Back To Painting…Yay!

My gosh, it’s been awhile since I have posted any paintings I am currently working on, as Christmas always throws me off. I don’t know how other artists do it, but I am just so busy doing Christmasy things in December, I just can’t, and don’t seem to have, the time or even the concentration to paint!  I need to be in a relaxation mode, and the month of December is NOT that!

So anywayyyyyy…  In the beginning of this month, I kept procrastinating  just picking up the pastels and begin painting again.  Then one day,  I just sat down and grabbed one of the few unfinished pieces sitting in my art room, and started, just a little at a time. “Get in the flow… get in the flow…you can do this!”, I kept saying to myself.

So here are two of the paintings I am finishing up…John-Boy Walton (who I have always loved by the way…and we need more shows like this) annnndddd an Amish Boy peeking over a quilt on the clothesline. The Amish boy painting I had originally posted in November, when I just started him, and I can’t believe this is how long he has been sitting unfinished. I am now going to finish him, and try to come up with a title for this painting. My goal now is to do 12 amish paintings for a new calendar, but we will see how that goes.  I would love to do more angels as well.

In the meantime, these are the beginnings of the two paintings, and I WILL keep you posted! Enjoy!

 

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Getting Closer to being done every day!

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John-Boy Photo

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John-Boy Painting, Beginning Stages

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Meet Everly….A Christmas Portrait

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!

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The cute photo

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The finished portrait

A New Amish Painting and Calendars For 2018

Hello friends. I am still working on that Lancaster Collage painting, and for some reason my heart isn’t in it, but i’m getting there. My paintings always get to a point where I tend to ask myself, “Should I have used watercolors or acrylics instead of pastels for this?”  But I think I am using the right media, so I will stick with pastel and see it to the end. I will post a picture soon.

Also, I am starting another Amish painting and it’s a little different as you can see. It’s a little boy peeking over a quilt hanging on the clothesline as tiny bird watches on.   You don’t see much of the boys face, but I wanted to get a grouping of images I love about Amish Country and put them together…nature,the beautiful quilts, the amish children, the labor…it’s kind of all in there…or it will be. Here’s a peek…

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My new painting with no name yet

In the meantime, I  also have pics of what my calendar looks like. (These are being made through Zazzle and the link will be at the bottom of this post). I am really excited though because it looks awesome! Whenever I make a pillow, sticker, mug… whatever and see my artwork in print on a product, I feel like I’ve been published or something. It’s just a great feeling to see the colors so vivid, a product someone can use, and it’s MY design! So cool. But  it would  be interesting to kind of get and idea on who would be interested in one, so I can decide how I should sell these.  Anyway….here is what it looks like:

 

 

I really like the quality of the calendar as it’s very sturdy and the colors are so vivid. This is medium size and the size open it is about 10.5 x 16.5. I think the quotes add a nice touch to the pages that had the space to do so.

I’m sure these will really make a nice Christmas gift.  I have bought a limited amount for myself to sign and sell at Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg. I will be sending these there soon. I will let you know when they are there. If you are interested and want me to sign one and send one to you, I can place a custom order on my Etsy store. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can message me here or email me at mcprop@cox.net.

Well, I will get back to work now and  please let me know what you think!  Thanks everyone!

***P.S. UPDATE:  The calendar is now up on my Zazzle store here calendar 

She’s Finished!

I finally finished my Amish painting for fall, and now I think I can complete my calendar!  I may just name this one “Pumpkin Time”,  I’m not sure still.  I hope you like her.  I wanted to get so much into this painting and yet not take away from the central figure, the cute, little amish girl with the impish grin. I had actually wanted to make her hair as orange as the pumpkin, but that didn’t happen and maybe I’m glad that it didn’t now. I can really feel that fall breeze just by looking at the stray hairs blowing around her face.  This painting actually makes me want to go for a pumpkin ride about now!

Can you believe this all started from a photo of my daughter? Sometimes I can’t believe it myself!  Also, I’m sorry these paintings take so long sometimes, but even though I “say”…and even “wish” that I could paint a painting a day, it just never happens.  It has to feel right and it just gets done a little at a time as I have other things that come up. It can be frustrating sometimes. You don’t know how I wish that I had that studio somewhere far away and had no chores or anything else to do but paint…but I don’t see that happening anytime soon!

But here she is and I will see if this calendar I’m putting together can be finished now.  I will let you know when its ready, hopefully within a week .  I will also try and have that collage painting done in a week, too.  I’ll be pushing for it!

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Pumpkin Time!

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“Pumpkin Time” greeting card

I Am In The Amish Country News!

The Amish Experience had asked me if they could use one of my paintings for their October issue of Amish Country News.  Of course I said yes! They used the painting “Barbie With A Pie” for this issue.

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Barbie With A Pie

Well, the October issue of Amish Country News is published! I think it turned out awesome! The half-page describing my art background and how I began painting Amish themed works is on page 27. They did an amazing job with this and I can’t thank them enough! Pebbles and Lace, the shop in Strasburg, Pa mentioned to me that a woman came in the shop and bought prints because of this issue. Very happy and extremely grateful.

The link to the issue is here:   Amish Country News

P.S. My painting of the little amish girl with the pumpkin will hopefully be posted here tomorrow. I am sorry it has taken so long, as we are in the middle of painting a room here and things are not in their normal places right now…ahem…like the cord for downloading pictures form my camera to the computer!!!! I was going to do that tonight and I could not locate it. The painting came out awesome though!

Two Amish Projects -Next Phase

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!

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Kelsey’s Amish Painting, next phase

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Folk Art Painting-Next Phase

Two More Amish Projects, Moving Right Along!

So I have two works of amish art that I am currently working on.  One is something I have never tried before, so I really can’t wait to see how this will turn out.  It is a sort of folk art piece done with pastels. It resembles a collage of sorts, and the items I am painting are things I see the most of when visiting Pennsylvania. It almost looks like, or I hope it will look like a poster you would see advertising Pennsylvania.  I am actually  a little farther ahead of the photo you see here, but I will post the finished piece when I am done.

The reason the other painting is being painted  is because when I recently visited Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg (the shop that is selling my amish pieces), the owner, Becky was told (by my daughter, Kelsey, who visited)  that I use family members as models a lot of the time. They both realized I never used Kelsey as a model. SOOOOOoooooo….I hadn’t started an autumn painting, and found a cute picture of Kelsey when she was in pre-k with the cutest grin. I figured I would try to use her.  The way she’s sitting I could envision the whole painting.  She will be holding a pumpkin out in a field of pumpkins…muted in the background.  There will be brightly colored, fall trees and maybe a muted white barn in the background…maybe some leaves in the foreground.  And there you have it.  I had wanted her hair to be more strawberry blonde, and I added her freckles in too. I actually have seen amish with freckles and reddish hair! We will see how it goes. She’s happy now. (wink,wink) I will put up some other pictures very soon!

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The folk art collage painting

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Kelsey’s picture and the first stages of the painting

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She’s coming along….:)