Anne Of Green Gables-Megan Follows Another Pastel Portrait

I just started another pastel portrait and can’t wait to complete it.  I have always loved Megan Follows as Anne of Green Gables. No matter who plays Anne Shirley in the future of remakes of this wonderful movie, Megan Follows will forever be the only true “Anne”….for me.  Absolutely wonderful!

She is just one of many on my list of favorites to paint.  I will post the painting when it’s completed.

Anne Of Green Gables Pastel Portrait

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The Reference for the painting

Pebbles and Lace

Hello!  I am just so happy to announce that some of my prints are being sold in a new shop that opened in Strasburg, Pa. Just last week. Becky, the owner of Pebbles and Lace, found me through Etsy and asked me if I would like to sell prints in her shop.  Well, I just jumped at the chance and I can’t thank them enough! I can’t wait to go visit and check out all the beautiful things in her shop! It’s also nice to actually have my prints sold in an area I love so much and feel so much a part of, but unfortunately, live so far away from.

Someday….someday…

So if you are ever in the area in Pa., go check out Pebbles and Lace Gifts.  It’s on 11 East Main Street in Strasburg, Pa.!  Enjoy!

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So Sorry It’s Been So Long

Hi all! I am so sorry that I have not kept up with writing at least a little something sooner…just a lot going on lately.  My husband had a heart attack about a week back and it just has been so crazy around here.  Thankfully, my daughter who goes to college about 45 minutes away, had decided to come home early that day. If she had not been there for him when this happened (I had gone out food shopping) he probably would not be here right now.  And, if he had not gone into the hospital when he did, they would never had known about another blockage (about 70%) that would have been fatal.

He had two blockages, one on the right side (100%) which gave him the attack, and the one on the left. They took care of both and has 2 stents in both arteries now.  He only has 5% damage to his heart, which they say can be corrected with diet and exercise. He can be off the meds if he does this for a year. I am very thankful and keep telling him and everyone else that he has been given a second chance, and we will go forward and treat it as such. Very, very lucky and I truly believe prayers were answered here.

But anyway, I am trying my best to get back on track, and I am almost finished with my Wix website that I want to put up NOW, but it just needs a few finishing touches, a few more art downloads and then it can go public.  I will definitely share the news here first when it goes up.  Hopefully by the end of this week! I am also trying to finish some more art pieces that I can share with you that are being worked on.  I will try to do this in the next few days. But for now, I will say thank you for your patience and I will try to get something new up here asap.  Here’s my thank you to you!  Take care! Cheryl

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Thank You!

New Painting Farm Fresh Peaches

Hello, it’s me again.

I’ve been trying to keep up with painting and trying out different themes, and lately it has been centered around fruits and veggies. Food Art and Kitchen Decor always seems to do pretty well on Etsy, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. It has been interesting to try and see how realistic I can try to get these paintings to look, and I hope I get even better at it. I have so many more I want to try! And then maybe… I should try and see if some local farm stands will take some of these…..hmmmm.

Anyway, this is the first of many more farm signs for fruit and veggies, and this one is for Peaches.  Hope you like it!

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Farm Fresh Peaches Farm Sign kitchen Art

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Farm Fresh Peaches Farm Sign kitchen Art

Pastel Portrait of Kenzie

This is a new portrait I just completed of my niece’s daughter, Kenzie.  The reference photo used was when she was much younger, so I had to add little changes like more hair and wisps of hair behind her neck. Believe it or not, this portrait took me awhile because of the bow on her head!  That was the most difficult part.

Anyway, it was all good.  I dropped it off to the happy parents and wouldn’t you know, as small as Kenzie is, she kept staring at the reference photo and the pastel portrait that they had placed on a shelf, and her eyes kept darting back and forth like she knew it was her. She was smiling too, and that makes it all worth it!  Another one done! Next!!!

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Portrait with reference photo

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The completed portrait

Preparing for Christmas On Etsy

Preparing for Christmas on Etsy. Trying my hand at the most popular trend right now…coloring pages for adults ( and/or children) Right now, I am getting a package together of 9 assorted designs. I am also loving creating sock snowmen…and may put a few on there as well. They are so cute! Renewing some older prints and trying to get some new Santas painted. We’ll see how much I can accomplish….

My coloring pages cover

My coloring pages cover

One of my coloring pages

One of my coloring pages

Love my snow couple!

Love my snow couple!

An older pic slightly softened

An older pic slightly softened

One of my sock snowmen...this is Jack!

One of my sock snowmen…this is Jack!

One of my new pictures

One of my new pictures

Katie With A Bunny Do Over

Hello.  This post is about a design that seems to be very popular with customers, and it is “Katie With A Bunny”.  This is the little amish girl with the purple dress holding her pet bunny.

I have recently started going over some of my older designs and fixing things that I notice are not as perfect as I like them to be. Since I have improved with my painting along the way, I take the older paintings and just fix little things here and there.

Although I  loved the painting, this painting always bothered me somewhat.  Katie is standing at an odd angle, looking back over her shoulder, and I never liked the way I captured that.  If you look at the newer version, I eliminated the shoulder hump and softened it.  Much better.

The purple dress had odd creases in the sleeves and I changed those. I altered the apron and added more shadows and highlights. I added more color in her cheeks and defined the nose more. Now I really like her. I think that will do!

I think she is perfect now and on to the next one!

Older Version

Newer Version (softened)

Newer Version (softened)