Thursday, June 27, 2024

2024 Quebec #2

mini original watercolor  $225
Rooftop from our "outside the walls" tour.

REMINDER to my Pittsburgh area clients...

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

Canada Trip- Day 4- Update:
We packed up and took the Via Rail Train to Quebec. Because of the heat they had to go slower and we were about an hour late getting in.  We missed our tour of historic Frontenac but did go inside later.

Checked into our beautiful hotel... Hotel Le Priori located in the lower level of Quebec and walking distance to everything. Lunch at Resto Pub Qdesac. Most of the restaurants (except the $$$$ ones!) did not have an American idea of air conditioning and it was hot!
Spent our time walking around.  Old Quebec is everything we hoped it would be...

How cool is that!

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

2024 Montreal #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 6/28 the price goes to $225

Pears from the Jean Talon Market in Montreal!

Canada Trip- Day 3- Update:
Another breakfast from the Boulangerie! We rarely have the same guide incase they did not work well with us but Linda thought Ruby (Tours By Locals) offered the best tours so we took the chance we would like her. We did and tour #2 was excellent. "Montreal's Local Neighbourhoods with Ruby". Our first stop was a beautiful mansion turned hotel. We learned how to properly walk down a grand staircase. Not so easy for the ladies, they were not allowed to look down!

A little tasting at the famous Schwartz's Deli.  Fantastic!

Listening to Ruby...
We took a subway and buses and walked, and walked on a very hot day.  4 of us went back to our loft to cool down while the other 4 kept exploring.   Dinner at The Fire Grill.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

2024 Quebec #1

mini original watercolor  $225
My first mini from Canada. This is from Quebec. It offered all the feel of France!

Canada Trip- Day 2- Update:
I am adding all the links incase you want to plan a trip or just want to read more!

Breakfast was takeout from Boulangerie Au Pain Dore (on Peel St).   Next is a walking tour. "Ruby's Enchanting Private Old Montreal Walking Tour"  3 hours finishing at the Notre Dame Basilica. She sang for us to show the the acoustics, she has a beautiful voice and did a great job taking us around.


This Basilica is over the top beautiful.

Our group split and 4 of us had lunch at 3brasseurs and then a quick stop at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (the Sailors Church) to see the small boats hanging from the ceiling. Then a tour of Chateau De Ramezay. We all met up back at the Basilica for an evening light show. It felt a little Disney like and odd inside a church but it was done beautifully.

Dinner at Wolf and Workman and much needed sleep.

Monday, June 24, 2024

2024 Still Life #33

mini original watercolor   $225
This is from the enslaved quarters at Stratford Hall, VA.
I was not ready to paint Canada quite yet so I went back to what I love.

Canada Trip with friends Update:
Last Sunday morning we flew into Montreal.  We started with lunch at the Time Out Market.  They have a large selection of restaurants and you eat in the center.  Everyone could just pick what they wanted.  We were able to check into our loft early to drop off luggage.  The girls found a 4 bedroom/4bath Loft with a large living area so we could all hang out together.   Next was a visit to
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.  Photos do not do it justice,

Then dinner at Birra Bar a Bieres Maison.  Known for their craft brews (2 of our group were excited!) The food was excellent and the waitress was fantastic. 

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.
"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 the date!

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 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!).