Portrait of Lincoln Completed

Well, the portrait of Lincoln is finished. I am happy with the result, but it does look like I may have to make his ear just a wee bit larger. Otherwise, I am happy with the way this turned out…considering it was from a black and white photo, painted in color. It was so interesting seeing the picture being transformed before my eyes.

Anyway I put some of the stages this went through to the end (please visit the post before this one for the very first stages of this painting). I hope you like it.

Ahhhh….what should I paint next?

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The shading in the face , the flesh color, the eyes with wrinkles and lips all done. Hair is just blocked in with eyebrows and beard. Shirt somewhat blocked in.

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More highlights in face, ear is started and highlights in hair and beard

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Cool blue jacket, huh? Looking’ a little snazzy! Not really! They say to use blue, or some kind of under color paint under black so it doesn’t lie flat on the paper. It makes it more luminous.

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Anndddd..the final result! Jacket with black paint and highlights in both hair beard and jacket. It’s complete!

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A Different Kind Of Portrait…Abraham Lincoln

Hello!  I just wanted to share a new pastel portrait I am painting that’s somewhat out of my territory….Abraham Lincoln. I have always wanted to try my hand at painting this portrait since I saw the movie with Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field among others. If you haven’t seen it, it is amazing.  It feels like Lincoln is alive again, as Daniel Day-Lewis does a tremendous job, playing the part.  Anyway, I know many others have painted him, but I did this because I had to…for me.  I guess it’s like saying  thank you for everything…for what he stood for and had done for this country, and I wanted to feel a closeness…to the history…the legend. I don’t know. I just had to.

But here are the beginning stages, and I have done more than what you see here now and it is coming out amazing.  I feel like I could touch him. I am painting from a black and white I had found of him and painting it in color. I actually had to look up what his eye color was, which they say is grey…like mine! So I can’t wait to share and  to see what you think. Now go and watch that movie!  I’ll be back in a few to share.  Thanks for following.

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The background. I wanted it to be this brown, sepia color with some highlights thrown in behind him. I will have to touch it up near the end stages.

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Now this is looking pretty scary…and cool at the same time. I am getting pretty excited at this rate, and I can’t wait for the eyes.

Amish Painting “Taking A Break” Completed

Just finished this amish-themed painting titled “Taking A Break”. This amish girl selling fruits from her farm stand is taking a break and just can’t resist trying one of her own apples. This one took me awhile, but I really like the end result, almost looking like a photograph. I’m really happy when everything seems to work and come together…finally! I am also working on two more paintings which are in their last stages…Princess Diana and Laura Ingalls (Melissa Gilbert). I will post them when they are completed. Hope you like this one…I loved painting it!

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Amish Painting “Taking a Break”

New Amish Painting and more updated…

Well, I have been busy.  I am working on THREE paintings at the same time now, because I can’t wait to see each one completed!  This is crazy!

Lady Diana is coming along nicely, she just needs her hair and small pieces completed to become a finished piece. I wanted to get her face almost completed before I went any farther, as it makes me feel comfortable in the fact that it looks like her. Now I can proceed with the rest.

The Amish girl is getting there, but I still need to do the basket of peaches and her hair. Why am I so afraid to do her hair????? I think it’s because I  really am happy with the way she is coming out now, and I’m so afraid if the hair doesn’t look right, I’ll be very disappointed. That’s just me! But like every other painting before this one, I have proceeded to the next stage and I have survived. Thank goodness!

The last painting I just started randomly as I have loved this character and television series for such a long time, I…I…just had to!  Little Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls on Little House and the prairie! She was a spitfire! There could not have been a more perfect person to play this part in a series, and I loved watching her and the show…I still do! So she is now added to my drawing board. I have completed more than what you see here now, but I will show you soon the completed pieces. I can’t wait! Stay tuned!

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Lady/Princess Diana Almost Completed

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Amish Girl Almost Completed

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Laura Ingalls/Melissa Gilbert Almost Completed

 

My Artwork is Now Being Sold in Bird-In-Hand, Pa.!

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I am so happy to tell you that my prints are now being sold in a shop in Bird-In-Hand, Pa., (my favorite place) in a store called “Calkins’ Vine and the Branches”. It’s a lovely shop that sits right next to the Bird-In-Hand bakery and across the street from the infamous Farmer’s Market on Old Philadelphia Pike. They have 2 shops, one in Lititz and the other in Bird-In-Hand.  My prints are in the store at Bird-in-Hand.

The woman who owns “Pebbles and Lace”, the store I was in before (and that has since moved to Lititz), had given this woman my name and showed her my artwork when she found out she was opening another store in Bird-in-Hand…She had also told me to contact this woman and I did…. and here we are! I am so excited! This is the place I always wanted to sell my artwork, but couldn’t find the right place for it. I am so thankful for this opportunity.

So, if you don’t like to place orders online, and you happen to be in Bird-In-Hand, you can just buy a print there. They are signed and have a mat frame on every print.

You can read about the shop here:  Calkins Vine and the Branches

The shop is also on Facebook. Thank you for your interest.

(**Also to see my newest painting in the works click “home” in the menu.)

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some of the matted prints available at the shop

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Lady Mary Crawley/Michelle Dockery Portrait from Downton Abbey

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.

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The first stages of the painting

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The finished portrait with digital frame

New Amish Pastel Painting Completed, Eva and the Piglet

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!

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New pastel painting, Eva and the Piglet