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Monday, August 4, 2014

Re-Working Again

Re-Working
Again!

Painting is learning!
Always learning.
Always learning and improving.

I had an inspiration painting I used over a year ago,
but never got anywhere near where I wanted mine to go.

Painted it.

Re-painted it.

Re-re-painted it.

Finally, I got something I am happy with.
I'm not even sure if I have a photo of every version of the painting.

This is either the second or third re-work.
I don't hate it like I did # 2 or #3.
But I didn't like it.

 
I went into my new studio above the gallery last week and 
decided now is the time to git r done.

 
I'm finished.
It's finished.

Happy,
but finished.

By the way, if you haven't checked out my new gallery
River Run Gallery and Fun Art Studio
I'm adding some links for you to check out.

If you go to my blog, I hope you'll consider subscribing to it,
so you will always know about the art, new artists, new shows and new classes.
We have lots going on and I'd hate for you to miss it all.

Thanks for all your support.
I really do appreciate it.


I know,
I'm a social butterfly.
 
 
 

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's Been A While

It's Been a While

Yes it has!

As most of you may know, I've opened 
449 Main St.,
Carrollton, KY  41004
and it has been a whirlwind for the past two months.

I have been setting up the gallery,
finding just the right artists for you to enjoy their work,
teaching classes,
and all things retail.

I haven't had much time to paint,

But, I had this one painting that bugged me because I was never really happy with it.

This is where it started.
Actually, that's not 100% true.
This is it after I re-did it the first time.
This painting and I have quite a history.

Final, final, final version.

As you can see, I enlarged the rocks as they got closer to the foreground.
I took out all the plant life on the closest rock piles.
I sped up the water and changed it's color in the foreground.
Made it more rugged, (I hope).
 
Finally, something I am happy with.

24" x 18" unframed acrylic on a panel.
I give you
Blue Lagoon.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Wisteria Welcome

Wisteria Welcome

During the painting process, I often ask myself,
Self,
What in the heck are you doing?

That is the worst painting you've ever done.

Pack up your brushes.

This is going in the trash heap.

Do you see a trend here?

This 14" x 11" is the first painting I've done for me for a good while.
And it was kicking me all over the studio for several hours.

I've been a little consumed for my new gallery which will be opening July 9.

This is painted from a photograph I took in Augusta, KY.

I made a still shot video of the progression of this painting,
and it wasn't until I put the arbor in that I was able to back myself off the ledge.

When I put the vines in, then I began to sort of smile again.

As I added the leaves and first level of purple of the wisteria, 
I finally thought, OK, I can finish this.

So you work for three or four hours on a painting
and finally the last 1/2 hour it comes together.

It's a wonder I finish anything.

Welcome Wisteria
14" x 11" unframed on stretched canvas

$150 + $20 shipping.  

Click here to see a progression of this painting.

 
  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Great Big Fat Crayons



My Big Fat Crayons

Remember those great big fat crayons in kindergarten.  We usually had about eight to use and looking back, that’s really all we needed.  If we knew how to use them, that should be all we needed.

All colors are made from three primary colors, red, blue and yellow and then adding white in some instances.  Black is the presence of all colors so I usually mix my own.  I’ve had the same tube of black paint for four years.  I almost never use it.

Artists spend their lives learning how to mix color and go to great lengths to understand how they work with and against each other.  But we’re going to keep it real simple here.

My pocket color wheel, seen below is pretty beat up because I always have it next to me while working.  It’s been splashed with every color on it.



Opposites Attract.


On this side of the color wheel, the color directly opposite any other color is its complement.  If you see red, green is directly opposite so they are complements.  What does that mean?  I could write volumes on it and we still wouldn’t know it all.  Mixing the two opposites grays the color.  It doesn’t make a gray color, it makes the color muted or toned down.  Let’s say you had grass and you needed a shadow on it from a tree or a cloud, add some red to the green you’re using, and you have a shadow color that works.  

That purple iris has a shadow across part of the petals, add its complement, yellow, and you will have a color you can use as a shadow on the purple iris and still be pleasing to the eye.  

Placing complements next to each other can draw your eye into a painting, but use it too often and your eye doesn’t know where to look.  But that’s a topic for another day.



Here is a color chart using just the colors I use in my group painting classes, yellow, red, blue brown and white.  I use the brown just to cut down a little on some of the mixing for my students.  This was made just mixing one color into another color, not a combination of two colors and mixing in a third color.  I also used white in the chart.  

The main colors are across the top and the directions are on the left.  The first box on the top row is yellow mixed with red, the box under that has white added to it.  Then I added to blue to the primary color on the the top, then some white and so on.  

The last row has the brown in it.   Then I skipped a row and the next row has a brown mixing all three primary colors.  Next I added white.  Color charts are very interesting when learning how to mix colors.  

Remember those great big fat crayons and get out there and create something. 
 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hydrangea Love

Hydrangeas are Loved

and photographed,
and painted,
and loved some more.


Shelley has her masterpiece completed and is working on her signature.

 
Check out how beautiful her hydrangea is.

Hydrangeas are full of color 
and love
and beauty.

You can paint them any number of different colors and they will all be right.

Next time I take one of these pictures,
I hope you're right there feeling just as super as Shelley feels here.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Trying Something New

Trying Something New

usually kinda scary.

I was painting on canvas paper and out hoped a few new types of paintings,
for me.


These daisies were an experiment and I really like the effect.
14" x 11" with matt $100 + $6 shipping




You probably saw this one earlier this spring, but it goes with this type of painting.

14" x 11" acrylic on canvas paper and matted.

$100 + $6 shipping

 These potted geraniums are part of another experiment.
14"x 11" matted acrylic on canvas paper.

$100 + $6 shipping


Monday, June 9, 2014

Flying without a Net

Flying without a Net

Creating art is normally a solitary pursuit.
You work alone for most of the time, sometimes days at a time.

Some people equate it to flying without a net.  

You know what you like,
the colors you like,
the subject you like,

BUT

and that's a pretty big but,

you don't know how your art will be received.

There are no focus groups,
no marketing surveys,
no product analysis
for art.

It is made because the artist has to make it, draw it, paint it, sculpt it, whatever it,
it has to be made.

Having said all that, sometimes you get some validation 
and it feels SO GOOD!

I went to Art in the Garden in Augusta, KY this past weekend
and I had a wonderful time.


 
This framed 10" x 8" acrylic found a forever home.

Here's a link to my facebook page to show Mary with her new hydrangea table.


These are two of the three paintings I did of Augusta scenery.

 

Walls of art.
 

The two paintings in the matts are two acrylic paintings I did on canvas paper.
I matted them and I love the colors in them.
 

Forever Pink was painted from a set up I did.
This is a vase I've had for 30-40 years and I love it.
We raise all these flowers.
 


Walls from a distance.  

Talking to lots of people about my art is validating in itself, even if no one else liked it.
But, when you hear great comments it is so good for your artistic soul.

Thank you to everyone who stopped and talked with me.
Thank you Barb Pask for coming the two hours to Augusta, KY.  It was so great to see you.
I'm sorry I missed you Missy and I hope you feel better soon.

I try to have a lot of variety in types and prices of art,
and I did sell 8 of my painted roof slate shingles. 

Art in the Garden has lots of great music, a variety of artists,
and a tremendously beautiful setting.


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows. I work almost daily trying to improve my art and all that entails. I try to learn all I can from others and from the earth itself by being aware of all God has created and its beauty. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at slgraves6@gmail.com. You can also purchase through my website www.finenatureartbyslgraves.com and sometimes I'm smart enough to add a buy now button to this page. Let me know if you have any problems navigating this blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. You can view my etsy shop at finenatureart.etsy.com