I finally finished this Amish themed pastel painting titled, “At Day’s End”. I must say, this took me awhile, with a lot of fixing and erasing! But I made it!
With this painting, I wanted to portray an Amish girl lost in her thoughts, at the end of a busy day. At this moment, she is enjoying the quiet and gathering wildflowers as the day turns to dusk. What could she be thinking? What will tomorrow bring, perhaps? I hope you like her.
I added the farm in the background and the quilt for added interest.
So…..I am still at this painting and I don’t know why it’s taking me so long. I think it may be that I am wanting this painting to be more realistic, especially with the background scenery. Also, getting caught up in all the negative news out there and can’t seem to settle down and just concentrate. I am almost completed with this though, and I’ve done more than you see here right now. I am shooting for a couple more days, and I should be done with this one.
I have changed many things with this painting, too….and erased a lot! But I can see now, it will all be for the best. I promise I will show you as soon as I am completed. Back to the drawing board…and maybe play some peaceful music, that may help! Back soon!
This stage is always the toughest…it always looks like it’s not ever going to look how you intended it to. Just have to keep going.
Hello! So sorry this took me awhile, but the coronavirus has really made it hard to keep me focused on my painting as we are all working at home here, and I had to change rooms for awhile. Half of my art supplies etc are now in disarray in my bedroom and it’s hard getting set up and getting used to painting in a darker room…grrrrr. Anyway, we are all making the best of it.
But alas, I managed to finish this painting and I really hope you like it. I really enjoyed painting this one and seeing it finally all come together. I love this little puppy!
Also, I couldn’t put this painting up until I had a title for it, and I went sifting for names, and Noah seemed perfect. Now it is done. I am also putting up the beginnings of a painting that is different for me to try. It is a portrait of the Easter Bunny. Just wanted to see what would happen with this. I am further along on this one than you see here, and I will put this one up soon. In the meantime, I will be putting Noah up on my Etsy Shop in the next day or so.
So, again I’m sorry this took longer than I thought. Hope you like this one. Until next time, please take care and stay safe! Cheryl
Hello again! Just wanted to share a new portrait I had wanted to try for awhile now. My daughters had gotten me to listen to this music artist who seems to be very popular now, Billie Eilish. She is very talented and I love many of her songs. She seems very down to earth when she is interviewed… so very interesting to listen to. Billie also has many different looks and hairstyles, but I really took to this photo I found of her that made her look very striking, and so I decided I would try it. Hope you like it.
Also I have started another portrait of a little amish boy, since I haven’t done many boys lately. I still haven’t decided what animal he’s holding, maybe a puppy, baby goat…we will see. But this is the beginning stages….
And lastly, I just wanted to mention I will be advertising “Eva and the Piglet” in the April/May issue of Country Sampler Magazine which should be on stands April 1st. Well that’s it for now. Back to the drawing board!
Billie Eilish Pastel Portrait
little amish boy started
Eva and the Piglet Country Sampler Magazine April/May Issue
Hello! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year!
I have finally completed the amish girl with doll tiled “Naomi’s Doll”. It took awhile unfortunately(because of Christmas and being sick) but I am really happy with the way it turned out. The look on Naomi’s face here looks both serene and somewhat mischievous at the same time. I like the way the simpleness of this piece keeps the focus on Naomi’s pretty, angelic face. Just a simple, pretty painting, I think. I hope you like her.
I hope to do many more paintings for this coming year, and I will try to finish them at a reasonable rate, I promise! Here’s to a creative new year! Blessings!
Hello. Just wanted to share my latest paintings I created for Fall. They were originally going to be used for the cover to the October Issue of Amish Country News ( a tourist guide for Lancaster Pa) for Zook’s Chicken Pies, but last minute they decided they would do a food photo for the cover instead. Although I was slightly disappointed, I completely understood. They also told me that if there was any room left inside the guide to place my artwork in, they would use it. I just now checked the Amish country News site and I’m on page 10 of the issue at the top! Check the current issue out here.
Anyway, I wanted to share these nonetheless. I actually changed the buggy picture with the chicken sign, so it could be used by anyone and not look like the ad for Zook’s Pies. Hope you like them.
Zooks Pies Cover
The Buggy Painting with signs removed and mums/pumpkin in back of buggy.
Hello! I didn’t know if you saw my last post…if not, please read it. I am now in a gift shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pa. I am so excited since this is a real tourist area and I always have loved the village of Bird-in-Hand. Please check out the post to find out more.
Right now, I am working on some new paintings and one is an Amish painting, of course. I’m really excited how it’s coming out so far. I can’t wait until its finished to see the result. In this painting, the little Amish girl is taking a break at her fruit stand and can’t resist one of her own apples. I want the basket crates of apples and peaches by her side to look as realistic and colorful as possible, like they are coming off the page….if I can do it! I will share as this gets further along. The other two will be a Princess Diana painting (that I have wanted to do since forever) and a watercolor painting of a fashionable woman buying fruits and veggies. I have wanted to do a line of these types of paintings of women doing healthy things with positive quotes about health for awhile now. We’ll see how this turns out too!
Anyway, Princess Diana has been my idol for so long, and I kept searching for the perfect pic to paint that showed her beauty, but her inner peace at the same time. I really liked this photo so I hope it comes out pretty good!
Well, I will keep you updated so check back. All good things! Until next time.
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.
Wow, this may be a record! I finished a painting in just a couple of days! I was diligent!
I hope you like how this one turned out. I left some space on the right hand side so I could possibly place a quote there at some point. I do like how she turned out.
I find for me it is always harder to paint in watercolors then it is in pastel. With watercolor, you really have to make decisions on color choices very carefully, because once it’s on paper, it’s stays there. You can’t erase or go back and change something last minute….so there’s a little tension there in the experience, but I do love the transparency of colors you can get with this medium. It was still fun.
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.