Amish Girl at the Farmstand, A new Pastel Painting

Hello all!  I am so excited as I have been practicing my pastel and pastel portrait painting by painting my daughters portraits.  I have learned so much by doing them and watching You Tube over and over on pastel portrait painting.  I have been wanting to paint another Amish painting for so long and I have started this one, Amish Girl at the Farmstand.  The colors in her face have come out so realistic with this new method of colors I have been trying, and I love the result. Now I can’t wait to see the whole picture done!

I don’t know if you can see it, but there are faint pencil lines where I am going to be painting canning jars of fruits or vegetables in front of her and I think I may blur the background with trees and a white barn.  I can’t wait to get back to this and show you, so stay tuned and let me know what you think!  I also have another one in the works and this is an amish girl in the corn, but I’ll show you her as I get a little further along on it.  Enjoy and check back!

Also, I am now selling ACEOs (and more) on my Etsy shop, little affordable works of art (prints) you can collect like trading cards…it describes it more on my shop in my announcement if you’d like to check it out here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/cherylmcnultyart

Thanks so much and have a good day.

Amish Girl at the Farmstand

Amish Girl at the Farmstand

Amish Girl In The Garden, A Pastel In The Works

Hello everyone.  The weather here is yucky and so I am blogging and then going upstairs and painting with my pastels!  Because it makes me happy!  Here is a picture in the works right now.  This started to be an angel, but decided to try an amish girl instead.  I love the amish culture and the peacefulness and quiet of the country there.  The amish girls in their colorful dresses just add to the beautiful landscape.

I can’t wait to see how this looks finished.  She will be framed in flowers as if she is in a garden, and a butterfly will be flying toward her.  I will update with the finished picture!  Hope it is a great pic!  We’ll see!

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I Hope You Dance…Again Colored Pencil Drawing/video

I had posted this once before, but am doing so again. I had almost forgotten I had even done the picture. It was done several years ago.

Do you remember this song?  Once you hear this song, you never quite forget it.  The words stay with you.  They did for me.

I had to illustrate what the song was saying to me.

A little girl dancing down the road to her future,  not knowing all that lies before her, but dancing anyway.

I hope you like this.  🙂

I Hope You Dance

“Legends Of The Fall” Movie

This movie is unforgettable, especially if you are a Brad Pitt fan.  This is one of his better movies I think, along with “Meet Joe Black”, and the powerful “A River Runs Through It”.  There is just something very intriguing about him when he plays characters such as these.  They are all so masculine, but there is also a sensitivity and vulnerability to each one as well.  No one else could have played  these characters better than Brad Pitt, except for maybe the late James Dean, whom he reminds me of so much in these roles.

This is the  storyline:

Set in the Rocky Mountains of Montana in the early 1900s, this is a tale of love, betrayal, and brotherhood. After being discharged, Colonel Ludlow decides to raise his three sons in the wilds of Montana, where they can grow up away from the government and society he has learned to dispise. The three brothers mature and seem to have an unbreakable bond, until Susanna enters their lives. When Samuel, the youngest of the three, returns from college he brings with him his beautiful fiance, Susanna. The eldest son, Alfred, soon finds himself in love with his brother’s fiance, and things get worse when he discovers a growing passion between Susanna and Tristan. Colonel Ludlow’s favorite son, Tristan is willful and as wild as the mountains. As the brothers set out to fight a war in Europe, suspicion and jelousy threatens to tear apart their once indestructable bond.

A wonderful movie  that will stay with you, not only for the great characters and  it’s story,  but with it’s captivating scenery  as well.

Here is the trailer:  

Legends Of The Fall Movie

Amish Girl Drawing/Simple Gifts Video

I’m just posting this because I believe the two belong together.  This picture, which I drew awhile back (and I would like to do more Amish pictures) was done in colored pencil and I love the way it turned out.  She is beautiful and her innocence seems to shine through.  As I said in the previous post, we just got back from Amish country, and it is very hard to come back into the swing of things when you have simpleness and calmness all around you for a week. Enjoy this calmness for a few with the video. 🙂  Please click on the title of the video for it to work.

Amish Girl Colored Pencil Portrait

A Very Calming Photograph

Ahhhh, now this is more like it.  Yes, I love Amish country-Lancaster , PA.  I need to go back there and refresh myself.  When I go there, I can’t help but  feel creative.  There is just so much around to fill all the senses:

The buggies and the clip-clop of the horses.

The colorful amish dresses and heart-shaped prayer caps.

Amish Morning

 

The smell of baked goods is everywhere (mmmm,shoo-fly pie!)

The beautiful countryside where you can actually see the horizon.  Oh yes, no telephone wires overhead!

Winding roads and corn.  Lots of corn.

And cows-mustn’t forget cows.

Anyway, thought I would just share this picture with you.

Ahhhhh! 🙂