After Santa…What’s Next?

This image shows Linda Barnicott's original painting "All Aboard with Santa" above the mantel in her home.

Welcome to Makeover Week at the Barnicott household!

With original paintings departing for their new homes and the need to create some order in my chaotic studio and store room, my focus has been on redecorating and reorganization for the new year.

Two big holes in my home gallery opened up this week – my original pastel painting of Heinz Field is vacating its space above my mantel and leaving for its new home in Florida, and the original “All Aboard with Santa” is also on its way to its new owner.  So now a big decision had to be made – choosing from my other existing originals to fill those empty spaces.  For one of them, we decided the honor would go to “Pickle Fun in Pittsburgh” (painted in July 2019), my tribute to Picklesburgh.

This image shows Linda Barnicott's original painting "Pickle Fun in Pittsburgh" hanging on the wall in her home.

Over the weekend, Tom and I took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and tackled the project of organizing the terrible mess I left behind in my storage area over the holiday season.  Candles, prints, and ornaments (and a lot of other things) were literally piled up everywhere, and empty boxes were literally stacked to the ceiling.  Walking through my studio and stock room was a really claustrophobic experience – it felt like the walls were closing in (because they literally were).

Tom is always understanding – he realizes that I need to go through a “nesting period” before I can paint again.  It took a lot of hard work and the better part of the weekend, but now my studio, stock room and storage areas are all nice and organized, which means I’ll be back to work in the studio again very soon.  Of course, that means I have to decide on a subject for my next painting.

Here’s the problem…  for the last five years, my primary focus has been on my (now complete) Jolly Old Elf Series, which has been a highlight of my career and one of my most successful projects.  So after Santa, what’s next?  I want to turn my attention back to painting Pittsburgh in 2020, and with so many potential subjects and themes, I can’t decide where to begin.  There’s so much to paint and so little time!

So my question for you, dear readers, is this – what would you like to see in my next Pittsburgh-themed painting?  Is there a particular place in our town that has special meaning for you or simply brings you joy?

Send me your ideas for my next Pittsburgh painting – I would love to hear your suggestions!

But Wait, There’s More!

This image features Linda Barnicott, her husband, and granddaughters posing with Santa Claus.

With just a few days to go until the New Year begins, I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!

The Barnicotts have had an especially delightful Christmas this year… especially compared to last year, when Christmas was still a work day for Tom, and poor Autumn spent the night at the hospital. But the best part this year was when we were gifted with a visit from Santa Claus himself on Christmas Eve.  Santa was kind enough to make an unscheduled stop (in the daytime!) on his busiest day of the year, and Aria was beyond excited that Santa actually came to Grandma’s and Bop-Bop’s house.  Naturally, we all had to pose for a picture with him to prove it!

If you look in the background, you’ll see one of Santa’s portraits over our mantel as well.  In January, that original painting will be going to a new home with one of my collectors. I’ll be sad to see it go… guess I’ll just have to paint something to take its place! (Fortunately, I’m an artist, so I can do that, right?)

This image provides information about Handmade Arcade's Winter Market in Market Square taking place December 28-31 from 11AM-6PM each day.

But before I go back to the studio again – and for the first time in the history of the Holiday Market in Market Square – we will be opening our Chalet doors one more time tomorrow through New Year’s Eve. From Saturday, December 28th through Tuesday, December 31st, we will be open for business from 11 am to 6 pm each day under the banner of Handmade Arcade!

Not only are there four more days to enjoy the festive Holiday Market, but for me personally there was an added bonus – this was the first year I didn’t have to break down the Chalet on Christmas Eve… so I was actually awake for the holiday!  Maybe that’s another reason this year felt like the perfect Christmas?

It means a lot to me that so many of you stopped by during the holiday season to purchase artwork or just to say hi. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  May 2020 be your best year yet!

Happy Holidays!

Linda

What’s My #1 Holiday Best Seller?

This image shows Santa Claus standing inside Linda Barnicott's chalet at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square, Pittsburgh

Here we are already on December 13, with Christmas just 12 days away.  It has been a real pleasure to visit with so many people at my Chalet in Market Square, from my loyal readers who have been with me through many holiday seasons to new friends and fans… some of whom were just wandering through Market Square, and one of my paintings caught their eye, triggering memories of times gone by.  One of my favorite things about this season is hearing stories about how my paintings remind you and your loved ones of heartwarming memories.

