I am taking a short break…

Hello.  I was hoping to have my new winter Amish painting completed for you by now.  Unfortunately, I have been getting ready to go to Lancaster, PA and have not had a chance to finish her. I will be back from my trip on the 19th, where I hope to have not only more time, but more creative energy from all the beautiful sights I will be viewing! I will hope to have something to show you soon after the 19th.   I can even tell you about my trip and share some photos.  I will also be visiting Pebbles and Lace, the shop in Strasburg where I have some items of mine being sold. But, thanks for hanging in there and I will be back soon.

Thank you for being  so patient!  Until then… Cheryl :)))

Anna In The Orchard, An Amish Watercolor Completed

First let me say thanks to all those who gave me some awesome input for ideas for finishing this painting. It was extremely helpful.  It’s also nice to know that you are interested in my work. Thanks so much!

Well, I finally finished…I think. I just might add a couple of peaches in the branches above Anna at some point…not sure. But, I did use some muted trees for the background and the simple leaves for the foreground so it framed Anna somewhat.

The butterfly here needed to look more realistic than cartoonish or simplistic, like I’m so used to drawing, because it would have been out of place otherwise with such a realistic, little girl.  I really didn’t want to put anything else, but sky around her pretty face. The space here works well too, in case I decide to place a small quote or saying for a cute note card at some point.

Unfortunately, I had gone too far with this painting when I saw the idea for the wagon. I could have done that I think,  but maybe for the next one.  I’m sure there will be more orchard paintings….hmmm…apple orchard….pumpkins….uh-oh…more ideas!  Thanks to all and hope you like the completed picture!

Also, prints are sold on my Etsy at  www.cherylmcnultyart.etsy.com!

 

Funny Cows Photograph

This photo was taken one year when we were on our annual trip in Lancaster, Pa.  I came across these cows, and so, started taking pictures. Little did I realize not only what the first cow was doing, but the cow behind him followed suit! Ok, are these two wise guys giving me raspberries here? Are they sticking their tongues out at me…or are they just tired of the tourists taking their photos? Whatever they were doing, it turned out pretty funny.  So of course I am selling this on my Etsy store.  Who could resist? Just thought I would share.  Enjoy!

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I think they are telling me to leave them alone!

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Hah! Framed!

Hannah and Jacob, The Buggy Ride

Well, I finally finished it! But this was so worth it.  I must admit, I was happy the way it turned out. But then of course, I had to get picky and start touching and retouching, trying to capture all the right shading and highlights… until I just  had to tell myself to stop.  It doesn’t have to look perfect…that’s what makes it art.  I wanted to capture two angelic faces, full of curiosity of the world…from a different perspective. Not from the usual perspective of looking at the back of a buggy and seeing the children peer out at the world, but be in the buggy with them and feel that curiosity with them as they peer “out”. Almost like we are sitting beside them on this journey.  That’s what I wanted to achieve with this painting, and I think I did that…and so it is done.

I also think the colors seem to make it look like it should be inside a storybook of some kind. I could picture this in a book. But anyway, I thought I would finally share this one and now I can create some cards and prints and share them on Etsy, and ship some to Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg, PA!  I hope you like the painting…until the next one…hmmmm.

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Hannah And Jacob, The Buggy Ride

Amish Children…Inside Looking Out Continued

Here are two photos of the painting  I am working on of two Amish Children looking out the back of a buggy. This is taking some time as I can’t seem to find the time I need to work on it, first of all.  Second, I want this to be one of my best, so I want to get everything right.  Only thing is, that takes a lot of research.  Looking up lighting and shadow…trying to figure out what the clothes will be and what color…what will the scene be outside the back window…everything seems to be a small step…but at least it’s a step ahead.

I think I may want to try some landscapes after this and just throw color down and see what happens. Sunset skies and trees, blobs of color here and there…not really being perfect, but suggestions of trees and flowers and wistful clouds. Ahhhhh….

Yes, after this, I will certainly try a landscape.  But for now, I am still working at this and I can’t wait to even see what happens with it…so we will all be surprised!  I will try to have something up again in a few days!  Enjoy!

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The faces are somewhat all set…maybe some more color will be added for punch near the end

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More color added to the inside of the buggy and hat and girl’s cap drawn out roughly

Amish Barn On The Hill

This is a print of an original photograph taken by me. I love the simplistic beauty of this photograph. There is just something about the contrast of the clean, white barn (one of many you see in Lancaster) against the vivid, blue sky here. Just beautiful!

I must have seen this same barn so many times as we drive through Lancaster almost every year. There is something about this barn that is just perfect for a beautiful photograph…. every time.  I just saw this same barn on instagram and I knew instantly it was the same one! Anyway, I just had to share it, as I just put it on my Etsy shop.

So now, if  you go to Lancaster anytime soon, and drive the back roads…don’t be surprised as you go around a certain corner and go up a certain hill, and see this beautiful barn sitting pretty as a picture! Enjoy!

***Also, I finally put up Aster’s completed portrait if you haven’t seen it already. To see it please click on the barn picture below and it will take you there.

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Still In The Works…Trying My Best

Yes, I am still working on this painting.But it’s going slow because too many events have been getting in the way. I keep going by my drawing board and looking at her not finished, and I want to sit right down and finish, but this has to be done and that has to be done, and so it goes. But I will finish this, I will, hopefully in the next 3 days.  I hope she turns out beautifully. I’m really loving the background color on this and how it feels warm and you can almost smell that pie.  Oh well, let’s  see what I can do. I’ll be back!

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Getting there…real slowly