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!

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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

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 Continued

Here are two of the paintings I mentioned in the previous post, that are currently being worked on. The cow portrait is almost completed.  It just needs some hairs on his ears, numbers on his ear tag and lots of finishing touches.  I do like the way he came out though. I figured out though that when you get near the end of painting on velour, there may not be a lot of tooth left in the paper to add the finishing touches you want to add…it just won’t take any more pastel.  This was hard as I wanted to add many random, little white hairs coming from his chin and ears and top of his head, which I did where I could.   I have heard you can spray fixative on an overworked painting and continue painting, but I did not want to chance this as I have  never tried this.  In any event, I will post the finished painting soon.

Now, the painting I am really happy about is the daydreaming amish girl in the back of the buggy. I wasn’t too sure how this would turn out, and I was going to originally do this one as a watercolor, but I really like the soft realistic effects with the pastels. I am so  happy I tried this….I really like how it’s going so far. Here you see the 3 stages…the face…the glass in the front of the buggy and the side of the buggy completed…and I can’t wait to do more! So excited.  So please check back, I do have Pink’s face completed too, but it was just too much to put in one post.  Soon! Enjoy!

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Almost done!

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The beginnings of the face

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The background is the front of the buggy, looking through the front glass. See the figures of the backs of the mom and dad in the front?

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The buggy side and front window piece…you can see it all coming together, can’t you?:)

 

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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Lancaster Collage Painting

I think I am finally finished with this collage (somewhat) pastel painting of Lancaster County, PA. I probably could add a couple of things here and there, but I just had to post this asap.  This partially completed painting has been sitting near my desk forever and it needed to be completed so I could go on to something new! So here it is!

I really love the colors and the cow looking you in the eye is perfect, as this is cow country! I wanted to put maybe a  hot-air balloon somewhere near the sunset, but I didn’t want to over-crowd the painting. I like the way it turned out and I may want to try another…but not too soon! Hah!  Enjoy!

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Partially finished painting

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