Just finished these two Amish-themed designs. I think I am happy the way they turned out. It was very different than what I am used to. I left space in both paintings for an inspirational quote. Hope you enjoy these!
This is the picture that was inspired from a photo of my daughter, Caitlin, when she was small. She will be transformed into an amish girl smelling a flower in the garden with a butterfly or two. I seem to be stuck in the garden of flowers as I am not sure what colors I want to use…so I sit and stare…and try to picture it in my mind. I will try and finish this by mid-week at most. Then, I will share it with you, I promise! Any ideas…please share!
I just did a re-do of an old design for Christmas. It’s a snowman done in pastels on black pastel paper. The results look like a drawing done in chalk on a blackboard, which is a popular look today in art design.
I really like the look. I think I will try other designs just like this with other seasonal images. Back to the drawing board!
Sorry so long in posting…I have been busy trying to find which media to stay with, as I am all over the place. I seem to be falling back to pastels though, as I really love the realistic look to it.
I did the snowmen pics in acrylics, which were fun…but the Santa was really fun. I just love to blend and get the colors so vibrant! Anyway, I hope you like these.
Sorry it’s been so long, but I am trying to improve my portfolio and it takes a lot of extra time!
Just wanted to share something new I decide I’d try, and that is paint a quilt block like a sampler, since I know I will never really “sew” one. I love the look, but I think I will add some stitching around the edges of the hearts and border to give it that “sewn” look.
What do you think? I may just do a set of these..with other wording. Let me know.
Thought I would try my hand at acrylics, and this time I did one of my favorite subjects…angels. I had to play with this one for awhile and I finally figured out how to blend and highlight a little better, which is kind of difficult with this medium, as it dries rather quickly. Anyway, hope you like it…
I think sometimes it pays to look back on your artwork and really look at it. If you’re not happy with a piece after it’s all completed, sometimes it’s good to set it down and wait awhile and really look at it and see if it could be improved in some way. Maybe make the colors more saturated, try another media to see if it works a little better with the picture itself. Whatever.
Well, that’s what happened here. I love pastels, but I tried rendering an old watercolor picture of Santa singing with his reindeer (originally designed for my husband’s Christmas birthday) with pastels. I never really was happy with it. Pastels work lovely on portraits, but when I have a lot of detail work in a picture, it just doesn’t cut it. I can’t work in the tiny details, and it looks like there is no “punch” factor….it just sort of sits there, almost like a bad copy of a picture.
See for yourself here as I have attached the original pastel and the new watercolor. I think I will take the watercolor. It’s so vibrant and I can see all the detail work. This is also what the art licensing companies look for, vibrancy. So that’s what I am doing now. Taking my portfolio and re doing all the old pics that just “sort of sit there”. Hope you like this new one! Enjoy!