Linda Barnicott Painter of Memories

Linda Barnicott Painter of Memories The beautiful artwork of well known Pittsburgh and Kennywood artist, Linda Barnicott, has been great
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04/18/2024
For me, this year has been a year like no other. There is a lot going on in my art world! Unfortunately, I can't tell yo...
04/16/2024

For me, this year has been a year like no other. There is a lot going on in my art world! Unfortunately, I can't tell you anything about it!

I just finished a commission. It's a surprise, so I can’t talk about it yet.

I have another commission that could have a big impact on my career… also a surprise, so I have to keep it quiet.

Then later this summer, I'll be working on another big commission. It's also a surprise gift, so I'm sworn to secrecy for the time being.

Finally, I’m just now on my way to a meeting about a huge event in October. And (you guessed it!) - for now, I can't talk about it!

It's so frustrating!

One of my favorite parts of writing my newsletter is talking to you, sharing my process and my thoughts along the way to a finished painting. So here I sit, having no idea what to say – except that I'm thrilled that you all read my posts, and I hope you'll stick with me! I can't wait until I'm free to tell you about these new commissions. There will be some fun storytelling soon!

Love to you all… and have a good week!

Well, this is one birthday for the books! Spending the day with family and friends and topping it off with a night at th...
04/14/2024

Well, this is one birthday for the books! Spending the day with family and friends and topping it off with a night at the Benedum. If you were at the Rock ‘N Remember Live!, you had a great night!
Shout out to Mike Frazer and Elise Frazer for inviting us to this special event! Mike was a great MC and made my night with a Happy Birthday song with the crowd.
Thank you to all who wrote me birthday wishes. They all came true today. I am intensely happy tonight!

Now that the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show has been put to bed for the year, this is my catch-up week. I've been prett...
03/21/2024

Now that the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show has been put to bed for the year, this is my catch-up week. I've been pretty busy trying to tame my neglected house and filling the orders from the show.

Check out this photo! I shared it on my page, but for everyone else, here is the last photo taken before we left the show floor. Each year, we take a final group photo with all of our helpers, and I am just tickled pink by their antics in this picture! Quite honestly, I couldn’t do it without them. After all, with 28 years at the show, I'm not exactly a spring chicken!

My booth helpers and my crew back at the house who help me unload when we bring it all back home are absolutely the best. Tom and I considered it a triumph when we were finished by 11 PM instead of midnight… and let me tell you, that extra hour was heavenly!

Before we could really relax, Tom and I met with Pittsburgh Chief of Police Larry Scirotto on Monday afternoon. I presented him with my new painting, “Keeping Watch over Pittsburgh” as my way of honoring the sacrifice, courage, and commitment of our law enforcement officers. He was absolutely delightful to talk to and very supportive of the painting and giftware that I showed him. I also had the opportunity to thank him for the support of the police at the downtown Holiday Market in Market Square last season. We truly appreciated the police presence during that five-week show - it was the safest we've felt in a half a dozen years!

The response to the painting at the Home and Garden Show was heartwarming and at times very emotional, especially when I met families connected with law enforcement.

Mike Frazer from 3WS did a video with me on the first day of the show, and Rob Pratte interviewed me on KDKA Radio during the week. I met so many interesting people, which may be my very favorite part of being at the show. I often say that I enjoy talking to people almost as much as I enjoy painting the pieces. Definitely two sides of the brain involved, so I guess I’m giving both sides a workout!

A lot of you have asked if I'll ever write a book based on my Pittsburgh paintings. Well, I asked Harold (the marketing genius on my team) if we could start that process this year. I’m not sure how long it will take, but it's definitely on my mind and in the works. Stay tuned for that.

My biggest question is what and how much to include in the book. Should I include my whole story? Just the paintings and the stories behind each one? Or maybe just a coffee table book of paintings only? Does this sound like something you might like to own?

So many questions… just wait until I get to the editing phase. Heck, it seemed like it took forever to edit the Santa Book, and it was only around 50 pages!

