Amish Girl With Lamb Painting

Hello everyone.  Im so sorry (as always) that I haven’t written on my blog in such a long while.  I am in like this “artist’s block” where I can’t seem to even find time to sit and paint, and when I do, I can’t get my ideas down on paper. It is so frustrating! The other day,  I just grabbed this drawing that I had half done already…inked it and started painting it, just to get in the mood again! This is tough! At least it’s in the works now.  This little, amish girl walking with her lamb is a watercolor painting …which I haven’t done in awhile, so it’s been fun!

I should just paint something daily…anything…just to get the flow going, and the practice! I am going to be in Country Sampler again soon, and this edition comes out the end of May, so I better be prepared for that. I am also going on a much needed trip to Tennessee to see my son just before the ad comes out, so I better get myself going!

But anyway, it’s another start.Hope you like her so far.

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Amish Girl with Lamb

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Lady Mary Crawley/Michelle Dockery Portrait from Downton Abbey

Being a fan of the drama series Downton Abbey, I just had to try a portrait of Lady Mary Crawley portrayed by Michelle Dockery.  I just love the pose! Hope you like her.

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The first stages of the painting

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The finished portrait with digital frame

New Amish Pastel Painting Completed, Eva and the Piglet

Well, she’s finally completed! I’m calling this one “Eva and the Piglet”.

She’s just finished her chores and is enjoying a peaceful moment with the new addition to the family, this little piglet. The serene look on Eva’s face says it all.

I am happy with the way this has come out.  Originally, I  had wanted to put more in the background like a muted farmhouse, or fence, but realized I didn’t want to take away focus from the two of them at all. So I just left the colors to look like the trees in the background, thereby just focusing on the special bond taking place between the two.

I may just  want to add a beautiful quote if I can find one that fits perfectly. If you have any suggestions, I may use it! Thank you for your interest and support.

Annnnnd…..on to the next one!

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New pastel painting, Eva and the Piglet

 

Newest Amish Pastel Painting Progression

Here is the progression so far on my newest Amish painting. I think she is coming out so sweet and I am so surprised how well the background looks so far. Still taking my time…step by step.  The next one I show you will be the finished piece and hopefully I have a name for it then as well. Come back in a few! Thanks so much for your interest in my work!

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The color of her dress and the pig are getting there

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Background coming along

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The yellow accents and grass blades on the bottom adding to the piece

Thank you and check back!

New Amish Painting and Finished Amish Garden 2

Well, I finally finished Amish Garden 2! Here it is!

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Finished Amish Garden 2

I really enjoyed painting that garden. I added flowers myself …as you can never have enough flowers!

Also, I have many paintings sketched out in my art room/studio.This one I can’t wait to finish painting. It’s a little amish girl looking down at some little animal she’s holding. Is it a duckling? Is it a piglet or kitten? I don’t know myself yet, but I couldn’t wait to start her face, and that’s what helps me decide what color her dress will be, and everything else falls in to place as well. It’s like once the face is there, I can picture the rest of the picture, if that makes sense. So, I will show you more pictures of this as I go along, but I feel this is going to be a nice painting. Please come back to check it out soon! Until next time…

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New Amish Painting

A New Amish Painting And My Art Studio

Hello! I just wanted to share with you a new painting in the works. It’s another amish garden painting…Amish Garden 2. This is also from a photo taken by me in Lancaster as we were driving on the back roads one day. We came across this plain stone, amish farmhouse, and since it was so pristine,  and the colors of the flowers were so striking, I had to take the photo. So, the other day,  I tried what I did with the last one I painted. I took out a pastel pencil and didn’t measure or anything. I just kept sketching it freehand and let it happen.

Of course, as always, I come to a point  where I think it’s not going to work and then suddenly, it all comes together.  I still have much to do on this, but I am figuring out as I go how to do that tree, or that patch of grass, or that small window! It’s fun! I can’t wait to see the end result! I will share it when it’s completed and then probably sell the original on Etsy. I had sold the last Amish Garden painting I did, and the person that bought it mentioned to me how happy she was with it… and that makes “ME” happy. This is the painting,  and here is the picture I took it from:

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The beginning stages and the photo at the top…we won’t paint the speed sign!

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Getting there and I think I like it!

I also thought it would be nice to share some photos of my studio/room where I paint. I know I am always interested in what other artist’s studios look like,  and so I decided that this may be a great idea. Someday I may start doing some videos of my paintings, etc…someday. Anyway… here goes…this is my sanctuary…

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This used to be my sons bedroom until he moved to Tennessee, so there is a bed in here too. This is one side of the room. My bookcase  there is full of supplies and many books on pastels and watercolors…and the Amish..of course!

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My desk..ahem…of course I neatened it before I took the picture! Theres more pastels under those pastels you see there. I also like to have quiet music playing when I paint,  so I have a small cd player in here as well.

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Here is the other side of the room. Yes, you can never have enough shelf space…more books and more supplies!

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And there’s the bed..that comfy place when you need to take that break after all that hard work! I forgot to remove my glasses!

So there you have it. It is a comfy, room upstairs and kind of separated from the rest of the rooms in the house, so it is peaceful and nice. I think I will keep it! I hope you enjoyed seeing where this all happens! I will be back to show you the final Amish Garden painting and show you some other items I have sketched out recently to paint. I can’t wait to start them!

Also, since the Country Sampler came out last week with my painting “Katie and the Bunny” in the Simply Sampler section, it has been pretty busy! I am so happy I am able to reach out to more people, and that they are able to enjoy these paintings and know of what I do. Anyway…until next time. :))

Coming soon in Country Sampler Magazine…

Hello everyone and I hope you all had a great New Year! 2019!  I can’t believe it! “Doesn’t it go by in a blink.” as quoted in the movie, “Meet Joe Black”.

I always feel just a little sad after the New Year, I don’t know quite why that is. I guess it just feels like the years are just racing by and I feel everything is just a big blur. On with the new though!

So I have been making new plans for my Amish Art and I decided I would try to advertise a few pieces in Country Sampler Magazine, a well known publisher of country themed goods.  I had advertised with them many years before for wooden plaques I had painted with amish scenery. (It had worked out well for me then, and that was before computers!) I have been thinking of other ways to reach a wider audience. An audience that has a love for country and simple decor items, where I think my Amish art fits. The process has been great so far.

I’ve decided to advertise “Katie and the Bunny” in the March issue, which should be out near the beginning of February. This will be a small ad in the back of the magazine called “Simply Sampler”. Then I will also be advertising “Daydreaming” (the amish girl in the back of the buggy). This will be a larger ad, and will also feature the framed print in a room scene. This will be out in the June/July issue at the end of May and will also be featured on their Instagram page and Facebook page. So this is a little exciting for the New Year! I can’t wait to see how it all works out. I will keep you posted!

Well..back to the drawing board and on with the new! 🙂


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Katie and the Bunny will be in the March Issue

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“Daydreaming” will be in the June/July Issue

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An Example of Country Sampler