Portrait of Lincoln Completed

Well, the portrait of Lincoln is finished. I am happy with the result, but it does look like I may have to make his ear just a wee bit larger. Otherwise, I am happy with the way this turned out…considering it was from a black and white photo, painted in color. It was so interesting seeing the picture being transformed before my eyes.

Anyway I put some of the stages this went through to the end (please visit the post before this one for the very first stages of this painting). I hope you like it.

Ahhhh….what should I paint next?

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The shading in the face , the flesh color, the eyes with wrinkles and lips all done. Hair is just blocked in with eyebrows and beard. Shirt somewhat blocked in.

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More highlights in face, ear is started and highlights in hair and beard

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Cool blue jacket, huh? Looking’ a little snazzy! Not really! They say to use blue, or some kind of under color paint under black so it doesn’t lie flat on the paper. It makes it more luminous.

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Anndddd..the final result! Jacket with black paint and highlights in both hair beard and jacket. It’s complete!

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A Different Kind Of Portrait…Abraham Lincoln

Hello!  I just wanted to share a new pastel portrait I am painting that’s somewhat out of my territory….Abraham Lincoln. I have always wanted to try my hand at painting this portrait since I saw the movie with Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field among others. If you haven’t seen it, it is amazing.  It feels like Lincoln is alive again, as Daniel Day-Lewis does a tremendous job, playing the part.  Anyway, I know many others have painted him, but I did this because I had to…for me.  I guess it’s like saying  thank you for everything…for what he stood for and had done for this country, and I wanted to feel a closeness…to the history…the legend. I don’t know. I just had to.

But here are the beginning stages, and I have done more than what you see here now and it is coming out amazing.  I feel like I could touch him. I am painting from a black and white I had found of him and painting it in color. I actually had to look up what his eye color was, which they say is grey…like mine! So I can’t wait to share and  to see what you think. Now go and watch that movie!  I’ll be back in a few to share.  Thanks for following.

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The background. I wanted it to be this brown, sepia color with some highlights thrown in behind him. I will have to touch it up near the end stages.

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Now this is looking pretty scary…and cool at the same time. I am getting pretty excited at this rate, and I can’t wait for the eyes.

Amish Painting “Taking A Break” Completed

Just finished this amish-themed painting titled “Taking A Break”. This amish girl selling fruits from her farm stand is taking a break and just can’t resist trying one of her own apples. This one took me awhile, but I really like the end result, almost looking like a photograph. I’m really happy when everything seems to work and come together…finally! I am also working on two more paintings which are in their last stages…Princess Diana and Laura Ingalls (Melissa Gilbert). I will post them when they are completed. Hope you like this one…I loved painting it!

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Amish Painting “Taking a Break”

New Amish Painting and more updated…

Well, I have been busy.  I am working on THREE paintings at the same time now, because I can’t wait to see each one completed!  This is crazy!

Lady Diana is coming along nicely, she just needs her hair and small pieces completed to become a finished piece. I wanted to get her face almost completed before I went any farther, as it makes me feel comfortable in the fact that it looks like her. Now I can proceed with the rest.

The Amish girl is getting there, but I still need to do the basket of peaches and her hair. Why am I so afraid to do her hair????? I think it’s because I  really am happy with the way she is coming out now, and I’m so afraid if the hair doesn’t look right, I’ll be very disappointed. That’s just me! But like every other painting before this one, I have proceeded to the next stage and I have survived. Thank goodness!

The last painting I just started randomly as I have loved this character and television series for such a long time, I…I…just had to!  Little Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls on Little House and the prairie! She was a spitfire! There could not have been a more perfect person to play this part in a series, and I loved watching her and the show…I still do! So she is now added to my drawing board. I have completed more than what you see here now, but I will show you soon the completed pieces. I can’t wait! Stay tuned!

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Lady/Princess Diana Almost Completed

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Amish Girl Almost Completed

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Laura Ingalls/Melissa Gilbert Almost Completed

 

New Amish Painting and more

Hello! I didn’t know if you saw my last post…if not, please read it. I am now in a gift shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pa. I am so excited since this is a real tourist area and I always have loved the  village of Bird-in-Hand. Please check out the post to find out more.

Right now, I am working on some new paintings and one is an Amish painting, of course.  I’m really excited how it’s coming out so far. I can’t wait until its finished to see the result. In this painting, the little Amish girl is taking a break at her fruit stand and can’t resist one of her own apples. I want the basket crates of apples and peaches by her side to look as realistic and colorful as possible,  like they are coming off the page….if I can do it! I will share as this gets further along.  The other two will be a Princess Diana painting (that I have wanted to do since forever) and a watercolor painting of a fashionable woman buying fruits and veggies. I have wanted to do a line of these types of paintings of women doing healthy things with positive quotes about health for awhile now. We’ll see how this turns out too!

Anyway, Princess Diana has been my idol for so long, and I kept searching for the perfect pic to paint that showed her beauty, but her inner peace at the same time. I really liked this photo so I hope it comes out pretty good!

Well, I will keep you updated so check back.  All good things! Until next time.

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Just a sketch

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Im really liking it!

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The watercolor

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Princess Diana

My Artwork is Now Being Sold in Bird-In-Hand, Pa.!

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I am so happy to tell you that my prints are now being sold in a shop in Bird-In-Hand, Pa., (my favorite place) in a store called “Calkins’ Vine and the Branches”. It’s a lovely shop that sits right next to the Bird-In-Hand bakery and across the street from the infamous Farmer’s Market on Old Philadelphia Pike. They have 2 shops, one in Lititz and the other in Bird-In-Hand.  My prints are in the store at Bird-in-Hand.

The woman who owns “Pebbles and Lace”, the store I was in before (and that has since moved to Lititz), had given this woman my name and showed her my artwork when she found out she was opening another store in Bird-in-Hand…She had also told me to contact this woman and I did…. and here we are! I am so excited! This is the place I always wanted to sell my artwork, but couldn’t find the right place for it. I am so thankful for this opportunity.

So, if you don’t like to place orders online, and you happen to be in Bird-In-Hand, you can just buy a print there. They are signed and have a mat frame on every print.

You can read about the shop here:  Calkins Vine and the Branches

The shop is also on Facebook. Thank you for your interest.

(**Also to see my newest painting in the works click “home” in the menu.)

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some of the matted prints available at the shop

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Amish Girl With Lamb Painting Completed

Wow, this may be a record!  I finished a painting in just a couple of days! I was diligent!

I hope you like how this one turned out.  I left some space on the right hand side so I could possibly place a quote there at some point. I do like how she turned out.

I find for me it is always harder to paint in watercolors then it is in pastel. With watercolor, you really have to make decisions on color choices very carefully, because once it’s on paper, it’s stays there.  You can’t erase or go back and change something last minute….so there’s a little tension there in the experience, but I do love the transparency of colors you can get with this medium. It was still fun.

And of course, on to the next one! Thanks!

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Amish Girl With Lamb Watercolor