People often ask how many paintings I've created, and I have to respond with, "I’ve lost count!" When I exhibited at my first Home and Garden Show, I only had seven prints. Now I have so many, I can’t put them all on the walls at the same time. So I think this book is likely to have a lot more than 50 pages!

Anyway, I'd better get back to work – these orders won't fill themselves! It's always a pleasure to spend a little time with you each week.

P.S. – It’s thrilling to see the Duquesne Dukes in the NCAA Basketball Tournament for the first time since Tom and I started dating in 1977! My painting, "Chapel on the Bluff," would make a great gift for a proud Duquesne graduate or parent.

Say hi to the best and silliest crew ever! It was a lot but we got it done! Also at home a shout out to Dale, Jon, and J...
03/18/2024

Say hi to the best and silliest crew ever! It was a lot but we got it done! Also at home a shout out to Dale, Jon, and Jack and Gillan! Tom and I were really blessed this year for all of you. You made it possible!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the show, you made it so special for Tom and me! 28 years and counting!

Hello from the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show! We have had perfect weather to go along with all the beautiful smiles To...
03/15/2024

Hello from the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show! We have had perfect weather to go along with all the beautiful smiles Tom and I have seen so far this year!

There are plenty of big doings at the show this year as I celebrate my 28th anniversary as an exhibitor…

An old friend, Rob Pratte from KDKA, interviewed me this week. Years ago, I had the honor of painting him and his young children with the miniature train platform in his home. We reminisced, and he spoke of how I've documented Pittsburgh and its memories for all these years. Then he suggested subjects for three new paintings – each time, I said "I'm already on it!" One of them, of course, was Isaly’s. I’m saving the other two ideas for another time because… well, actually, because I have a secret! And the problem with secrets is that I can’t tell you! But that secret is the reason that I may not be painting Isaly’s this year. Hopefully, I can share it with you in a couple of months.

I know I've said in the past that I sold all of my signature prints of Franco Harris, but then one buyer never followed through with the purchase, and I also found one hiding underneath a stack of unsigned prints. Well, the other night I actually did sell those last two Francos to another vendor here at the show. He also purchased a Maz and two different Roberto Clementes. So, I am very grateful for this show and for ALL the wonderful people we've met.

✨ Don't forget! The show isn’t over yet, and I'm still offering a sitewide 15% discount for online orders until Sunday, March 17th, at midnight! Just enter the code SPRING15 at checkout. It’s a great time to purchase gifts for all those special occasions before the savings is gone! ✨

Have a great weekend… hope to see or hear from you soon!

03/10/2024

The amazing Mike Frazer spending time in my booth at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show!!!

What's That Smell? It's the scent of Spring in the air!In fact, starting next Friday, the David L Lawrence Convention Ce...
03/04/2024

What's That Smell? It's the scent of Spring in the air!

In fact, starting next Friday, the David L Lawrence Convention Center will be filled with the scent of spring flowers, thanks to the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show.

As you make your way through the downstairs hall, just ride the escalator up to the second floor and walk through the doors, then head a little to the left, where you'll find Aisle 3100 – aka Artists' Row – with tons of Pittsburgh art! I'm right there at the end of the aisle at my "Double-Wide" Booth 3146-8.

If you can make it on Opening Day, Friday, March 8th, you'll be able to see my original pastel painting, “Keeping Watch Over Pittsburgh.” But the painting will be on display for ONE DAY ONLY! I'll be walking it in that day and walking it back out that night. Why? Because one of my collectors has already purchased the original! Though the original will only be on display for the first day of the show, there will be plenty of prints available for purchase throughout the event.

In the meantime, I'm working hard, preparing and gathering as many prints and art gifts as I can. I want to make the 2024 Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show the best one yet!

I'll be moving in on Tuesday and getting ready all week for the big opening on Friday morning. Can't wait to see you there!

Can it really be less than two weeks until I begin my 28th year at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show? I still remember...
02/28/2024

Can it really be less than two weeks until I begin my 28th year at the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show?

I still remember the very first year that I decided to do this really expensive show. My plan was just to get my name out there and have a chance to talk to thousands of people. I was so young and scared! After all, my husband was the one used to standing in a pulpit every week and talking to parishioners. I was always behind the scenes, a kinda-shy artist with only seven prints to my name and my first Kennywood painting.

