Amish Homestead Photo, Lancaster PA

Here is a photograph I took the last time we visited Lancaster,PA. It is of a very popular sight in Pennsylvania, as you can see it in many books and postcards sold in the area. So, believe me , I was so happy we stumbled on it this trip so I could take my own photo and see it with my own eyes. It is so very interesting because it seems it’s just house after house, but they are all connected. I would love to meet the family that lives in this house.  I bet there is probably more than 20 people living there!

Anyway, I thought it would be a fun share.  And of course…it is sold on my Etsy shop if you are interested in a print.

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Amish Homestead

Portrait of Aster Completed

Hello again.

Well, here it is! The finished portrait of Aster!  I hope you like it.

So sorry it took so long, but I wanted to make sure Kevin Williams got the portrait safe and sound( it ended up getting there the day before Christmas) and that they opened it, viewed it and everything… before I put the portrait up here on my blog.

Anyway, they all loved the portrait and Kevin said Aster had a cute reaction when it was opened. That made me really happy, of course. He could probably tell you more of what happened, but I am just glad it got there and it is safe, and once it is under glass, it will last a lifetime! Enjoy Kevin Williams and family.  Aster was a joy to paint!

Also, I now have a listing I created on Etsy made just for  ordering portraits. In case you are interested it is here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/502936885/custom-commissioned-hand-painted-pastel?ref=s

A gift that can last a lifetime. Thank you!

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Aster reference photo

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Portrait Of Aster Completed

A Collage of Portraits and Aster’s Portrait

Hello!  Just putting up a small collage of some of the portraits I have done over the past year or so.  I am going to be putting up a post on my Etsy Shop for purchasing  commissioned portraits, and I wanted to group a small collection for easy viewing as samples. So here they are.  More portraits may be viewed by clicking in the “post tag” section on my sideline here under the headings “Portrait” and “Pastels”. Enjoy!

And also…I almost forgot….I will be putting up the final portrait of Aster, since sending it off to Kevin Williams as a gift. He finally received it the day before Christmas. So much had gone on that week, and things got put on hold. We were waiting for things to get somewhat back to normal,  and now I think we can finally share it with you. Please watch for it in a day or so. Thank you. Cheryl

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A Portrait Collage

Amish Barn On The Hill

This is a print of an original photograph taken by me. I love the simplistic beauty of this photograph. There is just something about the contrast of the clean, white barn (one of many you see in Lancaster) against the vivid, blue sky here. Just beautiful!

I must have seen this same barn so many times as we drive through Lancaster almost every year. There is something about this barn that is just perfect for a beautiful photograph…. every time.  I just saw this same barn on instagram and I knew instantly it was the same one! Anyway, I just had to share it, as I just put it on my Etsy shop.

So now, if  you go to Lancaster anytime soon, and drive the back roads…don’t be surprised as you go around a certain corner and go up a certain hill, and see this beautiful barn sitting pretty as a picture! Enjoy!

***Also, I finally put up Aster’s completed portrait if you haven’t seen it already. To see it please click on the barn picture below and it will take you there.

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Portrait Of Aster Continued…

Hello everyone!

I have two more stages completed to show you here on Aster’s portrait.  I somehow feel hesitant to show these, as I am so used to showing beginning and end stages of all my portraits…not really the “in between” stages, which are the most difficult. That’s the stage where I usually feel like things are not working out or that the end stage is not going to be what I expected it to be. It’s the stage where placement of hair, light and shadows really matter, and  I have to keep touching up, adding and taking away. Balancing colors of lights and darks… it can be very intense, but very rewarding in the end. So please understand that what you are seeing is just the beginning of adding shapes and shadow and light.

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Aster reference photo

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The first stages of the hair, shadows and highlights on face. A simple gray and white background get placed in so we have somewhere to start.

Here you can see I have added the background just to have some color to frame the face for now. I will be adding some more color to this background near the end of the process, to bring everything together. Maybe some warm browns and touches of pink and turquoise that are in her shirt. You can see also, I added a little squiggle of turquoise near her neck reminding me what the color will be. Now I can make sure I keep her face color warm.

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This stage more highlights are added to hair, more colors to background and shirt color is added.

As you can see here, the color is added to her shirt now, the shape of her hair is slowly being added and with more highlights. You can see touches of color now in the background or turquoise and pink with the grays. But here is still much more to do!  So sorry for the color here too, as the glow from my light is making the colors a little more yellow than they actually are in this picture. The cloudy days here prevent me from getting a good picture!

Anyway, the last pictures are yet to come and this is where I get really picky. I have to know when to stop touching it. It’s when I need to realize that nothing more can be added or taken away, it’s completed. Hope you like what you see so far. It’s almost done, Kevin!

Back to the drawing board!

 

Portrait Of Aster in the Works

Well, here are the beginning stages of Aster’s Portrait (Kevin Williams daughter) mentioned earlier.

As you can see from the reference picture, I could not really see Aster’s eyes very well, so I asked Kevin what color her eyes were. I knew they looked brown, but I wanted to know if they were dark brown or touch of hazel, light brown, etc.  He told me they were dark brown and so I do what I always do, and went on google to find a pair of dark brown eyes up close to see how they would reflect light.

Then I started with the base of skin color and lips, and then the eyes are always next.  I can’t explain it, but when I paint the eyes on all my portrait paintings, it seems like the whole portrait has a sort of life to it, and then everything evolves around that. It’s the feature that brings the whole portrait together.

As I am writing this, I have gone further with the portrait and I will put these up in a day or so and then it’s almost done. I am taking photos in stages best I can. So, this is basically the two main first steps in any portrait I do, and like I have said before, there is always a stage you go through where you think it’s not working out and you just want to start all over again, but it somehow  comes together with all the highlights and shadow and tweaking.

Then one or both daughters of mine come into my room, see it and say, “Wow, that looks awesome! That looks just like her”. And then I know I must be just sitting in front of the drawing board way t00 long and need a break.  Hope you like it so far! Back to tweaking and highlighting! Cheryl

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Aster reference photo

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The beginning stages…always looks a little scary

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Adding the eyes with highlights…life is now in the portrait…it’s no longer a piece of paper at this point.

Amish Woman With A Pie Completed

Hello!  I finally finished!  Here she is. The days have been pretty cloudy here and so getting photos of my paintings has been pretty tough, so I think she looks not as clear here as she actually is. ( Sorry I have to use a watermark, but  unfortunately there is someone stealing photos from my blog and others, and selling them online, so I do apologize.)

Anyhow, I like the simpleness of the colors and the simple beauty of the whole piece.  The colors surrounding her, the browns and blacks, and with her holding that freshly made pie, makes the whole painting feel warm and homey. The brightly colored and quilted potholder,( which I actually own and was bought in Amish Country) was added for interest and to accent the blue in her dress. I think this brightens the painting just perfectly. Now she just needs a name!  😉 On to the next one!

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Amish Woman With A Pie