Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Florence finished!!

Finished!  I am very happy with my new painting.
I rarely paint a city scene and had to really take my
time. That's a lot of buildings with a lot of windows!
it will be framed 24x18    I need a title...


Below is the progression from yesterday.
Spending all my time on getting the reflection
look real and still have it look like the Arno River
is flowing.

Now I am concentrating on my commission!  I
plan to have it finished by Friday but it may require
me pulling some late nights...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to my Florence painting...

I am back to my Florence painting...
 I added lots more detail in the buildings and am
working my way across the painting.  You can
see my under washes on the right and detail on the
left.  Also worked on the wall.  I am trying to fill
in the buildings.

 Finishing the detail across the painting.
Adding shadows.  Building depth and color.



Next I penciled in the reflection in the river.
Added more green and started the under painting
in the reflection.
Any questions??
More tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Heading to the Pocono's

Busy day today, I had my Men's Breakfast early,
took Linda to physical therapy by 8:15.
Went for a haircut.   Hooked up the camper.
The girls Linda went to Croatia with came for a
visit and we all went to Tomato Pie for lunch.
I worked all afternoon on my commission.  Off to
get some groceries for camping.  Back to my
commission.  I am not going to bed until my drawing
is finished...

My weekend show:
Pocono State Craft Show
August 22 and 23, 2015
10-6 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday
Held at The Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Stroudsburg, PA.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Florence

I started my next Italy painting.  size 24x18"




1) the detailed drawing, drawn by hand!
















2) The start of washes in the sky and water




















3) Under color on the buildings

I will continue to work on this painting at the
Pocono show this weekend.  Meanwhile I am
working on my commission.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mt Gretna Art Show...

Filling the van for the Mt Gretna Art Show.

We have a double booth, which means double tents,
double tarps, rugs, double the panels, double the paintings
double the fun!  Set up is Friday.

The Show:
Mt. Gretna Art Show
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Chautauqua section of Mount Gretna between
Route 117 and Pennsylvania Avenue
My space is #227

Monday, August 10, 2015

August 3 Day Special…


August 3 Day Special…
I am trying to lower my inventory by offering my clients a special price.
The deal: I picked three prints (unframed only)  ½ off the regular price!
Orders only (not available at shows) 
Pick up or add $8 towards shipping
Available for 3 days, Monday 8/10 to Wednesday 8/12 ending at 9PM


“Potters Pride”   16x12”    $50 …. ½ off = only $25!

 

“Sunny Side”   9x12”   $45… ½ off = only $22.50


















“A Quiet Place”  13x18”   $85…1/2 off = $42.50!





















How to order… Send me an email and tell me what you want.
Include name and address and how you want to pay.
I can accept a check, charge cards or PayPal payment!


Think ahead to Christmas gifts!
Any questions, email me
THANK YOU,  Andy

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August, Artist Appreciation Month...

I'm celebrating Artist Appreciation Month with Patience
Brewster by sharing some of the artists who've inspired me!
 
I spent some time today thinking about artists that inspired m.
Because I am
self-taught I spent a lot of time studying artists.  I think my
early work; more so than my current paintings show my
love for Andrew Wyeth.  I was very young when I
discovered his works.  I grew up in Wyeth country and my
parents exposed me to his work.
His father, N C Wyeth, I think the best Wyeth for his dramatic
compositions and use of light.
Then as I explored more, Winslow Homer because of his use
of watercolor and his draftsmanship.  Henry O Tanner... the
first black realist I really got into.  I love his use of
composition and soft light to convey a mood.  A few years ago
I came across a book by Michael P Rocco and it really resonated
with me, a master watercolor teacher.  I still study his paintings.
There is a theme here in my choice of inspiring artists, their
ability to draw, their way of looking at a subject, and their use
of light, all what I am naturally drawn to.

During my early painting years I think the comradery of other
artists and craftsman I was doing shows with helped keep me
going.  Being able to talk about what was happening at shows
and where they were exhibiting, understanding we all go
through highs and lows and how to deal with them.  This group
of special people are my friends.  They are my contemporaries
and I do not feel in competition with them, we all are simply
trying to create and earn a living.

Recently I was blessed to be able to take a trip to Italy to see
someof the greatest old masters.   The genius of
Filippo Brunellschi,   Giotto, a master Fresco artist,
Michelangelo... seeing the  Sistine Chapel was a life long
dream and almost made me weep.  Inspiration every where I
looked.  I could hardly wait to get home and paint!
I am also inspired by my clients when they fall in love with one
of my paintings and give it a special home.  Without them
I could not continue painting.




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday check in...

We had a very nice trip to one of my favorite places,
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Kentucky.  While at
the show I finished my first larger painting from Italy.



















I sold it as I was working on it!  It turned out really nice.
I started drawing the next one, a view of Florence.

While I was away the Lititz record had a nice article
which included me. (click here to read it)

No "painting a day" right now because I have a commission
to work on.  It is a surprise so I cannot talk about it till later!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 Tuscany #3

4"x 6" Miniature Original
A Painting A Day... SOLD!
Again, this looks so much better in person.
I enjoy the patchwork of the landscape.

Busy two days; unpack, restock, repack the van.
I have a bees nest inside Linda's compost barrel
which cannot stay there.  Our gas grill had a messy
issue with the connections and started a small
fire, lucky the tank did not explode. The Weber is dead.
Van goes to the garage tomorrow for its 3rd alternator.
Luckily the last 2 were still under warranty.  Faulty
product...  needs to run well, we are heading to Kentucky
for a show.  I have a house commission that is not
going real well.  The house has large trees in front of
it and I cannot see the house lines.  I need to paint it
without the trees.  I have been there three times to try
to figure it out...  On the good side, my Italy paintings
have almost all sold which means I can continue to paint
them!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2015 Tuscany #2

6"x 4" Miniature Original
A Painting A Day...   SOLD

More from Tuscany.  I have been excited to
start painting the landscape.  It is a study
in patterns and greens.  I will say they look
much better than they photograph.  The photo
loses its vibrancy...

I flatted on my bike ride early this morning and
was not able to fix it.  I was out in the back roads
of New Holland so my buddy John came to my
rescue...thank you!!   Painted most of my day
then packed the van.  Sad to have to pack for a
two block ride to the park!   Linda has been using
these nice days to pull weeds in the garden and I
have clean up duty.   The weeds took full advantage
of us being away so long.