I know I talk about the Home and Garden Show a lot, but that’s because it has had such an impact in my career. I created my first mailing list with emails I collected from this show. And as expensive as it was, it allowed me to meet my first customers – people who have collected my work throughout the years.

I remember at the end of Day #2 that first year, holding my hands to my cheeks and exclaiming to Tom, "What did we do?” – we had already made back the cost of the show! And I thought it was just a chance to get to meet people.

This year I have so many paintings, I have to make difficult decisions about what to put up on my walls and what goes with the rest of the unframed prints in the bin. I have so many choices of giftware that I need to be more selective than ever about what to display. I have truly been blessed… especially because I've met so many of you at the show over the years.

The BIG NEWS is I will be introducing my new painting - “Keeping Watch Over Pittsburgh” – at the show on Opening Day, March 8th. The original has already sold, but I'll have limited-edition prints, mini prints, coasters, ornaments, and bookmarks available. You'll have lots of opportunities to take this one home with you!

Have a great week… and wish me luck with all the planning!!!

02/27/2024

VOTE FOR PICKLESBURGH 🏆🥒 2024 DATES CONFIRMED!!⬇️

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P.S. Picklesburgh will make its return to Blvd. of the Allies on Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 21, 2024. 😉

02/25/2024

Big News! I sold my Original Pastel of “Keeping Watch Over Pittsburgh”! I will be unveiling the painting at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show on March 8th. The original will be on display that day and I’ll have the prints for sale at the show! Come see me at Booth 3146-8.
I’m so thrilled and grateful to one of my collectors!

Happy New Year! May 2024 bring joy and blessings to each and every one of you! May peace reign in your hearts and love f...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! May 2024 bring joy and blessings to each and every one of you! May peace reign in your hearts and love full your being.

Just when it feels like we've hit our stride, the Holiday Market in Market Square (like all other good things!) is comin...
12/21/2023

Just when it feels like we've hit our stride, the Holiday Market in Market Square (like all other good things!) is coming to an end. It's lovely, though, to think that after these last few days there will be no more aches from all that standing… no more exhaustion from early days and late nights. But we’ve gotten used to it! The smiles and the stories of our visitors and greeting old and new friends, especially the families who have come home to visit the Burgh, make it all worthwhile.

It looks like the weather will be pretty decent up to 3 pm on Christmas Eve, when it's closing time for the 2023 season. Ornaments, coasters and 8x10 prints seem to be the favorites this year, and I’ve been fortunate to be able to restock along the way.

Please stop by this week if you're in need of some last-minute gifts. We're starting to see folks with that "(rein?) deer in the headlights" look when they realize they still have much of their shopping to do!

Tom and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year! May the next year bring you great joy!

You probably knew this already, but the holiday season is my favorite time of year! I love being at my Chalet and lookin...
12/03/2023

You probably knew this already, but the holiday season is my favorite time of year!

I love being at my Chalet and looking into the eyes of folks I have yet to know, listening to their stories, and trying to assist them in finding the perfect present that meets their needs.

Sometimes I can, but even when I can't provide them with that gift, I've often made a new friend. At the end of the day, it’s all about the joy and magic of the holiday season. If I can provide a smile and an ear, then I feel that I've truly made a difference in the world.

I know someone else who feels that way… and his name is Santa Claus! Last night a young couple with a new baby named George stopped by my Chalet. While we were talking, they recognized the Santa paintings on my wall because they had just taken their little one's first picture on Santa's lap. In fact, Mom and dad were also posed on Santa’s lap! What a glorious photo it was!

Santa was so kind last weekend to stop by and see my new painting, “Santa Golfs at St. Andrews.” Do you know someone who golfs? This might be the perfect gift! Check it out on my website: www.lindabarnicott.com

I have lots to offer on my website, but here at my Chalet, I have even more unique gifts that you won't find anywhere else. The Holiday Market is open every day at 11 am. I hope I can help you find the perfect gift.

