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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Iris Class

Let's Paint Iris

I've been working for a while on a single subject class,
painting irises.

This is a short class that will teach you how to paint these fun blue and purple irises.  
This class will teach you a method for painting these irises 
that you can use in many other similar flowers or subjects.

You will learn:
  1. The brushes I use.
  2. The paints I use.
  3. How to put in a background with some depth.
  4. How to paint the irises and buds.
  5. How to highlight and make the iris petals curve and turn.


 This is the painting we'll be working on,
and you can see a different one in the background.
You can use what you learn here in many different paintings.

 This is my set up as I filmed me painting this painting
from beginning to end.
You will be able to follow along as I show you how to paint these lovely flowers, step by step.
You will be able to watch it as many times as you want. 
My goal is for you to get it and be able to do it.
Please don't be discouraged if you don't get it on the first try.
It has taken me a while to figure it out.
You won't have to figure it out,
 because I'm going to show you every single step.

This class is the first of what I hope to be many
single subject classes.

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 info about this single subject online class.



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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Technique Tuesday - Better Late Than Never

What Can I Learn From A Color Wheel?

I picked up a pamphlet from Liquitex
on Discovering the Color Wheel.

It is a very interesting pamphlet
and I think it's imperative for artists to have a good foundation of color in order to get the best out of their paintings.  

   This is a color wheel I usually have my art campers create.
The places on the sides are specialty color mixes
 I showed my students.

A color wheel begins with the three primary colors,
red, blue and yellow.  They form a triangle.
Looking at the blue section, 
if you add equal amounts of yellow to blue you get green.
Then if you add one more part of yellow to that mix,
you get a lighter green.
That formula is carried on through each primary color. 

Secondary colors are the ones directly across from the primaries.
The colors next to the primaries and the secondaries are the 
intermediate colors.

If you look at the wheel, you see the warm colors are on one side and the cool colors are on the other side.

Look at any primary color,
the color directly opposite is a complementary color.

Complements are very interesting colors.
Let's say you painted a meadow of green grass.
In the meadow you have some trees, and you need to put in some shadows.
Most people would think add more dark colors.
But,
you would actually add its complement, red.
If you add the complement of any color,
it grays the color.
I don't mean it creates the color gray,
but it mutes the original color.
It makes creating shadows so much easier.

You make tints by adding titanium white
 which also opaques any color. 
On my color wheel, you can see the colors getting lighter as it goes to the center.
Adding black to any color creates a shade. 
I didn't add shades to my wheel, but they would do the same thing only in reverse.  They would get darker as you added more black.

Understanding how color works is a life long effort.
One really important thing to remember is,
when trying to make something pop,
you have to have light against dark.
 Often people are afraid to put light against dark colors.
You shouldn't be afraid of color.
But you also need how to use it.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

10 Ways to Stay Motivated

How To Stay Motivated
When Things Don't Go According to Plan.

We've all been there.

You've set out on a goal,
and no matter how hard you plan and work,
things just don't go according to plan. 
I'm there right now in my weight loss goals.

I've have some pretty great success,
thanks to my online support group and accountability,
but I've plateaued and 
no matter how much I plan my meals, 
exercise 45 minutes a day,
and not eat sugary treats,
I haven't lost a pound in THREE weeks.

I'm FRUSTRATED!
How can I stay motivated to stay the course?

The main thing is for me:
  1.  To remind myself every day, how far I have come. 
  2.   Concentrate on how good my clothes fit now. 
  3.   Plan my exercise for the coming week.
  4.   Plan my meals for the week ahead.
  5.   Remind myself daily, everyone hits a plateau.
  6.  Think about how I will feel if I let it all slide now.
  7.   Think about my weight goal every day.
  8.    Keep using my food diary so I am accountable to me.
  9.   Look for new exercise videos to freshen up my routine.
  10.   Find new recipes to try. 

I'm not giving up!

I will continue to move forward!

I will not surrender!

Tawanda!

Thanks for bearing with me folks.  
  
Here's a view outside my studio door.
 
I'm going to take these few colors,
and teach an online class on how to paint iris.
 
I'm in the last stages of editing now
and the class should be ready late next week.
 
It's going to be a one project class and will be very affordable.
 
Hopefully you're signed up to receive this blog,
because this is where I'll be releasing it first.
 
If you've wanted to learn how I painted these beautiful flowers.
 
Iris I painted this past week.
 
Scroll up to the top on the right side
and get signed up to receive this blog,
so you'll know how to receive this first of many, I hope, 
single subject online classes.
 
Have a great day!
Stay strong and press forward.

