Well , I just wanted to share with you the completed cow pastel painting on velour. I think it came out better than I expected and I really love this velour paper for painting animals, and I can’t wait to try more. The next one I might like to try is a piglet or Llama, we’ll see. I hope you like how it turned out.
I also am farther along on my amish girl daydreaming in the back of a buggy. I am really loving this one. I couldn’t decide between a pale yellow dress, or light rose color, and finally decided on the rose. I really like the way this looks so far. What I really like is the way the silhouettes of the amish parents look in the front of the buggy. It’s just enough to let you know they are present, but don’t overshadow the daydreaming, amish girl.
All in all, I’m very happy and can’t wait to complete this painting. Then I can finish Pink and on to Paul Newman! So exciting! Enjoy!
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 think I am finally finished with this collage (somewhat) pastel painting of Lancaster County, PA. I probably could add a couple of things here and there, but I just had to post this asap. This partially completed painting has been sitting near my desk forever and it needed to be completed so I could go on to something new! So here it is!
I really love the colors and the cow looking you in the eye is perfect, as this is cow country! I wanted to put maybe a hot-air balloon somewhere near the sunset, but I didn’t want to over-crowd the painting. I like the way it turned out and I may want to try another…but not too soon! Hah! Enjoy!
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!
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!
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.
This is a print of an original photograph taken by me. I love the simplistic beauty of this photograph. There is just something about the contrast of the clean, white barn (one of many you see in Lancaster) against the vivid, blue sky here. Just beautiful!
I must have seen this same barn so many times as we drive through Lancaster almost every year. There is something about this barn that is just perfect for a beautiful photograph…. every time. I just saw this same barn on instagram and I knew instantly it was the same one! Anyway, I just had to share it, as I just put it on my Etsy shop.
So now, if you go to Lancaster anytime soon, and drive the back roads…don’t be surprised as you go around a certain corner and go up a certain hill, and see this beautiful barn sitting pretty as a picture! Enjoy!
***Also, I finally put up Aster’s completed portrait if you haven’t seen it already. To see it please click on the barn picture below and it will take you there.