Just stopping by and writing quickly about a new pastel project that I am so excited about. I really don’t have a name for this one yet, but I’m sure I will think of something.
When we visit and are driving the back roads of Amish country in Lancaster, Pa., I notice so many times the little children inside the Amish buggies looking out the back window. I often wonder what they think about, the sights they see all around them. To see all the busy people rushing this way and that, and they quietly sit and take it all in.
I have wanted so many times to capture that moment, to paint a picture of them looking out the back window or something. I even drew out a few sketches, but nothing really stirred me. I think it was because I was trying to capture the view from my point of view…myself looking at the back of the buggy. It wasn’t until I came across this photo I had taken at a family wedding we attended and my little (grand?) niece and nephew were staring out a big picture window looking at the wedding party. I had captured it and always loved the way they were all dressed up and their cute profiles were perfect. I thought it would make for a great pastel picture one day of two children waiting for their father to come in from working outside (and I could still do that one too), but I then decided it would be perfect for my buggy picture I had always wanted to create. The view would be from “inside” the back of the buggy with them instead…a whole different perspective!
So, I have sketched it all out and taped it down and ready to go! I am painting this on grey pastel paper, which I never do, but I thought it would give the colors an extra glow and help with shadows from inside the buggy. I’m a little fearful to start…but here goes. I will keep you posted.