…here is a very faint sketch of the very first beginnings of a new pastel painting in the works. I am trying to put a calendar together to hopefully put up for sale on Etsy and at Pebbles and Lace, the shop in Strasburg, PA. soon. I have never created or put together anything like this before, and so, I am very excited to say the least.
As I was trying to ponder what to paint next, I was realizing I haven’t done any winter paintings at all, at least in the Amish category. And that’s when I got this image of a cute little girl, standing against a white barn…wearing a red, headscarf and dark, grey winter coat with sprinkling of snow on her shoulders and hair. She may be holding firewood and I think I may have a window cut out behind her for more interest and some pine boughs hanging slightly over head for a slight holiday feeling. Well, when you look at this sketch, you have to really imagine all this, but I am seeing this and I can’t wait. Now you can watch it come to life too! I will share the stages of this painting here as much as I can, and when I am almost done, I will have to name her.
I have other ideas as well and am starting sketches of those as well, but I am really excited about this one. And then, I must do another boy painting! It’s so easy to come up with cute ideas for girls…it seems! Anyway, hope you can make this out and picture it! Until next time….
I finished a commissioned portrait not too long ago, as a gift from a mom to her daughter (for Mother’s Day) of her baby son. I was not a friend of this woman on Facebook, so I never got to see all the rave reviews that other people were seeing and sharing. But, she was very happy I heard and so this makes me happy.
I couldn’t believe it when I first saw his photograph, the expression on his face was priceless and I couldn’t wait to try painting him. It was a lot of fun. So here he is, Mr. Mason! So cute!
Hello! Yes, I am still trying to complete this watercolor and I can’t wait to get it done. It’s at the point now where I kind of know what I want to do, but I don’t want to overdo or underdo…if that makes sense. So I paint what I can and look up reference material over and over until something hits me. Do I paint a full background or do I just suggest and mute the background. Do I just leave it simple and focus on the subject…like this girl’s pretty, little face? So this is why it takes so much time, besides getting things printed for Etsy, printing things for the shop in Strasburg, Pa (which is going great by the way!),managing the house…etc…etc.. But, I am almost done…I have to be! I need to start another! Hope you like what you see so far and if you want to leave a note…do you think this should have a background, light background, no background? Let me know what you think. Thanks and I will post the finished piece soon.
Hello all. I have been in a slump lately, and not getting much done in the art department. It comes and goes like this with me sometimes. There are times I am so creative, I can complete more than 5 items on my drawing board. And then there are times when I fill my day with chores and fixing the house, etc., it seems I am purposely avoiding the drawing board, because the chores are easy and I know the artwork takes more concentration, and therefore…more difficult. I also have to be in a very creative frame of mind with music playing and …I guess…a sort of flow going.
Anyway, I have watched some amish videos which somehow got the flow going again, thank goodness! (There are some good ones on amishclothesline.com) When I do this, it’s almost as if my body knows it has been starving for this creativity and peacefulness…with all the noise and anger going on in the world right now. Then, all of a sudden, peaceful images start revealing themselves to me again. The love comes back and it’s so strong, I have to get it down on paper somehow.
This is one I am starting because I love going to Lancaster, Pa when the peach harvest is going on. I had wanted to paint a little amish girl harvesting peaches for the longest time. I could picture the pale color of the bushel basket with the bright colors of the peaches, with the green of the grasses and her colorful skirt… then add butterflies and a cat or dog…that’s what I am trying to capture with this painting. I had originally wanted it to be a pastel painting, but I may do one of those with peaches too, soon. This will be a watercolor. Like I’ve said before, I never really know how it will turn out in the end, but it usually is good. Let’s hope for the best! 😉
I just started another pastel portrait and can’t wait to complete it. I have always loved Megan Follows as Anne of Green Gables. No matter who plays Anne Shirley in the future of remakes of this wonderful movie, Megan Follows will forever be the only true “Anne”….for me. Absolutely wonderful!
She is just one of many on my list of favorites to paint. I will post the painting when it’s completed.
Hello! I am just so happy to announce that some of my prints are being sold in a new shop that opened in Strasburg, Pa. Just last week. Becky, the owner of Pebbles and Lace, found me through Etsy and asked me if I would like to sell prints in her shop. Well, I just jumped at the chance and I can’t thank them enough! I can’t wait to go visit and check out all the beautiful things in her shop! It’s also nice to actually have my prints sold in an area I love so much and feel so much a part of, but unfortunately, live so far away from.
So if you are ever in the area in Pa., go check out Pebbles and Lace Gifts. It’s on 11 East Main Street in Strasburg, Pa.! Enjoy!
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!