Amish Girl With Lamb Painting

Hello everyone.  Im so sorry (as always) that I haven’t written on my blog in such a long while.  I am in like this “artist’s block” where I can’t seem to even find time to sit and paint, and when I do, I can’t get my ideas down on paper. It is so frustrating! The other day,  I just grabbed this drawing that I had half done already…inked it and started painting it, just to get in the mood again! This is tough! At least it’s in the works now.  This little, amish girl walking with her lamb is a watercolor painting …which I haven’t done in awhile, so it’s been fun!

I should just paint something daily…anything…just to get the flow going, and the practice! I am going to be in Country Sampler again soon, and this edition comes out the end of May, so I better be prepared for that. I am also going on a much needed trip to Tennessee to see my son just before the ad comes out, so I better get myself going!

But anyway, it’s another start.Hope you like her so far.


Amish Girl with Lamb


Look Closely…

Early in the summer, my daughters and I went to the park not far from us that is right on the water.  We love to go there when the air is still and it’s not too hot.  Then it is perfect.  If you go during the week, it’s even a bigger plus because you don’t get all the noise from kids and loud motorcycles and such. Just perfect quiet.  The boats glide out over the water and the only noise you hear is the water hitting the rocks on the wall.

What I really think is neat when I go there, are the strange trees that are just grouped together in the picnic area.  They are not too tall, very light in leaves, and their trunks are “wavy”.  I think they are beautiful, but I’ve never seen trees like this.  I keep telling myself that it was probably the wind that made their trunks grow like that, when they were growing. I don’t really know.  Anyway, they make for some very interesting pictures…as you see here.

The Very Interesting Trees

Now this day that I brought my camera, I did the usual shots of the kids, the water and then the trees.  Although the trees were beautiful, there was something else in those pictures that was just as beautiful, that I captured almost by mistake.  Look closely….. Do you see it???

The Other Beautiful Picture

Yes, that picture was perfect.  I could not have taken a better picture.  I hope my husband and I are just like this couple here in the years to come.  So cute!

So, next time you take a picture, look closely…you might just find another treasure there.  I did!  🙂

The Dream

I wrote this just recently as I started a new job and seemed I would never get back to my drawing again.  I get depressed and sullen when I can’t get back to the drawing board and express my emotions in art.  It’s just a part of me.

The other day, I just started thinking how long I have been at this and trying to become published on cards or flags…anything. To have a company decide to say “yes, we’ll try this”, instead of all the rejections.  More than 25 years I have been doing this.  And so , I decided to write this poem about someone who had to finally give up the dream, and say goodbye.  When you are an artist at heart, you can never truly say goodbye to the dream, but this is what it felt like to me. And yes, I cried.  And I can’t say I will truly ever give up.  Here is the poem:

The Dream

*I’ve come to say goodbye.

Although I will think of you often,  I have to grow up now and think of other things.

It was nice to think about you, though,

giving me the hope that I had something more to offer in my lifetime, so I wouldn’t feel so dead inside.

I guess it was just all a fallacy,

thinking I could somehow be another Mary Engelbreit,

living a life full of creativity and art and making a difference in the world.

You will forever be on my mind, but I will try hard to forget you.

It is just too painful.

I will now be too busy and  have other things to worry about,

like schedules, appointments and the daily rush.

So see, it won’t be so hard to forget you.

But you will always be a part of me and I know the memory of you will come out in random times of quietness and solitude.

I will think about how you made me feel alive, young, energetic and full of hope,

possibly changing the way the world thinks-

but I guess it wasn’t meant to be, you and I.

I’m so sorry.

Maybe I never really gave you the full attention and dedication,

even the time to our relationship, so you could grow the way you should have.

But life happens and things get put on hold and we fall back,

and I’m just too tired now to start over again and deal with the rejections

and trying to find someone to bring this all together.

So goodbye dream.  Goodbye for now.

I’m grateful you came into my life when you did.

Maybe someday, after I’m gone, they will find pieces of you and me and our lives together

and what could’ve been, and somehow put us back together.

And maybe then they will see our relationship wasn’t “all for nothing”.

Then maybe, just maybe, something we created together will be revealed… and possibly…

… stir up a memory

…reinforce a thought

…change an attitude

…make a difference.

I just wont be here to see it… and that’s okay.

And so, Dream, you won’t just shrivel up and die,

you will live on…

like you were intended to do all along. 🙂


The Time To Be Happy Is Now

Yet another picture done with a girl on a hillside.  I must really like that feeling of being alone and looking out over the horizon…can’t you tell.  These pictures were all done before I started doing the more realistic pictures with faces up close and all the detail.  I like drawing both ways and I feel I can be more free with expression this way for some reason.  There is more movement in the picture.  Flowing scarves, summer dresses and wisps of hair that blow in the wind.  I also like this quote.  Enjoy.  🙂

The Time To Be Happy Is Now

An Unfinished Picture

I came across this picture in my old pieces of artwork from when I was a teen (which was the 70’s).  Back then,  my drawings were mostly of fairies and girls that stood along the coastline or on hillsides.  I don’t know why, I guess it’s just the way I was feeling. All about solitude and fantasy.

I rather like this picture and the way the figure is sitting, and I know that I was intending her to pull aside a blade of grass to view something…I don’t know what though.  I’d like to finish this picture,  and instead of the crayon I used here and old manila paper, use my bristol board and colored pencils.  I will try this and then post it when I am done.

Time here is just a little shorter as I have started a new job, but I am determined not to stop my drawing, so hang in there with me.   I also intend to try more fairy pictures as they seem like great fun!  Thanks. Enjoy!  🙂

An Unfinished Fairy Picture

Rest Your Spirit

This is another quote I love.  I illustrated this quote in a different style.  It is not so lifelike and has more of a greeting card look to it.  I like doing illustrations like these sometimes because it can be more free-flowing.  I don’t have to worry about getting the shading just right, and I can add  little bunnies and butterflies and give it an all over “cute” feeling to the design.

I would like to do this quote over again sometime, in a more realistic look, but I really like the way this turned out.  She looks so sweet with her toes turned in and her pale summer dress.  I used to love wearing dresses like these (in the summertime) when I was growing up.  Barefeet and all!

This picture makes me want summer…now!  Enjoy! 🙂

Rest Your Spirit