Back To Painting…Yay!

My gosh, it’s been awhile since I have posted any paintings I am currently working on, as Christmas always throws me off. I don’t know how other artists do it, but I am just so busy doing Christmasy things in December, I just can’t, and don’t seem to have, the time or even the concentration to paint!  I need to be in a relaxation mode, and the month of December is NOT that!

So anywayyyyyy…  In the beginning of this month, I kept procrastinating  just picking up the pastels and begin painting again.  Then one day,  I just sat down and grabbed one of the few unfinished pieces sitting in my art room, and started, just a little at a time. “Get in the flow… get in the flow…you can do this!”, I kept saying to myself.

So here are two of the paintings I am finishing up…John-Boy Walton (who I have always loved by the way…and we need more shows like this) annnndddd an Amish Boy peeking over a quilt on the clothesline. The Amish boy painting I had originally posted in November, when I just started him, and I can’t believe this is how long he has been sitting unfinished. I am now going to finish him, and try to come up with a title for this painting. My goal now is to do 12 amish paintings for a new calendar, but we will see how that goes.  I would love to do more angels as well.

In the meantime, these are the beginnings of the two paintings, and I WILL keep you posted! Enjoy!

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Amish Boy Peeking Over the Quilt

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John-Boy Photo

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John-Boy Painting, Beginning Stages

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Meet Everly….A Christmas Portrait

Hello! Yes, it’s me again. Finally back from  the Christmas rush and craziness. A much needed break gave me some new ideas for the New Year.  Can’t wait to try some new pieces (and finish some half-done ones) that are on my list to try.

But I did want to share this portrait  which was one of two I was commissioned to do for a Christmas gift. This is Everly, and her expression gives her awesome personality away!  I couldn’t wait to try her, even though as every new painting is, looked  a little challenging.  At the end of it all, I was pleased with the result, as were they, which makes me VERY happy!

I attached  the photo here along with my finished painting. I don’t know what it is, but every time I look at her happy expression I can’t help but smile myself. Such a cutie!

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The cute photo

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The finished portrait

Amish Calendar Now on sale At Etsy.com

Hello!  I have finally received my limited supply of calendars and am currently selling them on my Etsy shop. This is somewhat of a test to see is there is any interest out there for a calendar such as this one. If there is an interest I will be ready to create another for next year. Please know there is a limited supply, but if there is need to have more made, I will try my best to get one to you.  It is best to order by December 15th, as I am going on vacation and will not be filling any orders after this date until January 3rd.

***PLEASE NOTE: These are selling pretty well!  Now new replacements are in…which means more can be sold on my Etsy shop!  Thank you again for your support and I hope you are enjoying your calendars!

Here is the link to my amish calendar: calendar

I am still working on art projects in between everything else and will hopefully have something to show you asap!

Thank you for your support and enjoy!

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A New Amish Painting and Calendars For 2018

Hello friends. I am still working on that Lancaster Collage painting, and for some reason my heart isn’t in it, but i’m getting there. My paintings always get to a point where I tend to ask myself, “Should I have used watercolors or acrylics instead of pastels for this?”  But I think I am using the right media, so I will stick with pastel and see it to the end. I will post a picture soon.

Also, I am starting another Amish painting and it’s a little different as you can see. It’s a little boy peeking over a quilt hanging on the clothesline as tiny bird watches on.   You don’t see much of the boys face, but I wanted to get a grouping of images I love about Amish Country and put them together…nature,the beautiful quilts, the amish children, the labor…it’s kind of all in there…or it will be. Here’s a peek…

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My new painting with no name yet

In the meantime, I  also have pics of what my calendar looks like. (These are being made through Zazzle and the link will be at the bottom of this post). I am really excited though because it looks awesome! Whenever I make a pillow, sticker, mug… whatever and see my artwork in print on a product, I feel like I’ve been published or something. It’s just a great feeling to see the colors so vivid, a product someone can use, and it’s MY design! So cool. But  it would  be interesting to kind of get and idea on who would be interested in one, so I can decide how I should sell these.  Anyway….here is what it looks like:

 

 

I really like the quality of the calendar as it’s very sturdy and the colors are so vivid. This is medium size and the size open it is about 10.5 x 16.5. I think the quotes add a nice touch to the pages that had the space to do so.

