Being a fan of the drama series Downton Abbey, I just had to try a portrait of Lady Mary Crawley portrayed by Michelle Dockery. I just love the pose! Hope you like her.
Yes, a new painting in the works. It’s one that I started awhile back and is shown in it’s drawing stage several posts ago. I almost didn’t want to start this one, as I guess I was afraid I wouldn’t know how to go about painting the horse, but so far, I like the way it’s turning out!
I want the end result to be a sunset sky on a snowy day…the amish girl in a bright scarf (instead of her cap), and I want the breath of the horse to be slightly seen to show how cold the day is. I don’t really know what made me conjure up this scenario the way it turned out, the boy, girl and the horse all looking the same direction. But I do like the feeling of the whole picture. Like they all hear something or see something in the distance, and you wonder what it could be. I still don’t know what I will name this yet, but for now, I just want to complete it. I hope I will be able to show you something in a few days. Fingers crossed!
Hello! I just wanted to show you a new painting I decided to try. I usually paint pastel portraits, but recently I have been watching random artists on You Tube painting pastel landscapes at amazing speed, by just throwing color on paper…not even blending! It’s like they just keep placing color over color and it ends up turning out amazing. There is no real detail, but it’s more like a muted, colorful meadow…or colorful, grouping of trees, etc. And the freedom! The freedom of just looking at a small picture and painting what you see, not really caring about detail! I want that!
Well, I decided I would give it a try…somewhat. I found a small picture from my last trip to Pennsylvania, sat down at my easel…and without even a ruler to measure the house in the picture…I just started going at it! I just took a hard pastel and laid in all my shapes of where the trees were..the house…the birdhouse…and then started throwing color up on the paper. At one point, like with every painting…I was ready to give up. But I stuck with it. I also took the sunset sky from another picture just to give it more color.
Needless to say, when I was done, my husband thought I was a genius! He was like, “You are already done? That’s beautiful! I want to live there!”
I do love the colors, but I still need resist adding more and more detail! I just have a hard time with that! I will try more paintings and see how they turn out. But, I will be putting this up on my Etsy store soon…I may even sell the original.
Anyway, hope you like the attempt!
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
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!
My gosh, it’s been awhile since I have posted any paintings I am currently working on, as Christmas always throws me off. I don’t know how other artists do it, but I am just so busy doing Christmasy things in December, I just can’t, and don’t seem to have, the time or even the concentration to paint! I need to be in a relaxation mode, and the month of December is NOT that!
So anywayyyyyy… In the beginning of this month, I kept procrastinating just picking up the pastels and begin painting again. Then one day, I just sat down and grabbed one of the few unfinished pieces sitting in my art room, and started, just a little at a time. “Get in the flow… get in the flow…you can do this!”, I kept saying to myself.
So here are two of the paintings I am finishing up…John-Boy Walton (who I have always loved by the way…and we need more shows like this) annnndddd an Amish Boy peeking over a quilt on the clothesline. The Amish boy painting I had originally posted in November, when I just started him, and I can’t believe this is how long he has been sitting unfinished. I am now going to finish him, and try to come up with a title for this painting. My goal now is to do 12 amish paintings for a new calendar, but we will see how that goes. I would love to do more angels as well.
In the meantime, these are the beginnings of the two paintings, and I WILL keep you posted! Enjoy!
Hello! Yes, it’s me again. Finally back from the Christmas rush and craziness. A much needed break gave me some new ideas for the New Year. Can’t wait to try some new pieces (and finish some half-done ones) that are on my list to try.
But I did want to share this portrait which was one of two I was commissioned to do for a Christmas gift. This is Everly, and her expression gives her awesome personality away! I couldn’t wait to try her, even though as every new painting is, looked a little challenging. At the end of it all, I was pleased with the result, as were they, which makes me VERY happy!
I attached the photo here along with my finished painting. I don’t know what it is, but every time I look at her happy expression I can’t help but smile myself. Such a cutie!