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, she’s finally completed! I’m calling this one “Eva and the Piglet”.
She’s just finished her chores and is enjoying a peaceful moment with the new addition to the family, this little piglet. The serene look on Eva’s face says it all.
I am happy with the way this has come out. Originally, I had wanted to put more in the background like a muted farmhouse, or fence, but realized I didn’t want to take away focus from the two of them at all. So I just left the colors to look like the trees in the background, thereby just focusing on the special bond taking place between the two.
I may just want to add a beautiful quote if I can find one that fits perfectly. If you have any suggestions, I may use it! Thank you for your interest and support.
Annnnnd…..on to the next one!
Here is the progression so far on my newest Amish painting. I think she is coming out so sweet and I am so surprised how well the background looks so far. Still taking my time…step by step. The next one I show you will be the finished piece and hopefully I have a name for it then as well. Come back in a few! Thanks so much for your interest in my work!
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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. :))
Yes, a new painting in the works. It’s one that I started awhile back and is shown in it’s drawing stage several posts ago. I almost didn’t want to start this one, as I guess I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to go about painting the horse, but so far, I like the way it’s turning out!
I want the end result to be a sunset sky on a snowy day…the amish girl in a bright scarf (instead of her cap), and I want the breath of the horse to be slightly seen to show how cold the day is. I don’t really know what made me conjure up this scenario the way it turned out, the boy, girl and the horse all looking the same direction. But I do like the feeling of the whole picture. Like they all hear something or see something in the distance, and you wonder what it could be. I still don’t know what I will name this yet, but for now, I just want to complete it. I hope I will be able to show you something in a few days. Fingers crossed!
Hello all, I just wanted to let you know I have just put up my first original painting on Etsy…which is the Amish Garden. I must say, it was a difficult decision to make as I have never sold an original except for portraits that were commissioned, so this is rather strange. But I realize I can’t keep every painting I do and just sell prints all the time. I need to let go! I realize I need to share more of what I do.
I know how special an original is, as it feel like the artist is right there. That artist touched that paper…the strokes are there and just knowing that the artist had this in their hands, and in their studio, for however long it took them to do this painting is really kind of special. Also, I know a “picture” of a painting is not near as clear and as bright as the real thing. It’s just different.
Anyway, this is now up on Etsy for however long and I will be putting more of my originals more and more. Thanks for following me and your interest in my work! Cheryl