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


 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!

"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.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

2024 Tulips #2

SOLD!   $145 (unframed) 4x6” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 8x10 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/13 the price goes to $225.

Fields of tulips... from Burnside Tulip Farm in Virginia.
I can usually mix any color I need but the vibrancy I need for tulips I cannot duplicate. I may need to buy a few new colors.

Reminder... this Saturday

Saturday, April 13 from 10-4
at 4 N. Spruce St. Lititz, PA

Stop in and check out my studio.
Enjoy a little chit-chat and watch me paint.
Spend some time in Lititz!

Yesterday's Road Trip Update:
I don't know how Linda does this, she puts together a tour that just flows and the timing worked well.  All three houses had excellent knowledgeable tour guides who gave a great history lesson.   We had a full day, driving a giant loop from 8am to 7pm.  I learned that stops 2 & 4 had enslaved peoples...  in Pennsylvania! I have lots of inspiration for new paintings so keep watching!

Stop #1  Saint Peters Village, PA
breakfast at Saint Peters Village Bakery
Excellent breakfast!  Would stop here if driving by.
walk the street: not too exciting, only one block. I think this is just a weekend thing. None of the shops were open. This has been on our list to stop for a long time but probably would not go back.
100 W King St  Pottstown, PA  
Looking back, this was my favorite, loved the time period and found lot to paint!  
5 Haldeman Road  Schwenksville, PA 
A governor of PA!  Not my style to paint but very good tour. George Washington encamped here, twice!

Stop #4    Peter Wentz Farmstead   
2030 Shearer Rd  Worcester, PA
 restored 18th-century historic site and working farm, reminded me a bit of Landis Valley in Lancaster.  A lot of work was done and undone on the buildings.

Stop #5
    Dinner at Basta Pasta in Skippack, PA.  Capped off our day with a bit of pasta!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

2024 Still Life #20

 mini original watercolor  $225.
I saw this at my dentist office...

There will be NO blog on Wednesday, Linda has a road trip planned.

My scooping debut at Greco's went well, I was busy!  THANK YOU to everyone who came out.
I will be keeping my painting job!

Monday, April 8, 2024

Not enough time to paint today...

I did not have enough time to paint today. I had a mat to cut then worked in the yard and then off to my "scooping" gig at Greco's.

So instead, I will offer this deal, it has been a while since I did this. A bit of a thank you to those reading my blog.

FREE to the 1st person to send an email and claim it!
If you are a past winner you are not eligible!

"Beach at San Simeon" original watercolor, painted in 2011
My first real west coast beach scene. Rocky, different than what I am used to at the Jersey Shore! - value $550
UNFRAMED, framing available $60 18x14" - shipping available at cost

Sunday, April 7, 2024


 We decided to go to Burnside Tulip Farms in Virginia.  Sold out by Saturday night for Sunday but they offered last minute tickets on Sunday morning at 6am.  Set the alarm and snagged 2 tickets and were out of the house by 6:45am.   Yes, we drove 3 hrs to see tulips!  Never dull at our house.  

Our first stop was Dolce & Ciabatta in Leesburg.  The BEST muffin.  We also brought some bread home.  Next was the tulip farm.  Pretty impressive, you get to pick any 5 tulips per ticket, not a bargain.  There will be some tulip paintings coming!

Then we went to Morven Park and did a Davis Mansion house tour, followed by a very unremarkable dinner in Leesburg. Hoping to be back home by 7pm. FULL but FUN day.

Remember… Monday is my ice cream scooping day.
Greco’s in Lititz
From 5-7pm
PLEASE stop in!!

Thursday, April 4, 2024

2024 Still Life #19

mini original watercolor  $225
I know...a little off beat but I like it!

Greco's Ice Cream in Lititz...

Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your friends family. 🔥

Kicking off our 2024 celebrity scooping series is someone I’ve been honored to know for many many years, and a town favorite Andy Smith! 🎨

He will be scooping from 5-7pm this Monday 4/8

Stop by say hello, and help us kick off the 2024 celebrity scooping series. We hear the weather looks great as well!

Please stop in and let me scoop your ice cream, I need/want a HUGE turn out!

Health Update:  I had my internal this morning and nothing there but scar tissue!  So a great 6 months clear check up.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

2024 Still Life #18

 mini original watercolor   $225
Check out the patina on that bucket!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

2024 Still Life #17

UPDATE: Linda did not like the way the background and the curve of the bowl met so I reworked it and took a better photo in the sunshine...

mini original watercolor  $225
Almost monochromatic...

YOU ARE NEEDED:    I will be a GUEST SCOOPER at  Greco's Ice Cream, Kleine Lane in Lititz.
On Monday 4/8 from 5pm-7pm   PLEASE come out an let me scoop your favorite ice cream.  I want to be the BEST and BUSIEST guest scooper they ever had!!  Get it on your calendar!!

Great Update:  Today was my bloodwork and Oncology 6 month check up.  Got the all clear today, after a wonky looking cat-scan and then a rushed MRI, a few frayed nerves,  all looks good.    I do not need to see him for 6 months.  Thursday is my internal with the surgeon.  

Monday, April 1, 2024

2024 Still Life #16

SOLD!   $145 (unframed) 6x4” mini original watercolor
Available to the 1st person to email
(framing 10x8 $35 - shipping available at cost)
If unsold by 4/3 the price goes to $225

I found these on a shelf in the kitchen at the Bonnet House (Fort Lauderdale FL). The light just sparkled off the glasses and the shelf was a different color than the back of the cupboard. It just moved me!

I spent Friday working on the drawing for my next house commission and I'm waiting to hear back. I know there are a few changes before I can start painting. Its a gift so I cannot show it for a while. Over the weekend I finished this 14x18 painting. Not framed, titled or priced!  I am living with it for a while.

Info: If you live near Lititz and are in need of a plumber... I highly recommend John. He put in a new hot water heater for me.