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:

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Amish Girl Hugging a Cow continued…

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.DSC04078 Then I added some paint for the bottom of the barn door, just a basecoat.DSC04080The 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.DSC04083I 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!

Two Amish Paintings in the Works

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!

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Two amish children and a horse

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Amish girl hugging a cow

Paul Newman, A New Pastel Painting

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!

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Paul Newman Portrait

Cow Painting Completed, Amish Girl Continued

Well , I just wanted to share with you the completed cow pastel painting on velour. I think it came out better than I expected and I really love this velour paper for painting animals, and I can’t wait to try more. The next one I might like to try is a piglet or Llama, we’ll see. I hope you like how it turned out.

I also am farther along on my amish girl daydreaming in the back of a buggy. I am really loving this one. I couldn’t decide between a pale yellow dress, or light rose color, and finally decided on the rose. I really like the way this looks so far. What I really like is the way the silhouettes of the amish parents look in the front of the buggy. It’s just enough to let you know they are present, but don’t overshadow the daydreaming, amish girl.

All in all, I’m very happy and can’t wait to complete this painting. Then I can finish Pink and on to Paul Newman! So exciting! Enjoy!

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Cow completed

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Amish Girl Continued (sorry a little blurry)

New Paintings Coming Along

Here is a few new paintings I am going to be working on. I sketched them all out and attached them to boards, so all I have to do is just pick one up and get to work . I am so excited to try each and every one too.  First, there is the cow (which I photographed in Lancaster) on velour paper, which is like painting on velvet. The soft effects of fur on this paper is superb. The technique changes though from blending with a finger to just layering color on color with no rubbing or blending, only slightly…and you can’t erase either! Kind of scary, but so far, it looks pretty good!  Then there is the amish girl daydreaming in the back of the buggy. This will probably be a watercolor painting, although I would love to try this as pastel too.

Then there are two celebrities, Pink and Paul Newman, which I want to try on pastel as well. So this is the sneak peek. I will try to post at least once to twice a week and maybe this will force me to complete these on a decent time schedule!  Please check back.  Until next time! Blessings!

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Daydreaming Amish Girl, back of buggy

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My cow sketch all drawn out on velour

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Mr. Cow getting settled in…somewhat.

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Pink, Courtesy of my daughter who loves her

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Paul Newman whom I love

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Amish Calendar Now on sale At Etsy.com

Hello!  I have finally received my limited supply of calendars and am currently selling them on my Etsy shop. This is somewhat of a test to see is there is any interest out there for a calendar such as this one. If there is an interest I will be ready to create another for next year. Please know there is a limited supply, but if there is need to have more made, I will try my best to get one to you.  It is best to order by December 15th, as I am going on vacation and will not be filling any orders after this date until January 3rd.

***PLEASE NOTE: These are selling pretty well!  Now new replacements are in…which means more can be sold on my Etsy shop!  Thank you again for your support and I hope you are enjoying your calendars!

Here is the link to my amish calendar: calendar

I am still working on art projects in between everything else and will hopefully have something to show you asap!

Thank you for your support and enjoy!

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