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!
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.
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!
The faces are somewhat all set…maybe some more color will be added for punch near the end
More color added to the inside of the buggy and hat and girl’s cap drawn out roughly
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.
Started the sketch on tracing paper, you can see my nephews profile to the left in the photo.
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.