A Boxer Dog and a Sea Captain

Hello! I just wanted to show you a finished portrait of a boxer dog and a Sea Captain I am in the process of working on.

The poor boxer dog was sitting half finished for at least 1 year and a half. Overtime I would look at it sitting in the corner,  and I just had no interest at the time.  I look at it now and ask “Why?”.  He’s so handsome!

The Sea Captain I had always wanted to paint. I have always been in love with Sea Captains since ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” came out as a series in the 60’s! I loved that Captain!  When I  saw this vintage black and white photo, saw all the wrinkles in his pleasant, worn face, I knew I had to paint him! I added a pipe just for extra. Now I can’t wait to finish him! I will put it up as soon as I am finished. Back to the drawing board…

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Boxer Dog…finally

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Sea Captain Coming Along

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Portrait of Lincoln Completed

Well, the portrait of Lincoln is finished. I am happy with the result, but it does look like I may have to make his ear just a wee bit larger. Otherwise, I am happy with the way this turned out…considering it was from a black and white photo, painted in color. It was so interesting seeing the picture being transformed before my eyes.

Anyway I put some of the stages this went through to the end (please visit the post before this one for the very first stages of this painting). I hope you like it.

Ahhhh….what should I paint next?

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The shading in the face , the flesh color, the eyes with wrinkles and lips all done. Hair is just blocked in with eyebrows and beard. Shirt somewhat blocked in.

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More highlights in face, ear is started and highlights in hair and beard

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Cool blue jacket, huh? Looking’ a little snazzy! Not really! They say to use blue, or some kind of under color paint under black so it doesn’t lie flat on the paper. It makes it more luminous.

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Anndddd..the final result! Jacket with black paint and highlights in both hair beard and jacket. It’s complete!

New Amish Painting and more updated…

Well, I have been busy.  I am working on THREE paintings at the same time now, because I can’t wait to see each one completed!  This is crazy!

Lady Diana is coming along nicely, she just needs her hair and small pieces completed to become a finished piece. I wanted to get her face almost completed before I went any farther, as it makes me feel comfortable in the fact that it looks like her. Now I can proceed with the rest.

The Amish girl is getting there, but I still need to do the basket of peaches and her hair. Why am I so afraid to do her hair????? I think it’s because I  really am happy with the way she is coming out now, and I’m so afraid if the hair doesn’t look right, I’ll be very disappointed. That’s just me! But like every other painting before this one, I have proceeded to the next stage and I have survived. Thank goodness!

The last painting I just started randomly as I have loved this character and television series for such a long time, I…I…just had to!  Little Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls on Little House and the prairie! She was a spitfire! There could not have been a more perfect person to play this part in a series, and I loved watching her and the show…I still do! So she is now added to my drawing board. I have completed more than what you see here now, but I will show you soon the completed pieces. I can’t wait! Stay tuned!

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Lady/Princess Diana Almost Completed

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Amish Girl Almost Completed

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Laura Ingalls/Melissa Gilbert Almost Completed

 

Lady Mary Crawley/Michelle Dockery Portrait from Downton Abbey

Being a fan of the drama series Downton Abbey, I just had to try a portrait of Lady Mary Crawley portrayed by Michelle Dockery.  I just love the pose! Hope you like her.

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The first stages of the painting

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The finished portrait with digital frame

New Amish Painting and Finished Amish Garden 2

Well, I finally finished Amish Garden 2! Here it is!

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Finished Amish Garden 2

I really enjoyed painting that garden. I added flowers myself …as you can never have enough flowers!

Also, I have many paintings sketched out in my art room/studio.This one I can’t wait to finish painting. It’s a little amish girl looking down at some little animal she’s holding. Is it a duckling? Is it a piglet or kitten? I don’t know myself yet, but I couldn’t wait to start her face, and that’s what helps me decide what color her dress will be, and everything else falls in to place as well. It’s like once the face is there, I can picture the rest of the picture, if that makes sense. So, I will show you more pictures of this as I go along, but I feel this is going to be a nice painting. Please come back to check it out soon! Until next time…

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New Amish Painting

A New Amish Painting And My Art Studio

Hello! I just wanted to share with you a new painting in the works. It’s another amish garden painting…Amish Garden 2. This is also from a photo taken by me in Lancaster as we were driving on the back roads one day. We came across this plain stone, amish farmhouse, and since it was so pristine,  and the colors of the flowers were so striking, I had to take the photo. So, the other day,  I tried what I did with the last one I painted. I took out a pastel pencil and didn’t measure or anything. I just kept sketching it freehand and let it happen.

Of course, as always, I come to a point  where I think it’s not going to work and then suddenly, it all comes together.  I still have much to do on this, but I am figuring out as I go how to do that tree, or that patch of grass, or that small window! It’s fun! I can’t wait to see the end result! I will share it when it’s completed and then probably sell the original on Etsy. I had sold the last Amish Garden painting I did, and the person that bought it mentioned to me how happy she was with it… and that makes “ME” happy. This is the painting,  and here is the picture I took it from:

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The beginning stages and the photo at the top…we won’t paint the speed sign!

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Getting there and I think I like it!

I also thought it would be nice to share some photos of my studio/room where I paint. I know I am always interested in what other artist’s studios look like,  and so I decided that this may be a great idea. Someday I may start doing some videos of my paintings, etc…someday. Anyway… here goes…this is my sanctuary…

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This used to be my sons bedroom until he moved to Tennessee, so there is a bed in here too. This is one side of the room. My bookcase  there is full of supplies and many books on pastels and watercolors…and the Amish..of course!

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My desk..ahem…of course I neatened it before I took the picture! Theres more pastels under those pastels you see there. I also like to have quiet music playing when I paint,  so I have a small cd player in here as well.

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Here is the other side of the room. Yes, you can never have enough shelf space…more books and more supplies!

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And there’s the bed..that comfy place when you need to take that break after all that hard work! I forgot to remove my glasses!

So there you have it. It is a comfy, room upstairs and kind of separated from the rest of the rooms in the house, so it is peaceful and nice. I think I will keep it! I hope you enjoyed seeing where this all happens! I will be back to show you the final Amish Garden painting and show you some other items I have sketched out recently to paint. I can’t wait to start them!

Also, since the Country Sampler came out last week with my painting “Katie and the Bunny” in the Simply Sampler section, it has been pretty busy! I am so happy I am able to reach out to more people, and that they are able to enjoy these paintings and know of what I do. Anyway…until next time. :))

Amish Country News October Issue

Hello!  I just wanted to let you know,  The Amish Experience is using my “Amish Woman With A Pie” painting for their October Issue of Amish Country News! Amish News is a monthly visitors guide for Amish Country, Lancaster, Pa and surrounding areas. I am so thankful and grateful to them.  There is an article on myself and my work (page 15) and several paintings throughout. I can’t thank them enough! Here is the link to the issue: