This painting took me quite awhile, not just because we are in the midst of doing a major floor renovation here, but because of all the little details in this painting. I thought I would never finish! But I did manage to get alot of the things I wanted to in this painting.
One thing I love to do when I am in Amish country is visit the many Amish farm stands in the area. This painting has many of the items one would see at these stands. Whoopie Pies, breads (especially the frosted one), Shoo Fly Pies and we can’t forget some kind of quilted item hanging in the front, such as quilted pot holders! I also decided I would paint a boy and girl, since I haven’t painted too many of those.
And there you have it! I t was a challenge to paint many things here, but the most difficult was making the baked goods looked like they were wrapped in plastic. That was a trick! On to the next painting…enjoy!
Hello again. I just wanted to share the latest painting that’s on my drawing board right now. Of course, it’s an Amish painting. I really enjoy painting amish themed paintings, because they take me away. My mind goes to Lancaster, Pa. and I really need to go again.
I had wanted to do another painting with an amish girl and boy together since I haven’t done one of these in awhile. This one may be titled, “Sarah and James, Working The Farm Stand”. Still not sure yet though. I had wanted to do another farm stand, but this time instead of canning jars, I wanted the whoopie pies, the shoo fly pie and the beautiful, delicious looking bread the Amish always sell. I also want to add the quilt block potholders hanging above their heads that we usually see at farm stands everywhere there. I think I have it all in there!
It was fun trying to make these goodies look realistic, and it was very tough! I still have alot to work to do, but its getting there. I do as much as I can each day…little by little. I hope you like what I have done so far. I should be completed by the end of the week…fingers crossed! I will share it when I do, I promise. Take care until next time!
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!
Well, I have the beginnings of a new Amish painting I am very excited about. This one is going to be an Amish girl, possibly in her kitchen, taking a break from baking and looking out the window. This one will be tricky though as I want the focus on the girl’s face, with that daydreaming stare.
I am thinking that she will be surrounded in dark browns, with the white light coming through the window. Ahhhh, like I said, it will be kind of tricky, but I will go forth!
I had also wanted to show you the completed painting of the amish boy with the calf, but I am not really happy with the way it came out. I would look at it over and over, and I just didn’t get the feeling I have had with all the others. So please bear with me, as I may do it over, or I just might share it to see what you think. I will try some things with it in the next day or so.
But I hope you like the beginnings of this painting and I am so excited….I will tread carefully with this one! Thank you and check back. Stay safe!
Hello! So sorry this took me awhile, but the coronavirus has really made it hard to keep me focused on my painting as we are all working at home here, and I had to change rooms for awhile. Half of my art supplies etc are now in disarray in my bedroom and it’s hard getting set up and getting used to painting in a darker room…grrrrr. Anyway, we are all making the best of it.
But alas, I managed to finish this painting and I really hope you like it. I really enjoyed painting this one and seeing it finally all come together. I love this little puppy!
Also, I couldn’t put this painting up until I had a title for it, and I went sifting for names, and Noah seemed perfect. Now it is done. I am also putting up the beginnings of a painting that is different for me to try. It is a portrait of the Easter Bunny. Just wanted to see what would happen with this. I am further along on this one than you see here, and I will put this one up soon. In the meantime, I will be putting Noah up on my Etsy Shop in the next day or so.
So, again I’m sorry this took longer than I thought. Hope you like this one. Until next time, please take care and stay safe! Cheryl
Hello! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year!
I have finally completed the amish girl with doll tiled “Naomi’s Doll”. It took awhile unfortunately(because of Christmas and being sick) but I am really happy with the way it turned out. The look on Naomi’s face here looks both serene and somewhat mischievous at the same time. I like the way the simpleness of this piece keeps the focus on Naomi’s pretty, angelic face. Just a simple, pretty painting, I think. I hope you like her.
I hope to do many more paintings for this coming year, and I will try to finish them at a reasonable rate, I promise! Here’s to a creative new year! Blessings!
Hello and so sorry for not keeping up on this blog. I have not been feeling well on and off, and my husband had surgery for tumors on his kidney, which really sidetracked us all. He is all set and feeling much better now and things have been slowly getting back to normal. It has been hard to get back into drawing and painting again, and so I force myself to sit at my desk and just go through some creative books, sketching out ideas, etc. It’s coming back slowly.
But I figured I would get myself back in the flow with another amish painting and so I have started this one, and I think I am in love with how it is turning out. It is an amish girl holding an amish doll with a very plain but dark background. But with this background it really gives the painting some warmth and makes the girl glow somewhat. I can’t wait to paint her eyes and choose the color of her dress. I hope you like what you see so far.
I also am working on some mini paintings that may be displayed on little easels on bookshelves, counters or anywhere you need a small amount of color or wherever you choose. I made my first Christmas one and I enjoyed painting it so much, I think I will be creating more.
Well, that’s it for now. I will be back for showing you this finished piece and hopefully the fisherman I had started. Enjoy!
I am so happy to tell you that my prints are now being sold in a shop in Bird-In-Hand, Pa., (my favorite place) in a store called “Calkins’ Vine and the Branches”. It’s a lovely shop that sits right next to the Bird-In-Hand bakery and across the street from the infamous Farmer’s Market on Old Philadelphia Pike. They have 2 shops, one in Lititz and the other in Bird-In-Hand. My prints are in the store at Bird-in-Hand.
The woman who owns “Pebbles and Lace”, the store I was in before (and that has since moved to Lititz), had given this woman my name and showed her my artwork when she found out she was opening another store in Bird-in-Hand…She had also told me to contact this woman and I did…. and here we are! I am so excited! This is the place I always wanted to sell my artwork, but couldn’t find the right place for it. I am so thankful for this opportunity.
So, if you don’t like to place orders online, and you happen to be in Bird-In-Hand, you can just buy a print there. They are signed and have a mat frame on every print.
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.
Hello everyone. Im so sorry (as always) that I haven’t written on my blog in such a long while. I am in like this “artist’s block” where I can’t seem to even find time to sit and paint, and when I do, I can’t get my ideas down on paper. It is so frustrating! The other day, I just grabbed this drawing that I had half done already…inked it and started painting it, just to get in the mood again! This is tough! At least it’s in the works now. This little, amish girl walking with her lamb is a watercolor painting …which I haven’t done in awhile, so it’s been fun!
I should just paint something daily…anything…just to get the flow going, and the practice! I am going to be in Country Sampler again soon, and this edition comes out the end of May, so I better be prepared for that. I am also going on a much needed trip to Tennessee to see my son just before the ad comes out, so I better get myself going!
But anyway, it’s another start.Hope you like her so far.