I’m sure these will really make a nice Christmas gift.  I have bought a limited amount for myself to sign and sell at Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg. I will be sending these there soon. I will let you know when they are there. If you are interested and want me to sign one and send one to you, I can place a custom order on my Etsy store. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can message me here or email me at mcprop@cox.net.

Well, I will get back to work now and  please let me know what you think!  Thanks everyone!

***P.S. UPDATE:  The calendar is now up on my Zazzle store here calendar 

“The Country Path” Pastel Painting

As I wait for the Amish Calendar to arrive at my house so I can see what the quality is like, (then I can share it all with you) I have been trying my hand at simple landscape paintings. I wanted to try a sunset with a country path, like something you would see in Lancaster, Pa or any beautiful country place. I got several reference photos together and kind of melded all of them together to make this one. I did have fun as I didn’t have to be so picky. I was happy with the result and now I want to do more of course!

I love all the warm colors and the path looking like it lights the way on it’s own. I even added a simple quote to go along with the painting. Hope you like this. I think my next landscape may be an ocean or beach painting, not sure yet.

As far as the Amish Paintings Calendar, I will let you know when it will finally be up for sale. I’m not sure if I will sell them on Zazzle or on my Etsy Store, but I will definitely let you know in a few days. I will post pictures of what it looks like.

Thank you and have a great day!

P.S. The collage painting in my previous posts will be finished soon I swear!

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The Country Path in a frame-no quote

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The Country Path with quote

She’s Finished!

I finally finished my Amish painting for fall, and now I think I can complete my calendar!  I may just name this one “Pumpkin Time”,  I’m not sure still.  I hope you like her.  I wanted to get so much into this painting and yet not take away from the central figure, the cute, little amish girl with the impish grin. I had actually wanted to make her hair as orange as the pumpkin, but that didn’t happen and maybe I’m glad that it didn’t now. I can really feel that fall breeze just by looking at the stray hairs blowing around her face.  This painting actually makes me want to go for a pumpkin ride about now!

Can you believe this all started from a photo of my daughter? Sometimes I can’t believe it myself!  Also, I’m sorry these paintings take so long sometimes, but even though I “say”…and even “wish” that I could paint a painting a day, it just never happens.  It has to feel right and it just gets done a little at a time as I have other things that come up. It can be frustrating sometimes. You don’t know how I wish that I had that studio somewhere far away and had no chores or anything else to do but paint…but I don’t see that happening anytime soon!

But here she is and I will see if this calendar I’m putting together can be finished now.  I will let you know when its ready, hopefully within a week .  I will also try and have that collage painting done in a week, too.  I’ll be pushing for it!

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Pumpkin Time!

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“Pumpkin Time” greeting card

I Am In The Amish Country News!

The Amish Experience had asked me if they could use one of my paintings for their October issue of Amish Country News.  Of course I said yes! They used the painting “Barbie With A Pie” for this issue.

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Barbie With A Pie

Well, the October issue of Amish Country News is published! I think it turned out awesome! The half-page describing my art background and how I began painting Amish themed works is on page 27. They did an amazing job with this and I can’t thank them enough! Pebbles and Lace, the shop in Strasburg, Pa mentioned to me that a woman came in the shop and bought prints because of this issue. Very happy and extremely grateful.

The link to the issue is here:   Amish Country News

P.S. My painting of the little amish girl with the pumpkin will hopefully be posted here tomorrow. I am sorry it has taken so long, as we are in the middle of painting a room here and things are not in their normal places right now…ahem…like the cord for downloading pictures form my camera to the computer!!!! I was going to do that tonight and I could not locate it. The painting came out awesome though!