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.

Amish Barn On The Hill

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.

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Amish Woman With A Pie Completed

Hello!  I finally finished!  Here she is. The days have been pretty cloudy here and so getting photos of my paintings has been pretty tough, so I think she looks not as clear here as she actually is. ( Sorry I have to use a watermark, but  unfortunately there is someone stealing photos from my blog and others, and selling them online, so I do apologize.)

Anyhow, I like the simpleness of the colors and the simple beauty of the whole piece.  The colors surrounding her, the browns and blacks, and with her holding that freshly made pie, makes the whole painting feel warm and homey. The brightly colored and quilted potholder,( which I actually own and was bought in Amish Country) was added for interest and to accent the blue in her dress. I think this brightens the painting just perfectly. Now she just needs a name!  😉 On to the next one!

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Amish Woman With A Pie

 

 

“Walking The Calf” An Amish Watercolor Painting

Helloooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I finally finished my painting, and I am pleased with it.  I finally found a good reference for a calf and I believe it worked out perfectly. I hope you all like it.

As always, I liked the white background, but wanted to add more detail. I just didn’t want to add so much to the background to take away from the figures themselves. I finally found a way to add just enough at the bottom and sides to depict the foliage and hills in the distance and tree branches above to make a sort of frame surrounding the figures. I must say I was so excited when I figured out how to do this! Now I also have some space to place a small inspirational quote if I like. I am happy with this and can’t wait to start another…but this took way too long!

Anyway, I have also just placed this on my Etsy Shop if you are interested.  If you like the print and do not place an order online, please email me at mcprop@cox.net and we can work something out. Have a great day!

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Walking The Calf by Cheryl McNulty

Another Trip To Amish Country, Lancaster Pa!

My husband, John and I went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania this past week, mostly to see what PA is like in the fall (which we never have done), but mostly to thank the ones responsible for putting my painting of a little Amish boy (Benuel) eating a chicken pie, on “Amish Country News” and to pick up some issues to bring home. It was so nice to see the issues at so many places we visited, to see an issue on someone’s table at a restaurant, and to see it at the largest Amish farm shops. (I took a couple of pics at some stores).
When we went to the place where they produced the issue, and told the ladies there behind the desk why I was there and who I was and pointed to the magazine, they acted all excited. They said it was the cutest picture they ever saw and how they get so many compliments on it ! I was so happy! I felt like a celebrity!
Anyway, it was a great trip, beautiful colors and landscape and awesome time. Needless to say, I now have “many” copies of Amish Country News at my house. One for everybody! 🙂

I found these issues in front of The Old Candle Barn

I found these issues in front of The Old Candle Barn

These were in front of The National Christmas Museum...one of many places we found them.

These were in front of The National Christmas Museum…one of many places we found them.

Love taking Buggy pictures

Love taking Buggy pictures

Near Stolzfus Meats

Near Stolzfus Meats

Amish Scooter

Amish Scooter

The wheels in the fields

The wheels in the fields

making hay

making hay

Coming down the Lane at Riehl's Farm, where there were issues of Amish Country News here across from the register.

Coming down the Lane at Riehl’s Farm, where there were issues of Amish Country News here across from the register.

Lydia At The Farm Stand Completed

Wow, this took me so long to complete!  If you only knew how many times I corrected and changed things, erased and fixed, practiced over and over for the canning jars of fruit/veggies…but alas, I am finally finished.  I do hope you like it.  I have wanted to do this picture for so long.  I could never find a picture like this when I was looking for one in Amish country as a nice keepsake to take home with me, but now I have created one for myself…and for others!  It is exciting.

I think she turned out beautifully, and her face, like the others, seems so serene. I wanted it to look like the background was slightly out of focus, giving the feeling you were there on her farm, but focusing on what was in front of you.  The beautiful girl and what she has to sell on this warm, breezy summer day.

The next plan is maybe a boy and girl in the back of a buggy, facing opposite directions with their heads resting on their arms, looking like they are daydreaming. And then, one called “The Secret”, with two amish girls whispering to each other, and maybe  another picture with a cow, or horse…..I could go on and on!  Anyway, please let me know what you think and I will also have prints and cards put up on my Etsy site at :  http://www.etsy.com/shop/cherylmcnultyart

I think I may also try canvas prints and pillows at some point, I will let you know.  Thank you for looking and reading!

Lydia At The Farm Stand

Lydia At The Farm Stand