Groundhog Predicts At Least Six More Weeks of Painting


Despite the freezing temperatures and occasional snow, Spring is not that far away. Punxsutawney Phil tells us we have six more weeks of winter, but we Pittsburghers know that Spring officially arrives with the Home and Garden Show! This year, however, we were lucky enough to have another great show to tide us over until [...]

Creating Art In a Parking Lot


The sun was just peeking over the horizon on Saturday morning when Tom and I arrived at our location for the big Hills Department Store photo shoot. We chose this store for our photo shoot because it was very similar in appearance to the former Hills store I’ll be painting; it even had a red [...]

Wait, What Month Is It?


One of the perks of my business is that I get to have a little bit of holiday joy in my life all year round. Here I am in mid January, under a Christmas tree, playing with miniature trains. I get to play and call it “research!” Actually, it really does help get me into [...]

A New Year and New Paintings!


It’s a brand new year, and after my much-needed Florida vacation, I’m back in the saddle again! I have long list of new paintings planned for 2017 and can’t wait to jump in and get started. In fact, I already have photo shoots scheduled for a couple of them… including one with my favorite collaborator [...]

It’s a Wrap!


I’m writing to you from somewhere along the interstate in Ohio on my first real day off since late October. I’m definitely ready for some downtime after finishing off another successful year at the People’s Gas Holiday Market in Market Square. After over a month of 12+ hour days, we were SO ready to be [...]

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

As we count down the final week of our 2016 season, the Holiday Market in Market Square is buzzing with excitement! There’s a festive mood with the beautiful decorations and joyful holiday music in the air. The Square is filled with last-minute shoppers, students home from college, and families from near and far who are [...]

Santa + Me = BFFs


Ho Ho Ho! And a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I’m sure it comes as no surprise, but this is my favorite time of year. One of the things I love most about the holidays is how we come together and celebrate with family, friends, and colleagues. Here at my chalet downtown [...]

Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It!


Can you believe it is December already? Where has this year gone to? They say time seems to pass more quickly when life is busy, and that has certainly been the case for the Barnicotts this year! The biggest event for us, of course, was the birth of little Aria Grace, our first grandchild – [...]

The Turkey is Gone… Now What?


I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, happy and blessed, visiting, entertaining, feasting, or just relaxing with family and friends. But don’t forget to rest up for the big shopping weekend to come – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are all close at hand! Today I’m enjoying my only day off [...]

Ready or Not – Here It Comes!


With a jolly Ho-Ho-Ho! Ready or not, it’s Showtime in Market Square! My elves and I have been working nonstop this week. We’ve had a blast setting up everything and putting together my wooden Alpine Chalet for the 2016 People’s Gas Holiday Market in Market Square. We tried some different things this year with my [...]