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Thursday, December 1, 2016

WOW! A Gift That Is Enjoyed For YEARS!

Art Is THAT Gift!

Scouting
6" x 6" acrylic on a panel.
$50 FREE Shipping




One thing about owning original art is
The viewer looks at it differently than a print.

Original art is created with human hands and they can be seen in the art in brush strokes, in color selection and in style. The artist can be felt through the piece and the owner appreciates that a real person created it for years to come.

You might forget what you received last year,
but when you give the gift of original art,
THAT gift is cherished, enjoyed and remembered forever. 

Having said that,
let me show a few pieces of my original art in various price ranges.  I'll also give you some links to other places to buy my art.

Acrylic on Oval Stretched Canvas
$95 + $10 shipping. 


This is one of my all time favorite paintings for several reasons.
It was a struggle.  It is of my favorite antique vase and flowers picked from my yard, but I just couldn't seem to get it right.
One day I was having a magical painting day in the studio.  After I finished several other paintings, I thought maybe I could do something to this one to achieve the look I going for.  In less than five minutes I made the changes it needed.  I love it.

 Party of One
Painting 14" x 11" 
In its distressed frame it is 18" x 14" 
$150 + $20 shipping



Iris Garden
12" x 12" acrylic on a panel
$100 FREE Shipping 


Lavan Roses
20" x 16" Acrylic on a panel

$100 + shipping
Click HERE to see this in my Etsy shop.  
As a former florist, ( are we ever really former florists)
I loved working withing Lavan roses.  
 They had an intoxicating smell.
I say had because they don't have much of a smell any more.
But I still love them.

Click HERE to visit my Etsy shop where I have more original paintings, hand painted jewelry and home decor. 

Click HERE to see other available art.  

Click HERE to see small paintings under 8" x 8".

Click HERE to buy prints, pillows or phone cases of my art.

If the person you're shopping for wants to learn how to paint, I'm your girl for that too.  Click HERE to see my online art courses. 
There's a FREE class there also.

Don't forget, I give away a small painting every single month.
Enter to win by clicking the photo below.  Enter an email you check often, because I will notify you by email if you win, and you will have 24 hours to contact me.  After you enter you will receive an email asking you to confirm you did sign up.  If you don't confirm that email you won't really be entered.
 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

For That Guy Who Needs NOTHING!

Frustrating, I know!

We all have that guy on our list who needs NOTHING
and doesn't really want anything.

You search, and search,
and shop and think!

 Art is often something people would love and enjoy
but won't spend the money on themselves.

I have a suggestion and I'm pretty sure 
I can help you in any price range. 

Let me show you a few things he might like.
(We'll talk about women tomorrow)

I call this Man Cave Art
6" x 6" Acrylic on a panel.
Sits great on a shelf on an easel (not included)
$50 + shipping




8" x 8" Hog Wild
Unframed Acrylic on a panel
$95 + $6 shipping 


8" x 8" Unframed Acrylic on a panel
Red Case
$95 + $6 shipping


 11" x 14" Acrylic on stretched canvas
Framed (not shown) in a rustic barn wood frame.
$175 + $20 shipping

Augusta Ferry



Here are several other options for you if that's not enough.

Click HERE to go to my Etsy Shop.

Click HERE to view available art on this blog. 

Don't forget!
I give away a painting every single month,
but you have to subscribe to this blog to be entered.

Enter by signing up with your email below.
Then you'll receive an email asking you to confirm that you did sign up.  Click the confirmation link in that email.
While you're there, drag my email into your primary folder so you'll know if I contact you as a winner.

  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Courage gives way to Gratitude

Goals of 2016

Recently I pulled out my goal sheet for 2016
and re-read my plans, dreams and goals for the year.

There were a number of goals I stuck with
and things I accomplished I am proud of.

There were a number of things I didn't accomplish
 and I will refine them and make new plans,
better plans to accomplish the ones I still want to complete.

I also read my word for the year.
I've considered my 2016 word of the year many times.
Courage.

I am afraid of a lot of things,
so courage was a stretch for me.

I'm still afraid of many things,
dogs, being numero uno on the list.
I must confess,
I'm not afraid,
I'm terrified.

But I have had to summon up a lot of courage this year
as I have learned new things on the computer,
faced having no voice for five months,
had several skin cancers surgically removed,
having my husband be ill for all of the year.

It took courage for me to begin to paint figures.


It took courage to begin releasing single subject classes.

(More to come soon)
Click HERE to Learn More about my online classes.

It took courage to return to teaching
after not being able to talk for over five months.
Click HERE to learn more about hosting your own party.

2017 is right around the corner and I've been working on
 my word of the year. 
GRATITUDE!

I am grateful for so many things.
One of which is you!

I am grateful to everyone who reads my blog,
views my art,
paints with me in person or online,
and has offered me friendship in cyber space.

GR - ATTITUDE
requires having an attitude of gratitude.
How do you grow that gr-eat attitude?

It's a daily habit that requires some effort to achieve.

Becoming aware of all the great little things that happen in your life every single day,
and saying thank you.
Gratitude follows that.

Becoming aware of:
the light that changes just in time,
The fast food that got your order right,
Your child that puts their stuff away,
The check book balancing,
Evading that deer on the road,
Noticing the beauty in nature.
and the list goes on and on.

Once you've noticed the little miracles in your life,
then being thankful for them,
That is the attitude of gratitude. 

I look forward to becoming more and more grateful in 2017, just like I loved gaining more courage in 2016.

One last thing,
I'll need to keep that word in front of me
every single day to feel gratitude
and have it become a part of me.

Do you have a word for the year,
tell me about it in the comments if you do.

Here's to a wonderful 2017.

 
  
 


 

Monday, November 21, 2016

When Can I Expect To SEE Results?

Results!
You want results?

 What kind of results?
Direct results?
By-product results?
Earth changing results?

The real question here is, 
"What do YOU want to accomplish"?
Question -
Can you do a 120 second plank?

I mean TWO minutes!
Surely you can do something for TWO minutes.

Well, good luck with that.

I began 2016 with several very specific goals.
Some I continue to work on,
others, not so much.

One of my goals was to physically get in shape.
To eat better and exercise regularly.
You know I headed right over to Pinterest to find exercise routines for old girls like me right.
I set up a board, Exercising and Eating Healthy.
Click HERE to see my board.

I found lots of things to pin about exercising and I started trying them out hoping to find a few I liked and could stick with.

Cause that's the secret!
Stick With It!

I'm not looking for super model status, but I believed if I could get in better physical shape, I could improve my overall health.

So what was my goal?
Get in shape OR improve my health.
Which came first the chicken or the egg.

Back to the 120 second plank.
I found a post with a 30 day ab challenge.
Click HERE to see the plan.    

I didn't even look at day 30.
I only looked at what exercises were necessary
(only 4)
and on day one it started with a 15 second full plank,
9 second side planks,
and 8 crunches and 8 bicycle crunches.
I thought, Wow!, even I can do that!

The goal is to work up to a 120 second full plank,
76 second side planks
and 120 crunches and bicycle crunches.
(Glad I didn't look at that part of the challenge)

The point is, OK, there are several points here:
  1. Set a goal
  2. Make a plan
  3. Follow through
  4. Rinse and repeat!
It's going to take me longer than the 30 days to get to the end of the challenge, but I am about 2/3 of the way through!
Go ME!  
It doesn't really matter what the goal is.
It doesn't really matter what the plan is.
What really matters is 
the STICK WITH IT part.   

Learn to shoot free throws:
Shoot more free throws.

Learn to play a musical instrument:
Practice more and harder music.

Learn to write:
Get in front of the (I almost said typewriter) computer
and write, anything, everything.

Learn to paint:
Get the brush in your hand and paint.

I've painted in Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days online challenge 4 or 5 times.
What do you learn painting 30 paintings in 30 days?
You learn to paint.
You learn to plan.
You make time for it.
and then,
You start to see some results.

Not thinking about painting.
Not planning to paint.
But the actual painting.

Back to my 120 second plank.

I did not see any results the first 10-12- or even 14 days.
I'm on day 21 and to be honest 
I'm not sure I'm seeing any physical results.
I mean, really,
I'm 64 years old, I have a chronic illness, and I've had 4 children, but my original goal was to improve my health.
But one of my points is: what if I'd given up on Day 12?

And the results I'm seeing are:
  • I am stronger
  • I have more stamina
  • I can do more
  • OK, my abs are not quite like the Pillsbury dough boy's anymore, so there's some physical improvement.
  • And, Here's an interesting part, I want to do more.
Learn all about what you want to learn about.
Read about it, watch it, listen to it, view it,
But then you have to actually do it
and do it,
and do it,
and do it some more,
if you want to get better at anything.

A few months ago I wrote a blog post about painting clouds.
Click HERE to view that post. 
It's what has to happen to get better at anything.



This is one of the cloud paintings I did in the 30 in 30 challenge.

I'm working on another painting right now with beautiful clouds in it.
You can visit my Etsy shop here to view all my available art.


Baking delicious bread or a pie does not come with reading recipes, all though that is a good place to start.
You actually have to learn how to bloom the yeast,
measure accurately,
get dough all over your hands as you learn to knead the bread,
Learn how your oven works,
Then you have to learn how to slice the bread.
Then and only then, do you get to enjoy the fruits of your labors and I'm real sure your first loaf of bread will not be delicious.  But make another one. And then make another one.  And pretty soon you'll have delicious, yummy, can't wait to eat it bread.
Bottom line:
I have the exercise thing down and I am getting stronger.
(Now I have to remove the ice cream thing to lose weight).

One of the perks to following this blog is, I give away a small painting every single month.  But you have to be a follower, or subscribe to get in on the action.
So, click on the painting below and fill out the form,
then when you get an email asking if you did fill out the form,
click the link and you'll be in my virtual hat.
Make sure you use an email address you check often because that's how I contact you if you are the lucky winner.
Finally, how about dragging my email into your primary account, so you don't miss out if and when I contact you.    

Thanks,
and have a great day
and Happy Thanksgiving! 

 




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Learning To Paint on the Cheap

You Want To Learn To Paint,
But You Don't Know Where To Start!!!

I follow a lot of artists online!
A LOT of artists.

Many of you know I have participated in Leslie Saeta's online challenge 4 times, or is it 5, to paint 30 paintings in 30 days.
She also has a blog talk radio show once a week about marketing art.
I listened today to a show about kick starting your art career on the cheap (ok she used the word budget) as I was hammering nails in my new studio my husband is building for me (awww!) 



Click HERE to listen to the show. 

She and co-host Margaret Sheldon, both excellent artists, were expressing the benefits of attending a work shop and how to do it as frugally as possible.
These shows are always full of great info and I've listened for a number of years.

Then they said to get the cost down even further, there are online art classes you can take that really keep the cost WAY down. 

You know where I'm going with this right?

I have created just exactly what she was talking about and it is extremely affordable.
I created my online BEGINNING art course with the beginning artist in mind and as a curriculum for the home school family.  
Why? you ask.
Because my daughter home schools her children and she said it is an area where there is a need.

Click HERE to go to my website and look over the full blow art course, a single subject class and there's even a
FREE
daisy painting class.

I struggled when I began painting on finding the information I needed to begin painting.
I found lots of info in a myriad of places,
a piece here,
a snippet there.
but I really wished I could find it all in one place.

That's why I created Painting With Acrylics 101.

It's for people who want to learn to paint using acrylic paints.
It's everything you need to get on down the road in your art journey in one easy to understand and get to place.

In the full blown art course you will learn:

1.  All about color - how to mix and why
2. About brushes, what to buy and what to leave in the store.
3.  About acrylic paint and how to use it.
4.  Perspective and how it can make or break a painting.
5.  Composition and why some work better than others.
6.  Brush strokes and how to achieve different looks.
7.  How to practice - yes you must practice.   

And then ---
I'll show you step by step how to create two paintings;
in real time,
no time lapse,
no leaving anything out.

The only place you'll EVER get the instructions for this painting is in my full blown art course.


You'll also receive step by step instructions to paint a rooster.  You can paint it in any color your would like.  I'll teach you how, you decide how you want it.
You have access to the class only FOREVER!


Brothers from a different mother!
 
 
There are three bonuses in the course,
one of them being a supply list.
I KNOW I can save you the cost of the course if you will download the shopping list first and only purchase what is on the list.

I know you're going to want the whole store, but be strong.
Once you get the basics down,
then you can go crazy in the art store.

On my website you will also find a single subject class,
painting iris.
Click HERE to visit my site. 

Scroll down the page and click on the "Learn More" 
button under the Iris Class.

This is a single subject class and you will paint the above painting.
Then you can paint iris on anything and everything.
This class is also in real time videos and comes with a shopping list so you will know exactly what you will need to complete it.  You have access to it for a year.

And if you're still worried you can't learn this way,
I'm giving you an entire class for FREE!
Yes!  You read that right.

On the same website,
Click HERE, just in case you forgot. 



Scroll down to the FREE Daisy Painting Class
and click on the button that says "Learn More".
You'll get all the skinny there on the class.
Then, if the price is right, 
scroll to the sign up button and click it.
You'll be asked to register and then you'll receive an email with your login credentials and a confirmation link to the class.  Click on that link and the FREE class will open up.
Did I mention it's FREE and you have access FOREVER.

So you can try it before you buy it.  

If you have wanted to get serious about learning to paint
and moving forward on your art journey,
these classes are for you.

This would make a great gift for that person who is trying to learn to paint, but is struggling.  If that's you, get this blog post in front of that significant other Pronto.

I promise you, you can learn how to paint from an online class, and this class and course has been created with the beginner in mind.  

One last time:
Click HERE to check out my course and classes. 

Would you like a FREE cheat sheet about acrylic paint.
Click the button below.
 

Click Here to Get Your FREE Acrylic Paint Cheat Sheet


Every month I give away a FREE small painting to someone who is a subscriber to my blog.  Click the button below and use an email address you check, because I'll contact you by email if I draw out your name.  You will receive a confirmation email after you sign up just so everyone knows you did actually sign up.  You will need to click the link in that email to verify your intent.  If you don't click the link, you're not really subscribed to my blog, hence you cannot win a FREE painting.

Click HERE to enter  
   

About Me

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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 slgraves6@gmail.com. You can also purchase through my gallery website at www.riverrungallery.com . Thank you so much for stopping by.