Well, I figured I’d show you how far I’ve gotten on this new Amish pastel painting, and even though it’s come along way…there’s still a lot to go. I figured it would be kind of cool for you all to see the painting come alive through the different stages. I am very happy with it so far and it’s just how I imagined it in my head. I still need to add board separations to the barn behind her, some pine needle boughs hanging above her head to the left with snow added to the sill of the barn window and snow flakes on her hair, coat, etc. I want this to look like a perfect winter painting, as I will use this for my December painting in the calendar I want to create next. Hope you like how it looks so far…back to the drawing board!
You can just barely see it…
…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….
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 put up a new listing on my Etsy of an Amish Quilt and Straw Hat pictured three different ways.
I just love displaying my beautiful quilts that I bought on trips to Amish Country. When I visit there, I have always tried to find pictures, photos and paintings of bright quilts in a scene that I would love to display in my home , especially if I could not afford to buy one on a trip because of all the other goodies I had bought already! So habit forming! So this is the reason I put these photos together, so others can enjoy their beauty without all the expense. Like I said before, if you see something here or on my shop, and are not familiar with buying online, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can set something up.
I hope you like these…there will be more to come and also, I am finally finishing up my Amish Watercolor with the calf and should have it up in a day or so, I can’t wait for you all to see it! Enjoy!
Hello! I just wanted to let you know I have started creating journals with my artwork on the covers. I have made some for myself in the past for traveling agendas and diaries, so I figured I would just try and sell a few and see how they go.
They are very heavyweight for a journal, so they travel well without ripping or bending and I laminate the print of my art so it is protected from water and dirt and then I affix a jute ribbon (at least on this one pictured, it could be any ribbon) on the spine to finish the country, simple look of the design. These journals have 80 lined pages.
The one I am starting with is “Wash Day”, the Amish girl doing laundry, and now, Katie With A Bunny. Rebekah In The Barn and Kathryn In The Meadow were already sold, but can be custom ordered if you would like one, through Etsy or through email at email@example.com.
**Just know that anything you see on my Etsy Store , or here on my blog that interests you, and you are not familiar with ordering on a site like Etsy… please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we could set something up if you feel more comfortable sending a check through the mail. I realize there are probably many of you out there there may not be familiar ordering online.**
In the meantime, please check out cherylmcnultyart.etsy.com. and let me know what you think! Trying a test run! Thank you!
Here is a glimpse of the amish watercolor I am working on right now….with several other projects, of course. Sometimes I am so excited with all the new ideas I have in my head, I don’t know which one to start off with. Now I am in the middle of too many! I can’t seem to win.
Anyway, the reason this painting has held me up some, is because I can’t seem to find the perfect reference of a baby calf’s behind! Sounds funny, doesn’t it. I have tons of books and so many pic s on the internet, but I really wanted a picture of a baby calf walking away with part of his head to the side (so you could see it was a calf)…but do you think I could find one! This is driving me crazy! I’m sure I could improvise, even a little bit, but I can’t seem to find what I am looking for. So I just started to paint the girl…at least it’s a start. I want it to look like the little amish girl is walking alongside this calf in a field. Just a quiet, serene picture. Hopefully finished soon… and if I can’t find a calf…who knows what I can substitute. Let’s just say…I want to find a calf! I will post as soon as I have more, or am finished. Take care and talk soon
I just finished this little guy the other day. I have been trying to think of cute, little ideas for children’s rooms like abc prints and animals. This is one of those ideas. Patchwork animals!
I really just started doing them so I really don’t know how people will take to them, but it’s fun and I love painting them. This is the 3rd one as I have a bear and giraffe on my Etsy Shop as well. Hope you like him. You can find him here at my shop: