Well, I have been busy. I am working on THREE paintings at the same time now, because I can’t wait to see each one completed! This is crazy!
Lady Diana is coming along nicely, she just needs her hair and small pieces completed to become a finished piece. I wanted to get her face almost completed before I went any farther, as it makes me feel comfortable in the fact that it looks like her. Now I can proceed with the rest.
The Amish girl is getting there, but I still need to do the basket of peaches and her hair. Why am I so afraid to do her hair????? I think it’s because I really am happy with the way she is coming out now, and I’m so afraid if the hair doesn’t look right, I’ll be very disappointed. That’s just me! But like every other painting before this one, I have proceeded to the next stage and I have survived. Thank goodness!
The last painting I just started randomly as I have loved this character and television series for such a long time, I…I…just had to! Little Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls on Little House and the prairie! She was a spitfire! There could not have been a more perfect person to play this part in a series, and I loved watching her and the show…I still do! So she is now added to my drawing board. I have completed more than what you see here now, but I will show you soon the completed pieces. I can’t wait! Stay tuned!
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:
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
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.
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.
I am now painting a pastel portrait of my dog, Max, a Miniature Pinscher. He passed away several years ago and I haven’t had the heart to do this, but I started it to get more practice in. It’s kind of neat to see him jump of the page and look like I could actually reach out and pet him. I will post the finished picture soon.
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.
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?
Okay, here is an example of the kinds of portraits I did years ago. I’m talking late teens here. I used to love to do pastel portraits of models in magazines and go crazy with color. I never went to school for it, but I took out “How To” books on portraits from the library. I learned the basics, but also had a talent there, because I never really traced anything. It was all just looking back and forth from picture to paper and hoping it all came together. It always did. I was lucky.
If I thought the nose or something looked a little off, I would hold the picture in front of the mirror and the defects would show up. I’d fix it from there, and that’s how I did it.
Then, the best part was putting the color down. It was like I was putting make-up on a face. I would start with the palest color of peach and work my way up to shadows and then the pink cheeks, eye color, shadow, lashes and hair. I loved doing wisps of blonde hair on a dark background.
When I showed this picture to my children, they wanted me to do more of these. I don’t even know if I would want to attempt it, but I probably should. It was great fun, too, but after awhile, it all felt empty. They were just pictures of faces and I wanted to get across a feeling or get across a message. I wanted more from the pictures. That’s when the quotes and more expressive material came about.
But I am always amazed when I look back on these portraits, because I can’t even believe I had done them. I hope you like this one!