Can you guess which one of my paintings (and its associated giftware) was my biggest seller in 2019? You’re probably thinking it’s one of my paintings of The Point, or maybe a Kennywood scene, or maybe a sports-themed piece… but you would be wrong!

In 2019, my best-selling image was “Hills is Where the Toys Are,” starring Pittsburgh Dad!

That’s right!  I painted a big box store, and people love it! The Hills print and candle get a great reaction from folks as they browse at the Chalet … one sniff of the candle, one glimpse of that iconic Hills sign, and they say it takes them right back to the old days with popcorn and Icees and picking up the Christmas layaway.

This image features Linda Barnicott's new painting "Santa's Woodland Christmas"

The runner-up, however, will not surprise you at all!  Prints and gifts of “Santa’s Woodland Christmas,” the final painting in my Jolly Old Elf series, have been flying off the shelves (and walls).  Visitors to the Chalet have commented on the lovely shades of blue (a departure from the usual Christmas red and green), but especially how they love the happy little critters in the scene.  (Check out the cardinal sitting on the reindeer’s antler!)  In fact, Santa himself stopped by to see me at my Chalet this week to say hello and to admire his latest painting!

I still have two of the “Santa’s Woodland Christmas” 12 x 16″ metal pieces available, as well as prints of all sizes, candles, ornaments and magnets.

The image shows a close up of Linda Barnicott's new throw blanket featuring her painting "Shhh!" Santa Claus is holding his bag of toys while standing beside a Christmas tree.

Speaking of Santa, I’ve had so many compliments on my 2019 limited-edition Shhhh! Santa throw blankets, especially when people see it in person.  Only a few are left, and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.  So if you or someone special would love this warm and snuggly art blanket, don’t wait!

And of course, the Chalet is well stocked with my ornaments, magnets, 8 x 10″ prints and more.  I’ve been selling a lot of the Heinz Field prints and gifts this year, still a fan favorite, and one of mine as well – in fact, I have the original in my home gallery.

Finally, if you’re in need of corporate gifts, teacher gifts, grab bags, or what have you, I’ll be here in Market Square until Christmas Eve!  As always, I’m happy to sign my prints and gifts on request and personalize them for you or the recipient.

This image shows Linda Barnicott standing in front of her chalet at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square, Pittsburgh.

So I hope you’ll consider one of these best sellers as you finish up this year’s holiday gift shopping!

PS – If you’re thinking of ordering online, my Postal Elves have informed me that 9:30 pm tonight (12/13) is the deadline for guaranteed Christmas delivery through the USPS.

PPS – Though you can still order them, artist-enhanced giclee prints require an extra step in preparation and therefore aren’t available for Christmas delivery.

Second Annual Studio Trunk Show and Open House – This Weekend Only!

This image shows information about Linda Barnicott's 2019 Studio Open House and Trunk Show on November 15, 16, 17, 2019.

Holiday shopping can sometimes be a chore… but there will never be a better way to shop than at my Second Annual Holiday Trunk Show!  This is my event with the most intimate setting – here in my own home studio – with light refreshments, big savings, and good company.  If you’re in the Pittsburgh area this weekend, you’re invited to drop by for art, food, conversation, and a painless way to take care of some holiday gift shopping… all kinds of happiness!

To get ready for the big event, Tom and I have been turning our home into a winter showcase. We have been having fun decorating and setting up. We would love for you to come see it!

Linda Barnicott's husband, Tom, constructs a bin for her Second Annual Studio Open House and Trunk Show taking place November 15th, 16th, and 17th

Tomorrow (Friday) is Preview Night, my biggest sale before the holidays, where you can take 20% off anything in the show. That’s right… everything from magnets to original paintings and anything in between (excluding my Super Savers, which are already marked at 40% off).  You’re welcome to stop by anytime between 7 and 9 pm.

On Incentive Saturday, I’m offering percentage discounts – the more you spend, the more you save! Show hours are 10 am to 1 pm.

Finally, the fun day, Mystery Sunday… Last year was a hoot! Each visitor gets a card, and no one goes away without something special. Try your luck this year and see what you will receive!  Come visit us any time between 12 and 3 pm.

