Hello! Yes, I am still trying to complete this watercolor and I can’t wait to get it done. It’s at the point now where I kind of know what I want to do, but I don’t want to overdo or underdo…if that makes sense. So I paint what I can and look up reference material over and over until something hits me. Do I paint a full background or do I just suggest and mute the background. Do I just leave it simple and focus on the subject…like this girl’s pretty, little face? So this is why it takes so much time, besides getting things printed for Etsy, printing things for the shop in Strasburg, Pa (which is going great by the way!),managing the house…etc…etc.. But, I am almost done…I have to be! I need to start another! Hope you like what you see so far and if you want to leave a note…do you think this should have a background, light background, no background? Let me know what you think. Thanks and I will post the finished piece soon.
Hello all. I have been in a slump lately, and not getting much done in the art department. It comes and goes like this with me sometimes. There are times I am so creative, I can complete more than 5 items on my drawing board. And then there are times when I fill my day with chores and fixing the house, etc., it seems I am purposely avoiding the drawing board, because the chores are easy and I know the artwork takes more concentration, and therefore…more difficult. I also have to be in a very creative frame of mind with music playing and …I guess…a sort of flow going.
Anyway, I have watched some amish videos which somehow got the flow going again, thank goodness! (There are some good ones on amishclothesline.com) When I do this, it’s almost as if my body knows it has been starving for this creativity and peacefulness…with all the noise and anger going on in the world right now. Then, all of a sudden, peaceful images start revealing themselves to me again. The love comes back and it’s so strong, I have to get it down on paper somehow.
This is one I am starting because I love going to Lancaster, Pa when the peach harvest is going on. I had wanted to paint a little amish girl harvesting peaches for the longest time. I could picture the pale color of the bushel basket with the bright colors of the peaches, with the green of the grasses and her colorful skirt… then add butterflies and a cat or dog…that’s what I am trying to capture with this painting. I had originally wanted it to be a pastel painting, but I may do one of those with peaches too, soon. This will be a watercolor. Like I’ve said before, I never really know how it will turn out in the end, but it usually is good. Let’s hope for the best! 😉
I just recently tried to pair up my Amish art with inspirational quotes and create something that people could not only admire, but also use everyday.
I created a set of 4 bookmarks made from 4 of my most popular Amish pastel paintings. The paintings, paired along with the most lovely quotes, make a lovely keepsake for yourself, for part of amish themed gift basket, or given as a small gift of appreciation or thanks to someone. The lamination helps to keep the bookmark from fading and other damage so that their beauty will last. The background is a textured and aged wood grain effect to add to the artwork and quote. These pretty bookmarks measure about 2.75 x 8.5. I hope you like them!
(While you’re here, please check out the new beginnings of an Amish watercolor that is in the works in the post after this one. It will be an Amish girl in the peach orchard.)
I hope to create more products in the future with my artwork, I just wish I had so much more time! I’ll see what I can do! :)))
Until next time…
Here is a photograph I took the last time we visited Lancaster,PA. It is of a very popular sight in Pennsylvania, as you can see it in many books and postcards sold in the area. So, believe me , I was so happy we stumbled on it this trip so I could take my own photo and see it with my own eyes. It is so very interesting because it seems it’s just house after house, but they are all connected. I would love to meet the family that lives in this house. I bet there is probably more than 20 people living there!
Anyway, I thought it would be a fun share. And of course…it is sold on my Etsy shop if you are interested in a print.
I decided I would at least put up something I am working on presently,and this is it. This is literally on the drawing board as we speak. It is a pastel painting I was creating for that Amish Chicken Pie company in Lancaster (that I made several paintings for last year for their publication in October). They didn’t use me this year unfortunately, but they said they would probably use my paintings again in the future. Needless to say I was a little bummed out and didn’t even want to finish these paintings. I had such high hopes for them, but that won’t stop me from finishing the pieces
. Maybe I could get another publication that could use them, who knows.
But anyway, I had started this one and she will be completed and given a name, but for now she’s an “Amish Woman With A Pie”. Hope you check back to see the finished piece!
To know me is to know I love anything to do with the Amish. For more than 10 years my family has traveled to Lancaster, Pa and stayed for 6 days at a time… never wanting to leave. It is peaceful and serene. The countryside…breathtaking. I always thought I wanted to move to the country when I got older. But country in RI is to be in the middle of nowhere and placed in the middle of hills and tall pine trees. You cannot see the horizon as you can in PA. There are a couple of main roads with traffic and lights, but you can take a side road, and suddenly you are in the middle of paradise.
Every time we go there, we take a side road and travel up a distance until we are in the middle of never-ending farms. We shut off the car, and you hear nothing! Look up ! There are no wires over your head. It’s so quiet, you can hear the rustling of the grass and towering cornstalks. The many meadow butterflies flit close to the ground, and in the fields,there are cows grazing at every turn. It’s beautiful.
What adds to the already peaceful and serene setting are the Amish people who ride back and forth in their black and grey buggies. They are pulled by sleek, brown horses. The sound of their trotting is like music to me, and I open a window as we pass just to listen. The Amish people are friendly, but quiet. The women wear bright dresses and heart-shaped bonnets and often go barefoot on hot summer days. The men seem to never sweat in their heavy, black pants and straw hats. You have to experience this to completely understand the feeling you have when you are there, and somehow, you will never want to leave.
The experience always makes me feel refreshed, and lets me feel I can go on for the rest of the year, until I go back again. As long as I can go back!
Well, it’s been about 6 years since we have gone last, and now even the kids miss it. We had made close friends with an Amish family there. They have a quilt shop on their property. They have a daughter of Caitlin’s age, and we have eaten at their home, and once, they even came out to dinner with us. Kathryn, the amish girl, invited us one year to her school house to meet everyone. We went (at first hesitated) and realized “we” were the one’s being stared at and whispered about. But they gave us gifts and asked questions and were so friendly. I’m so glad we went. We will never forget the experience.
The amish family was sadly one of the families that were affected by that awful Nickel Mines shooting. Their grandaughter was the 13 year old Marion Fisher, and all I could do was cry. I have tried to contact them since then with cards and such, with no response.
We are going to try to go this summer as a family again, before everyone here goes their separate ways with work and college, etc. We want to remember the feeling again. The calmness and just enjoying nature and each other’s company in a less stressed environment. To be childlike again…and also, just maybe, we will still find that Kathryn will still be there. We can only hope!