Hello. I was hoping to have my new winter Amish painting completed for you by now. Unfortunately, I have been getting ready to go to Lancaster, PA and have not had a chance to finish her. I will be back from my trip on the 19th, where I hope to have not only more time, but more creative energy from all the beautiful sights I will be viewing! I will hope to have something to show you soon after the 19th. I can even tell you about my trip and share some photos. I will also be visiting Pebbles and Lace, the shop in Strasburg where I have some items of mine being sold. But, thanks for hanging in there and I will be back soon.
Thank you for being so patient! Until then… Cheryl :)))
Well, I figured I’d show you how far I’ve gotten on this new Amish pastel painting, and even though it’s come along way…there’s still a lot to go. I figured it would be kind of cool for you all to see the painting come alive through the different stages. I am very happy with it so far and it’s just how I imagined it in my head. I still need to add board separations to the barn behind her, some pine needle boughs hanging above her head to the left with snow added to the sill of the barn window and snow flakes on her hair, coat, etc. I want this to look like a perfect winter painting, as I will use this for my December painting in the calendar I want to create next. Hope you like how it looks so far…back to the drawing board!
The face painted in, and it seems to have a life now. The barn window is positioned and the white, barn wall is started.
The face and hair further detailed. When I get the eyes the way I want them, it’s on it’s way!
She’s holding her firewood and a part of her green dress shows just above her winter coat. That green will also be used in the pine branches I will draw to the upper left, snow covered of course. I still have a lot of detail work to finish…so there’s more to go!
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.
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!
I decided I would at least put up something I am working on presently,and this is it. This is literally on the drawing board as we speak. It is a pastel painting I was creating for that Amish Chicken Pie company in Lancaster (that I made several paintings for last year for their publication in October). They didn’t use me this year unfortunately, but they said they would probably use my paintings again in the future. Needless to say I was a little bummed out and didn’t even want to finish these paintings. I had such high hopes for them, but that won’t stop me from finishing the pieces
. Maybe I could get another publication that could use them, who knows.
But anyway, I had started this one and she will be completed and given a name, but for now she’s an “Amish Woman With A Pie”. Hope you check back to see the finished piece!
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
These were in front of The National Christmas Museum…one of many places we found them.
Love taking Buggy pictures
Near Stolzfus Meats
The wheels in the fields
Coming down the Lane at Riehl’s Farm, where there were issues of Amish Country News here across from the register.
I am almost half way through this painting of an amish girl with a calf, and I think I am happy with it. I love the expression on this girls face, looking off into the distance. Also, I hope to make the calf stand out by making him look really soft. I think the two work well together in this picture. I will post again when I am finished. She will also be added to my Etsy shop when I am done at http://www.etsy.com/shop/cherylmcnultyart
I have wanted to try Audrey Hepburn for so long, and I finally finished her. It was so rewarding doing both Marilyn and Audrey, and now I am attempting Meryl Streep. If anything, this is great practice. I love it! I will post soon. Enjoy!