Say Hi to Ruth Woods, my trusty helper!! It was a bit windy and definitely chilly. Here’s to today with sunny warmer wea...
11/29/2023

Say Hi to Ruth Woods, my trusty helper!! It was a bit windy and definitely chilly. Here’s to today with sunny warmer weather!

Tomorrow, I'll be exhibiting at my last vendor show of the year before I move into my Chalet at the Holiday Market in Ma...
11/11/2023

Tomorrow, I'll be exhibiting at my last vendor show of the year before I move into my Chalet at the Holiday Market in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh!

Where did the fall season go to? Maybe you can tell me, because I have no idea. There are still roses blooming in my garden!

It’s funny because the outside of my house is decorated for Thanksgiving, but step inside the front door, and you're in a combination Christmas festival/art warehouse. I’m literally running out of room in my home. Because my art business takes up so much of the house, poor Tom has only one living room chair to sit in, where he can hardly see the TV with all the stacks of boxes packed full of gifts and supplies coming in for the Chalet!

This Saturday, November 11th, you can find me at the Bethel Presbyterian Church from 9 am to 3 pm with lots of art gifts for sale. So if you love visiting crafts shows, don't miss this one – it's so much fun! And their homemade food is fabulous!

I hope to see you there!

P.S. – Next Friday (November 17th) is the Holly-Jolly Grand Opening of the 2023 Holiday Market! Can you tell how excited I am?!

I love this in so many ways, but the pastels are my medium so it hits me even more. I love painting. As I go into my las...
11/09/2023

I love this in so many ways, but the pastels are my medium so it hits me even more. I love painting. As I go into my last show on Saturday at Bethel Presbyterian Church and then the Holiday Market in Market Square for 5 1/2 weeks, I am excited to share my pastel painted memories with everyone who visits.

I don’t know about you, but this last week really flew by! I’m trying to enjoy this last bit of summer weather before au...
10/09/2023

I don’t know about you, but this last week really flew by! I’m trying to enjoy this last bit of summer weather before autumn "falls" right back into our laps.

Last weekend, we had an incredible show at the Mount Lebanon Artist Market. It was a record-breaking year for the show, and with so much talent and beautiful weather, there were smiles aplenty!

Of course, I've already moved on to planning my next Fall Festival – Fort Ligonier Days is this weekend! I will return to the same spot for the second year, with my booth in the Municipal Lot by the YMCA. Fingers crossed that the weather forecast improves from what they're predicting currently.

Since I wrapped up the Artist Market show last weekend, I've returned to the studio, and I'm painting up a storm on my new Santa painting. What do you think of my progress so far? I have a good feeling about it. I'm really hoping that a lot of golfers will be excited when they see what Santa was up to in his downtime this year!

Meanwhile, I’m organizing my website for the holidays and bringing in new art gifts. Check out my work out at the various fall/holiday shows and online at www.LindaBarnicott.com!

Have a great week!

The weekend before last, Tom and I personally delivered my original pastel painting, “Ice Ball Treats with Gus and YiaYi...
10/07/2023

The weekend before last, Tom and I personally delivered my original pastel painting, “Ice Ball Treats with Gus and YiaYia,” to its new home in Connecticut with the Rooney family. (Yes, THAT Rooney family!)

We had the pleasure of spending the afternoon and evening with the piece's new owners, June and Tim Rooney. They loved that Tim’s brother, Dan Rooney, appeared in the painting, sitting and watching while Gus shaved the ice for his ice-ball treats.

Shipping an original pastel that size would have given me sleepless nights! So instead, we took a road trip, had an adventure, and created a lovely friendship. I'm honored that my painting will be a part of the lives of the Rooney family.

Now as we head into fall, Show Season is in full swing. And speaking of "full swings," I have an announcement!

I'm creating a new Santa Claus painting for 2023 after all. This one may take me a little extra time to paint because of the amount of detail, but I'm off to a good start.

The working title is “Santa Golfs St. Andrews,” which kind of says it all. St. Andrews, Scotland, is known as The Home of Golf, and the game has been played on its links for over 600 years! It was fun developing the sketch and gathering all the elements to make it special – including a vintage leather golf bag and clubs, a Christmas plaid golf cloth with a suggestion of snow, a candy-cane emblem, and even holly on Santa’s golf hat. In the background, you can see the famous St. Andrews Hamilton Grand as well as the historic Swilcan Bridge.

