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.
Well, I finally finished Amish Garden 2! Here it is!
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…
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:
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…
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. :))
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:
Well, I have been hard at work finishing this painting and it has been through many changes so far. Guaranteed there will be more.
In the first painting you see I added the background in the barn and colored the cow in..which took forever. I really liked the way he came out, too! Then I added a window in the back so that you get the feeling of depth, a feeling that it’s more than blank, dark space. Just adding a little interest. Then I added some paint for the bottom of the barn door, just a basecoat.The window has some color here, also (sorry it looks a little tilted here, as I took this at a weird angle). I had finished the barn door after this and it was plain grey with white. It just looked too dull, and so I thought maybe I could add color like red paint, but make it look like its faded and worn. Then, here I did something drastic. I decided I did not like the red color on this cow. I wanted more of a brown jersey cow, a softer color. I ERASED the whole cow…except the nose and eyes, and made him brown. I haven’t completely finished him, but I like the color better. It will look better with the dress color I add to the girl as well.I have even gone farther than what you see here. I have added more to the background to add further interest and I have erased the bottom of the girls face and she is being fixed…I will show you asap…so please come back. I can’t wait to share more!
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!
Here he is. I finally finished him. I have always loved Paul Newman and every movie he ever was in. I love the way he was so in love with his second wife, JoAnne Woodward. You can just see how much he adored her, especially in photographs.
I had done his portrait in just pencil when I was in my teens and it certainly did not come out to look like this. There is something to be said for doing portraits in color and in smooth pastels. His eyes are just so amazing, they look like they look down in your soul. I feel like I could almost have a conversation with him right now!
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this portrait. I enjoyed painting it! Good night, Paul!