Hello! First, let me say I am sorry this has taken so long. There have been several family issues (health wise) which happened to come up all at once. It’s crazy how things can be going along fine one minute, and at a moments notice, everything can change…just like that! At least I have faith to get me through … and my painting to get my mind off things and give me some form of brief escape.
But back to my painting. I’m calling this one “Aaron’s Peeking”, and even though I wish I could see more of Aaron’s face, I feel thats what gives this painting the interest it needs. I still may want to add to his straw hat, to give it a little more texture and punch, so I will work on that a little more.
I do love the fact that Aaron is peeking over an Amish quilt (of course), and I love the colorful pattern on this one. Then there is the little part of nature added in…which is Mr. Bluebird. He wants to play too! I decided to leave a blank, blue sky so I could have the option to add an inspirational quote, like I like to do. In any event, I like the way it turned out and I hope you do too.
The Amish Experience had asked me if they could use one of my paintings for their October issue of Amish Country News. Of course I said yes! They used the painting “Barbie With A Pie” for this issue.
Barbie With A Pie
Well, the October issue of Amish Country News is published! I think it turned out awesome! The half-page describing my art background and how I began painting Amish themed works is on page 27. They did an amazing job with this and I can’t thank them enough! Pebbles and Lace, the shop in Strasburg, Pa mentioned to me that a woman came in the shop and bought prints because of this issue. Very happy and extremely grateful.
P.S. My painting of the little amish girl with the pumpkin will hopefully be posted here tomorrow. I am sorry it has taken so long, as we are in the middle of painting a room here and things are not in their normal places right now…ahem…like the cord for downloading pictures form my camera to the computer!!!! I was going to do that tonight and I could not locate it. The painting came out awesome though!
I finally finished her! It took a little longer than expected only because we went away for a week while she was only half finished.I really haven’t named her and I may just call this one “Winter’s Day”. I’m not sure yet.But she is done and I hope you like how she came out. I always think I should do more as usual, and I want to keep touching and fixing, but I think this is better left alone now. I really like the snow flakes on this painting, as I think it gives the painting that extra “winter chill” effect and just finishes the whole look. I also went with greens and reds intentionally to give it a subtle holiday feel.
All in all, I am pleased and can’t wait to add her to my calendar collection and Etsy store. I am also starting another painting and will be putting that one up soon as well, so please watch for it. I will be back soon, I promise. Thanks for your patience on this one!
Well, I figured I’d show you how far I’ve gotten on this new Amish pastel painting, and even though it’s come along way…there’s still a lot to go. I figured it would be kind of cool for you all to see the painting come alive through the different stages. I am very happy with it so far and it’s just how I imagined it in my head. I still need to add board separations to the barn behind her, some pine needle boughs hanging above her head to the left with snow added to the sill of the barn window and snow flakes on her hair, coat, etc. I want this to look like a perfect winter painting, as I will use this for my December painting in the calendar I want to create next. Hope you like how it looks so far…back to the drawing board!
The face painted in, and it seems to have a life now. The barn window is positioned and the white, barn wall is started.
The face and hair further detailed. When I get the eyes the way I want them, it’s on it’s way!
She’s holding her firewood and a part of her green dress shows just above her winter coat. That green will also be used in the pine branches I will draw to the upper left, snow covered of course. I still have a lot of detail work to finish…so there’s more to go!
I just started another pastel portrait and can’t wait to complete it. I have always loved Megan Follows as Anne of Green Gables. No matter who plays Anne Shirley in the future of remakes of this wonderful movie, Megan Follows will forever be the only true “Anne”….for me. Absolutely wonderful!
She is just one of many on my list of favorites to paint. I will post the painting when it’s completed.
Well, I finally finished it! But this was so worth it. I must admit, I was happy the way it turned out. But then of course, I had to get picky and start touching and retouching, trying to capture all the right shading and highlights… until I just had to tell myself to stop. It doesn’t have to look perfect…that’s what makes it art. I wanted to capture two angelic faces, full of curiosity of the world…from a different perspective. Not from the usual perspective of looking at the back of a buggy and seeing the children peer out at the world, but be in the buggy with them and feel that curiosity with them as they peer “out”. Almost like we are sitting beside them on this journey. That’s what I wanted to achieve with this painting, and I think I did that…and so it is done.
I also think the colors seem to make it look like it should be inside a storybook of some kind. I could picture this in a book. But anyway, I thought I would finally share this one and now I can create some cards and prints and share them on Etsy, and ship some to Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg, PA! I hope you like the painting…until the next one…hmmmm.
Here are two photos of the painting I am working on of two Amish Children looking out the back of a buggy. This is taking some time as I can’t seem to find the time I need to work on it, first of all. Second, I want this to be one of my best, so I want to get everything right. Only thing is, that takes a lot of research. Looking up lighting and shadow…trying to figure out what the clothes will be and what color…what will the scene be outside the back window…everything seems to be a small step…but at least it’s a step ahead.
I think I may want to try some landscapes after this and just throw color down and see what happens. Sunset skies and trees, blobs of color here and there…not really being perfect, but suggestions of trees and flowers and wistful clouds. Ahhhhh….
Yes, after this, I will certainly try a landscape. But for now, I am still working at this and I can’t wait to even see what happens with it…so we will all be surprised! I will try to have something up again in a few days! Enjoy!
The faces are somewhat all set…maybe some more color will be added for punch near the end
More color added to the inside of the buggy and hat and girl’s cap drawn out roughly