New Amish Paintings “Anna Mary” and “Nature’s Grace”, Gilbert Blythe and more…

I just completed a new amish painting which I titled, “Anna Mary”. I believe that this painting is beautiful in it’s simplicity. I wanted the real focus to be on the little, amish girl’s face, and I think that’s what draws you in to this painting.

This painting came about from a memory we had on a past trip to Lancaster, Pa. My husband and I were driving down a back road in Amish country when this little, amish girl came running out to the road. Then peeking behind a pole, she waved to as we drove by. I just decided to paint her peeking from a barn door for more interest. I hope you like her.

The other Amish painting “Nature’s Grace” is of an amish girl resting on a rock on a creek, dipping her toes in the water enjoying the beauty of nature all around her. I just love the peaceful look on her face and the subtle glow from the subdued sunlight. I hope you like them.

Also, I completed “Gilbert Blythe/Jonathan Crombie” from Anne of Green Gables. I had already done a portrait of Anne, but people kept asking me if I would ever do Gilbert (if you are familiar with the movie, which is awesome). And so I painted Gilbert. Now Anne will never have to be alone!

Also… here is another old seaman portrait painting. I just love painting these rough, old faces with wrinkles and ruddy complexions, faces that tell a story of life on the sea. I love that!

And finally, a portrait profile of my daughter’s new dog. His name is Oliver and he is a German Shepard/Great Dane mix, which gave him this beautiful spotted coat of gray and white and hints of brown. He has a strange dark spot under his iris under one eye and so I painted that side. A beautiful dog indeed, and I painted him on velour, which gave a very soft effect.

Well that’s it for now…I have been busy…but back to the drawing board! Enjoy!

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“Nature’s Grace”
Gilbert Blythe/ Jonathan Crombie
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Oliver

“Contemplation”, A New Amish Painting and 2021

It has been way too long for me not to post, and again, I’m sorry. With the voting crisis, Christmas and it’s craziness, and all that’s going on with the news everyday, it has just made me somewhat numb. They say “the woman that works with her hands, her head and her heart is an artist.” I tend to agree. I get too caught up in with what’s going on around me, that I can’t settle down..I can’t get my creative “flow” going. All the bad news just “breaks my spirit”. And therefore, I can’t seem to paint.

I had tried to play quiet music, read inspirational books, and even to meditate, to no avail. I still could not find it in myself to just sit down and paint. I found every excuse not to do so. I even had asked my husband if it even mattered anymore…to paint. He told me, “Yes, it does matter… your paintings make people feel good”. That thought had stayed with me, and finally changed my mind. I somehow found the energy and focus to paint again. I told myself I was just going to finish this one. Just start again! This painting of the amish girl by the window had been upstairs unfinished for so long.

But here she is, and I think the title of this is perfect, especially with what’s happening today in the world. We just need to calm down, step back and take a breather. I think we need to do for ourselves, what we have to do..to renew and refresh. Start over, think differently.

Anyway, I wish you all good and better things this year, 2021. I pray it will be a much better and safer new year. Hope you enjoy “Contemplation”. Stay safe. Cheryl

Contemplation by Cheryl McNulty

Amish Painting “Finding The Calf”, and The Beginning of a New Painting

I know I haven’t posted in awhile, but I’m still trying my hardest to keep up with the painting. Having some more issues with pastels, I believe, and hoping I’m not allergic to them, as I just love that medium to work with. But for now, I have two to share. One is a little, Amish boy with a baby calf. It’s springtime at the farm, and he is enjoying the new addition to the farm. This painting is titled “Finding The Calf”.


The other Amish one is in the beginning stages of an amish girl daydreaming as she looks out her kitchen window. I have always wanted to do a painting with the reflections of light coming in from a window, so I am going to add many highlights on her edges of clothing to portray that. I can’t wait to see this one completed. I will share when I do.


Enjoy and hope to get more paintings out there soon! Stay safe!

The Beginnings of a new Amish Painting

Well, I have the beginnings of a new Amish painting I am very excited about. This one is going to be an Amish girl, possibly in her kitchen, taking a break from baking and looking out the window. This one will be tricky though as I want the focus on the girl’s face, with that daydreaming stare.

I am thinking that she will be surrounded in dark browns, with the white light coming through the window. Ahhhh, like I said, it will be kind of tricky, but I will go forth!

I had also wanted to show you the completed painting of the amish boy with the calf, but I am not really happy with the way it came out. I would look at it over and over, and I just didn’t get the feeling I have had with all the others. So please bear with me, as I may do it over, or I just might share it to see what you think. I will try some things with it in the next day or so.

But I hope you like the beginnings of this painting and I am so excited….I will tread carefully with this one! Thank you and check back. Stay safe!

The beginnings of a new Amish painting

New Amish Sketches In The Works

Hello again. I promised I would bring you sketches and here they are.  There are 4 here that I am currently working on….and I want to paint them all NOW! I am excited about painting each of them, envisioning what I want the finished pieces to look like, and actually seeing what they will become.  So exciting!

The one I am working on presently, and actually have more done than what is shown here, is the little Amish boy with the calf. The background is going to be tricky, as I want color and interest, but don’t want to take away interest from the  connection between the boy and the calf. We will see.

I also have a little girl peeking from behind..hmmm…something. A fence post outside? Around a barn door? The door to her house? So many decisions…and I just want to paint!

Another one here is an older girl in thought…in a kitchen after baking? In a field of flowers? By a buggy, maybe?

And lastly, the little amish girl with the butterfly that rests near her feet. What is the background? On a haystack…on a rock in the garden? The colors…I have to make sure the colors all go together! This is what takes the time…but it is all worth it in the end. Let’s see what happens with each of these. If you have any ideas, please give some insight. Thank you!

Anyway, I will try and share what I have done in several days with the Amish boy and the calf. Please check back. Take care!

P.s. On a sad note…several days ago I heard that N.A. Noel, an artist and beautiful painter of many subjects,  especially Amish and angels, passed away. I was so saddened by this news as she had been an inspiration for my paintings since I saw an amish painting my mother placed above the mantle in our living room years ago. Just to think  how much that  made such an impression on me back then! She was a beautiful person and exceptional artist.  Please check out her paintings when you can. Thank you.

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The amish boy and the calf…the beginning

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little amish girl peeking

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Amish girl in thought

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Little amish girl with butterfly

Amish Painting “At Day’s End” Completed!

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.

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I added the farm in the background and the quilt for added interest.

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I just love the sky!

Amish Painting Continued

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!

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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.

Amish Painting “Noah’s Puppy” Completed

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

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Noahs Puppy Amish Painting

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Beginnings Of Easter Bunny Portrait

Billie Eilish Portrait, Amish Boy Started and Country Sampler Magazine

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!

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Billie Eilish Pastel Portrait

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little amish boy started

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Eva and the Piglet Country Sampler Magazine April/May Issue

Amish Pastel Painting “Naomi’s Doll” Completed

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!

P.S. She is already available on my Etsy Shop!;)DSC06100wmgirlwdollwall