Mark Twain Portrait and Another Angel Painting Started

It all started when I was watching Ken Burns documentary of Mark Twain. After seeing everything this man went through in his lifetime and with the character that he was, I just had to paint him!

This was painted from an old black and white photo, and I painted it in color as I thought the colors may have been, from his eyes to his suit. I really had to do an extensive search on his eye color!

If anything this would be a perfect print for someone with a library in their home or is a lover of books, and old authors.

I have also added the beginnings of another angel painting in the works. I hope you like what you see of her so far. Can’t wait to finish her!

Well, back to the drawing board, and if you haven’t seen it yet, try and watch the Ken Burn’s documentary on Mark Twain! You won’t regret it!

Mark Twain Pastel Portrait
Beginnings Of An Angel Painting

Beautiful Angel “Hope” Finally Completed!

I have finally completed an angel painting!

Done in soft pastels, this painting is a symbol of hope, love and goodness. I have loved painting angels as long as I can remember, but have not painted one in a very long time. I felt it was needed now…especially now. I got so totally engrossed in painting this one, that now I want to paint even more!

As a gift to someone, I believe she would be perfect in any place in the home or in a quiet corner that one would love to just escape to for solitude. I also think this would be perfect as a gift for those who have lost someone special to them.

Anyway, I hope you like her, and I hope to add many more to my collection of works. Take care!

Angel Painting In The Works

Here is the beginning of an angel painting in pastel that I am currently working on. I haven’t painted an angel in so long, I figured I would like to try painting some again. I really like the way this is turning out and I can’t wait to finish her, but I am being extra cautious and want to get everything just right! I’m using a lot of scrap paper!

Anyway, I can’t wait to share the finished piece. I will try to complete her after Easter. Please drop by again in a week or so as she should be completed by then! Crossing fingers!

Stay safe!

Angel In The Works

New Amish Paintings “Anna Mary” and “Nature’s Grace”, Gilbert Blythe and more…

I just completed a new amish painting which I titled, “Anna Mary”. I believe that this painting is beautiful in it’s simplicity. I wanted the real focus to be on the little, amish girl’s face, and I think that’s what draws you in to this painting.

This painting came about from a memory we had on a past trip to Lancaster, Pa. My husband and I were driving down a back road in Amish country when this little, amish girl came running out to the road. Then peeking behind a pole, she waved to as we drove by. I just decided to paint her peeking from a barn door for more interest. I hope you like her.

The other Amish painting “Nature’s Grace” is of an amish girl resting on a rock on a creek, dipping her toes in the water enjoying the beauty of nature all around her. I just love the peaceful look on her face and the subtle glow from the subdued sunlight. I hope you like them.

Also, I completed “Gilbert Blythe/Jonathan Crombie” from Anne of Green Gables. I had already done a portrait of Anne, but people kept asking me if I would ever do Gilbert (if you are familiar with the movie, which is awesome). And so I painted Gilbert. Now Anne will never have to be alone!

Also… here is another old seaman portrait painting. I just love painting these rough, old faces with wrinkles and ruddy complexions, faces that tell a story of life on the sea. I love that!

And finally, a portrait profile of my daughter’s new dog. His name is Oliver and he is a German Shepard/Great Dane mix, which gave him this beautiful spotted coat of gray and white and hints of brown. He has a strange dark spot under his iris under one eye and so I painted that side. A beautiful dog indeed, and I painted him on velour, which gave a very soft effect.

Well that’s it for now…I have been busy…but back to the drawing board! Enjoy!

Anna Mary
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Gilbert Blythe/ Jonathan Crombie
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“Contemplation”, A New Amish Painting and 2021

It has been way too long for me not to post, and again, I’m sorry. With the voting crisis, Christmas and it’s craziness, and all that’s going on with the news everyday, it has just made me somewhat numb. They say “the woman that works with her hands, her head and her heart is an artist.” I tend to agree. I get too caught up in with what’s going on around me, that I can’t settle down..I can’t get my creative “flow” going. All the bad news just “breaks my spirit”. And therefore, I can’t seem to paint.

I had tried to play quiet music, read inspirational books, and even to meditate, to no avail. I still could not find it in myself to just sit down and paint. I found every excuse not to do so. I even had asked my husband if it even mattered anymore…to paint. He told me, “Yes, it does matter… your paintings make people feel good”. That thought had stayed with me, and finally changed my mind. I somehow found the energy and focus to paint again. I told myself I was just going to finish this one. Just start again! This painting of the amish girl by the window had been upstairs unfinished for so long.

But here she is, and I think the title of this is perfect, especially with what’s happening today in the world. We just need to calm down, step back and take a breather. I think we need to do for ourselves, what we have to do..to renew and refresh. Start over, think differently.

Anyway, I wish you all good and better things this year, 2021. I pray it will be a much better and safer new year. Hope you enjoy “Contemplation”. Stay safe. Cheryl

Contemplation by Cheryl McNulty

Amish Painting “Finding The Calf”, and The Beginning of a New Painting

I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but I’m still trying my hardest to keep up with the painting. Having some more issues with pastels, I believe, and hoping I’m not allergic to them, as I just love that medium to work with. But for now, I have two to share. One is a little, Amish boy with a baby calf. It’s springtime at the farm, and he is enjoying the new addition to the farm. This painting is titled “Finding The Calf”.


The other Amish one is in the beginning stages of an amish girl daydreaming as she looks out her kitchen window. I have always wanted to do a painting with the reflections of light coming in from a window, so I am going to add many highlights on her edges of clothing to portray that. I can’t wait to see this one completed. I will share when I do.


Enjoy and hope to get more paintings out there soon! Stay safe!

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!