Thursday, May 31, 2018

I hope you are all well and finding enjoyment in unexpected ways. 

Thank you to all who have kept me busy painting. I have been lucky enough to have painted 16 special paintings requested by former customers since mid-January. 

If you are thinking about having a work done for yourself or to give as a gift, this is an excellent time to hire an artist. 

Unfortunately, many art shows are cancelling due to the virus. Below is my schedule as I know it now. 

First Sunday, Annapolis
First Sunday of each month
11 am to 5 pm
West Street, Downtown Annapolis 
(starting at St. Anne's Church on up)

JULY is on! This is an outdoor show and the organizers are especially careful in preparing it for this year. It will be a smaller show in order to accommodate social distancing. In addition to the show, Annapolis has restaurants to accommodate all kinds of tastes and have set up outdoor cafes and modified indoor spaces. 

I will be modifying my set-up this month, I will not have print racks, which reduces the amount of work you will see. If you are looking for a new work, please call me and I will see what work might be a good fit. Remember, if I don't have it, I can paint it for you. 
2" x 3" miniature painting
Christmas in July
July 18 - 19
8 am - 4:00 pm
Howard County Fairgrounds (inside and air conditioned!)
Admission: $6.00 per day, 10 and under free
Free parking

So far, this event is still on. This event will be my first time participating, but since I love everything Christmas, I'm sure it will be fun (and if you are anything like me, buying throughout the year, it's never too early to prepare).

Bel Air Festival for the Arts
September 20, 2020 
Shamrock Park on Hickory Avenue in Bel Air, Maryland

This show is a carefully juried, so there are a great number of quality works by artists and craftspeople. The organizers of this show are excellent and it makes for a good array of choices in not only arts and crafts, but food and entertainment. It is an excellent family-oriented event. 

Art on the Green – 50th Year!
September 26, 2020 (Rain Date - October 3rd)
Battery Park, New Castle, Delaware

If you haven't visited New Castle, Delaware, and you enjoy history, I suggest you do so. It is the most charming of historic towns, established by William Penn. The paved streets, the pre and Colonial buildings, the riverside are all elements to enjoy. A good time to visit is during the Art on the Green festival run by the local Lions Club. Their organization supports multiple good causes (see and Art on the Green helps them to continue their good work. 
You can easily enjoy a day blended with history, art and crafts. The festival has food vendors, but if you want a more relaxed atmosphere, New Castle has a smattering of nice restaurants housed in historic buildings. My booth is up on the hill, so the views of the sailboats and barges traveling up and down the Delaware River are worthy of photos. 

2020 Holiday Mart, Howard County

Saturday, December 5 
9 am to 5 pm
Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood
2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723

 - American Frame (my current favorite) and Dick Blick have numerous choices of Nielsen Bainbridge aluminum, metal and wood frames that can accommodate paintings of all sizes. Other online art supply stores also offer the Nielsen frames, but these two seem to give you far greater choices. These frames are sold as "frame sections". For one size, you receive 2 sections of the same length, so when you place your order, you order one for the length and one for the height. When you receive your order, four pieces plus the hardware that allows you to construct and hang it will arrive. You will need a piece of picture wire to string from one side of the hanger hardware to the other. They will also provide the right size mat and the Plexi Glass (I recommend you get an acid free mat to protect your work).

I am fond of the Florentine Grey style 11, but there are other style and color choices to suite the buyer.

Other online stores that carry Nielsen include MisterArt and, etc. You could also order parts from your local frame store, which would give you the opportunity to see some of the frames in person.

Plexi Glas can be purchased from your local hardware stores, from glass suppliers (like Maryland Glass) and from plastic stores (like Annapolis Maritime Plastics). You can have the glass or plastics folk cut it to size, but some of the hardware stores will not. However, Plexi Glas is very simple to cut by scoring it carefully with a utility knife, going back one or two more times with more pressure and then snapping it at the cut.

If you have purchased a piece that does not have a mat it is because I like to “float” larger works on top of mat board (also available from Dick Blick or any framer). I make hinges from linen tape to hold them in place before placing them in the frame.

Here is a you tube video to show you how put the metal frame together: