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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It's A Party!

Happy Birthday Kristen!

Kristen and her mom, Debbie and her sister Lauren have painted with me several times in the past.
This is Kristen in her lovely home, she and her husband have built.
That stone with hydrangeas in the background is one of the things she's painted with me and when her husband was installing the back splash, he wanted her stone in there. 
How fun is that.
Her sweet hero husband Jim,
planned out a surprise birthday party for her.
She knew nothing about the party until I showed up.
It was so much fun seeing her reaction.
Kristen and 11 friends and family members
all gathered around her huge dining room table
and painted fall pumpkins.
There were parents, a sister, work friends and church friends painting.
We even had 3 men, which doesn't happen very often.
They were a hoot.
I had up the demo painting and they had their paint and brushes,
so the three of them forged ahead.
Heck, they didn't need instructions.
And they didn't.
I also loved hearing them as they ragged on each other about their paintings.
It was a beautiful fall day,
and when we finished, we all went out on Kristen and Jim's porch
and were "Blinded by the Light".
Are you humming along to that tune.
I know you can't see everyone's face, but
isn't their art work great.
If you would like to host a painting party in your home 
please contact me at and put "painting party info" in the subject line.
I can do different sizes
20" x 16"
14" x 11"
8" x 10"
and different ages and abilities.
I have taught a lot of children and youth,
so you might want to consider a birthday party for your child
or family member, reunion group, etc.
I supply everything needed to complete the selected painting,
all you need to provide are tables and chairs.
 I need a minimum of 6 students for any party.

Do you have questions about which brush to use for what subject and how to actually use the brush.
Click the button below to receive my free cheat sheet about brushes.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Is Anyone or Anything Ever REALLY Done?

Motivation Monday
Found In A Project 

I haven't written a Motivation Monday post in over a month.
Why You Ask?
30 paintings in 30 days
 Learning to paint figures.

Nothing going on in my world.

Today, however, I am getting back in the groove.

I got up early
Weed Eated
Took apart our old metal rusted out fire pit and got it in the trash
Watered plants.

While I was weed eating I began thinking of Motivation Monday.
I was gone a lot this summer, so my flower beds got out of control.
It's been very dry, so pulling the weeds isn't going to work,
so I carefully got in there and started whacking them down.
  I used up two batteries in the process.

It came to me as I was weed eating, that sometimes beautiful things are pretty ugly for a while.
If you're an artist you know often when painting, in the beginning the painting doesn't look very good.
I don't know how many times I've gotten 1/3 to 1/2 the way into a painting and thought,
"What am I doing?  I don't even know how to hold the brush".
"It looks like I don't know a lick about painting".
"I can't believe I ever thought I could paint".

Ever have those thoughts?


My next project for today is a project that had been abandoned.

It's a wreck.

Can anything that needs tools like this,
be beautiful.
I know,
it's pretty crazy looking, isn't it.
I bought this several years ago on the 127 Yard Sale,
the world's longest yard sale.
It goes near where I live and it is so much fun.
I bought this portable bath tub.
Yep, it's a bath tub.
And it was painted this awful avocado green and had teddy bear decals on it, right out of the 50's.
I worked on it several years ago and then it was abandoned out in our shed.
It's been on my mind for a week or so and the weather is so beautiful right now, I can work outside and it's not hot or cold,
so, today was the day
to get back on it.
I allotted one hour to this project today.
One hour made a huge difference!
The inside of the tub is mostly done,
the arm rests are in much better shape,
the front bottom still needs work.
But I am so much closer than I was an hour before.
I'll work on it for an hour tomorrow and I'm pretty sure I will be very close to done.
Not sure if I'm going to paint it 
or leave it au natural.
Leave your suggestion in the comments.
But Sharon,
what are you going to do with it?
I'm not installing it in my bathroom,
that's for sure.
But I love crazy yard art.
I have an old sink in a garden in my front yard.
This might end up out there with the sink.
Then you know I'll have to add more art to complete my bathroom out there.
Maybe a bed also.
My husband is now rolling his eyes. 
Finishing a project feels wonderful.
Driving past the "this is going to take forever"
to the "I love this and I'm so glad I stuck with it",
is often hard,
but also so worth it.
Look around,
find that painting, craft or project
and get it out and gittr done.
Leave me a comment what you're working on.
We all have them.
Let's share them.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Making Internet Friends

Making Internet "Friends"
Out of People I've NEVER Met 

I have made many wonderful friends online, artists and non-artists, but one I want to re-introduce is my now good friend, but still have never met face to face, Meredith Adler.
Not only is Meredith a fabulous fun artist,
but she has now launched a podcast for artists in the Asheville and mountain counties of North Carolina,
Local HeARTed.
Click HERE to go to her webpage.
I am sending you to the podcast of Meredith as she interviews Dawn Chitwood, who is a marketing wizard and media specialist.
This first segment of the interview has Dawn explaining how she can help any business, not just artists to increase their presence on social media and drive traffic to their website.

I know lots of you who follow me are artists, 
but many are not. Many of you have other businesses you'd like to promote. 
Dawn gives many insights on how she helps her clients and how they can help themselves,
as well as what you should ask and expect from someone you hire to help you in this type of endeavor.

Click HERE to go to Dawn's business page.

I know we all get lots of email daily from marketers on how to improve this or that, but I found this podcast of Dawn's to be very helpful in not only how to look at things myself, but if I wanted to hire someone in my own area, the types of questions I should ask and the types of services that I could hire for.

