Two Amish Projects -Next Phase

Well, here are the two art projects I am working on (from the previous post) which are now in the second phase.  I say second phase, because I know I am almost done, but there is just a few more steps I have to complete before they are both completed (the final phase).

You can see in the amish picture with Kelsey holding the pumpkin, it is  slowly getting closer to completion. I’ve got the mums down, placed in the background, the cornstalks are a little more defined, the sky is there now, all blue, with the feeling of autumn in the air.  The pumpkin patch was a little bit of a challenge, but I think it finally worked (I was ready to give up!). I just kept adding colors, lights and darks, trying to look at pumpkin patches all over the internet and just kept going. Now I just have to add the background behind the corn…I am thinking part of a house to the right with all fall foliage to the left to bring out all the colors.

Then I have to think what will be in the foreground next to Kelsey’s back. Will it be some tall, pale grasses? I’m not sure yet.  Then it’s down to all the final tiny details…the extra pieces of hair blowing around her face, shadows and the like.  I just can’t wait to finish this painting!

The other folk art project has a little more added here, too.  I am still trying to think of where I am going to place everything I want to place in this painting. I know the amish quilts will be in the foreground next to the cow and there will also be a white fence along the bottom.  The sign is painted in here, and I want it to read “No Sunday Sales”. The sunset is more intense now. The covered bridge is more detailed.  I want a white barn with a silo on the top of the hill, and yet still, I have to find where the buggy will be in all this! Oh yes, and some cows painted in the background somewhere. Oh my gosh…that sounds like a lot!

But anyway, I thought I would share this and hopefully next week, they will both be completed. Enjoy!

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Kelsey’s Amish Painting, next phase

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Folk Art Painting-Next Phase

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Two More Amish Projects, Moving Right Along!

So I have two works of amish art that I am currently working on.  One is something I have never tried before, so I really can’t wait to see how this will turn out.  It is a sort of folk art piece done with pastels. It resembles a collage of sorts, and the items I am painting are things I see the most of when visiting Pennsylvania. It almost looks like, or I hope it will look like a poster you would see advertising Pennsylvania.  I am actually  a little farther ahead of the photo you see here, but I will post the finished piece when I am done.

The reason the other painting is being painted  is because when I recently visited Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg (the shop that is selling my amish pieces), the owner, Becky was told (by my daughter, Kelsey, who visited)  that I use family members as models a lot of the time. They both realized I never used Kelsey as a model. SOOOOOoooooo….I hadn’t started an autumn painting, and found a cute picture of Kelsey when she was in pre-k with the cutest grin. I figured I would try to use her.  The way she’s sitting I could envision the whole painting.  She will be holding a pumpkin out in a field of pumpkins…muted in the background.  There will be brightly colored, fall trees and maybe a muted white barn in the background…maybe some leaves in the foreground.  And there you have it.  I had wanted her hair to be more strawberry blonde, and I added her freckles in too. I actually have seen amish with freckles and reddish hair! We will see how it goes. She’s happy now. (wink,wink) I will put up some other pictures very soon!

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The folk art collage painting

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Kelsey’s picture and the first stages of the painting

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She’s coming along….:)

Anna In The Orchard, An Amish Watercolor Completed

First let me say thanks to all those who gave me some awesome input for ideas for finishing this painting. It was extremely helpful.  It’s also nice to know that you are interested in my work. Thanks so much!

Well, I finally finished…I think. I just might add a couple of peaches in the branches above Anna at some point…not sure. But, I did use some muted trees for the background and the simple leaves for the foreground so it framed Anna somewhat.

The butterfly here needed to look more realistic than cartoonish or simplistic, like I’m so used to drawing, because it would have been out of place otherwise with such a realistic, little girl.  I really didn’t want to put anything else, but sky around her pretty face. The space here works well too, in case I decide to place a small quote or saying for a cute note card at some point.

