Amish Painting “Finding The Calf”, and The Beginning of a New Painting

I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but I’m still trying my hardest to keep up with the painting. Having some more issues with pastels, I believe, and hoping I’m not allergic to them, as I just love that medium to work with. But for now, I have two to share. One is a little, Amish boy with a baby calf. It’s springtime at the farm, and he is enjoying the new addition to the farm. This painting is titled “Finding The Calf”.


The other Amish one is in the beginning stages of an amish girl daydreaming as she looks out her kitchen window. I have always wanted to do a painting with the reflections of light coming in from a window, so I am going to add many highlights on her edges of clothing to portray that. I can’t wait to see this one completed. I will share when I do.


Enjoy and hope to get more paintings out there soon! Stay safe!

New Amish Sketches In The Works

Hello again. I promised I would bring you sketches and here they are.  There are 4 here that I am currently working on….and I want to paint them all NOW! I am excited about painting each of them, envisioning what I want the finished pieces to look like, and actually seeing what they will become.  So exciting!

The one I am working on presently, and actually have more done than what is shown here, is the little Amish boy with the calf. The background is going to be tricky, as I want color and interest, but don’t want to take away interest from the  connection between the boy and the calf. We will see.

I also have a little girl peeking from behind..hmmm…something. A fence post outside? Around a barn door? The door to her house? So many decisions…and I just want to paint!

Another one here is an older girl in thought…in a kitchen after baking? In a field of flowers? By a buggy, maybe?

And lastly, the little amish girl with the butterfly that rests near her feet. What is the background? On a haystack…on a rock in the garden? The colors…I have to make sure the colors all go together! This is what takes the time…but it is all worth it in the end. Let’s see what happens with each of these. If you have any ideas, please give some insight. Thank you!

Anyway, I will try and share what I have done in several days with the Amish boy and the calf. Please check back. Take care!

P.s. On a sad note…several days ago I heard that N.A. Noel, an artist and beautiful painter of many subjects,  especially Amish and angels, passed away. I was so saddened by this news as she had been an inspiration for my paintings since I saw an amish painting my mother placed above the mantle in our living room years ago. Just to think  how much that  made such an impression on me back then! She was a beautiful person and exceptional artist.  Please check out her paintings when you can. Thank you.

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The amish boy and the calf…the beginning

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little amish girl peeking

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Amish girl in thought

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Little amish girl with butterfly

Two Amish Paintings in the Works

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!

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Two amish children and a horse

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Amish girl hugging a cow