 

 

  

 


 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Down On The Farm

Inspiration From The Farm

I live in Kentucky in the middle of nowhere.
And today I'm introducing you to JumbleBerry Farm,
where my husband and I live 
and grow lots of plants and animals.


My husband raises lots of berries.
Red and black raspberries,
Blackberries,
grapes,
 

This is one of his gardens.
On the left is a row of berries
and he'll plant beans, corn and tomatoes in the remaining
part of this garden.
 
The white runners are currently covering lettuce to protect it from the frost.
Lettuce and other cold crops like the cold, but this year we had some pretty cold nights that would have damaged or possibly killed the lettuce.  The covering raises the temperature about 10 degrees, so it saved the lettuce.
It is growing in two rows right next to two rows of beautiful pink and white peonies.
It is surrounded by our orchard.

Here's a close up of the berries.
There will be some delicious berries my husband will turn into jellies later this year.  
  
Here's a close up of the lettuce beds next tot he peonies popping out of the ground.
There will be so much beauty here in a few weeks,
you won't be able to stand it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fence Row

Fence Row

Fence Row
24" x 12" Acrylic on stretched canvas
$150 + $15 shipping. 

Painting these holly hocks along a fence row was so fun.
I love the colors here and I loved painting the flowers
with their yellow centers.

One of the things an artist does is to suggest things,
or to fool the eye.
Distance is created in this painting in several ways.
One way is the narrowing of the path in front of the flowers
 as it recedes.
One way is the way the fence gets lower as it recedes.
Another way is the lack of detail the further the flowers are
from the foreground.

As you learn to paint, study many artists and their work.
Ask yourselves these questions:
  1. What is the artist trying to tell me?
  2. How does the artist create distance?
  3. How does the artist show me where to look?
  4. How does my eye move through the painting. 
There is a method to the madness of painting.
Artists show you many things through the use of:
color
texture
warm and cool colors
composition
and perspective.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Technique Tuesday - What's in a Brush

Long or Short Handles
So if you're just getting started in fine art painting,
you might wonder,
what type of brushes should I buy?
Long or short handles?

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I spent years as a decorative painter 
and I only used short handled brushes. 
Usually I was painting close up work sometimes doing specific strokes to achieve a desired effect.
As a fine art painter, I'm not doing specific strokes, necessarily,
but trying to achieve a specific look with my strokes.
The difference is, you need to back up often
 to see what you are creating. 
With a longer handle brush, your painting gets looser
and it forces you to back up from your painting.
You should be holding your brush as far back on the handle
as you can and still have a little control.
It's not a pencil.
You don't write a painting. 
This takes practice.
It feels kind of odd at first,
but you need to stick with it because it will bear fruit.
You also will want to practice using all the surfaces and edges on your brush to see what you get.
Set up a simple still life
(is there such a thing)
an apple and a pear.
Look,
Squint,
Look again,
Squint some more.
Now, don't paint the apple or the pear,
paint the shapes you see as you squint 
in all the various colors you see.
The apple and the pear will emerge as you paint.
Step back.
Paintings are meant to be viewed 6 feet away,
so step back and you will see where you have it and 
you'll know where to work next.
If you think your work is too tight,
remember to back up on the brush
and take a few steps back.
I still have to remind myself to do both of those things.
 
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Sleeping With The Windows Open

Sleeping With The Windows Open

Ya know how in the spring when you have that first really warm day and you want to sleep with the windows open for the first time that year?

I love that.

You know it's going to be cool in the morning,
but you love snuggling down into the covers
and trying to get a few more winks before getting up.
You lay there and can here the birds singing
 a whole repertoire of songs
and if you're lucky enough like me,
chickens begin their clucking 
announcing the arrival of a new egg. 

My husband I always joke about having to knock the frost off us on mornings like that.


Sleeping with your windows open at the beach you can hear the ocean waves all night.
How relaxing is that?

Can you smell the scent of wisteria 
wafting in your window?

The point being,
if you sleep with the windows open,
you are set to hear wonderful sounds you wouldn't hear with them closed.
You can smell the fresh air, fresh grass, and sometimes the scent of rain.
You totally don't get that with the windows closed.

You have to set yourself up for success.
You have to open the windows before you go to bed to have all those wonderful experiences in the early hours of the morning.

Setting yourself up for success is critical 
in all areas of your life. 

Adding in those things you want in your life,
order - success - peace.
 
Discarding those things that are not beneficial.
Chaos - noise - distraction.

Can it really be that simple?
Yes!
It can and it is.
I didn't say it wouldn't take work,
but the results are so worth it!

So sleep with your windows open
and get ready to reap some pretty incredible benefits.

 

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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.