“Wash Day” An Amish Watercolor Painting Completed

Hello!  I’m so sorry this took so long to complete.  This was quite new to me to try watercolor like this, and I was so ready to throw it away and start all over again!  Part of me knows my paintings have a certain look to them, but I always want to achieve that really “realistic” look to my paintings, but in my eyes, they never seem to ever look fantastically shaded and so realistic you feel you are looking at a photograph. I guess that does not matter, I paint the way I paint, and as long as I am expressing my love for the subject my way and the best I know how, that should be enough.  I guess I would just take a photograph and not paint if I wanted it to look that realistic!

But anyway, this is the finished piece and I hope you like it. I like that it’s very colorful and just love the cat! I guess I will keep it! :)))

It is also selling on Etsy now if you are interested here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/266241796/wash-day-amish-print-of-watercolor?ref=shop_home_active_1

Thank you!

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Wash Day Amish Watercolor

Patchwork Elephant on Etsy

I just finished this little guy the other day.  I have been trying to think of cute, little ideas for children’s rooms like abc prints and animals.  This is one of those ideas. Patchwork animals!

I really just started doing them so I really don’t know how people will take to them, but it’s fun and I love painting them.  This is the 3rd one as I have a bear and giraffe on my Etsy Shop as well.  Hope you like him.  You can find him here at my shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/265410067/patchwork-elephant-with-balloon-print-of?ref=shop_home_active_22

Enjoy!

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Patchwork Elephant

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An Amish Watercolor Continued…

I thank you all for your awesome comments on my artwork! I love the ideas for the painting especially.  It’s so great to see how everyone sees one picture so many different ways. Actually, I was thinking of apple picking for this little amish girl,and I did think of feeding chickens as well. But so far I think I am leaning towards “Wash day” as I could see her surrounded in brightly colored,amish dresses hanging from a clothesline, and maybe a random cat by her feet looking up at her. I’m looking at reference photos now of how those dresses shadows and creases look if they are hanging on a line. It’s all done in steps…how’s the grass going to look?…how will the cat look, will it be all white or striped?…all little steps that make for a hopefully pretty painting.

So far this is how far I’ve gotten. I promise to be done by the end of the week, maybe even tomorrow if I stay at it. I am really liking this watercolor though. I love the way it flows and the more layers you use the brighter and richer it becomes. Hope you like it so far, and fear not, after this…I think I will do several others, and they just may be apple picking…and feeding those chickens! Great ideas!  ;)

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Painting the dress and skin colors

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Painting the shading and creases in the dress

 

 

An Amish Watercolor

Since I am trying to stay away from my pastels for a little while, I have been sketching ideas for watercolors and colored pencil.  It has been hard to get back in the swing of things and coming up with great ideas, but this one popped up in my head. It’s an amish girl (of course) and I am trying to figure out what I want her to be doing in this picture.  Is she doing laundry?  Is she feeding the cows or the chickens? I really haven’t decided and that’s why she is still half drawn in pencil.

I don’t want this to be an overly done painting, just a couple of details and slight background with more focus on just the way her dress falls and the simple bun in her hair. A simple, little painting, but hopefully, beautiful regardless.  I will post the completed picture as soon as I finish it. Hope you like the way it looks so far!:)

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Time To Make A Change

Hello All! I feel so badly I haven’t kept up with my blog, new drawings or putting many new items up on my Etsy shop.  I have been in a slump of sorts and don’t really know what direction to go in anymore.  Should I paint? What should I paint? Do I paint children, Amish themes,animals, fruit??? Do I update my blog and portfolio to make it fresh? Do I try and focus on portrait painting and nothing else? I have too many things I want to do and not enough time to do them and take care of everything at home as well. Oh, how I wish we all had our own life coaches that would tell us what we should do and not do. To cheer us on when we need it most and direct us every step of the way…but we don’t.

Also, just recently I feel like  I may have developed and allergy of sorts with pastels or pastel dust I should say. I certainly hope this is not the case, as I would surely die, as I truly love pastels. After a few hours, my eyes start turning red and slightly itchy and my chest tightens up a bit, so I have to walk away for awhile.  This has been bothering me, to think I would not be able to do this anymore. I will still paint with pastels, but try different papers and not sit as long, just try different things to see if it is allergies. Crossing fingers and praying profusely.

Since the New Year all I have wanted and talked about is “change”.  I want change in everything lately because I feel like I’m standing still and just not growing anymore. I need some excitement going on. So, I have decided to start small and just take baby steps.

First thing I want to do is to definitely make a schedule and stick with it. This schedule will not only be for my artwork, but also for house plans, family get-togethers,etc..I have never really done this, and I know I have to!  Then the second thing I may do is change my blog here and update to a different theme and upgrade. Then integrate my portfolio into that as well and get rid of the old portfolio site I don’t even like to look at anymore. This will be the beginning of change…we can do it….baby steps….but we can do it! Excitement can come back again and new opportunities can come forth, right?  I hope so.

So, I am just letting you know, you may come back here soon and see something completely different, but I hope it will be more interesting and fun to look at. I can’t wait! Hey, was that a little bit of excitement in my voice? I’ll take it!

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A New Commissioned Portrait

This was a pastel portrait done for a friend of her grandson. It was a gift to her daughter and son-in-law as a Christmas gift. It was so enjoyable to do this awesome little boy, as he had the greatest impish smile! And as always, I learn so much from every portrait I paint.  This made Christmas even more special!  Meet Mason!DSC00529

Sock Snowmen…My New Obsession!

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!

Anyway here they are…you’ll be seeing more soon.

"Flurry"

“Flurry”

"Mr. Twiggs"

“Mr. Twiggs”

"Chipper"

“Chipper”