New Amish Painting and more

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.

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Just a sketch

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Im really liking it!

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The watercolor

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Princess Diana

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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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Amish Girl With Lamb Painting Completed

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.

And of course, on to the next one! Thanks!

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Amish Girl With Lamb Watercolor

 

 

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

 

Newest Amish Pastel Painting Progression

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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The color of her dress and the pig are getting there

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Background coming along

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The yellow accents and grass blades on the bottom adding to the piece

Thank you and check back!

A New Amish Painting And My Art Studio

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:

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The beginning stages and the photo at the top…we won’t paint the speed sign!

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Getting there and I think I like it!

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…

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This used to be my sons bedroom until he moved to Tennessee, so there is a bed in here too. This is one side of the room. My bookcase  there is full of supplies and many books on pastels and watercolors…and the Amish..of course!

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My desk..ahem…of course I neatened it before I took the picture! Theres more pastels under those pastels you see there. I also like to have quiet music playing when I paint,  so I have a small cd player in here as well.

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Here is the other side of the room. Yes, you can never have enough shelf space…more books and more supplies!

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And there’s the bed..that comfy place when you need to take that break after all that hard work! I forgot to remove my glasses!

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. :))

The Amish Garden Original Painting, Now On Etsy

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The Amish Garden in it’s mat frame. Already to go!

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