I finally finished this piece! I have been working so hard at this and I am so happy with the way it turned out. I never thought I could actually paint a horse and make him look realistic, but I think I accomplished that here.
When I first drew this out, I was imagining two amish children bringing their horse into the barn in the early hours of the brisk, morning. They are about to go inside, when something startles them, and as they turn to look around, it happens! The snow starts falling! The First Snow at Dawn.
I really hope you enjoy this one. It’s like the painting is telling it’s own story.
Well, I have been hard at work finishing this painting and it has been through many changes so far. Guaranteed there will be more.
In the first painting you see I added the background in the barn and colored the cow in..which took forever. I really liked the way he came out, too! Then I added a window in the back so that you get the feeling of depth, a feeling that it’s more than blank, dark space. Just adding a little interest. Then I added some paint for the bottom of the barn door, just a basecoat.The window has some color here, also (sorry it looks a little tilted here, as I took this at a weird angle). I had finished the barn door after this and it was plain grey with white. It just looked too dull, and so I thought maybe I could add color like red paint, but make it look like its faded and worn. Then, here I did something drastic. I decided I did not like the red color on this cow. I wanted more of a brown jersey cow, a softer color. I ERASED the whole cow…except the nose and eyes, and made him brown. I haven’t completely finished him, but I like the color better. It will look better with the dress color I add to the girl as well.I have even gone farther than what you see here. I have added more to the background to add further interest and I have erased the bottom of the girls face and she is being fixed…I will show you asap…so please come back. I can’t wait to share more!
So I am trying to get as far as I can on my paintings, but I have had to do some of the painting at night in small increments(?) just to complete a step here and a step there. Slowly advancing….
My son, Patrick, is coming home in a week from Tennessee, and you see, my art room is his old bedroom. So I have been busy trying to tidy and clean up what I can before he gets home so he won’t be sleeping in my pastels!!! I just want to sit and paint and all I can think of is “Clean!” Anyway, I just had to show you something, so this is how far I have gotten on Pink and the little amish girl in the buggy.
The little amish girl is taking a little longer only because I feel like I need to add something else in the picture for interest, like a flower in her hand or something…I really don’t know what it should be, if I even need anything. So I put the painting in front of me, and hesitate…that’s why her hands are not completed yet. I want to complete her hair and cap and shading while I wait for something, if anything should come to me. But that’s where I am with this one.
As for Pink, she is coming along nicely, but I was hesitating on what the background color should be that would show of her eyes and that awesome white hair! So I finally came up with blue and darkened it around her face so I can make everything “pop” and look brighter. I can’t wait to do her hair. Anyway, I am hoping I can finish these by Friday as that’s when Patrick comes home. We are all getting together because my youngest daughter is graduating from college, University of RI for Nutrition and Dietetics, although she has still 2 years for her masters. Yay! So, I will touch base as soon as I can. Until then…blessings!
Amish girl daydreaming. Her cap strings are painted and blowing to the side. The bottom of the buggy is painted as well.
Pink…she is getting there. The jacket is blacked in ready for highlights and shading. Can’t wait to do the hair!
Here are two of the paintings I mentioned in the previous post, that are currently being worked on. The cow portrait is almost completed. It just needs some hairs on his ears, numbers on his ear tag and lots of finishing touches. I do like the way he came out though. I figured out though that when you get near the end of painting on velour, there may not be a lot of tooth left in the paper to add the finishing touches you want to add…it just won’t take any more pastel. This was hard as I wanted to add many random, little white hairs coming from his chin and ears and top of his head, which I did where I could. I have heard you can spray fixative on an overworked painting and continue painting, but I did not want to chance this as I have never tried this. In any event, I will post the finished painting soon.
Now, the painting I am really happy about is the daydreaming amish girl in the back of the buggy. I wasn’t too sure how this would turn out, and I was going to originally do this one as a watercolor, but I really like the soft realistic effects with the pastels. I am so happy I tried this….I really like how it’s going so far. Here you see the 3 stages…the face…the glass in the front of the buggy and the side of the buggy completed…and I can’t wait to do more! So excited. So please check back, I do have Pink’s face completed too, but it was just too much to put in one post. Soon! Enjoy!
The beginnings of the face
The background is the front of the buggy, looking through the front glass. See the figures of the backs of the mom and dad in the front?
The buggy side and front window piece…you can see it all coming together, can’t you?:)
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!
I think I am finally finished with this collage (somewhat) pastel painting of Lancaster County, PA. I probably could add a couple of things here and there, but I just had to post this asap. This partially completed painting has been sitting near my desk forever and it needed to be completed so I could go on to something new! So here it is!
I really love the colors and the cow looking you in the eye is perfect, as this is cow country! I wanted to put maybe a hot-air balloon somewhere near the sunset, but I didn’t want to over-crowd the painting. I like the way it turned out and I may want to try another…but not too soon! Hah! Enjoy!
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.