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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Peonies and Irises

Beginning of Summer


Summer Beauty
14" x 11" $150
 
Jim and I raise lots of flowers on our farm.
We've raised them for our children's weddings.
Memorial Day arrangements,
for Florist shops,
and to grace our home with.

I love having them in our home,
The scent is intoxicating.

I love to look at them 
and
paint them.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Remember Your Raisin

Remember Your Raisin'

 Country Sunday afternoons,
sitting on the porch after church and dinner,

Rocking in a rocking chair,
or on the porch swing,
sipping lemonade,

with the scent of geraniums,
lemon verbena,
honeysuckle,
mint and lavender 
wafting around and getting an occasional whiff.

Lovely memories of friends and relatives
come back to you 
and visit on occasion.

These are the important things of life.

Never forget love and lessons learned.

Congratulations on your wedding
to Steven and Dallas.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Eye Candy

Spring Scents

My husband Jim loves to cut flowers from the yard and bring them into the house for me.
I love receiving them.

He picked a beautiful bunch of spring flowers 
the other day.  

I knew I had to paint them and I have,
several times,
in several formats.

Here's one of them.

16" x 12" acrylic on a stretched canvas.
$150 + shipping.

Click here to purchase 

Thanks for stopping by today.

I so appreciate it and enjoy reading your comments.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Student Art Benefit and A Random Act of Paint

Benefit Student Art Show

raised a total of $218.60 
for Carroll County Animal Support.  

I am so proud of my students for participating in this 
Benefit Art Show and for showing up at the event
and supporting each other.

Thank you to all the public who came throughout the month and voted.

The check has been delivered and one dog can be spayed or neutered
and one dog will be taken care of during the fostering process.

We can't save them all, but we made a difference to those two.

This little video shows off the art in the show.

Winners:
1st Place Adults - Monica Daniels and her Pansies won 5 tubes of professional grade acrylic paint for raising $28.63.
2nd Place Adults - Sandy Hirn and her painting of Sunflowers in a Jar.  She won a gift certificate for a free class for raising $25.49.

1st Place Children - Lily Frye for her Giraffe painting.  She raised $14.32 and received 5 tubes of student grade acrylic paint and a gift certificate for a free class.
2nd Place Children - Rileigh Westrick for her Daisy painting.  She raised $8.33 and received a gift certificate for a free class.



Now For A Random Act of Paint
I am so grateful spring is trying to arrive.
 We've had tons of rain and flooding,
cold and wind,
and a warm day or two, but
spring is trying to get here,
so in honor of spring,
I have a number of new works I've been working on 
so today I'm giving you a little preview,

   10" x 8" on a stretched canvas, unframed

I painted this from life from flowers my husband picked from our yard.

Wouldn't this help spring arrive in your part of the world also?

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Spring!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Feeling Vulnerable

Hanging Your Art
For All The World To See!

How nerve wracking is that.

If you're an artist, can you remember the first time you approached a gallery or hung your art for the first time?

I do, and it was nerve wracking.  

River Run Gallery is hosting a Benefit Student Art Show,
where my student artists agreed to hang their art so the public could come in and vote on their favs with their cold hard cash.  

As you can see, many people have come in and put their money where their mouth is.
 

All the art with the large numbers is from students of classes I've taught.
 

 Look at all the varieties of art that has been painted.
 

 It has been so much fun teaching so many people from age 4 to about 82.
Most have never painted before.  
All wanted to learn to paint.
Most were nervous to come and take a class.


They overcame that fear and then they brought their art to hang in a gallery,
have people they might not know look at it and judge it by putting money in a cup with their number on it.

No FEAR there!

 I am so proud of them, their work, and their gutsyness.  (Is that a word?)

  Thank you so much artists,
for overcoming your fear and helping to raise money.

All the money raised from this art show will be given to
Carroll County Animal Support.
They do a tremendous amount of volunteer work for lost, homeless and unwanted animals in Carroll County.
The goal is to raise $150 which will be used to spay one animal.

Congratulations to Darcel Klopp who won one of my calendars and Holly Frye who won three of my note cards.  

There are two categories, adults and children, and the artist who raises the most money in each category receives 5 tubes of acrylic paint, and the second place winners receive a free class.  

Thanks again! 


Friday, March 6, 2015

Fake It Till You Make It.

A Girl Can Pretend!!!

So far this winter, we have had several very significant snowfalls!

I mean significant!

We had two or three right on the heels of each other that hung around on the ground for about three weeks that totaled well over a foot.

Then we had a brief warmup
and about 3 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.

Then,
I know,
at this point we are all going crazy,
then the rain switched over to snow

and on March 3 we had just under a foot of snow overnight.

I need me some serious summer!!!

One thing about being an artist is,
you can pretty much pretend and paint any season you want.

So I want summer.
NOW!!!

So for right now,
I'm "Pretending".

20" x 10" unframed acrylic on a stretched canvas 
$200


(On my monitor, this painting is more pinky rose than shows on here.  It's brighter in person)

Monday, March 2, 2015

50 Shades of Green

50 Shades of Green

Now that I have your attention,
I'm really talkin green.

I had a photo of a sunflower before it actually opens so it is almost totally green.

Lots of green!
  

Told you there was lots of green!

I had to change that background though.

So I went with one of my favorite combinations,
green and purple.  

You can see all the shades of green here.  

Warm, cool, light, dark.

This was painted on canvas paper.  

I'm really in love with this paper, because it feels and acts just like canvas,
not at all like paper.  

Thanks for stopping in today.


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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