An image of Linda Barnicott's living room set up for her Second Annual Studio Open House and Trunk Show.

My dream is that this year’s Trunk Show will be as successful as last year’s.  Our family sure had a ton of fun, and we would love to make this an annual Barnicott tradition.  So please come on over to my Trunk Show this weekend for fantastic art and gift bargains, good company, and yummy snacks.  You may even learn to enjoy holiday shopping!

Happy Holidays!

P.S. – New location this year in Brentwood – plenty of on-street parking!

3211 Brownsville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15227

RSVPs encouraged (but not mandatory) on my Facebook page!

Studio Trunk Show and Open House… This Weekend Only!

This image shows information about Linda Barnicott's 2019 Studio Open House and Trunk Show on November 15, 16, 17, 2019.

My Studio Trunk Show and Open House is back!

Last year I held an event where I invited my subscribers and customers to come visit my studio/home gallery… and with deep discounts and special sales of my artwork and giftware to boot! The feedback from the attendees was so positive (and I had such a fantastic time hosting it!) that I’ve decided to make it an annual event.

This year’s Open House event will take place at my new home/studio in Brentwood on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 15th-17th.

Items for sale will include everything from originals, prints, and gifts to one-of-a-kind pieces, including some of my “odds and ends,” and even “scratch and dent” pieces!

There will be something new each day… and here’s what you can expect:

Friday (November 15) is Preview Night.  From 7 PM to 9 PM, you can take 20% off any and all merchandise in the show – INCLUDING ORIGINALS!  (Excludes pieces already discounted as “Super Savers.”)

Saturday (November 16) is Incentive Day.  Come visit and browse from 10AM to 1PM to take advantage of percentage discounts – the more you spend, the greater the savings!

Feeling adventurous? On “Mystery Sunday” (November 17), I’ll be featuring unadvertised Mystery Specials that won’t be announced until the day of the show.  Stop by between 12 PM and 3 PM for some amazing deals!

I’m so excited about my Second Annual Trunk Show and Open House! Hope to see you there…

RSVP on my Facebook page!

The Big Reveal(s)

This image features Linda Barnicott posing in front of her new murals at Forbes Hospital

Yet another action-packed week as the holiday season gets underway…

This week marked the final chapter of an art commission that I’ve literally been working on for years. Remember the Forbes Hospital Project? The one I used to mention but couldn’t share much about it because I was sworn to secrecy. I was commissioned to paint five panels that told the story of Forbes Hospital, its history and its people, and Monday evening I attended a celebration at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville for the great unveiling!  I was really excited but so nervous, as I was asked to get up and speak about each of the panels as they were revealed.

In this image, Linda Barnicott points out different features of her murals lining the walls of Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Today I received an email from the hospital that meant so much to me:

“I told you I would drop you a note in a few days to provide some feedback.  I am happy to say that I have heard nothing but rave reviews!!!  There has been so much excitement and conversation outside my office and many of our staff have poked their heads in to let us know how wonderful it is!  Employees are commenting on the beautiful pastel colors, the talent of the artist to sketch to such likeness and they seem to really like the story that it portrays.  I hear laughter and “I remember him… what was his name?”

Thank you for your passion and dedication to this project, Linda.  You did an amazing job!”

So now that the hospital project is put to bed, allow me to update you on another big project of mine that I’ve been teasing for a while…

This image features Linda Barnicott's new painting "Santa's Woodland Christmas"

Speaking of Big Reveals… “Santa’s Woodland Christmas” is finally finished!  Soon it will be available for sale on my website, but in the meantime, I wanted to show you how well it turned out. I hope you like it as much as I do!

At this time of year, I don’t have much time to relax. This weekend, I’ll be out and about for holiday shows.  On Saturday, November 9, you can come see me at the Holiday-A-Fair at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Bethel Park from 9 am until 3pm.

Then on Sunday, November 10, from 11 am to 4 pm, I’ll be joining Wendell August Forge in Grove City, showing my art and gifts to help them launch their holiday season.

One of my newest events – one that was very successful last year – my Second Annual Open House/ Trunk Show is scheduled for the weekend of November 15-17 here at my home Gallery-Studio in Brentwood. (Final details on that soon!)

