Hello! I have been busy painting some rooms in my house that have been in bad need of a makeover for some time now. Unfortunately, I have not been able to finish some paintings and drawings I have sitting on my desk. Since things are winding down now, I think I can get back to the drawing board for a bit before getting back to doing a little more on the house. In the meantime, I have been going through some pretty awesome photos that I have in my collection and posting these on Etsy. They consist of the Amish (of course), nature, animals.etc. If you get a chance, please shoot over to my Etsy shop and check them out. I try posting everyday so there is something to new to look at.
Hi all! I am so sorry for not keeping up on this blog lately. I am now getting ready for my daughter’s graduation from college and I have been busily painting rooms and fixing things around the house like crazy. It actually feels good to see change,I must say. And who can beat the look and smell of fresh paint!
Anyway, I just thought I would share with you this painting which has been sitting unfinished like this awhile now. It’s another Amish Girl and she is supposed to be watching a baby chick on her lap. I really love the face on this little girl and I can’t wait to finish her, but she has to wait just a little bit. Every time I go into my room she is staring at me and I want so badly to just sit there and get down to business. I will…I will !
I will post again when I am finished with her.
Here is also another painting I finished. I have been doing random watercolors just to keep up with my artwork and to put something new in my Etsy shop. These watercolor paintings are less time consuming than the pastels, so I try to fit a few in before I start my fixing and painting of the house. This one is in watercolors and it’s a little girl looking out over the mountains under a beautiful rainbow. Inspired by the very thing I love to do, observe nature! I hope you like them. Be back soon!
Here is a pastel painting that is not like anything in my portfolio. I need more summer and nature pictures for the portfolio and this is what I have down so far. I am pretty happy with the results so far…I just need to add a couple of birds to the post with wildflowers to the background and foreground and I should be all set. I can’t wait to see it completed.
I have included the reference photo I took in my backyard. I just made the colors more vibrant in the quilt for intensity. I will post the completed picture as soon as I am done.
Again, my love for angels made me try another one, and of course, I am running out of titles as I love to place them in the garden many times. I could actually have “Angel In The Garden” several times now,but until I can find another name for this, here is another angel in the garden :). I am also not sure if I am finished with this yet, but I think I may be. Just wanted to get this out there. Hope you like it.
Here is the finished piece of Amish Girl In The Garden. I hope you like it.
I don’t know if it was because I received many reviews on this piece in it’s beginning stages, that I was afraid I would disappoint in it’s finishing stages. I just wanted to keep touching it here and there, until I finally said to myself that I just had to get it out there and leave it alone and go on to the next one!
But anyway…I hope you like it. I blurred the edges on this one a little bit to give it more of a soft appearance.
Hello everyone. The weather here is yucky and so I am blogging and then going upstairs and painting with my pastels! Because it makes me happy! Here is a picture in the works right now. This started to be an angel, but decided to try an amish girl instead. I love the amish culture and the peacefulness and quiet of the country there. The amish girls in their colorful dresses just add to the beautiful landscape.
I can’t wait to see how this looks finished. She will be framed in flowers as if she is in a garden, and a butterfly will be flying toward her. I will update with the finished picture! Hope it is a great pic! We’ll see!
The inspiration for this picture (which I did awhile ago) came from a model in a magazine. I loved her pose and it made me feel like she hadn’t a care in the world. I just gave her a bright dress, surrounded her in nature and used a quote that says it all. Just enjoy each day the best that you can. Oh yes, and stop and smell the flowers too! Hope you like this one. 🙂
Here is a picture I took in my garden of a butterfly landing on a lavender bloom. It took me so many shots just to get the right one as it kept going from bloom to bloom. Doesn’t it know to just stay still when I want to get it’s picture! It turned out rather well, and so I am selling them on note cards on my Etsy Store. They are also scented which makes the card even more interesting. Hope you like the pic and check out the listing on my Etsy site at: www.etsy.com/shop/CherylMcNulty
I also took a very cool “bee” shot. This is so much fun! Enjoy! 🙂
Okay now, I can’t stand it any longer. I need the sun! It has almost been two weeks now and they are predicting even more clouds and showers for about 4 or 5 more days now. Come on! I just need a peek, a little ray, I don’t care. Something bright and warm for even a couple of minutes would be good. I’m ready to get my little desk lamp and hold it over my head and pretend it’s the sun. Although I could burn myself…not good. Oh well…
Every day I get up, I want to roll over and go back to sleep. Clouds again! I mope around the house and get my coffee, draag myself to the toaster, get my toast and look out the window at the dreary sight. The birds still sing though…I don’t know why.
There are mushrooms growing in my grass! The new flowers I put in the garden are getting limp and look like they want to go to sleep. I can’t even cross the grass without getting my pants all wet. My deck paint is bubbling…blah…blah..blah. And I just feel so sleepy all the time.
Without the sun, I don’t want to go to the park, go for a walk or even go to the store for that matter. I feel like I have so much energy when the sun is out. You feel like you want to do things. The air smell good. not moldy ! Everything seems busy. The bees and butterflies are flying about and the squirrels and chipmunks are playing “catch me”. People are out walking and talking with neighbors. Kids are playing basketball and baseball. And the grill!!!! Can’t forget the grill! I could really go for a hamburg or hot dog on the grill!
Anyhow, as you can see, I’m a little upset right now with the weather. I guess I should make the best of it, like maybe clean the garage, wash windows and all that other FUN stuff :(.
Come on, sun….please, please come on out. I promise I won’t say how hot I am, or how I’m so warm I wish it would rain, or any of that cruel stuff I used to say. I promise. Here’s a video and a picture to get you to come out again, okay… Here goes…
There’s a small family of birds that live at least part of the year in the gutter near my bathroom window. On sunny days in the winter, most of the Spring and into the summer, you may hear this incessant chirping going on. You may think this would be pleasant to hear, but when I heard it, it was downright annoying. And all I could think was how they may be ruining the wood to my house and making a mess in my gutters! From that point on, I would try to deter these monsters by rapping a broom handle out my window and right where they would congregate. It would scare them for awhile and provide a little relief. I was even thinking of having them professionally removed…imagine that!
Eventually though, they would come back. They always came back.
Well, needless to say, the winter in New England this year has been a nasty one. And I must say I have never wanted Spring more badly than this year. I would be happy to just sit in a green house and not move. Just breathe in the sweet air!!! Ahhhhh! There were mounds of snow everywhere and parking was horrendous. Snow blew off cars on highways and blew onto other cars. almost causing very bad accidents. Ahem! I absolutely hated it. I was done.
Well, I was getting depressed just thinking how long it would take for Spring to even get here one day as I was getting ready to go out, when there was this one particular day, it just happened to be about 40 degrees and sunny. No wind. I opened my bathroom window and breathed the sweet air and then I heard it! Those birds!!! Those nasty, awful…….I mean wonderful, beautiful birds!!!! Yes, the family of birds were chirping…and I didn’t even mind! As a matter of fact…I loved it. It sounded just like Spring, and I needed to hear that so badly. It was like music. I would never even think of chasing them away, not a chance. I was even thinking of placing a “Vacancy” sign up just for more birds. You know, I even protected them when a nasty robin or Blue Jay came by to intrude on my “friends” making them very angry and upset. I rapped my broomstick at them and they flew away.
So yes, I am keeping my “Feather Friends”, at least for now. I seem to have taken a fancy to them. Maybe I should go out to the store and buy some birdseed, maybe even a birdhouse or two…..hmmmmm.