a 5 hour drive home with one more stop for lunch and take out dinner from Nonnas!
Home to unpacking, laundry and I squeezed in a bike ride. Lovin this heat! 

Reminder, this Saturday:  
Spring Arts & Crafts Show by Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsman
Saturday, May 4 from 9am - 3pm
Held at Renningers Farmers Market
740 Noble St Kutztown
FREE! Rain or shine







Wednesday, April 24, 2024

update...

 This week is flying by with little time to paint. Errands, dentist appointment, washed and waxed both vehicles, mowed and trimmed yards.  I had a pedicure after a year and a half of chemo damage to my feet.  My dogs look so good...well lets say much better!  I had to locate all the items for an outdoor show and pack the suburban.  Heading out for a few days by the York (VA) River then a show in Historic Williamsburg, one of my favorite places.

Art on the Square in Williamsburg, VA 
is BACK on the Duke of Gloucester Street!

Sunday, April 28 from 10am-5pm
my space is #31

Next show is:



Sunday, April 21, 2024

Checking In...

I have been putting in mega hours since Friday morning on my commission.  I am determined to finish it today; so no blog painting.  I have been stressed over this one because I know how much it means to my client and I am trying to get every little detail in; it is taking me longer than usual.

We did take Friday night off to go dancing.  A very good band, Uptown Band was playing at The Hollywood Casino in Morgantown.  We have never been there,  it was free and the sodas were free! All the tables were full and no one was leaving so from 8 to 10:30 we were dancing or standing.  It is a smoking facility but they managed it pretty well.  We had a good time though not my favorite venue, but you can't beat free!


Since I am busy and YOU took the time to read my blog... I am offering one of my older mini originals
FREE to the 1st person to send an email and claim it!
If you are a past winner you are not eligible!

CLAIMED!! 
"2016 HOLIDAY #2 "
 mini original watercolor, painted in 2016
value $150 framed in black wood 8x10”
- shipping available at cost


Thursday, April 18, 2024

2024 Still Life #22

mini original watercolor   $225.
Another painting from Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA.

This past Monday was World Art Day and a special client, Paul sent me a photo of his Smith wall! I am always so honored by my clients support.








Wednesday, April 17, 2024

2024 Tulip #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 4/19 the price goes to $225. 

More tulips...

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

2024 Still Life #21

 
mini original watercolor   $250. 

This little gem, a basket full of yarn is from Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester, PA.  I love the way the light comes thru the weave of the basket.


Upcoming Show:
Art on the Square in Williamsburg, VA  is BACK on the Duke of Gloucester Street!
Sunday, April 28 from 10am-5pm
my space is #31
My first outdoor show of the season in one of my favorite places!

Monday, April 15, 2024

2024 Tulip #3

  
SOLD!  $175 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/17 the price goes to $275.

Another fields of tulips... from Burnside Tulip Farm in Virginia.
Linda really liked this one and that's a compliment!!


Thank you to everyone who stopped at the studio on Saturday.  I even got gifts!  Thank You to Val for the flowers and to John for the goodies, I think he keeps the Amish stands in business!  I am spoiled and Blessed!


Saturday night we went dancing with friends and Linda bought some 50/50 tickets.  WE won the 1st prize of $150.  Great investment of her $5. This is getting set aside for continued fun.