And then… hard to believe it’s almost here already – just a few days after that is Opening Day for the 2019 Holiday Market in Market Square on Thursday, November 21!

It’s a crazy time of year, but I love it!

I love painting memories that bring happiness to your heart, and I hope you’ll want to share my art with your family and friends in this holiday season and the coming year. I’m always happy to personalize each and every gift and sign and date the art to help make it extra special.

So as you’re making your Christmas or Holiday gift list, I hope you’ll stop by one of my shows to say hello and allow me to be of service to you.

Halloween is Here!

This image shows Aria, granddaughter of Linda Barnicott, with a pumpkin she carved. This image shows Abigail and Autumn, granddaughters of Linda Barnicott, in a scarecrow photo station at Trax Farm.

I hope you’re enjoying Halloween so far. I’m getting ready to spend some time with my granddaughters today – Halloween is always such a fun and exciting day for the little ones (and some of us big ones, too)! Our little Aria started at a wonderful preschool this week, and they are having a Harvest Festival.  That being said, I can’t believe Aria is already going to preschool – and that our Twins are already 15 months old! And I thought time flew when my kids were growing up…

I can’t wait to return to John McMillan Presbyterian Church this Saturday, November 2nd, for their Christmas Affair craft show. It’s always a fun day with lots of great gift ideas for the holidays. Saturday is also the release date for my new painting, “Santa’s Woodland Christmas!”  The show is happening from 9am to 3pm on Saturday at 875 Clifton Road in Bethel Park (15102).

If you come visit me at the Christmas Affair, you can see all of my cool new gift ideas I’ve created this year, including the new limited edition throw blanket based on the very first painting from my Jolly Old Elf series, “Shhhh!”  As I said, it’s a limited edition piece, and it’s only available this holiday season on a first-come-first-served basis.  Most of the blankets have already been sold, but I do have just a few left… so why not stop by and get yours on Saturday?

An image of Linda Barnicott's new Christmas blanket featuring her painting "Shhhh!"

As the holidays get closer and closer, I get busier and busier. This holiday season, you can keep up with my show/exhibition schedule with my new updated calendar – just look on my Events Page. I’ll be out and about practically every day from now until New Year’s Eve!

Speaking of busy… with so many work and family obligations, I know how hard it can be to get out to shop or come see me at my shows.  So I’ve made it super-easy for you to purchase my art and gifts online.  Among the new features on my updated website, the Magnets page now lets you select a set of any 5 magnets of your choice. These strong and beautiful magnets are just the thing for your refrigerator art gallery (or any other magnet-friendly surface).  They make great little gifts and stocking stuffers! Check them out on the Collectibles page.

Next week I’ll have more information about my Second Annual Holiday Trunk Show at my new Home Gallery and Studio on November 15, 16, and 17.

Happy Halloween… and have a great week!

I’m Doing the Happy Dance!

This image features a portion of Linda Barnicott's new woodland Santa painting. A small polar bear sits happily in the snow.

Why am I celebrating today? Because I just put the final touches on my new Woodland Santa painting! I can’t wait until next week to show it to you… you will be some of the first to see the finished painting (though just a few days ago, the Jolly Old Elf himself stopped by to see how it was coming along!).

This image is of Santa Claus getting a first look at Linda Barnicott's newest painting featuring Woodland Santa.

It’s funny how my mind gets laser-focused when I’m painting, and trivial matters – like housework, shopping, paperwork and such – get put on the back burner. So today I’ll start the process of catching up with “Real Life.”  In other words, it’s time to start focusing on the upcoming holiday shows that are just around the corner (and maybe even throw in a load of laundry).

Can you believe November is only a week away?  My first holiday show will be on Saturday, November 2nd in Bethel Park at the John McMillan Presbyterian Church “Christmas Affair” from 9 am to 3 pm.

Then on Saturday, November 9th, I’ll be exhibiting at the Bethel Presbyterian Church “Holiday-A-Fair” from 9 am to 3pm.

Last year’s Open House/Holiday Trunk Show experiment turned out so well that I’ve scheduled another one for this year, this time in my new home in Brentwood. Mark your calendar for the weekend of November 15th… details to follow!

And then there’s The Big One… PDP’s Holiday Market in Market Square, where I’ll be hanging out (with my big space heater) in my Chalet from November 21st to December 23rd. This year we are also participating in Handmade Arcade (same location) from December 28th to the 31st.

