My booth at an Outdoor Art Show

My booth at an Outdoor Art Show
The best part of an outdoor show is meeting you. If you read my blog, be sure to say Hi to me.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


DECEMBER 6TH was my best one day show at a local High School in a number of years.  I had a whole rack of paintings I put on sale once a year to clear out so the next year I can paint more paintings.  Thank you to all who came out.

Sold two and many others.
I still have a few left so if you are looking for a special Christmas gift I have
5 x 7 small framed prints for $ 15 and up to just prints like my Gate of Thanksgiving.
Matted this fits s 16 x 20 frame and is $ 25 
So if you missed the show and need a special gift, go to my Facebook site
 and contact me.

Right now I am getting ready for Christmas and painting more small watercolors for the next two shows.
Have a Blessed Christmas......Bruce

Thursday, December 4, 2014


It has been an unbelievable year as I have gone through 8 weeks of painting every Tuesday at the Kuerner Farm in Chadds Ford where Andrew Wyeth painted under the watchful eye of Karl Kuerner III.  He pushed me to paint bolder and really add darks and lights to my paintings.

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This is Anna's porch at the front of the Kuerner farm.  
It was great to have  Karl;s input to help this become more than just a painting but rather take on the character of Anna's porch.

Brandywine Valley Plein Air

This is the Haskell barn at their farm on Creek Road in Chadds Ford

This is the spring house and ice house on a private farm off of Ridge Road in Chadds Ford

This is what was the ice house at the Haskell farm and is now a guest house

This is the Abyth Taylor home and barn near the Stroud preserve off Strasburg Road.

Next I completed my second year with the Brandywine Valley Plein Air painting 6 watercolors and framing them in 4 days.   I had to have the watercolor paper cut and ordered the frames and glass so I would be ready for a scene that caught my eye to paint.  There so many fantastic locations that I was overwhelmed with historic buildings such as the Abythe Taylor House at the Stroud Preserve, the Haskell Farm and several other private homes that were open for us to paint.

So I now have 8 new plein air paintings......well did have two were sold at the Brandywine Valley Plein Air Gala at Winterthur and then I have a show in early December and then the Malvern Retreat House show and the Chadds Ford Elementary School art show.

So I am working on 15 small watercolors for the Malvern show in late January as well as four large paintings.   Have a Blessed Christmas and healthy New Year.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer is Over

Trying to get back to painting after our vacation in Colorado and competing many plein air paintings at the Kuerner farm.    If you follow me on Facebook you will see many of my new watercolors.

Here are my fall activities just to let keep you up to date.

Starting September 23rd, I will be back painting at the Kuerner farm where I will be with Karl Kuerner listening to his suggestions and advice.  Remember this is the farm Andrew Wyeth visited and painted for over 70 years.

Come to Christopher's Restaurant in Wayne the month of October to see about 15 of my watercolors and limited edition reproductions. This will be there for the whole month.

October 11th I will be at the Ocean City Block party near the Tabernacle with my paintings and Jan's sweatshirts. The show is from 9:00 to 5:00 pm in Ocean City new Jersey

 The next day we will be at the Dilworthtown Wine and Cheese party to benefit the Chester County Hospital.  That is located at the Dilworthtown Inn, 1390 Old Wilmington Pike
West Chester, PA.  That is from noon to 4:00 pm

Next I have been accepted into the Brandywine Plein Air juried challenge that will take place the third week in October.   I am not sure where we will be painting, but for certain around Chester County and that area.  The show will be October 19th to 21st but do not know the location yet.

So with many new plain air paintings, I have been working on a new frame for them using a acid free buffer and just the watercolor paper backed by acid free backing.  They look great.  So hope you can come to one of my events in the next two months.
We are talking about an open house in November with jan's sweatshirts, my paintings and Kim's South  Hill Design Jewelry.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Painting at Kuerners

 Last week I went to Kuerner's Farm to sketch and paint but the weather changed my mind.  We saw a lightening bolt hit the transformer out front with a huge flash of light and loud bang.

We hoped in the cars just as the wind about blew us away and the rain came down in buckets.  After about 15 minutes is slowed down so we were able to take photos but really could not paint.  
But I have finished 4 watercolors and have 2 more almost finished plus about 6 sketches.
Here is a photo of the incoming storm before it hit.

Here is my watercolor of the front porch I just completed that Andrew Wyeth and our teacher, Karl Kuerner painted.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Painting in the Footsteps of Andrew Wyeth at the Keurner Farm

What an experience I have been having these past few weeks.  For eight weeks, 5 of us have been allowed to walk the special grounds of the Keurner Farm in Chadd's Ford sketching drawing, painting and just taking in the sounds and smells of the farm.  For me it will be one of those highlight moments in my painting career.  You will always remember those times in your art life when you met a well known artist, won a prize, have a one man art show or was accepted in a well known juried art show.  I have been blessed to have had a number of those including meeting Andrew Wyeth myself at the Brandywine Museum or having Carolyn Blish come to our home for dinner and then visit her studio.
This is the Kuerner Farm springhouse just off the driveway.

Well these past few weeks, I have had the privilege to paint on the Kuerner Farm and that will always be one of those unforgettable memories in my painting life.  To walk and sit where the best watercolor artist of my day see the locations and sit there to paint my idea of this location has been awesome.  And the other very special aspect is to have Karl Keurner III guide us and help us develop my watercolor skills.  He has given me or rather helped push my painting to a new level.  His stories of the Keurner farm, his parents and grandparents, the Wyeth connection and learning how the farm was a treasure trove of valuable paintings, sketches and drawing has been .....well incredible.

Here are some photos of my first drawings and painting of the spring house so often painted by Andrew Wyeth as his footsteps took him up the hills and down.

Here you see my partially completed watercolor of the spring house
 taken from the vantage point where I was painting 
Then here is the finished watercolor still on my easel.  

This represents my work from the first evening of painting
on the farm and the beginning of trying to select from all the 1,000 different possibilities. What a fantastic experience.  And thanks to Karl for suggesting that I push myself and try to be more "explosive in my colors" and that helped this watercolor be so dynamic.   And thanks to Karl for allowing us the privilege to paint his farm, hear his memories and experience the atmosphere of Andrew Wyeth's footsteps.