Kelsey Goes To Pennsylvania

Hello everyone and sorry for not writing in awhile.  We are doing some fixing up and painting in the home and it takes up a lot of my personal time that I would have for painting.  But I have kept ideas that are rolling around in  my head all the time, of things I want to paint next, so I will be starting those soon.  I will post the beginnings of these when  I get going here. I am even thinking of putting a calendar together this year, hopefully by September, of most of my paintings.  I will most likely sell these on my Etsy store and at Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg, Pa.

This leads me to my title…Kelsey goes to Pennsylvania.  Kelsey and her friend have wanted to go to Pa. since we have been going as a family for so long, but wasn’t able to  these past two years because of her schedule. She decided she was going in July and didn’t want to wait until my husband and I go in August. She had the greatest time and purposely stopped in to Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg, to not only check out the shop she has heard so much of at home, but to meet the owner and say hello! And that’s just what she did! She went up and waited for the owner, Becky, to be finished with a customer, and then she introduced herself. Becky was so glad to see her (I had told her that Kelsey may stop in on her trip) and she hugged her and brought her over to my art prints, etc.  They had  great conversation and Kelsey bought a wallet,  but Becky said she just had to take a picture of her holding one of my pillows in front of my cards and prints before she left!  And so here it is! So stop into Pebbles and Lace if you get a chance to go to Lancaster.  It’s a beautiful shop!

She had a great time, and of course who wouldn’t!  But she is coming home today and bringing gifts (YAY!) to many.  I can’t wait to see her and go over everything she did on her trip.

Well, I will write again soon and hopefully I will have some sketches to show you all.  Take care until next time!  Cheryl

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Kelsey at Pebbles and Lace, Strasburg,Pa

Pebbles and Lace

Hello!  I am just so happy to announce that some of my prints are being sold in a new shop that opened in Strasburg, Pa. Just last week. Becky, the owner of Pebbles and Lace, found me through Etsy and asked me if I would like to sell prints in her shop.  Well, I just jumped at the chance and I can’t thank them enough! I can’t wait to go visit and check out all the beautiful things in her shop! It’s also nice to actually have my prints sold in an area I love so much and feel so much a part of, but unfortunately, live so far away from.

Someday….someday…

So if you are ever in the area in Pa., go check out Pebbles and Lace Gifts.  It’s on 11 East Main Street in Strasburg, Pa.!  Enjoy!

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Amish Children… Inside Looking Out

Just stopping by and writing quickly about a new pastel project that I am so excited about. I really don’t have a name for this one yet, but I’m sure I will think of something.

When we visit and are driving the back roads of Amish country in Lancaster, Pa., I notice so many times the little children inside the Amish buggies looking out the back window. I often wonder what they think about, the sights they see all around them.  To see all the busy people rushing this way and that, and they quietly sit and take it all in.

I have wanted so many times to capture that moment, to paint a picture of them looking out the back window or something.  I even drew out a few sketches, but nothing really stirred me.  I think it was because I was trying to capture the view from my point of view…myself looking at the back of the buggy. It wasn’t until I came across this photo I had taken at a  family wedding we attended and my little  (grand?) niece and nephew were staring out a big picture window looking at the wedding party.  I had captured it and always loved the way they were all dressed up and their cute profiles were perfect. I  thought it would make for a great pastel picture one day of two children waiting for their father to come in from working outside (and I could still do that one too), but I then decided it would be perfect for my buggy picture I had always wanted to create.  The view would be from “inside” the back of the buggy with them instead…a whole different perspective!

So, I have sketched it all out and taped it down and ready to go!  I am painting this on grey pastel paper, which I never do, but I thought it would give the colors an extra glow and help with shadows from inside the buggy. I’m a little fearful to start…but here goes. I will keep you posted.

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Started the sketch on tracing paper, you can see my nephews profile to the left in the photo.

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Lightly sketched out on grey Canson paper. I may need to put a hat on the little boy, which is why you see the line above his ear…for the brim.

Another Trip To Amish Country, Lancaster Pa!

My husband, John and I went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania this past week, mostly to see what PA is like in the fall (which we never have done), but mostly to thank the ones responsible for putting my painting of a little Amish boy (Benuel) eating a chicken pie, on “Amish Country News” and to pick up some issues to bring home. It was so nice to see the issues at so many places we visited, to see an issue on someone’s table at a restaurant, and to see it at the largest Amish farm shops. (I took a couple of pics at some stores).
When we went to the place where they produced the issue, and told the ladies there behind the desk why I was there and who I was and pointed to the magazine, they acted all excited. They said it was the cutest picture they ever saw and how they get so many compliments on it ! I was so happy! I felt like a celebrity!
Anyway, it was a great trip, beautiful colors and landscape and awesome time. Needless to say, I now have “many” copies of Amish Country News at my house. One for everybody! 🙂

I found these issues in front of The Old Candle Barn

I found these issues in front of The Old Candle Barn

These were in front of The National Christmas Museum...one of many places we found them.

These were in front of The National Christmas Museum…one of many places we found them.

Love taking Buggy pictures

Love taking Buggy pictures

Near Stolzfus Meats

Near Stolzfus Meats

Amish Scooter

Amish Scooter

The wheels in the fields

The wheels in the fields

making hay

making hay

Coming down the Lane at Riehl's Farm, where there were issues of Amish Country News here across from the register.

Coming down the Lane at Riehl’s Farm, where there were issues of Amish Country News here across from the register.

Another Amish Pastel Painting, Rebekah In The Barn

Wow!  I can’t believe I have finally finished this painting.  This took me some time as I was at first busy with painting some rooms in my house, and then a graduation came and went, and the painting just sat against my desk half done.  I hate doing that, too.  Starting a painting and then not finishing it, only because it breaks up the creative flow you had when you first started.  It’s more difficult to get back into it again,and I think every time I saw the painting there waiting…I was almost afraid to start in on it again. So one day I just said to myself I wasn’t going to start another project until I finished this, and I kept at it until I felt I was finished.  It’s funny, you never really feel like it’s perfect, you just know there is nothing more you could add or take away that will make any more of a difference. At least for me…I always think it could have turned out better doing this or that. But I guess that’s all about the learning process…and then you start another one and say this will be better than the last. I do like the way this one turned out though.  I just love her face and peaceful expression, and that’s the thing that I always try to attain. I hope you like Rebekah In The Barn. It sure took some time for her to arrive! And now…onto the next one…whew…:) If you are interested, this will also be available on Etsy soon.

Rebekah In The Barn

Rebekah In The Barn

Another Trip To Lancaster Pa

Well, we just came back from a trip to Lancaster for about 6 days, and it was awesome and well needed. I intended to get some great photos so I could add to my pastel collection and do some great paintings. I tried dearly to get as many horses faces and cows, as I really want to try these the most. And do you know what we saw out in a pasture this year in the many back roads and farmlands???? Camels!!! Yes, camels…I had to look twice. I looked it up when I came home and I read that some Amish are now trying using camels milk in products. Wow!

Anyway, we had a great time and even got together with the Amish family we keep in touch with. We had dinner at Yoders in New Holland and the food was the best. It wasn’t overly crowded or over-whelming like Shady Maple down the street. We had great conversation and it is always interesting to see how alike we are in many ways as much as we are different.

Well, here are a few pictures from the trip…and I guarantee I will putting up more Amish-themed pastel paintings very soon, among others, and I may be offering prints for sale as well…so please standby, OK? Enjoy!

 

 

 

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