Marilyn Monroe Pastel Painting Just Completed

Just finished number 2 in a series of classic movie actresses in pastel. Here is Marilyn Monroe…There is the original painting and a softened version. I kind of like the softened version better of the original, I don’t know why. What do you think?

This painting, as with the others, has been challenging but fun. I always learn a new trick or two and I just want to do more. I think I may want to try Audrey Hepburn next…hmmmm….

I am selling prints on my Etsy site here if interested:

Thank you so much!DSC09004


Scarlett O’Hara In Gone With The Wind Pastel Painting

I have wanted to try this for so long.  I had done celebrities from the past, back when I was a teen (so long ago) of John Wayne,Sophia Loren, etc. and I loved painting them.  I had just decided I’d try it again, when I saw Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in an online search one day, I knew it would be the perfect one to start with. I absolutely love her character in this movie and this picture with her deep stare, she looks both evil and beautiful at the same time. I’ll most likely put this print up on Etsy asap,  as I know there may be old movie buffs out there.

Now this makes me want to watch the movie! Popcorn, anyone???

Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind (Vivien Leigh) Pastel Painting

Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind (Vivien Leigh) Pastel Painting


Amish Girl At The Farm Stand Completed

Wow, this took me so long to complete!  If you only knew how many times I corrected and changed things, erased and fixed, practiced over and over for the canning jars of fruit/veggies…but alas, I am finally finished.  I do hope you like it.  I have wanted to do this picture for so long.  I could never find a picture like this when I was looking for one in Amish country as a nice keepsake to take home with me, but now I have created one for myself…and for others!  It is exciting.

I think she turned out beautifully, and her face, like the others, seems so serene. I wanted it to look like the background was slightly out of focus, giving the feeling you were there on her farm, but focusing on what was in front of you.  The beautiful girl and what she has to sell on this warm, breezy summer day.

The next plan is maybe a boy and girl in the back of a buggy, facing opposite directions with their reads resting on their arms, looking like they are daydreaming. And then, one called “The Secret”, with two amish girls whispering to each other, and maybe  another picture with a cow, or horse…..I could go on and on!  Anyway, please let me know what you think and I will also have prints and cards put up on my easy site at :

I think I may also try canvas prints and pillows at some point, I will let you know.  Thank you for looking and reading!

Amish Girl At The Farm Stand

Amish Girl At The Farm Stand

Her beautiful face close up

Her beautiful face close up

Amish Pastel Paintings, “Emma” and “At The Farm Stand”

Hello!  I just finished one of the two Amish pastel paintings that I was working on.  One of them,”Emma”, although she is  not a real person, I am sure she could be!  I just wanted this painting to exude peacefulness and calm, and I think it does just that. Her expression is that of someone just daydreaming with not a care in the world. The other painting, “At The Farm Stand”, is still being worked on.  I am finding the jars of canned fruit/veggies a challenge, but they are getting there. Actually, I am further along than this picture is showing, but I figured I’d just keep you posted.  I will post this one as soon as I am finished, which will hopefully be today! I can’t wait to see how it will turn out!  I will let you know.DSC08983

At The Farm Stand

At The Farm Stand

Caitlin, A Pastel Painting Of My Daughter

This is a pastel painting I just completed of my other daughter, Caitlin.  It was from a photo session we took in my backyard of her looking at flowers and such.  I liked the pose so much, I had wanted to do this for such a long time.  It was great for practice.  She had blonder hair when we did this, and she has dark hair now, which is why she is brunette in the painting.

My Daughter, Caitlin

My Daughter, Caitlin

DSC05565 - Version 2

Amish Girl at the Farmstand, A new Pastel Painting

Hello all!  I am so excited as I have been practicing my pastel and pastel portrait painting by painting my daughters portraits.  I have learned so much by doing them and watching You Tube over and over on pastel portrait painting.  I have been wanting to paint another Amish painting for so long and I have started this one, Amish Girl at the Farmstand.  The colors in her face have come out so realistic with this new method of colors I have been trying, and I love the result. Now I can’t wait to see the whole picture done!

I don’t know if you can see it, but there are faint pencil lines where I am going to be painting canning jars of fruits or vegetables in front of her and I think I may blur the background with trees and a white barn.  I can’t wait to get back to this and show you, so stay tuned and let me know what you think!  I also have another one in the works and this is an amish girl in the corn, but I’ll show you her as I get a little further along on it.  Enjoy and check back!

Also, I am now selling ACEOs (and more) on my Etsy shop, little affordable works of art (prints) you can collect like trading cards…it describes it more on my shop in my announcement if you’d like to check it out here:

Thanks so much and have a good day.

Amish Girl at the Farmstand

Amish Girl at the Farmstand