The original pastel painting has already been sold… even before I finished painting it! I hope to have it done soon and will keep you updated.

This and so much more gift ideas at the Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market this weekend from 10-5, Saturday and Sunday! The wea...
09/28/2023

This and so much more gift ideas at the Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market this weekend from 10-5, Saturday and Sunday!

The weather looks glorious for spending time outside. Come and join us!

I will have the Big 3 (Shopping Downtown memories!) at the Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market this weekend -- Saturday and Sund...
09/26/2023

I will have the Big 3 (Shopping Downtown memories!) at the Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market this weekend -- Saturday and Sunday, 10-5! Located in the Academy lot behind The Saloon and across from Rollier Hardware store.

The weather is looking beautiful ❤️ Come out and see this wonderful art show full of great talent.

I’ll be there before you know it! Come see me!
08/25/2023

I’ll be there before you know it! Come see me!

Linda Barnicott Painter of Memories creates nostalgic pastel paintings of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Check out her work at this year's Mt. Lebanon Artists' Market September 30th-October 1st!

Did you notice last week that I didn’t send out a newsletter? There was a really good reason. I was in the midst of a cu...
08/25/2023

Did you notice last week that I didn’t send out a newsletter? There was a really good reason. I was in the midst of a customer service nightmare – 11 hours of phone calls over the course of two days!

It began on Wednesday afternoon as I tried to make a business call. A robot told me that my service was suspended. When I finally spoke to a real person, I was told "no service until you pay up!" My bill was over $2000!

I was sure that I'd called before we left for Italy to sign on for the international phone plan. Did we mess something up? It was only supposed to cost $10.00 a day for 21 days.

Well, it turns out it wasn't our fault. The plan worked fine. But remember how I mentioned the serious issues I'd been having with my email? Apparently, someone hacked my phone account and used my upgrades to buy an iPad and a Pro Max 14 iPhone, both with a terabyte memory. (The thief certainly had expensive tastes!) One was sent to Penn Hills and the other to Philadelphia.

Reconstructing the case was an amazing journey. I really had no clue that anything was remotely wrong until they shut off my service; this boggled my mind. I was told that they probably cloned my phone and sold my info to hundreds if not thousands of scammers, subscriptions, and mailing lists.

It was definitely a blessing on Day 2 when I spoke with an angel – the greatest customer service agent of all time! He stayed with me all the way through to the resolution. He empathized with my frustration and said, ”You sound like you have a good spirit.“ I responded by saying "Thank you! My husband refers to me as the Mayor of Happy Town”! We just laughed together, and I felt good for the first time after eight maddening hours on the phone.

So while I go through the craziness of straightening out my email, here's a heads-up - keep an eye out for a new email from me coming soon!

With all of that going on, I was blessed today when a prominent family originally from Pittsburgh’s Northside purchased my original pastel painting of “Ice Ball Treats with Gus and YiaYia.” That original painting has been hanging in my home gallery for a very long time, and I'm really going to miss it. But you never know who is going to call! I'm so grateful it's going to someone who truly loves Gus and his family.

Show season is just getting started, so mark your calendars! My next show is the Ebenezer Covered Bridge Festival on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th. Check out www.CoveredBridgeFest.net for more information.

Don't forget – the Covered Bridge Festival is a cash-only show. (The reason is that cell service is spotty to nonexistent at our location.) So come out to the country and see me! You can check out my new painting, “Glad Tidings at Gimbels” and other new art gifts!

Have a great weekend… and always protect your identity!

Picklesburgh is one of Pittsburgh's favorite summer festivals. In fact, USA Today readers recently voted it the  #1 Spec...
07/20/2023

Picklesburgh is one of Pittsburgh's favorite summer festivals. In fact, USA Today readers recently voted it the #1 Specialty Food Festival in America! Every year, Picklesburgh attracts bigger and bigger crowds of happy people eating and having a good time… and of course, pickles, pickles, pickles everywhere you look!