Unfortunately, I had gone too far with this painting when I saw the idea for the wagon. I could have done that I think,  but maybe for the next one.  I’m sure there will be more orchard paintings….hmmm…apple orchard….pumpkins….uh-oh…more ideas!  Thanks to all and hope you like the completed picture!

Also, prints are sold on my Etsy at  www.cherylmcnultyart.etsy.com!

 

Hannah and Jacob, The Buggy Ride

Well, I finally finished it! But this was so worth it.  I must admit, I was happy the way it turned out. But then of course, I had to get picky and start touching and retouching, trying to capture all the right shading and highlights… until I just  had to tell myself to stop.  It doesn’t have to look perfect…that’s what makes it art.  I wanted to capture two angelic faces, full of curiosity of the world…from a different perspective. Not from the usual perspective of looking at the back of a buggy and seeing the children peer out at the world, but be in the buggy with them and feel that curiosity with them as they peer “out”. Almost like we are sitting beside them on this journey.  That’s what I wanted to achieve with this painting, and I think I did that…and so it is done.

I also think the colors seem to make it look like it should be inside a storybook of some kind. I could picture this in a book. But anyway, I thought I would finally share this one and now I can create some cards and prints and share them on Etsy, and ship some to Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg, PA!  I hope you like the painting…until the next one…hmmmm.

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Hannah And Jacob, The Buggy Ride

Amish Children…Inside Looking Out Continued

Here are two photos of the painting  I am working on of two Amish Children looking out the back of a buggy. This is taking some time as I can’t seem to find the time I need to work on it, first of all.  Second, I want this to be one of my best, so I want to get everything right.  Only thing is, that takes a lot of research.  Looking up lighting and shadow…trying to figure out what the clothes will be and what color…what will the scene be outside the back window…everything seems to be a small step…but at least it’s a step ahead.

I think I may want to try some landscapes after this and just throw color down and see what happens. Sunset skies and trees, blobs of color here and there…not really being perfect, but suggestions of trees and flowers and wistful clouds. Ahhhhh….

Yes, after this, I will certainly try a landscape.  But for now, I am still working at this and I can’t wait to even see what happens with it…so we will all be surprised!  I will try to have something up again in a few days!  Enjoy!

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The faces are somewhat all set…maybe some more color will be added for punch near the end

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More color added to the inside of the buggy and hat and girl’s cap drawn out roughly

Amish Children… Inside Looking Out

Just stopping by and writing quickly about a new pastel project that I am so excited about. I really don’t have a name for this one yet, but I’m sure I will think of something.

When we visit and are driving the back roads of Amish country in Lancaster, Pa., I notice so many times the little children inside the Amish buggies looking out the back window. I often wonder what they think about, the sights they see all around them.  To see all the busy people rushing this way and that, and they quietly sit and take it all in.

I have wanted so many times to capture that moment, to paint a picture of them looking out the back window or something.  I even drew out a few sketches, but nothing really stirred me.  I think it was because I was trying to capture the view from my point of view…myself looking at the back of the buggy. It wasn’t until I came across this photo I had taken at a  family wedding we attended and my little  (grand?) niece and nephew were staring out a big picture window looking at the wedding party.  I had captured it and always loved the way they were all dressed up and their cute profiles were perfect. I  thought it would make for a great pastel picture one day of two children waiting for their father to come in from working outside (and I could still do that one too), but I then decided it would be perfect for my buggy picture I had always wanted to create.  The view would be from “inside” the back of the buggy with them instead…a whole different perspective!

So, I have sketched it all out and taped it down and ready to go!  I am painting this on grey pastel paper, which I never do, but I thought it would give the colors an extra glow and help with shadows from inside the buggy. I’m a little fearful to start…but here goes. I will keep you posted.

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Started the sketch on tracing paper, you can see my nephews profile to the left in the photo.

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Lightly sketched out on grey Canson paper. I may need to put a hat on the little boy, which is why you see the line above his ear…for the brim.