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!
Hello! I just wanted to let you know I have started creating journals with my artwork on the covers. I have made some for myself in the past for traveling agendas and diaries, so I figured I would just try and sell a few and see how they go.
They are very heavyweight for a journal, so they travel well without ripping or bending and I laminate the print of my art so it is protected from water and dirt and then I affix a jute ribbon (at least on this one pictured, it could be any ribbon) on the spine to finish the country, simple look of the design. These journals have 80 lined pages.
Katie With A Bunny Journal
Other Journal Samples
The one I am starting with is “Wash Day”, the Amish girl doing laundry, and now, Katie With A Bunny. Rebekah In The Barn and Kathryn In The Meadow were already sold, but can be custom ordered if you would like one, through Etsy or through email at email@example.com.
**Just know that anything you see on my Etsy Store , or here on my blog that interests you, and you are not familiar with ordering on a site like Etsy… please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we could set something up if you feel more comfortable sending a check through the mail. I realize there are probably many of you out there there may not be familiar ordering online.**
In the meantime, please check out cherylmcnultyart.etsy.com. and let me know what you think! Trying a test run! Thank you!
Here is a glimpse of the amish watercolor I am working on right now….with several other projects, of course. Sometimes I am so excited with all the new ideas I have in my head, I don’t know which one to start off with. Now I am in the middle of too many! I can’t seem to win.
Anyway, the reason this painting has held me up some, is because I can’t seem to find the perfect reference of a baby calf’s behind! Sounds funny, doesn’t it. I have tons of books and so many pic s on the internet, but I really wanted a picture of a baby calf walking away with part of his head to the side (so you could see it was a calf)…but do you think I could find one! This is driving me crazy! I’m sure I could improvise, even a little bit, but I can’t seem to find what I am looking for. So I just started to paint the girl…at least it’s a start. I want it to look like the little amish girl is walking alongside this calf in a field. Just a quiet, serene picture. Hopefully finished soon… and if I can’t find a calf…who knows what I can substitute. Let’s just say…I want to find a calf! I will post as soon as I have more, or am finished. Take care and talk soon
Hello! I finally finished my watercolor of the Amish girl. I am so sorry it took so long, but I was actually afraid to paint this picture, as I know that once watercolor goes on paper, you can’t really correct it. What you see is basically what you get. I am not used to that at all! I also am not used to all the layering it takes to get vibrancy in a painting, as when you use pastel, it’s usually vibrant on your first stroke!
Anyway, I was very cautious and did make a few mistakes that I did correct in my own way, but I’ll just leave it at that. I also wasn’t planning on a whole background scene for the girl either. I was just going to add light colors around her and leave it, but that didn’t happen…as you can see! But I really wanted the focus on her face and I think I achieved that anyway!
Phew!!! Am I glad it’s over…until the next one…”gulp”.
Hello. This post is about a design that seems to be very popular with customers, and it is “Katie With A Bunny”. This is the little amish girl with the purple dress holding her pet bunny.
I have recently started going over some of my older designs and fixing things that I notice are not as perfect as I like them to be. Since I have improved with my painting along the way, I take the older paintings and just fix little things here and there.
Although I loved the painting, this painting always bothered me somewhat. Katie is standing at an odd angle, looking back over her shoulder, and I never liked the way I captured that. If you look at the newer version, I eliminated the shoulder hump and softened it. Much better.
The purple dress had odd creases in the sleeves and I changed those. I altered the apron and added more shadows and highlights. I added more color in her cheeks and defined the nose more. Now I really like her. I think that will do!
I think she is perfect now and on to the next one!
Wow! I can’t believe I have finally finished this painting. This took me some time as I was at first busy with painting some rooms in my house, and then a graduation came and went, and the painting just sat against my desk half done. I hate doing that, too. Starting a painting and then not finishing it, only because it breaks up the creative flow you had when you first started. It’s more difficult to get back into it again,and I think every time I saw the painting there waiting…I was almost afraid to start in on it again. So one day I just said to myself I wasn’t going to start another project until I finished this, and I kept at it until I felt I was finished. It’s funny, you never really feel like it’s perfect, you just know there is nothing more you could add or take away that will make any more of a difference. At least for me…I always think it could have turned out better doing this or that. But I guess that’s all about the learning process…and then you start another one and say this will be better than the last. I do like the way this one turned out though. I just love her face and peaceful expression, and that’s the thing that I always try to attain. I hope you like Rebekah In The Barn. It sure took some time for her to arrive! And now…onto the next one…whew…:) If you are interested, this will also be available on Etsy soon.
Hi all! I am so sorry for not keeping up on this blog lately. I am now getting ready for my daughter’s graduation from college and I have been busily painting rooms and fixing things around the house like crazy. It actually feels good to see change,I must say. And who can beat the look and smell of fresh paint!
Anyway, I just thought I would share with you this painting which has been sitting unfinished like this awhile now. It’s another Amish Girl and she is supposed to be watching a baby chick on her lap. I really love the face on this little girl and I can’t wait to finish her, but she has to wait just a little bit. Every time I go into my room she is staring at me and I want so badly to just sit there and get down to business. I will…I will !
I will post again when I am finished with her.
Here is also another painting I finished. I have been doing random watercolors just to keep up with my artwork and to put something new in my Etsy shop. These watercolor paintings are less time consuming than the pastels, so I try to fit a few in before I start my fixing and painting of the house. This one is in watercolors and it’s a little girl looking out over the mountains under a beautiful rainbow. Inspired by the very thing I love to do, observe nature! I hope you like them. Be back soon!