Hello! I hope you are all doing well considering this awful, current coronavirus news. It’s so hard to even concentrate on daily things we do, never mind trying to be creative in all this negativity. One really has to separate from that for awhile, go to a quiet room and put on some good music, just to calm the nerves! This is why I paint.
Anyway…this is also why I have only gotten this far on this painting. But I am going to complete this by the end of this week, I swear! I really do like how it’s looking so far and I hope you like it, too.
Hello again! Just wanted to share a new portrait I had wanted to try for awhile now. My daughters had gotten me to listen to this music artist who seems to be very popular now, Billie Eilish. She is very talented and I love many of her songs. She seems very down to earth when she is interviewed… so very interesting to listen to. Billie also has many different looks and hairstyles, but I really took to this photo I found of her that made her look very striking, and so I decided I would try it. Hope you like it.
Also I have started another portrait of a little amish boy, since I haven’t done many boys lately. I still haven’t decided what animal he’s holding, maybe a puppy, baby goat…we will see. But this is the beginning stages….
And lastly, I just wanted to mention I will be advertising “Eva and the Piglet” in the April/May issue of Country Sampler Magazine which should be on stands April 1st. Well that’s it for now. Back to the drawing board!
Billie Eilish Pastel Portrait
little amish boy started
Eva and the Piglet Country Sampler Magazine April/May Issue
My son, Patrick, has always loved music since he was little. He was always intently listening to the music I had playing in the car or just even around the home when would read and have quiet time. He has since grown and moved to Tennessee where he is surrounded in music and opportunities to write and create music (which he loves).
He has just started out trying this new sound, and I am loving it. It’s sounds peaceful and relaxing and has a message…my kind of song. It has a nice guitar piece in there as well (around 2:19) I even like to listen to this when I paint! Anyway, if you have the time, just have a listen and see what you think. And please share if you like it! Thank you and enjoy.
Vintage Sea Captain completed! I wanted to try painting something very different than what I am used to painting…and this was it! I just loved painting him!
Pictures of Sea Captains from the past always fascinated me. Their faces look so worn and rough, but also seem like they have a story to tell. I found an old black and white photo and colorized it the way I think the colors would be, and it was cool seeing it come to life before my eyes. I think I would like to try more like this in the future. Hope you like him!
Hello! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year!
I have finally completed the amish girl with doll tiled “Naomi’s Doll”. It took awhile unfortunately(because of Christmas and being sick) but I am really happy with the way it turned out. The look on Naomi’s face here looks both serene and somewhat mischievous at the same time. I like the way the simpleness of this piece keeps the focus on Naomi’s pretty, angelic face. Just a simple, pretty painting, I think. I hope you like her.
I hope to do many more paintings for this coming year, and I will try to finish them at a reasonable rate, I promise! Here’s to a creative new year! Blessings!
Hello and so sorry for not keeping up on this blog. I have not been feeling well on and off, and my husband had surgery for tumors on his kidney, which really sidetracked us all. He is all set and feeling much better now and things have been slowly getting back to normal. It has been hard to get back into drawing and painting again, and so I force myself to sit at my desk and just go through some creative books, sketching out ideas, etc. It’s coming back slowly.
But I figured I would get myself back in the flow with another amish painting and so I have started this one, and I think I am in love with how it is turning out. It is an amish girl holding an amish doll with a very plain but dark background. But with this background it really gives the painting some warmth and makes the girl glow somewhat. I can’t wait to paint her eyes and choose the color of her dress. I hope you like what you see so far.
I also am working on some mini paintings that may be displayed on little easels on bookshelves, counters or anywhere you need a small amount of color or wherever you choose. I made my first Christmas one and I enjoyed painting it so much, I think I will be creating more.
Well, that’s it for now. I will be back for showing you this finished piece and hopefully the fisherman I had started. Enjoy!
Hello. Just wanted to share my latest paintings I created for Fall. They were originally going to be used for the cover to the October Issue of Amish Country News ( a tourist guide for Lancaster Pa) for Zook’s Chicken Pies, but last minute they decided they would do a food photo for the cover instead. Although I was slightly disappointed, I completely understood. They also told me that if there was any room left inside the guide to place my artwork in, they would use it. I just now checked the Amish country News site and I’m on page 10 of the issue at the top! Check the current issue out here.
Anyway, I wanted to share these nonetheless. I actually changed the buggy picture with the chicken sign, so it could be used by anyone and not look like the ad for Zook’s Pies. Hope you like them.
Zooks Pies Cover
The Buggy Painting with signs removed and mums/pumpkin in back of buggy.
Hello! I just wanted to show you a finished portrait of a boxer dog and a Sea Captain I am in the process of working on.
The poor boxer dog was sitting half finished for at least 1 year and a half. Overtime I would look at it sitting in the corner, and I just had no interest at the time. I look at it now and ask “Why?”. He’s so handsome!
The Sea Captain I had always wanted to paint. I have always been in love with Sea Captains since ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” came out as a series in the 60’s! I loved that Captain! When I saw this vintage black and white photo, saw all the wrinkles in his pleasant, worn face, I knew I had to paint him! I added a pipe just for extra. Now I can’t wait to finish him! I will put it up as soon as I am finished. Back to the drawing board…
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?
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.
More highlights in face, ear is started and highlights in hair and beard
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.
Anndddd..the final result! Jacket with black paint and highlights in both hair beard and jacket. It’s complete!
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.
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.
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.