The Beginnings of a new Amish Painting

Well, I have the beginnings of a new Amish painting I am very excited about. This one is going to be an Amish girl, possibly in her kitchen, taking a break from baking and looking out the window. This one will be tricky though as I want the focus on the girl’s face, with that daydreaming stare.

I am thinking that she will be surrounded in dark browns, with the white light coming through the window. Ahhhh, like I said, it will be kind of tricky, but I will go forth!

I had also wanted to show you the completed painting of the amish boy with the calf, but I am not really happy with the way it came out. I would look at it over and over, and I just didn’t get the feeling I have had with all the others. So please bear with me, as I may do it over, or I just might share it to see what you think. I will try some things with it in the next day or so.

But I hope you like the beginnings of this painting and I am so excited….I will tread carefully with this one! Thank you and check back. Stay safe!

The beginnings of a new Amish painting

New Amish Sketches In The Works

Hello again. I promised I would bring you sketches and here they are.  There are 4 here that I am currently working on….and I want to paint them all NOW! I am excited about painting each of them, envisioning what I want the finished pieces to look like, and actually seeing what they will become.  So exciting!

The one I am working on presently, and actually have more done than what is shown here, is the little Amish boy with the calf. The background is going to be tricky, as I want color and interest, but don’t want to take away interest from the  connection between the boy and the calf. We will see.

I also have a little girl peeking from behind..hmmm…something. A fence post outside? Around a barn door? The door to her house? So many decisions…and I just want to paint!

Another one here is an older girl in thought…in a kitchen after baking? In a field of flowers? By a buggy, maybe?

And lastly, the little amish girl with the butterfly that rests near her feet. What is the background? On a haystack…on a rock in the garden? The colors…I have to make sure the colors all go together! This is what takes the time…but it is all worth it in the end. Let’s see what happens with each of these. If you have any ideas, please give some insight. Thank you!

Anyway, I will try and share what I have done in several days with the Amish boy and the calf. Please check back. Take care!

P.s. On a sad note…several days ago I heard that N.A. Noel, an artist and beautiful painter of many subjects,  especially Amish and angels, passed away. I was so saddened by this news as she had been an inspiration for my paintings since I saw an amish painting my mother placed above the mantle in our living room years ago. Just to think  how much that  made such an impression on me back then! She was a beautiful person and exceptional artist.  Please check out her paintings when you can. Thank you.

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The amish boy and the calf…the beginning

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little amish girl peeking

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Amish girl in thought

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Little amish girl with butterfly

Maiden In The Window Pastel Painting

Hello, and it’s been awhile I know.  I am sorry. But I am really trying to get back into painting and I do have more on the drawing board , in sketch form at the moment, that I will share in a few days, and I can’t wait to complete them.

Anyway, I just finished this one, and although it’s not an Amish painting, it is a primitive colonial type painting. I got the idea for this painting from the movie “Girl with a Pearl Earring” with Scarlett Johansson. Very good movie! There was an image of her in her bonnet looking out the window with a jug and it was very plain and dull. I changed that picture by changing her face a bit, added the bright flowers (as if in a window box) and vines above her head (as if there were more flowers above her in another window) to give it more interest. With the water jug, it looks like she was just watering her flowers. Plus, I still love the whole “looking out the window” piece. I really enjoyed painting this.

I hope you enjoy this and I will be putting it up in my shop soon. I will put up the new sketches in a few days. Thanks for your interest and…I’m baaaaccckkk!

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Maiden In The Window

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Amish Painting “At Day’s End” Completed!

I finally finished this Amish themed pastel painting titled, “At Day’s End”. I must say, this took me awhile, with a lot of fixing and erasing! But I made it!

With this painting, I wanted to portray an Amish girl lost in her thoughts, at the end of a busy day. At this moment, she is enjoying the quiet and gathering wildflowers as the day turns to dusk. What could she be thinking? What will tomorrow bring, perhaps? I hope you like her.

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I added the farm in the background and the quilt for added interest.

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I just love the sky!

Amish Painting Continued

So…..I am still at this painting and I don’t know why it’s taking me so long. I think it may be that I am wanting this painting to be more realistic, especially with the  background scenery. Also, getting caught up in all the negative news out there and can’t seem to settle down and just concentrate. I am almost completed with this though, and I’ve done more than you see here right now. I am shooting for a couple more days, and I should be done with this one.

