New Amish Painting and Finished Amish Garden 2

Well, I finally finished Amish Garden 2! Here it is!

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Finished Amish Garden 2

I really enjoyed painting that garden. I added flowers myself …as you can never have enough flowers!

Also, I have many paintings sketched out in my art room/studio.This one I can’t wait to finish painting. It’s a little amish girl looking down at some little animal she’s holding. Is it a duckling? Is it a piglet or kitten? I don’t know myself yet, but I couldn’t wait to start her face, and that’s what helps me decide what color her dress will be, and everything else falls in to place as well. It’s like once the face is there, I can picture the rest of the picture, if that makes sense. So, I will show you more pictures of this as I go along, but I feel this is going to be a nice painting. Please come back to check it out soon! Until next time…

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New Amish Painting

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A New Amish Painting And My Art Studio

Hello! I just wanted to share with you a new painting in the works. It’s another amish garden painting…Amish Garden 2. This is also from a photo taken by me in Lancaster as we were driving on the back roads one day. We came across this plain stone, amish farmhouse, and since it was so pristine,  and the colors of the flowers were so striking, I had to take the photo. So, the other day,  I tried what I did with the last one I painted. I took out a pastel pencil and didn’t measure or anything. I just kept sketching it freehand and let it happen.

Of course, as always, I come to a point  where I think it’s not going to work and then suddenly, it all comes together.  I still have much to do on this, but I am figuring out as I go how to do that tree, or that patch of grass, or that small window! It’s fun! I can’t wait to see the end result! I will share it when it’s completed and then probably sell the original on Etsy. I had sold the last Amish Garden painting I did, and the person that bought it mentioned to me how happy she was with it… and that makes “ME” happy. This is the painting,  and here is the picture I took it from:

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The beginning stages and the photo at the top…we won’t paint the speed sign!

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Getting there and I think I like it!

I also thought it would be nice to share some photos of my studio/room where I paint. I know I am always interested in what other artist’s studios look like,  and so I decided that this may be a great idea. Someday I may start doing some videos of my paintings, etc…someday. Anyway… here goes…this is my sanctuary…

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This used to be my sons bedroom until he moved to Tennessee, so there is a bed in here too. This is one side of the room. My bookcase  there is full of supplies and many books on pastels and watercolors…and the Amish..of course!

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My desk..ahem…of course I neatened it before I took the picture! Theres more pastels under those pastels you see there. I also like to have quiet music playing when I paint,  so I have a small cd player in here as well.

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Here is the other side of the room. Yes, you can never have enough shelf space…more books and more supplies!

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And there’s the bed..that comfy place when you need to take that break after all that hard work! I forgot to remove my glasses!

So there you have it. It is a comfy, room upstairs and kind of separated from the rest of the rooms in the house, so it is peaceful and nice. I think I will keep it! I hope you enjoyed seeing where this all happens! I will be back to show you the final Amish Garden painting and show you some other items I have sketched out recently to paint. I can’t wait to start them!

Also, since the Country Sampler came out last week with my painting “Katie and the Bunny” in the Simply Sampler section, it has been pretty busy! I am so happy I am able to reach out to more people, and that they are able to enjoy these paintings and know of what I do. Anyway…until next time. :))

Pastel Painting “Bess In The Rose Garden”

Hello! It’s been crazy busy, and I figured I would just keep put up one of my latest paintings while I had a second.  Getting ready for Christmas and trying to get things together for my Etsy Shop! I will be selling more of my original paintings soon,  and I am also frantically making sock snowmen to get ready to sell as well. I will show them to you as soon as I can!

Anyway, I decided I would try something different and I have wanted to do a vintage/victorian painting for some time now and this is how I came up with Bess. I hope you like her. I really liked painting this one.  I want to do more now!

Well, I will be posting again asap, so please check back.  Until next time….

Bess In The Rose Garden by Cheryl McNulty

New Amish Painting: First Snow At Dawn

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.

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First Snow At Dawn

Amish Girl Hugging a Cow continued…

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.DSC04078 Then I added some paint for the bottom of the barn door, just a basecoat.DSC04080The 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.DSC04083I 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!

Pink and The Amish Girl, Update

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!

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Amish girl daydreaming. Her cap strings are painted and blowing to the side. The bottom of the buggy is painted as well.

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Pink…she is getting there. The jacket is blacked in ready for highlights and shading. Can’t wait to do the hair!

New Paintings Coming Along Continued

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!

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Almost done!

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The beginnings of the face

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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?

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The buggy side and front window piece…you can see it all coming together, can’t you?:)