Hello again. I promised I would bring you sketches and here they are. There are 4 here that I am currently working on….and I want to paint them all NOW! I am excited about painting each of them, envisioning what I want the finished pieces to look like, and actually seeing what they will become. So exciting!
The one I am working on presently, and actually have more done than what is shown here, is the little Amish boy with the calf. The background is going to be tricky, as I want color and interest, but don’t want to take away interest from the connection between the boy and the calf. We will see.
I also have a little girl peeking from behind..hmmm…something. A fence post outside? Around a barn door? The door to her house? So many decisions…and I just want to paint!
Another one here is an older girl in thought…in a kitchen after baking? In a field of flowers? By a buggy, maybe?
And lastly, the little amish girl with the butterfly that rests near her feet. What is the background? On a haystack…on a rock in the garden? The colors…I have to make sure the colors all go together! This is what takes the time…but it is all worth it in the end. Let’s see what happens with each of these. If you have any ideas, please give some insight. Thank you!
Anyway, I will try and share what I have done in several days with the Amish boy and the calf. Please check back. Take care!
P.s. On a sad note…several days ago I heard that N.A. Noel, an artist and beautiful painter of many subjects, especially Amish and angels, passed away. I was so saddened by this news as she had been an inspiration for my paintings since I saw an amish painting my mother placed above the mantle in our living room years ago. Just to think how much that made such an impression on me back then! She was a beautiful person and exceptional artist. Please check out her paintings when you can. Thank you.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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 everyone. I just wanted to give you all an update on this new news.
Many of you may know that I was selling mugs, pillows, totes, prints and more in a store in Strasburg, Pa. called “Pebbles and Lace”. They just recently made a move to Lititz, Pa in the hopes of expanding the store. It is a beautiful store, and although my artwork was selling well in Strasburg , it has not been the best in the Lititz location. Strasburg is more tourist oriented than Lititz, and it just seemed they weren’t buying amish items that much at all, but more trendy items seem to be popular there.
With all that said, they had to remove my things eventually, but are still holding on to the products for now in the hopes I can find a store in another touristy area of Pa. ( or another State), that would be interested in selling my products. If the store was nearby , the manager said she could drop off what she has on hand instead of sending it all back to me. At the moment, she has also brought some of my things to “Discover Lancaster Visitors Center” on Greenfield Road in Lancaster to see if anything would sell there. Fingers crossed! So in case you are in the area, please check it out!
I have also heard that Yoder’s Restaurant and Amish Village Gift shop in Sarasota, Fl. would be a good place to try. I am gathering photos and writing up some drafts now to reach out to some other places I am familiar with in Pa. (from past trips) and other amish gift shops that may be interested.
So, if you have any ideas or know of anyone that may be interested in having some of my items to sell, please let me know here in a comment or reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I thank you in advance.
Here are two of the paintings I mentioned in the previous post, that are currently being worked on. The cow portrait is almost completed. It just needs some hairs on his ears, numbers on his ear tag and lots of finishing touches. I do like the way he came out though. I figured out though that when you get near the end of painting on velour, there may not be a lot of tooth left in the paper to add the finishing touches you want to add…it just won’t take any more pastel. This was hard as I wanted to add many random, little white hairs coming from his chin and ears and top of his head, which I did where I could. I have heard you can spray fixative on an overworked painting and continue painting, but I did not want to chance this as I have never tried this. In any event, I will post the finished painting soon.
Now, the painting I am really happy about is the daydreaming amish girl in the back of the buggy. I wasn’t too sure how this would turn out, and I was going to originally do this one as a watercolor, but I really like the soft realistic effects with the pastels. I am so happy I tried this….I really like how it’s going so far. Here you see the 3 stages…the face…the glass in the front of the buggy and the side of the buggy completed…and I can’t wait to do more! So excited. So please check back, I do have Pink’s face completed too, but it was just too much to put in one post. Soon! Enjoy!
Hello friends. I am still working on that Lancaster Collage painting, and for some reason my heart isn’t in it, but i’m getting there. My paintings always get to a point where I tend to ask myself, “Should I have used watercolors or acrylics instead of pastels for this?” But I think I am using the right media, so I will stick with pastel and see it to the end. I will post a picture soon.
Also, I am starting another Amish painting and it’s a little different as you can see. It’s a little boy peeking over a quilt hanging on the clothesline as tiny bird watches on. You don’t see much of the boys face, but I wanted to get a grouping of images I love about Amish Country and put them together…nature,the beautiful quilts, the amish children, the labor…it’s kind of all in there…or it will be. Here’s a peek…
In the meantime, I also have pics of what my calendar looks like. (These are being made through Zazzle and the link will be at the bottom of this post). I am really excited though because it looks awesome! Whenever I make a pillow, sticker, mug… whatever and see my artwork in print on a product, I feel like I’ve been published or something. It’s just a great feeling to see the colors so vivid, a product someone can use, and it’s MY design! So cool. But it would be interesting to kind of get and idea on who would be interested in one, so I can decide how I should sell these. Anyway….here is what it looks like:
I really like the quality of the calendar as it’s very sturdy and the colors are so vivid. This is medium size and the size open it is about 10.5 x 16.5. I think the quotes add a nice touch to the pages that had the space to do so.
I’m sure these will really make a nice Christmas gift. I have bought a limited amount for myself to sign and sell at Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg. I will be sending these there soon. I will let you know when they are there. If you are interested and want me to sign one and send one to you, I can place a custom order on my Etsy store. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can message me here or email me at email@example.com.
Well, I will get back to work now and please let me know what you think! Thanks everyone!
***P.S. UPDATE: The calendar is now up on my Zazzle store here calendar
Hello all. I have been in a slump lately, and not getting much done in the art department. It comes and goes like this with me sometimes. There are times I am so creative, I can complete more than 5 items on my drawing board. And then there are times when I fill my day with chores and fixing the house, etc., it seems I am purposely avoiding the drawing board, because the chores are easy and I know the artwork takes more concentration, and therefore…more difficult. I also have to be in a very creative frame of mind with music playing and …I guess…a sort of flow going.
Anyway, I have watched some amish videos which somehow got the flow going again, thank goodness! (There are some good ones on amishclothesline.com) When I do this, it’s almost as if my body knows it has been starving for this creativity and peacefulness…with all the noise and anger going on in the world right now. Then, all of a sudden, peaceful images start revealing themselves to me again. The love comes back and it’s so strong, I have to get it down on paper somehow.
This is one I am starting because I love going to Lancaster, Pa when the peach harvest is going on. I had wanted to paint a little amish girl harvesting peaches for the longest time. I could picture the pale color of the bushel basket with the bright colors of the peaches, with the green of the grasses and her colorful skirt… then add butterflies and a cat or dog…that’s what I am trying to capture with this painting. I had originally wanted it to be a pastel painting, but I may do one of those with peaches too, soon. This will be a watercolor. Like I’ve said before, I never really know how it will turn out in the end, but it usually is good. Let’s hope for the best! 😉