I missed last year's event because I was on an amazing family vacation to visit The Mouse with my grandgirls, but I'm back for 2023… and boy, do I have the pickle gifts for you!

Picklesburgh is growing every year, so the festival has a new footprint for 2023. Instead of being set up on the bridges, it will be between Stanwix and Smithfield Streets on the Boulevard of the Allies. You'll find me in Lot D, Tent 73, close to the entrance with the Holiday Pickle floating overhead.

Not only will we be celebrating all things pickled this weekend, but we'll also be celebrating Christmas in July. My booth will also be stocked with holiday gifts for those of you who like to plan ahead!

Speaking of the Holidays, if you stop by my tent and pre-order my new painting, “Glad Tidings at Gimbels,” at the show, you'll get free shipping!

Can’t make the show? Order your print online and receive 15% off the price before its release date on August 1st! (Online orders only) Check it out at https://lindabarnicott.com/product/glad-tidings-at-gimbels/

Tom and I are all packed up and ready to move in. Has it really only been a week since we were strolling the Italian countryside? Time flies!

The show starts at noon on Friday – can't wait to see you there!

PS – You can get the whole dill about Picklesburgh by visiting www.picklesburgh.com!

Tom and I have started our Italian adventure, but I wanted to share some GREAT news with you!  Prints of my new painting...
06/23/2023

Tom and I have started our Italian adventure, but I wanted to share some GREAT news with you! Prints of my new painting, “Glad Tidings at Gimbels," are now available at a preorder price of 15% off – no code necessary! My latest pastel painting will be released in a limited-edition giclee print on August 1st, and I am taking 15% off the price on all preorders before that date. You can order your print by clicking here: https://lindabarnicott.com/product/glad-tidings-at-gimbels/

The edition will include 50 Artist Proofs, 50 Artist-Enhanced (with soft pastels), and 500 standard-edition prints. Each one will be numbered and signed in gold. Each print will be a giclee, archival, and printed on the highest-quality museum paper.

“Glad Tidings at Gimbels” is the perfect addition to my nostalgic Pittsburgh paintings series, “Wishing Under the Horne’s Tree,” “Holiday Memories under Kaufmann’s Clock,” and “Meet Me Under Kaufmann’s Clock, Too!” Make your memories of shopping downtown back in the day complete with this iconic trilogy. Check them out at www.lindabarnicott.com.

A big "Thank You" to each and every one of you who provided a piece of the "puzzle" and helped me develop this painting from a dream to reality.

Want to help make this Holiday Season a blast from the past? Get your print of “Glad Tidings at Gimbels” before August 1st and save 15%!

Yep!
06/19/2023

Yep!

I’ll be there!
06/17/2023

I’ll be there!

Pittsburgh’s most popular pickle party is moving across Downtown this year to accommodate the festival’s growing crowds. Picklesburgh is moving to the Boulevard of the Allies for its 2023 festival, according to the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. The iconic, 35-foot Heinz pickle balloon...

It's been a super busy couple of weeks in the studio. I can't believe it's just a few days until Tom and I embark on a n...
06/16/2023

It's been a super busy couple of weeks in the studio. I can't believe it's just a few days until Tom and I embark on a new adventure – a three-week excursion to Italy!

I had to double down in the studio to finish in time, but my new painting, “Glad Tidings at Gimbels” is ready for unveiling! I'm off to the printer today to tweak the details to make sure everything is just right. There will be more information about it on my website soon, including pre-orders!

Meanwhile, there's been a lot going on in my studio since I last wrote you. As you can see in the photo, it looked like quite the mad, mad, mad, mad world! Resources were strewn about as I pored over photograph after photograph, vintage images of Gimbels over the decades, most in black and white, rarely in color.

There were photos of streetcars from the Trolley Museum in Washington, PA, photos from a friend who shared his collection with me, and photos I’ve collected myself over the years. There were photos of people who posed for me, people from other photo shoots that I borrowed, and some from the past of people just walking around downtown (and maybe even a few imaginary friends?). I had a collection of photos of display windows, though I made up the one on the right featuring Raggedy Ann and Andy because one of my faithful readers wrote me and asked me to!

