Being a fan of the drama series Downton Abbey, I just had to try a portrait of Lady Mary Crawley portrayed by Michelle Dockery. I just love the pose! Hope you like her.
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
Hello! Yes, it’s me again. Finally back from the Christmas rush and craziness. A much needed break gave me some new ideas for the New Year. Can’t wait to try some new pieces (and finish some half-done ones) that are on my list to try.
But I did want to share this portrait which was one of two I was commissioned to do for a Christmas gift. This is Everly, and her expression gives her awesome personality away! I couldn’t wait to try her, even though as every new painting is, looked a little challenging. At the end of it all, I was pleased with the result, as were they, which makes me VERY happy!
I attached the photo here along with my finished painting. I don’t know what it is, but every time I look at her happy expression I can’t help but smile myself. Such a cutie!
As I wait for the Amish Calendar to arrive at my house so I can see what the quality is like, (then I can share it all with you) I have been trying my hand at simple landscape paintings. I wanted to try a sunset with a country path, like something you would see in Lancaster, Pa or any beautiful country place. I got several reference photos together and kind of melded all of them together to make this one. I did have fun as I didn’t have to be so picky. I was happy with the result and now I want to do more of course!
I love all the warm colors and the path looking like it lights the way on it’s own. I even added a simple quote to go along with the painting. Hope you like this. I think my next landscape may be an ocean or beach painting, not sure yet.
As far as the Amish Paintings Calendar, I will let you know when it will finally be up for sale. I’m not sure if I will sell them on Zazzle or on my Etsy Store, but I will definitely let you know in a few days. I will post pictures of what it looks like.
Thank you and have a great day!
P.S. The collage painting in my previous posts will be finished soon I swear!
Well, here are the two art projects I am working on (from the previous post) which are now in the second phase. I say second phase, because I know I am almost done, but there is just a few more steps I have to complete before they are both completed (the final phase).
You can see in the amish picture with Kelsey holding the pumpkin, it is slowly getting closer to completion. I’ve got the mums down, placed in the background, the cornstalks are a little more defined, the sky is there now, all blue, with the feeling of autumn in the air. The pumpkin patch was a little bit of a challenge, but I think it finally worked (I was ready to give up!). I just kept adding colors, lights and darks, trying to look at pumpkin patches all over the internet and just kept going. Now I just have to add the background behind the corn…I am thinking part of a house to the right with all fall foliage to the left to bring out all the colors.
Then I have to think what will be in the foreground next to Kelsey’s back. Will it be some tall, pale grasses? I’m not sure yet. Then it’s down to all the final tiny details…the extra pieces of hair blowing around her face, shadows and the like. I just can’t wait to finish this painting!
The other folk art project has a little more added here, too. I am still trying to think of where I am going to place everything I want to place in this painting. I know the amish quilts will be in the foreground next to the cow and there will also be a white fence along the bottom. The sign is painted in here, and I want it to read “No Sunday Sales”. The sunset is more intense now. The covered bridge is more detailed. I want a white barn with a silo on the top of the hill, and yet still, I have to find where the buggy will be in all this! Oh yes, and some cows painted in the background somewhere. Oh my gosh…that sounds like a lot!
But anyway, I thought I would share this and hopefully next week, they will both be completed. Enjoy!