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.
Hello! I have had some trouble trying to come up with some ideas for some new Amish paintings, although I have a notebook with written ideas and tons of cut out pieces of reference material. It was like I had a dry spell or something. Nothing was working out right…the flow was all off. I had to just step away and try to make a slow come back. Listen to quiet music, dream a little bit…something.
It finally came back, but it’s day by day with what steps to do on the paintings next. What will the backgrounds be? Do I add another child, blades of grass, a barn perhaps?
Anyway, I needed to show something just to get me to stay with these, focus and finish them. The first one is two amish children and a horse. I knew I wanted them to be looking all in the same direction, like they see something in the distance. I was thinking winter clothes here, and maybe with some falling snow, some breath showing from the horses nostrils. A sunset sky…maybe.
The next one is an amish girl hugging a jersey cow. I wanted her to look like she’s dreaming and really feeling comforted just hugging this cow around the neck. Now….here’s the dilemma. Are they in a barn with a dark background? Are they outside with flowers and a light background. Is she hugging this cow above the neck, or below! What will I title these? Arrrrggghhh! This is what takes so much time! But I must admit, it is rewarding in the end…because like I said before..I don’t even know what these will turn out to look like until the very end! How cool is that! Until next time!
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!
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!