For me, one of the highlights of the holiday season is talking to out-of-town visitors who happen by, curious about what’s in the Chalets… not to mention the local folks who bring their family and friends who are home for the holidays.  The Holiday Market is a wonderful new Pittsburgh tradition with something new to see every year.

So update your calendar and make your wish list… and I will see you soon!

Double Anniversary Weekend

The logo for Fort Ligonier Day's 60th Anniversary

We’re into the swing of the Fall Festival season, and one of my favorite shows, Fort Ligonier Days, is celebrating its 60th year. The show starts today, which means last night I was hard at work getting my tents set up and my prints and giftware ready for the big opening. I’ve lost count of how many years I have had my two tents in the Loyalhanna Lot on South Market Street… it seems like forever.

With plenty of art and crafts, food, historical reenactments, and even a parade and a 5K race, Fort Ligonier Days is one of the best fall festivals in Western Pennsylvania and well worth the drive. Why not take a day trip, enjoy the lovely fall weather and come up and see me?

An image of Linda Barnicott's newest ornament, Wishes For Santa, featuring Santa Claus with a small boy on his lap and a young girl looking up at him.

The latest painting in my Jolly Old Elf series, “Wishes for Santa,” is now available as a color metal ornament. I’ll have the first 10 ornaments with me at the show this weekend, and I’ll have prints of the painting available as well. There will be lots of new merchandise to see at my booths (#16 and #17), so come out and have a look. Fort Ligonier Days starts today, Friday, October 11 and runs through Sunday, October 13. Hours are from 9 am to 6 pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 5 pm.

For more details about all the weekend’s festivities, visit http://fortligonierdays.com/

This weekend, Fort Ligonier Days is celebrating its 60th anniversary, but it’s also a very special weekend for Tom and me – Friday, October 11th is our 39th wedding anniversary!

I hope you’ll stop by and say hello and help us celebrate this double anniversary weekend!

P.S. – Here’s the latest progress on “Santa and His Woodland Friends.” The details are coming together!

Details of the animals in Linda Barnicott's last Santa Claus painting, Santa and his Woodland Friends.

Is It Fall Yet?

An image of a line of trees in the fall.

So here we are in the first week of October… can you believe we’re two weeks into Fall, and it still feels like Summer?  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to bust out my denims and sweaters, put on my farmer hat, and dive into the sensory experience of the wonderful colors and smells of the Fall season.  But Summer just won’t give up!  Not to worry though – it looks like we’re headed for a change in the weather just in time for my first Fall Festival of the season this weekend.

This Saturday, I’ll be at the Harvest Festival at the Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church at 900 Country Club Drive in Mt. Lebanon (15228) from 9 am to 3 pm.  You can find me at Table #15 in the church. There will be lots to do featuring lots of art and crafts, a Scouts pancake breakfast, bake sale, live music, food trucks and games.  Click here for details.

The final painting in my Jolly Old Elf series, “Santa and His Woodland Friends,” is coming along nicely.  As promised, here’s a peek inside the process as the painting takes shape.

This image shows some of the progression of Linda Barnicott's newest painting, Santa and His Woodland Friends

Notice how the next step after the sketching phase is creating a watercolor underpainting. I do this to give me a map for when I apply the soft pastels, my personal favorite medium. That’s when the painting really starts to come to life.  I hope you’re enjoying the details so far!

Finally, I wanted to let you know that I’ve already placed the final order for the limited number of “Shhhh!” throw blankets for the holiday season. We’re barely into October, and there are only 22 left!

Santa Claus holding Linda Barnicott's new throw blanket that features her "Shhhh!" painting.

The “Shhhh!” throw, created from one of my most popular paintings in the Jolly Old Elf series, will make your home feel cozy and warm, reminiscent of an old-fashioned Christmas.

Now this lovely limited-edition throw blanket is available for purchase in a custom 100% cotton woven jacquard throw blanket. Each blanket is 52″ x 68″ and created with a multitude of colors and is made here in the USA.

If this is a gift you would like for yourself, family or friends, don’t delay.  Again, they’re available on a first come/first served basis, and inventory is very limited.  For more details or to place your order, click here.