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 All! Yes, I haven’t been around awhile as I put my Etsy Shop on vacation and took a mini vacation from everything for a couple of weeks since this coronavirus started. I hope everyone is safe and still healthy. Looks like we will be coming out of this slowly, but soon, I hope!
Anyway, I have sketched out 2 paintings that are yet to be. One is an Amish girl just staring out over the beautiful countryside leaning against a fence. I kind of want to have a sunset for a change and some rich colors, muted landscape background… and maybe she is holding some wheat fronds? A partial quilt showing on the fence, too? We will see…but she is started and I am very excited to finish her.
The other one is actually a picture I found of Scarlett Johansson for the movie “Girl With A Pearl Earring”, and this picture was found by mistake. I loved it as soon as I saw it, because of the setting and feel of it. I figured I would try it, but change it to look a little bit different, but keep the “feel” of it at the same time. Excited about this one, too!
The other paintings I am sharing are beachscapes I decided I would like to try. Hopefully, I will get better at this. I love the colors of the water and skies. I will be doing more of these, and I am looking to do more different paintings in the future. I will let you know as soon as I have more. Hope you like these!
Amish Girl On Fence Sketch Faint Picture…sorry, best I could do.
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
Hello! I just wanted to share a new pastel portrait I am painting that’s somewhat out of my territory….Abraham Lincoln. I have always wanted to try my hand at painting this portrait since I saw the movie with Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field among others. If you haven’t seen it, it is amazing. It feels like Lincoln is alive again, as Daniel Day-Lewis does a tremendous job, playing the part. Anyway, I know many others have painted him, but I did this because I had to…for me. I guess it’s like saying thank you for everything…for what he stood for and had done for this country, and I wanted to feel a closeness…to the history…the legend. I don’t know. I just had to.
But here are the beginning stages, and I have done more than what you see here now and it is coming out amazing. I feel like I could touch him. I am painting from a black and white I had found of him and painting it in color. I actually had to look up what his eye color was, which they say is grey…like mine! So I can’t wait to share and to see what you think. Now go and watch that movie! I’ll be back in a few to share. Thanks for following.
The background. I wanted it to be this brown, sepia color with some highlights thrown in behind him. I will have to touch it up near the end stages.
Now this is looking pretty scary…and cool at the same time. I am getting pretty excited at this rate, and I can’t wait for the eyes.
Just finished this amish-themed painting titled “Taking A Break”. This amish girl selling fruits from her farm stand is taking a break and just can’t resist trying one of her own apples. This one took me awhile, but I really like the end result, almost looking like a photograph. I’m really happy when everything seems to work and come together…finally! I am also working on two more paintings which are in their last stages…Princess Diana and Laura Ingalls (Melissa Gilbert). I will post them when they are completed. Hope you like this one…I loved painting it!
Hello! I didn’t know if you saw my last post…if not, please read it. I am now in a gift shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pa. I am so excited since this is a real tourist area and I always have loved the village of Bird-in-Hand. Please check out the post to find out more.
Right now, I am working on some new paintings and one is an Amish painting, of course. I’m really excited how it’s coming out so far. I can’t wait until its finished to see the result. In this painting, the little Amish girl is taking a break at her fruit stand and can’t resist one of her own apples. I want the basket crates of apples and peaches by her side to look as realistic and colorful as possible, like they are coming off the page….if I can do it! I will share as this gets further along. The other two will be a Princess Diana painting (that I have wanted to do since forever) and a watercolor painting of a fashionable woman buying fruits and veggies. I have wanted to do a line of these types of paintings of women doing healthy things with positive quotes about health for awhile now. We’ll see how this turns out too!
Anyway, Princess Diana has been my idol for so long, and I kept searching for the perfect pic to paint that showed her beauty, but her inner peace at the same time. I really liked this photo so I hope it comes out pretty good!
Well, I will keep you updated so check back. All good things! Until next time.
Hello everyone and I hope you all had a great New Year! 2019! I can’t believe it! “Doesn’t it go by in a blink.” as quoted in the movie, “Meet Joe Black”.
I always feel just a little sad after the New Year, I don’t know quite why that is. I guess it just feels like the years are just racing by and I feel everything is just a big blur. On with the new though!
So I have been making new plans for my Amish Art and I decided I would try to advertise a few pieces in Country Sampler Magazine, a well known publisher of country themed goods. I had advertised with them many years before for wooden plaques I had painted with amish scenery. (It had worked out well for me then, and that was before computers!) I have been thinking of other ways to reach a wider audience. An audience that has a love for country and simple decor items, where I think my Amish art fits. The process has been great so far.
I’ve decided to advertise “Katie and the Bunny” in the March issue, which should be out near the beginning of February. This will be a small ad in the back of the magazine called “Simply Sampler”. Then I will also be advertising “Daydreaming” (the amish girl in the back of the buggy). This will be a larger ad, and will also feature the framed print in a room scene. This will be out in the June/July issue at the end of May and will also be featured on their Instagram page and Facebook page. So this is a little exciting for the New Year! I can’t wait to see how it all works out. I will keep you posted!
Well..back to the drawing board and on with the new! 🙂
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.
The Amish Garden in it’s mat frame. Already to go!
Hello all, I just wanted to let you know I have just put up my first original painting on Etsy…which is the Amish Garden. I must say, it was a difficult decision to make as I have never sold an original except for portraits that were commissioned, so this is rather strange. But I realize I can’t keep every painting I do and just sell prints all the time. I need to let go! I realize I need to share more of what I do.
I know how special an original is, as it feel like the artist is right there. That artist touched that paper…the strokes are there and just knowing that the artist had this in their hands, and in their studio, for however long it took them to do this painting is really kind of special. Also, I know a “picture” of a painting is not near as clear and as bright as the real thing. It’s just different.
Anyway, this is now up on Etsy for however long and I will be putting more of my originals more and more. Thanks for following me and your interest in my work! Cheryl
Hello! I just wanted to show you a new painting I decided to try. I usually paint pastel portraits, but recently I have been watching random artists on You Tube painting pastel landscapes at amazing speed, by just throwing color on paper…not even blending! It’s like they just keep placing color over color and it ends up turning out amazing. There is no real detail, but it’s more like a muted, colorful meadow…or colorful, grouping of trees, etc. And the freedom! The freedom of just looking at a small picture and painting what you see, not really caring about detail! I want that!
Well, I decided I would give it a try…somewhat. I found a small picture from my last trip to Pennsylvania, sat down at my easel…and without even a ruler to measure the house in the picture…I just started going at it! I just took a hard pastel and laid in all my shapes of where the trees were..the house…the birdhouse…and then started throwing color up on the paper. At one point, like with every painting…I was ready to give up. But I stuck with it. I also took the sunset sky from another picture just to give it more color.
Needless to say, when I was done, my husband thought I was a genius! He was like, “You are already done? That’s beautiful! I want to live there!”
I do love the colors, but I still need resist adding more and more detail! I just have a hard time with that! I will try more paintings and see how they turn out. But, I will be putting this up on my Etsy store soon…I may even sell the original.