Portrait of Aster Completed

Hello again.

Well, here it is! The finished portrait of Aster!  I hope you like it.

So sorry it took so long, but I wanted to make sure Kevin Williams got the portrait safe and sound( it ended up getting there the day before Christmas) and that they opened it, viewed it and everything… before I put the portrait up here on my blog.

Anyway, they all loved the portrait and Kevin said Aster had a cute reaction when it was opened. That made me really happy, of course. He could probably tell you more of what happened, but I am just glad it got there and it is safe, and once it is under glass, it will last a lifetime! Enjoy Kevin Williams and family.  Aster was a joy to paint!

Also, I now have a listing I created on Etsy made just for  ordering portraits. In case you are interested it is here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/502936885/custom-commissioned-hand-painted-pastel?ref=s

A gift that can last a lifetime. Thank you!

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Aster reference photo

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Portrait Of Aster Completed

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A Collage of Portraits and Aster’s Portrait

Hello!  Just putting up a small collage of some of the portraits I have done over the past year or so.  I am going to be putting up a post on my Etsy Shop for purchasing  commissioned portraits, and I wanted to group a small collection for easy viewing as samples. So here they are.  More portraits may be viewed by clicking in the “post tag” section on my sideline here under the headings “Portrait” and “Pastels”. Enjoy!

And also…I almost forgot….I will be putting up the final portrait of Aster, since sending it off to Kevin Williams as a gift. He finally received it the day before Christmas. So much had gone on that week, and things got put on hold. We were waiting for things to get somewhat back to normal,  and now I think we can finally share it with you. Please watch for it in a day or so. Thank you. Cheryl

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A Portrait Collage

Natalynn and Jack

I almost forgot to post these two portraits I finished of my nephew’s children.  I’m trying to see if I can finish doing all of the children in the family, just to do it and say I did it.  Hey, it’s great practice,too!

I do love the way these two came out.  I’ll never understand it, but I always get to a point in a painting where I feel like it’s just not working. I’ll just keep at it, change things, add color, erase things, add shading…..  and then suddenly it transforms into a beautiful finished piece. I still look at pieces I’ve done from long ago and wonder how I ever did them. I didn’t have all the access to instructional videos then, or anything! It was just library books, then!

But anyway, here they are..Natalynn and Jack…two pastel portraits.

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Jack

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Natalie’s reference photo

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Jack’t reference photo

Amish Pastel Paintings, “Emma” and “At The Farm Stand”

Hello!  I just finished one of the two Amish pastel paintings that I was working on.  One of them,”Emma”, although she is  not a real person, I am sure she could be!  I just wanted this painting to exude peacefulness and calm, and I think it does just that. Her expression is that of someone just daydreaming with not a care in the world. The other painting, “At The Farm Stand”, is still being worked on.  I am finding the jars of canned fruit/veggies a challenge, but they are getting there. Actually, I am further along than this picture is showing, but I figured I’d just keep you posted.  I will post this one as soon as I am finished, which will hopefully be today! I can’t wait to see how it will turn out!  I will let you know.

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At The Farm Stand

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How My Daughter and Son Became Amish

Hello!  I just wanted to share with you what happens when I can’t find any good reference material or little child models to model for paintings I want to complete.  What I do is look through old photo albums when my kids were younger and when I find a perfect pose, I turn them into whatever I would like them to be.

For example,  I can take an old picture of my daughter when she was small, and if she is facing a certain way that I think that I can use, then suddenly she becomes a flower fairy…or an angel…or in this case, an Amish girl.

When I found these pictures, I could picture in my mind what I wanted them to be.  I just change certain items in the pictures to suit my needs and hopefully it comes out the way I want it to.  So far, Patrick is doing a fine job.  We’ll see, as he is not yet completed. He will be holding a goat in a barn, and Caitlin will be smelling flowers in a garden.

And that’s how my daughter and son became Amish…somewhat. I will share these when I am completed.  Hope you like them.ImageImage

3 Children’s Pastel Portraits

I just finished these pastel portraits for a friend as she wanted to give them as housewarming gifts.  I did these on the smooth side of the pastel paper, unlike the one done in the previous post, which was done on the textured side.  I was afraid to try this, but I think I like this side better as the eyes and face come out so much clearer.  What do you think?

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