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.
I finally finished this piece! I have been working so hard at this and I am so happy with the way it turned out. I never thought I could actually paint a horse and make him look realistic, but I think I accomplished that here.
When I first drew this out, I was imagining two amish children bringing their horse into the barn in the early hours of the brisk, morning. They are about to go inside, when something startles them, and as they turn to look around, it happens! The snow starts falling! The First Snow at Dawn.
I really hope you enjoy this one. It’s like the painting is telling it’s own story.
Yes, a new painting in the works. It’s one that I started awhile back and is shown in it’s drawing stage several posts ago. I almost didn’t want to start this one, as I guess I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to go about painting the horse, but so far, I like the way it’s turning out!
I want the end result to be a sunset sky on a snowy day…the amish girl in a bright scarf (instead of her cap), and I want the breath of the horse to be slightly seen to show how cold the day is. I don’t really know what made me conjure up this scenario the way it turned out, the boy, girl and the horse all looking the same direction. But I do like the feeling of the whole picture. Like they all hear something or see something in the distance, and you wonder what it could be. I still don’t know what I will name this yet, but for now, I just want to complete it. I hope I will be able to show you something in a few days. Fingers crossed!
Hello! I have had some trouble trying to come up with some ideas for some new Amish paintings, although I have a notebook with written ideas and tons of cut out pieces of reference material. It was like I had a dry spell or something. Nothing was working out right…the flow was all off. I had to just step away and try to make a slow come back. Listen to quiet music, dream a little bit…something.
It finally came back, but it’s day by day with what steps to do on the paintings next. What will the backgrounds be? Do I add another child, blades of grass, a barn perhaps?
Anyway, I needed to show something just to get me to stay with these, focus and finish them. The first one is two amish children and a horse. I knew I wanted them to be looking all in the same direction, like they see something in the distance. I was thinking winter clothes here, and maybe with some falling snow, some breath showing from the horses nostrils. A sunset sky…maybe.
The next one is an amish girl hugging a jersey cow. I wanted her to look like she’s dreaming and really feeling comforted just hugging this cow around the neck. Now….here’s the dilemma. Are they in a barn with a dark background? Are they outside with flowers and a light background. Is she hugging this cow above the neck, or below! What will I title these? Arrrrggghhh! This is what takes so much time! But I must admit, it is rewarding in the end…because like I said before..I don’t even know what these will turn out to look like until the very end! How cool is that! Until next time!
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!
The beginnings of the face
The background is the front of the buggy, looking through the front glass. See the figures of the backs of the mom and dad in the front?
The buggy side and front window piece…you can see it all coming together, can’t you?:)
I finally finished my Amish painting for fall, and now I think I can complete my calendar! I may just name this one “Pumpkin Time”, I’m not sure still. I hope you like her. I wanted to get so much into this painting and yet not take away from the central figure, the cute, little amish girl with the impish grin. I had actually wanted to make her hair as orange as the pumpkin, but that didn’t happen and maybe I’m glad that it didn’t now. I can really feel that fall breeze just by looking at the stray hairs blowing around her face. This painting actually makes me want to go for a pumpkin ride about now!
Can you believe this all started from a photo of my daughter? Sometimes I can’t believe it myself! Also, I’m sorry these paintings take so long sometimes, but even though I “say”…and even “wish” that I could paint a painting a day, it just never happens. It has to feel right and it just gets done a little at a time as I have other things that come up. It can be frustrating sometimes. You don’t know how I wish that I had that studio somewhere far away and had no chores or anything else to do but paint…but I don’t see that happening anytime soon!
But here she is and I will see if this calendar I’m putting together can be finished now. I will let you know when its ready, hopefully within a week . I will also try and have that collage painting done in a week, too. I’ll be pushing for it!
The Amish Experience had asked me if they could use one of my paintings for their October issue of Amish Country News. Of course I said yes! They used the painting “Barbie With A Pie” for this issue.
Barbie With A Pie
Well, the October issue of Amish Country News is published! I think it turned out awesome! The half-page describing my art background and how I began painting Amish themed works is on page 27. They did an amazing job with this and I can’t thank them enough! Pebbles and Lace, the shop in Strasburg, Pa mentioned to me that a woman came in the shop and bought prints because of this issue. Very happy and extremely grateful.
P.S. My painting of the little amish girl with the pumpkin will hopefully be posted here tomorrow. I am sorry it has taken so long, as we are in the middle of painting a room here and things are not in their normal places right now…ahem…like the cord for downloading pictures form my camera to the computer!!!! I was going to do that tonight and I could not locate it. The painting came out awesome though!