Hello! I just wanted to let you know, The Amish Experience is using my “Amish Woman With A Pie” painting for their October Issue of Amish Country News! Amish News is a monthly visitors guide for Amish Country, Lancaster, Pa and surrounding areas. I am so thankful and grateful to them. There is an article on myself and my work (page 15) and several paintings throughout. I can’t thank them enough! Here is the link to the issue:
Yes, a new painting in the works. It’s one that I started awhile back and is shown in it’s drawing stage several posts ago. I almost didn’t want to start this one, as I guess I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to go about painting the horse, but so far, I like the way it’s turning out!
I want the end result to be a sunset sky on a snowy day…the amish girl in a bright scarf (instead of her cap), and I want the breath of the horse to be slightly seen to show how cold the day is. I don’t really know what made me conjure up this scenario the way it turned out, the boy, girl and the horse all looking the same direction. But I do like the feeling of the whole picture. Like they all hear something or see something in the distance, and you wonder what it could be. I still don’t know what I will name this yet, but for now, I just want to complete it. I hope I will be able to show you something in a few days. Fingers crossed!
Hello all, I just wanted to let you know I have just put up my first original painting on Etsy…which is the Amish Garden. I must say, it was a difficult decision to make as I have never sold an original except for portraits that were commissioned, so this is rather strange. But I realize I can’t keep every painting I do and just sell prints all the time. I need to let go! I realize I need to share more of what I do.
I know how special an original is, as it feel like the artist is right there. That artist touched that paper…the strokes are there and just knowing that the artist had this in their hands, and in their studio, for however long it took them to do this painting is really kind of special. Also, I know a “picture” of a painting is not near as clear and as bright as the real thing. It’s just different.
Anyway, this is now up on Etsy for however long and I will be putting more of my originals more and more. Thanks for following me and your interest in my work! Cheryl
Hello! I just wanted to show you a new painting I decided to try. I usually paint pastel portraits, but recently I have been watching random artists on You Tube painting pastel landscapes at amazing speed, by just throwing color on paper…not even blending! It’s like they just keep placing color over color and it ends up turning out amazing. There is no real detail, but it’s more like a muted, colorful meadow…or colorful, grouping of trees, etc. And the freedom! The freedom of just looking at a small picture and painting what you see, not really caring about detail! I want that!
Well, I decided I would give it a try…somewhat. I found a small picture from my last trip to Pennsylvania, sat down at my easel…and without even a ruler to measure the house in the picture…I just started going at it! I just took a hard pastel and laid in all my shapes of where the trees were..the house…the birdhouse…and then started throwing color up on the paper. At one point, like with every painting…I was ready to give up. But I stuck with it. I also took the sunset sky from another picture just to give it more color.
Needless to say, when I was done, my husband thought I was a genius! He was like, “You are already done? That’s beautiful! I want to live there!”
I do love the colors, but I still need resist adding more and more detail! I just have a hard time with that! I will try more paintings and see how they turn out. But, I will be putting this up on my Etsy store soon…I may even sell the original.
Anyway, hope you like the attempt!
Hello again. I am finally… somewhat… finished with this painting. I was afraid to put up this painting too soon, as I kept going back to it and wanting to change things. It still needs touching up …darken, lighten, brighten…whatever. I know it needs something more, but I had to put this out here as I am going on a weeks vacation to….you guessed it…Pennsylvania! So when I get back, I will work on this some more until I feel satisfied. I also added a quote to give it a little something extra, something to think about.
I painted this picture because I know what it feels like when you stop and hug your dog or cat, any animal… and they feel so warm and your troubles melt away. You feel you have a connection with this animal and it just feels so good. I could just picture an amish girl or boy finishing their chores and just relaxing, enjoying loving the animals on the farm. Maybe just seeking a quiet place to get away and contemplate.
But anyway, here she is…Sarah Hugging the Cow. I hope you like her.
Well, I have been hard at work finishing this painting and it has been through many changes so far. Guaranteed there will be more.
In the first painting you see I added the background in the barn and colored the cow in..which took forever. I really liked the way he came out, too! Then I added a window in the back so that you get the feeling of depth, a feeling that it’s more than blank, dark space. Just adding a little interest. Then I added some paint for the bottom of the barn door, just a basecoat.The window has some color here, also (sorry it looks a little tilted here, as I took this at a weird angle). I had finished the barn door after this and it was plain grey with white. It just looked too dull, and so I thought maybe I could add color like red paint, but make it look like its faded and worn. Then, here I did something drastic. I decided I did not like the red color on this cow. I wanted more of a brown jersey cow, a softer color. I ERASED the whole cow…except the nose and eyes, and made him brown. I haven’t completely finished him, but I like the color better. It will look better with the dress color I add to the girl as well.I have even gone farther than what you see here. I have added more to the background to add further interest and I have erased the bottom of the girls face and she is being fixed…I will show you asap…so please come back. I can’t wait to share more!
Hello! I have had some trouble trying to come up with some ideas for some new Amish paintings, although I have a notebook with written ideas and tons of cut out pieces of reference material. It was like I had a dry spell or something. Nothing was working out right…the flow was all off. I had to just step away and try to make a slow come back. Listen to quiet music, dream a little bit…something.
It finally came back, but it’s day by day with what steps to do on the paintings next. What will the backgrounds be? Do I add another child, blades of grass, a barn perhaps?
Anyway, I needed to show something just to get me to stay with these, focus and finish them. The first one is two amish children and a horse. I knew I wanted them to be looking all in the same direction, like they see something in the distance. I was thinking winter clothes here, and maybe with some falling snow, some breath showing from the horses nostrils. A sunset sky…maybe.
The next one is an amish girl hugging a jersey cow. I wanted her to look like she’s dreaming and really feeling comforted just hugging this cow around the neck. Now….here’s the dilemma. Are they in a barn with a dark background? Are they outside with flowers and a light background. Is she hugging this cow above the neck, or below! What will I title these? Arrrrggghhh! This is what takes so much time! But I must admit, it is rewarding in the end…because like I said before..I don’t even know what these will turn out to look like until the very end! How cool is that! Until next time!