I have changed many things with this painting, too….and erased a lot! But I can see now, it will all be for the best.  I promise I will show you as soon as I am completed. Back to the drawing board…and maybe play some peaceful music, that may help! Back soon!

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This stage is always the toughest…it always looks like it’s not ever going to look how you intended it to. Just have to keep going.

Amish and Primitive Style Paintings Started, Beach Paintings Completed

Hello All! Yes, I haven’t been around awhile as I put my Etsy Shop on vacation and took a mini vacation from everything for a couple of weeks since this coronavirus started. I hope everyone is safe and still healthy. Looks like we will be coming out of this slowly, but soon, I hope!

Anyway, I have sketched out 2 paintings that are yet to be.  One is an Amish girl just staring out over the beautiful countryside leaning against a fence. I kind of want to have a sunset for a change and some rich colors, muted  landscape background… and maybe she is holding some wheat fronds?  A partial quilt showing on the fence, too? We will see…but she is started and I am very excited to finish her.

The other one is actually a picture I found of Scarlett Johansson for the movie “Girl With A Pearl Earring”, and this picture was found by mistake. I loved it as soon as I saw it, because of the setting and feel of it. I figured I would try it, but change it to look a little bit different, but keep the “feel” of it at the same time. Excited about this one, too!

The other paintings I am sharing are beachscapes I decided I would like to try. Hopefully, I will get better at this. I love the colors of the water and skies. I will be doing more of these, and I am looking to do more different paintings in the future.  I will let you know as soon as I have more. Hope you like these!

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Amish Girl On Fence Sketch Faint Picture…sorry, best I could do.

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Primitive Painting Sketch

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Beach Print 1

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Beach Print 2

Amish Painting “Noah’s Puppy” Completed

Hello! So sorry this took me awhile, but the coronavirus has really made it hard to keep me focused on my painting as we are all working at home here, and I had to change rooms for awhile. Half of my art supplies etc are now in disarray in my bedroom and it’s hard getting set up and getting used to painting in a darker room…grrrrr. Anyway, we are all making the best of it.

But alas, I managed to finish this painting and I really hope you like it. I really enjoyed painting this one and seeing it finally all come together. I love this little puppy!

Also, I couldn’t put this painting up until I had a title for it, and I went sifting for names, and Noah seemed perfect.  Now it is done. I am also putting up the beginnings of a painting that is different for me to try. It is a portrait of the Easter Bunny. Just wanted to see what would happen with this.  I am further along on this one than you see here, and I will put this one up soon. In the meantime, I will be putting Noah up on my Etsy Shop in the next day or so.

So, again I’m sorry this took longer than I thought. Hope you like this one. Until next time, please take care and stay safe!  Cheryl

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Noahs Puppy Amish Painting

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Beginnings Of Easter Bunny Portrait

Amish Boy Coming Along

Hello! I hope you are all doing well considering this awful, current coronavirus news. It’s so hard to even concentrate on daily things we do,  never mind trying to be creative  in all this negativity.  One really has to separate from that for awhile, go to a quiet room and put on some good music, just to calm the nerves! This is why I paint.

Anyway…this is also why I have only gotten this far on this painting.  But I am going to complete this by the end of this week, I swear! I really do like how it’s looking so far and I hope you like it, too.

I will be back soon. Take care and be safe!

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little amish boy started

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Almost there but still lots to do

 

 

Billie Eilish Portrait, Amish Boy Started and Country Sampler Magazine

Hello again!  Just wanted to share a new portrait I had wanted to try for awhile now.  My daughters had gotten me to listen to this music artist who seems to be very popular now, Billie Eilish. She is very talented and I love many of her songs.  She seems very down to earth when she is interviewed… so very interesting to listen to. Billie also has many different looks and hairstyles, but I really took to this photo I found of her that made her look very striking, and so I decided I would try it. Hope you like it.

Also I have started another portrait of a little amish boy, since I haven’t done many boys lately. I still haven’t decided what animal he’s holding, maybe a puppy,  baby goat…we will see. But this is the beginning stages….

And lastly, I just wanted to mention I will be advertising “Eva and the Piglet” in the April/May issue of Country Sampler Magazine which should be on stands April 1st. Well that’s it for now. Back to the drawing board!

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Billie Eilish Pastel Portrait

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little amish boy started

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Eva and the Piglet Country Sampler Magazine April/May Issue