So…..I am still at this painting and I don’t know why it’s taking me so long. I think it may be that I am wanting this painting to be more realistic, especially with the background scenery. Also, getting caught up in all the negative news out there and can’t seem to settle down and just concentrate. I am almost completed with this though, and I’ve done more than you see here right now. I am shooting for a couple more days, and I should be done with this one.
I have changed many things with this painting, too….and erased a lot! But I can see now, it will all be for the best. I promise I will show you as soon as I am completed. Back to the drawing board…and maybe play some peaceful music, that may help! Back soon!
This stage is always the toughest…it always looks like it’s not ever going to look how you intended it to. Just have to keep going.
Hello All! Yes, I haven’t been around awhile as I put my Etsy Shop on vacation and took a mini vacation from everything for a couple of weeks since this coronavirus started. I hope everyone is safe and still healthy. Looks like we will be coming out of this slowly, but soon, I hope!
Anyway, I have sketched out 2 paintings that are yet to be. One is an Amish girl just staring out over the beautiful countryside leaning against a fence. I kind of want to have a sunset for a change and some rich colors, muted landscape background… and maybe she is holding some wheat fronds? A partial quilt showing on the fence, too? We will see…but she is started and I am very excited to finish her.
The other one is actually a picture I found of Scarlett Johansson for the movie “Girl With A Pearl Earring”, and this picture was found by mistake. I loved it as soon as I saw it, because of the setting and feel of it. I figured I would try it, but change it to look a little bit different, but keep the “feel” of it at the same time. Excited about this one, too!
The other paintings I am sharing are beachscapes I decided I would like to try. Hopefully, I will get better at this. I love the colors of the water and skies. I will be doing more of these, and I am looking to do more different paintings in the future. I will let you know as soon as I have more. Hope you like these!
Amish Girl On Fence Sketch Faint Picture…sorry, best I could do.
Hello! So sorry this took me awhile, but the coronavirus has really made it hard to keep me focused on my painting as we are all working at home here, and I had to change rooms for awhile. Half of my art supplies etc are now in disarray in my bedroom and it’s hard getting set up and getting used to painting in a darker room…grrrrr. Anyway, we are all making the best of it.
But alas, I managed to finish this painting and I really hope you like it. I really enjoyed painting this one and seeing it finally all come together. I love this little puppy!
Also, I couldn’t put this painting up until I had a title for it, and I went sifting for names, and Noah seemed perfect. Now it is done. I am also putting up the beginnings of a painting that is different for me to try. It is a portrait of the Easter Bunny. Just wanted to see what would happen with this. I am further along on this one than you see here, and I will put this one up soon. In the meantime, I will be putting Noah up on my Etsy Shop in the next day or so.
So, again I’m sorry this took longer than I thought. Hope you like this one. Until next time, please take care and stay safe! Cheryl
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!