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!

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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

 

Sarah Hugging The Cow

Hello again. I am finally… somewhat… finished with this painting.  I was afraid to put up this painting too soon, as I kept going back to it and wanting to change things. It still needs touching up …darken, lighten, brighten…whatever. I know it needs something more, but I had to put this out here as I am going on a weeks vacation to….you guessed it…Pennsylvania! So when I get back,  I will work on this some more until I feel satisfied.  I  also added a quote to give it a little something extra, something to think about.

I painted this picture because I know what it feels like when you stop and hug your dog or cat, any animal… and they feel so warm and your troubles melt away. You feel you have a connection with this animal and it just feels so good.  I could just picture an amish girl or boy finishing their chores and just relaxing, enjoying loving the animals on the farm. Maybe just seeking  a quiet place to get away and contemplate.

But anyway, here she is…Sarah Hugging the Cow. I hope you like her.

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Sarah Hugging The Cow

 

 

 

“Daydreaming”, Another Amish Pastel Painting Completed

Hello again!  Wow, this took me awhile to complete, but here she is!  The outcome surprises even me whenever a new painting is completed. I must say, I am VERY happy with this one.

This painting took me awhile only because I could not proceed to the last stages until I could decide if I wanted her to be holding flowers or some other object. I felt like it needed more in the painting than just the amish girl to add interest. I don’t know why, as I wanted the girl to actually be my center of interest from the very beginning.

When I looked at the painting as a whole, I realized there was actually more going on than I  first realized.  For example, hinting that the parents are in the front seat by their  silhouettes. The amish girl,  her cap strings blowing in the wind, letting the viewer know that the buggy is in motion. Her calm face and daydreaming eyes, making us wonder what she is thinking as she rides along in the buggy, watching the world around her. Where is she going? What is she seeing?

This was painted to recreate what I would see on our many  family trips to Pennsylvania as we drove along the country…and well-traveled roads. We would always get stuck behind a few buggies, and you could not help but notice the amish children peering out the back. They always seemed so calm and serene, just glancing around from that small rectangular opening, taking everything in. Occasionally, one or two would smile and wave at us,  and I would be ecstatic if they did, but all the while I would wonder what they were thinking. What was their life like?  This is the image,  or the “feeling” I wanted to share with you.  That’s when I realized this painting was enough on its own the way it was.

I hope you like it.  On to the next one…again!  Cheryl

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Amish Girl Daydreaming

Cow Painting Completed, Amish Girl Continued

Well , I just wanted to share with you the completed cow pastel painting on velour. I think it came out better than I expected and I really love this velour paper for painting animals, and I can’t wait to try more. The next one I might like to try is a piglet or Llama, we’ll see. I hope you like how it turned out.

I also am farther along on my amish girl daydreaming in the back of a buggy. I am really loving this one. I couldn’t decide between a pale yellow dress, or light rose color, and finally decided on the rose. I really like the way this looks so far. What I really like is the way the silhouettes of the amish parents look in the front of the buggy. It’s just enough to let you know they are present, but don’t overshadow the daydreaming, amish girl.

All in all, I’m very happy and can’t wait to complete this painting. Then I can finish Pink and on to Paul Newman! So exciting! Enjoy!

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Cow completed

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Amish Girl Continued (sorry a little blurry)

New Paintings Coming Along

Here is a few new paintings I am going to be working on. I sketched them all out and attached them to boards, so all I have to do is just pick one up and get to work . I am so excited to try each and every one too.  First, there is the cow (which I photographed in Lancaster) on velour paper, which is like painting on velvet. The soft effects of fur on this paper is superb. The technique changes though from blending with a finger to just layering color on color with no rubbing or blending, only slightly…and you can’t erase either! Kind of scary, but so far, it looks pretty good!  Then there is the amish girl daydreaming in the back of the buggy. This will probably be a watercolor painting, although I would love to try this as pastel too.

Then there are two celebrities, Pink and Paul Newman, which I want to try on pastel as well. So this is the sneak peek. I will try to post at least once to twice a week and maybe this will force me to complete these on a decent time schedule!  Please check back.  Until next time! Blessings!

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Daydreaming Amish Girl, back of buggy

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My cow sketch all drawn out on velour

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Mr. Cow getting settled in…somewhat.

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Pink, Courtesy of my daughter who loves her

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Paul Newman whom I love

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