I used more pastels pencils and soft pastels than my taboret could hold at times, and my obsessive need for detail actually led to the premature demise of two pencil sharpeners. But at last, with a final dab of snow, it was finished.

My hope is that you'll see what I see in this painting – all the magic of Pittsburgh’s nostalgic downtown holiday shopping of yesteryear… with memories of swirling snow and merrily sparkling lights… and the rush of shoppers seeking holiday treasures at the iconic Gimbels Department Store. I want this painting to inspire you to once again experience the excitement of the holiday season in days gone by.

The official release date for "Glad Tidings at Gimbels" will be August 1, 2023.

P.S. – I was driving through the Northside last week, and I just had to stop and see Gus. I knew he would be there! Even at 90, he's still as wonderful as ever. I strongly recommend that you go and experience Gus and Yiayia's, a beloved Northside tradition. I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face and some yummy treats to your tummy!

Is a Word Worth a Thousand Pictures?The word is "Gimbels," and I wouldn't be surprised if I have a thousand pictures of ...
05/05/2023

Is a Word Worth a Thousand Pictures?

The word is "Gimbels," and I wouldn't be surprised if I have a thousand pictures of it. So many different perspectives and points of view… a little of this and a little of that.

I was just talking to a client on the phone about my process of researching and planning this painting these last couple of weeks. She asked if the Gimbels painting will become a puzzle. I told her I haven’t even thought that far ahead. Then it occurred to me that putting this painting together has been a lot like solving a puzzle. I am so thankful to those of you who have reached out to me and helped me fill in some of missing pieces!

But I have a big question that has yet to be answered…

It seems there were a number of different Gimbels signs during the store's lifetime. The one pictured above is the one I will be using. You can also see it in the sketch below. In the photo it looks blue, but so do a lot of other items in the picture. It's almost as if it were taken with a blue filter. My question is, does anyone remember this sign and what color it actually was?

Many of the photos I've acquired are rather odd, insomuch as they have color in parts of them, but then other parts look mostly black, gray, and white. Whenever I've come across this particular sign in other photos that seems to be the case… all except in this photo, which I'm afraid I can’t trust. Also, the trim and awnings seem kind of brown with a dark grey edge. Tom says I’m overthinking it. But I'm afraid that if I paint it the wrong color, someone will surely come along later and say “No, no, no!”

It’s going to be an evening painting anyway, so I could make it an almost-black dark blue. The letters will be lit up, of course. Though they'll be small, there will be holiday windows, and I'm thinking some snow would be nice. The streetcar will have a really nice glow to it, and the background will be a bit foggy. I feel like I've included enough people to make it festive, but I may add a few more as I go. And as usual, if you look closely, you may see a few familiar-looking children admiring the window displays!

I even found an image of a Gimbels bag on Pinterest so I can put the logo on some shopping bags.

As you can see, I'm actually thinking out loud and planning the painting as I write this. My next step is to put a watercolor wash over the sketch. That may not make much sense to you all, but it will be a roadmap for when I paint with my soft chalk pastels.

I'm still open to your thoughts about the colors and eager to hear more of your stories about this iconic Pittsburgh landmark!

Wish me luck this week!

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Linda Barnicott began her career as a portrait artist in 1975. Today she is beloved and sought-after for her enchanting portraits of Pittsburgh. Using rich pastel colors, she captures the unique beauty of famous Pittsburgh scenes with a charm all her own.

It began in 1989 with the now-famous tribute to downtown holiday shopping entitled “Meet Me Under Kaufmann’s Clock.” The work immediately won the hearts of Pittsburghers, who have been meeting friends under the clock downtown for years. From this work Linda created several series of Pittsburgh landmarks, capturing warm memories that are loved by generations.

In 1995, she began painting a collection of Kennywood Park scenes that has become even more popular. Since then, she has brought to life the magic of every amusement park in the region, including Story Book Forest, Idlewild Park, Sand Castle Water Park and West View Park, which closed in 1977.

With roots as a portrait artist, Linda includes family members and friends in every painting.