It has been way too long for me not to post, and again, I’m sorry. With the voting crisis, Christmas and it’s craziness, and all that’s going on with the news everyday, it has just made me somewhat numb. They say “the woman that works with her hands, her head and her heart is an artist.” I tend to agree. I get too caught up in with what’s going on around me, that I can’t settle down..I can’t get my creative “flow” going. All the bad news just “breaks my spirit”. And therefore, I can’t seem to paint.
I had tried to play quiet music, read inspirational books, and even to meditate, to no avail. I still could not find it in myself to just sit down and paint. I found every excuse not to do so. I even had asked my husband if it even mattered anymore…to paint. He told me, “Yes, it does matter… your paintings make people feel good”. That thought had stayed with me, and finally changed my mind. I somehow found the energy and focus to paint again. I told myself I was just going to finish this one. Just start again! This painting of the amish girl by the window had been upstairs unfinished for so long.
But here she is, and I think the title of this is perfect, especially with what’s happening today in the world. We just need to calm down, step back and take a breather. I think we need to do for ourselves, what we have to do..to renew and refresh. Start over, think differently.
Anyway, I wish you all good and better things this year, 2021. I pray it will be a much better and safer new year. Hope you enjoy “Contemplation”. Stay safe. Cheryl
So…..I am still at this painting and I don’t know why it’s taking me so long. I think it may be that I am wanting this painting to be more realistic, especially with the background scenery. Also, getting caught up in all the negative news out there and can’t seem to settle down and just concentrate. I am almost completed with this though, and I’ve done more than you see here right now. I am shooting for a couple more days, and I should be done with this one.
I have changed many things with this painting, too….and erased a lot! But I can see now, it will all be for the best. I promise I will show you as soon as I am completed. Back to the drawing board…and maybe play some peaceful music, that may help! Back soon!
This stage is always the toughest…it always looks like it’s not ever going to look how you intended it to. Just have to keep going.
Hello! I hope you are all doing well considering this awful, current coronavirus news. It’s so hard to even concentrate on daily things we do, never mind trying to be creative in all this negativity. One really has to separate from that for awhile, go to a quiet room and put on some good music, just to calm the nerves! This is why I paint.
Anyway…this is also why I have only gotten this far on this painting. But I am going to complete this by the end of this week, I swear! I really do like how it’s looking so far and I hope you like it, too.
Hello again! Just wanted to share a new portrait I had wanted to try for awhile now. My daughters had gotten me to listen to this music artist who seems to be very popular now, Billie Eilish. She is very talented and I love many of her songs. She seems very down to earth when she is interviewed… so very interesting to listen to. Billie also has many different looks and hairstyles, but I really took to this photo I found of her that made her look very striking, and so I decided I would try it. Hope you like it.
Also I have started another portrait of a little amish boy, since I haven’t done many boys lately. I still haven’t decided what animal he’s holding, maybe a puppy, baby goat…we will see. But this is the beginning stages….
And lastly, I just wanted to mention I will be advertising “Eva and the Piglet” in the April/May issue of Country Sampler Magazine which should be on stands April 1st. Well that’s it for now. Back to the drawing board!
Billie Eilish Pastel Portrait
little amish boy started
Eva and the Piglet Country Sampler Magazine April/May Issue
Vintage Sea Captain completed! I wanted to try painting something very different than what I am used to painting…and this was it! I just loved painting him!
Pictures of Sea Captains from the past always fascinated me. Their faces look so worn and rough, but also seem like they have a story to tell. I found an old black and white photo and colorized it the way I think the colors would be, and it was cool seeing it come to life before my eyes. I think I would like to try more like this in the future. Hope you like him!
Wow, this may be a record! I finished a painting in just a couple of days! I was diligent!
I hope you like how this one turned out. I left some space on the right hand side so I could possibly place a quote there at some point. I do like how she turned out.
I find for me it is always harder to paint in watercolors then it is in pastel. With watercolor, you really have to make decisions on color choices very carefully, because once it’s on paper, it’s stays there. You can’t erase or go back and change something last minute….so there’s a little tension there in the experience, but I do love the transparency of colors you can get with this medium. It was still fun.
I finally finished this piece! I have been working so hard at this and I am so happy with the way it turned out. I never thought I could actually paint a horse and make him look realistic, but I think I accomplished that here.
When I first drew this out, I was imagining two amish children bringing their horse into the barn in the early hours of the brisk, morning. They are about to go inside, when something startles them, and as they turn to look around, it happens! The snow starts falling! The First Snow at Dawn.
I really hope you enjoy this one. It’s like the painting is telling it’s own story.
Hello everyone. This took some time, but “Pink” is finally completed. Oh, I wish I had nothing to do but paint all day, but there is still chores to do and orders to fulfill, etc. etc. But lately it has been quiet and I have had time to complete some paintings, and even start new ones.
I really enjoyed painting Pink with all that white hair (which I would just love to have myself). She is so beautiful!
The other painting, the Amish Girl, you may be familiar with. This was a painting I had done awhile ago. I had started her in watercolor and couldn’t quite figure out what the background would be. Then when I painted a complete background for her, I never was really happy with it.
When I had found the picture I had started with, a picture I had taken with just her face painted in, I liked it so much, I just added a simple quote to it. I think I rather like the simple look to this better.
Hope you enjoy these two paintings, and I will show you what I have started in the next post. Until then…blessings!
Hello again! Wow, this took me awhile to complete, but here she is! The outcome surprises even me whenever a new painting is completed. I must say, I am VERY happy with this one.
This painting took me awhile only because I could not proceed to the last stages until I could decide if I wanted her to be holding flowers or some other object. I felt like it needed more in the painting than just the amish girl to add interest. I don’t know why, as I wanted the girl to actually be my center of interest from the very beginning.
When I looked at the painting as a whole, I realized there was actually more going on than I first realized. For example, hinting that the parents are in the front seat by their silhouettes. The amish girl, her cap strings blowing in the wind, letting the viewer know that the buggy is in motion. Her calm face and daydreaming eyes, making us wonder what she is thinking as she rides along in the buggy, watching the world around her. Where is she going? What is she seeing?
This was painted to recreate what I would see on our many family trips to Pennsylvania as we drove along the country…and well-traveled roads. We would always get stuck behind a few buggies, and you could not help but notice the amish children peering out the back. They always seemed so calm and serene, just glancing around from that small rectangular opening, taking everything in. Occasionally, one or two would smile and wave at us, and I would be ecstatic if they did, but all the while I would wonder what they were thinking. What was their life like? This is the image, or the “feeling” I wanted to share with you. That’s when I realized this painting was enough on its own the way it was.
I hope you like it. On to the next one…again! Cheryl