It’s Christmas In July On Etsy and Ballerina Print!

Hi everyone and I’m just letting you know that it’s Christmas in July on Etsy and that there are specials going on all over the site until July 12th.  My shop is giving a promotion of sorts, too!  It’s buy one print from my shop and get another print (of equal or lesser value) for free!  It’s not just on Christmas goods either, it’s on every print!

So if you want to check it out just go to my shop at http://www.cherylmcnultyart.etsy.com and see if there is anything you like.

Also, I am going to try to offer more products from my prints that I create myself, like magnets, journals, coloring pages,wall plaques etc.  It will be a challenge, but it will be so much fun to see how it goes! Let me know if there is anything you would like to see me try, and I will certainly look into it.

But for now, have a happy 4th and here is a new print I just created for all those ballerina’s out there!  Enjoy!

Ballerina print

Ballerina print

Another Amish Pastel Painting, Rebekah In The Barn

Wow!  I can’t believe I have finally finished this painting.  This took me some time as I was at first busy with painting some rooms in my house, and then a graduation came and went, and the painting just sat against my desk half done.  I hate doing that, too.  Starting a painting and then not finishing it, only because it breaks up the creative flow you had when you first started.  It’s more difficult to get back into it again,and I think every time I saw the painting there waiting…I was almost afraid to start in on it again. So one day I just said to myself I wasn’t going to start another project until I finished this, and I kept at it until I felt I was finished.  It’s funny, you never really feel like it’s perfect, you just know there is nothing more you could add or take away that will make any more of a difference. At least for me…I always think it could have turned out better doing this or that. But I guess that’s all about the learning process…and then you start another one and say this will be better than the last. I do like the way this one turned out though.  I just love her face and peaceful expression, and that’s the thing that I always try to attain. I hope you like Rebekah In The Barn. It sure took some time for her to arrive! And now…onto the next one…whew…:) If you are interested, this will also be available on Etsy soon.

Rebekah In The Barn

Rebekah In The Barn

Bertha, A Pastel Portrait

This is a pastel portrait I recently did for a brother-in-law of his mother who is about 87 now. It was mentioned to me that they were thinking of having a portrait done and then it was never mentioned again. So I set out to find a good photo from another sister (so it would be a surprise).  The best photo from all the photos that she gave me was this one you see here from a wedding. In the picture you can’t tell, but she has macular degeneration of her eyes and she can barely see. The color of her eyes were hard to make out from the photo I was given only because her eyes now show up dark or even black in a photo.  The first thing I had to do was find out her original eye color so I could paint her eyes first. I googled her original eye color and then painted them from the photo reference.  It made all the difference. After that, I filled in her hair a little and closed her lips, as this always makes a nicer portrait. I like it to feel as if the person I am painting from a photo, looks like they were sitting right in front of me. This is how I feel the portrait came out. She looks about 10 years younger with a beautiful, coy (somewhat mischievous) smile. This is SO her personality.

After making the slight changes to her portrait from the photo,  I believe the portrait of Bertha is beautiful and will be enjoyed and hope to be a lasting tribute for years to come.

Bertha Photo Reference

Bertha Photo Reference

Final Portrait

Final Portrait

How To Make an Old Design New Again…

Hello and I know it’s been awhile.  I’m still trying to finish some pastel paintings that are sitting by my desk, but I have been busy getting ready for my daughter’s graduation party, painting the inside of the house, etc etc… but I will get to them this week, I promise.

I just thought I would post this to show you how I have been taking some old designs that I have on hand (from years back) and making them into something more colorful and new.

This design here with the country girl on the swing was a cute design from the ’70’s.  It was made to have just 3 colors, because way back then, color was very expensive at the printers for a big run.(Yes…we took everything to the printers!) So for interest sake, I drew the designs out on ivory stock with black ink, colored them in with red marker and it gave the designs this interesting vintage-look.

Here is a picture of one of the older designs, and the other picture shows how I changed the look to make it more marketable today, colors and all.  Of course, I will also offer the old designs as well, as there are still people who prefer vintage to new, but this is just for example. The new design was done in watercolors and ink on watercolor paper. This is currently on Etsy at http://www.CherylMcNultyArt.Etsy.com. Hope you like the change!

Old Design from the'70's

Old Design from the’70’s

Newer Updated Watercolor Version

Newer Updated Watercolor Version

Photographs On Etsy

Hello!  I have been busy painting some rooms in my house that have been in bad need of a makeover for some time now.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to finish some paintings and drawings I have sitting on my desk.  Since things are winding down now, I think I can get back to the drawing board for a bit before getting back to doing a little more on the house. In the meantime, I have been going through some pretty awesome photos that I have in my collection and posting these on Etsy.  They consist of the Amish (of course), nature, animals.etc. If you get a chance, please shoot over to my Etsy shop and check them out.  I try posting everyday so there is something to new to look at.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CherylMcNultyArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Thanks for looking and hopefully back with more art! :)

Two Buggies

Two Buggies

Pretty Cow

Pretty Cow

Going To Market

Going To Market

Another Amish Painting InThe Works And An Inspirational Quote Watercolor

Hi all!  I am so sorry for not keeping up on this blog lately.  I am now getting ready for my daughter’s graduation from college and I have been busily painting rooms and fixing things around the house like crazy.  It actually feels good to see change,I must say.  And who can beat the look and smell of fresh paint!

Anyway, I just thought I would share with you this painting which has been sitting unfinished like this awhile now. It’s another Amish Girl and she is supposed to be watching a baby chick on her lap.   I really love the face on this little girl and I can’t wait to finish her, but she has to wait just a little bit.  Every time I go into my room she is staring at me and I want so badly to just sit there and get down to business.  I will…I will !

I will post again when I am finished with her.

Here is also another painting I finished.  I have been doing random watercolors just to keep up with my artwork and to put something new in my Etsy shop.  These watercolor paintings are less time consuming than the pastels, so I try to fit a few in before I start  my fixing and painting of the house. This one is in watercolors and it’s a little girl looking out over the mountains under a beautiful rainbow. Inspired by the very thing I love to do, observe nature!  I hope you like them. Be back soon!

Unfinished Amish Girl Painting

Unfinished Amish Girl Painting

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The Kitchen Is The Heart Of The Home Print

This cute little print I just put on Etsy is from an original colored pencil illustration created by me. I have always loved this quote, because I believe it with my heart and soul. The kitchen is truly the heart of my home!

I made this several years ago, and I still love the Illustration. Usually, I am so caught up in doing the new illustrations, I don’t even think of the older ones.  I just had to dust this one off. Hope you like it!

heartofthehome

https://www.etsy.com/listing/229388458/the-kitchen-is-the-heart-of-the-home-8-x?ref=shop_home_active_10