Her explanation of branding, and what it is and what it isn't,
is excellent and will have thoughts about your own business bouncing off your brain walls.

Click HERE to go to Meredith's blog, Paint Like Nobody's Watching, where she announces her new podcast, but you can also see her art and follow her art journey. 

Subscribe to the podcast you'll meet some great artists in the Asheville, North Carolina area, but there will also be nuggets of info like with Dawn Chitwood to help any business grow. 

Sign up for the podcast, Meredith's blog, my blog, and then confirm that you did in deed sign up, to actually reap the benefits of signing up.  If you don't confirm you signed up, you usually don't receive the blog in your inbox and you don't get tons of free info we as bloggers are trying to give you.  


Blogaversary Updates:
 "No Joke!  You WON!" 

I still have gifts I'm trying to give away as a way to celebrate 7 years of writing this blog and I sure would love for you to be a recipient.  I draw out names of people who have signed up to receive my blog in their inbox and I send you an email with  "No Joke!  You WON!" in the subject line.  Then you have 24 hours to get back to me with your name and address so I can send you the painting you won, or to respond so I can send you your login credentials if you won one of my online painting classes or my full blown art course.  If you don't respond in the 24 hours, I draw out another name.  Don't leave your free item on the table because you didn't open that email.

Have a great day and scroll back up to the top right hand side and put your name in the "Subscribe to My Blog" box and then confirm when you receive an email asking if you signed up or not.


Monday, October 3, 2016

30 In 30 Wrap Up

30 Paintings in 30 Days Wrap Up

 Well, I made it through 21 days of the 30 in 30 challenge, before the flu and pneumonia struck.

The painting in the center is the one I did using a photograph I took at Findlay Market in Cincinnati.

What I learned during the challenge:
1.  You can have a very workable plan
2. You can have everything ready.
3.  You can work your plan.
4.  All bets are off if you get the flu and pneumonia.

I did have all of the above and was totally sidelined for the last 9 days of the challenge.  

I started painting figures.
Some are much better than others.
But I set out to do it and I did it.
And I showed you along the way,
even when I didn't want to.

That is a total break through!

I also was not able to complete my blogaversary giveaway
so I will be doing that now.
I'll be extending it for as long as it takes me to give away all the goodies I had planned for the month.

If you don't receive this in your inbox,
scroll back up to the top right
and put your name in the box that says,
"Subscribe to My Blog".
That's the only way you can get your name in my virtual hat for the paintings, classes and the online course I'm giving away.  

So, gittr done!


Friday, September 30, 2016

Is It Day 21 or Day 30

Not Sure How I Got Here
In This Challenge.

Day 21 I sat down to sketch out my final dranddaughter,
Kelsie on the 10" x 10" panel I selected for her painting.
Before I had it half way done,
it became painfully obvious,
I was very sick and there would be no painting that day,
or the next 10 days.

After going to my lung specialist,
he began treating me for the flu,

Many of you know, I have scleroderma
which has filled my lungs over the last 20 years with scar tissue, making it difficult to breathe on a good day.

Many of you also know,
I've been on a quest this whole year to improve my health.
I've worked out many days a week and I have improved my lung ability.  I guess that's a good thing,
because I used it all up during the 11 days I was sick.

But today, I headed to my studio to finish my Kelsie's painting.  I've never been a figure painter and I've been using this challenge to learn about it.
I've struggled every single day with every painting,
but I have learned a ton.

So on Day 30 I was able to paint Day 21,

   Kelsie turns 21 in January.
I know, how can anyone as young and lovely as me,
have a 20 year old granddaughter.
She is a long tall drink of water,
coming in right around 5'11".
Her face here is too narrow,
(wish I would have noticed that before the point of no return).
She is a knock out and has a beautiful long neck and gorgeous full lips,  (The kind lots of the ladies pay big money for).
While this is far from perfect,
there are parts of it that look like her.
So, after not painting for 11 days,
I am no unhappy with it.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 20 - Lakyn Picking Asparagus

Day 20 - Lakyn
Picking Aspragus

Lakyn came to stay with Papa and Grammy this past spring and while here she fed bunnies and chickens, gathered eggs, picked berries and this asparagus.
She is a sweet little girl
and loves getting bunnies out to pet.

Only 10 more days in the 30 in 30 and I'm beat.  
These figure paintings are killing me.
But I have learned a ton and am thinking all the time on what to paint next.

 Blogaversary Update

I put a page on my blog about my blogaversary
with pics of what I'm giving away
and everything you need to know to win a paintings or an online art course. 

Click HERE to see that page.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Day 19 - KJ - I Love To Paint

Day 19 - KJ
I "Love" To Paint

 You Had Me At Hello

Did a little tweaking on this one.
I paintedfor about 12hours yesterday and I was exhausted when I finished it up the first time, and didn't realize I was channeling Picasso.  So this morning I woke up and realized the problem and tried to fix it.  
Happy with this one. 

KJ is a step grandson, and I first met him when he was 4. He was killer cute then and still is.

We don't get to see him very often, but whenever he does get to come over 
he always wants to paint. 

I had to paint two paintings today
to make up for yesterday not painting.

I am thoroughly exhausted. 

The good thing about this painting is,
I didn't have to paint everything behind him.
I was able to clean up my studio in this painting
if not in real life.

Click HERE to see what still hasn't been won in my Blogaversary and who won what.   

Thanks for stopping by today,
see you tomorrow.  

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Ghent, Kentucky, United States
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 You can also purchase through my gallery website at . Thank you so much for stopping by.