Hello everyone. No, no! I don’t have art to show you today, but I do have a craft I love doing and it seems I can’t stop! At least for the Christmas Season anyway. It’s sock snowmen, and I can’t get over how cute these little guys are. No two are ever the same and the ideas for them are practically endless. I have a small grouping in my kitchen right now, and my husband just laughed to see them all lined up looking at him, and so cute!
I have 3 I’m selling on Etsy right now, but I plan to have more up soon. Oh yes, and they have to have names! Right now I have Flurry, Chipper and Mr. Twiggs. I love doing them because it gives me a break from all the drawing and I can just create and be a kid again. And then I instantly have a Christmas decoration when I’m done. You can never have too many Christmas decorations!
Preparing for Christmas on Etsy. Trying my hand at the most popular trend right now…coloring pages for adults ( and/or children) Right now, I am getting a package together of 9 assorted designs. I am also loving creating sock snowmen…and may put a few on there as well. They are so cute! Renewing some older prints and trying to get some new Santas painted. We’ll see how much I can accomplish….
My husband, John and I went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania this past week, mostly to see what PA is like in the fall (which we never have done), but mostly to thank the ones responsible for putting my painting of a little Amish boy (Benuel) eating a chicken pie, on “Amish Country News” and to pick up some issues to bring home. It was so nice to see the issues at so many places we visited, to see an issue on someone’s table at a restaurant, and to see it at the largest Amish farm shops. (I took a couple of pics at some stores).
When we went to the place where they produced the issue, and told the ladies there behind the desk why I was there and who I was and pointed to the magazine, they acted all excited. They said it was the cutest picture they ever saw and how they get so many compliments on it ! I was so happy! I felt like a celebrity!
Anyway, it was a great trip, beautiful colors and landscape and awesome time. Needless to say, I now have “many” copies of Amish Country News at my house. One for everybody! :)
I found these issues in front of The Old Candle Barn
These were in front of The National Christmas Museum…one of many places we found them.
Love taking Buggy pictures
Near Stolzfus Meats
The wheels in the fields
Coming down the Lane at Riehl’s Farm, where there were issues of Amish Country News here across from the register.
Hello. This post is about a design that seems to be very popular with customers, and it is “Katie With A Bunny”. This is the little amish girl with the purple dress holding her pet bunny.
I have recently started going over some of my older designs and fixing things that I notice are not as perfect as I like them to be. Since I have improved with my painting along the way, I take the older paintings and just fix little things here and there.
Although I loved the painting, this painting always bothered me somewhat. Katie is standing at an odd angle, looking back over her shoulder, and I never liked the way I captured that. If you look at the newer version, I eliminated the shoulder hump and softened it. Much better.
The purple dress had odd creases in the sleeves and I changed those. I altered the apron and added more shadows and highlights. I added more color in her cheeks and defined the nose more. Now I really like her. I think that will do!
I think she is perfect now and on to the next one!
I have been waiting to put this post up, but I am so excited as today a pastel picture I painted is on the cover of “Amish Country News”, a monthly visitors guide publication for Lancaster, Pa . (They have 450,000 copies printed annually, and seven issues are distributed to over 300 locations, by subscription and in person, in Lancaster and surrounding counties.)
I approached the publication in June and asked if they took artwork, mentioning I do amish paintings. The publisher said they have artwork once a year for their cover, but it is for an advertisement for a local Chicken Pie business and if I wanted to submit something he would consider it and gave a deadline for the 4th of September. As soon as I sent it, the publisher brought it over to Zook’s Chicken Pies to show the owner, and they thought it was great! So today was the day it came out and it is out there until November 6th.
The funny part of all this is that I found a picture of my small nephew(Evan) eating a yummy piece of pizza at a party. I just loved his expression so much, I used his face for this painting. I added a straw hat, a chicken pie, fall colors for the background, etc….and this is how it came out. An Amish Evan! Maybe he will sell more chicken pies!
They also put another pic of mine in the issue at the bottom of the Zook’s PPie article and a half-page bio/profile for me and contact info. I’m still shaking! The publication can be seen here: http://www.amishnews.com
My Nephew Evan, who became Amish overnight in a painting
Just feeling kind of Christmasy! Don’t know why, but even though it’s not even quite fall yet, I’m already wanting to play Christmas music! Not the sing song “Jingle Bells” kind of music, but the soft, no words kind of Christmas music. The kind I want to paint by, it makes me feel like a kid again with no worries. Do you want a good music cd for that kind of music? Try Radhika Miller “Blossoms In The Snow” on RadhikaMiller.com. You can hear samples and you won’t be disappointed!
But I just love this cute, little snow couple! Just enjoying each others company in the frosty air! They probably don’t even know it’s cold outside. Wait a minute! They’re made of snow, how would they know! wink wink
I hope you enjoy the painting of these two! If you are interested, they are being sold as cards and prints on my Etsy Shop. The link to my shop is on my “about”page.
I just set up my new website (cherylmcnulty.com) that will feature all of my artwork. I just had to chuckle because the line I used to start off my introduction is:
As long as I can remember, I had wanted to be an artist. In my younger days, I would bring home large sheets of manila (I always thought this was “vanilla”) paper from school and draw pictures in crayon for every holiday. Then, being so proud, I would tape these pictures up in my kitchen for all to see.
That just brought back so many memories for me. I distinctly remember when it was time for art class when I was in 4th and 5th grade. They would pass out this large sheet of paper and put it in front of you and you had your own (hopefully sharpened) Crayola Crayons. Like I said, I always thought it was “vanilla”…