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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Changes in 2015

2015 
What will I do differently this year.

I listen to a show on blog talk radio,
She's the artist who hosts the 30 paintings in 30 days twice a year.
She hosts a free radio show focusing on marketing art.
She did a show in December of things to do differently in 2015.
I made a list of things I wanted to change about my art
and I'm going to show one of the things I'm doing this year.

Since I've opened River Run Gallery Fun Art Studio
I found I don't have as much time to paint what I'd like to paint,
but I am painting every day.

In a different show, Leslie talked about what to do with older art.
I sort of meshed those two shows in my head and decided this year
I would market my older works better, 
but I would also work on redos of those paintings.

I did this painting in another of Leslies 30 paintings in 30 days.
I've always like it, but it never got much attention or buzz,
so I decided I would start with this painting and change it.

I forget why I thought fugi mums and this painting would work together,
but I did, so I started in on the change.


I started with a photo of a fugi mum on my computer and a determination
I was going to create something different than I normally paint.
So right smack dab in the middle I started with this green, teal, yellow, white mum.

Then I added another and another,
changing the colors a little on each one.
But I still had that odd color at the bottom.


  So, here is the finished painting.

I was a florist for 20 years and the fugi mum is one of the mainstays of the shop,
but I've never painted one,
until today.

These were great fun and not nearly as hard as my brain told me they would be.

These are some of my favorite colors, but I seldom use them.
You will see more of these colors in the coming months.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Your Creativity is Screaming to Get Out.

Unleash Your Creativity

You are creative!
LET IT OUT!

I truly believe everyone is creative.
Everyone has talent.

I encourage you to let your creativity work for you in improving:
your home,
your work place,
your life.

How can you do that?


  1. Don't be afraid to create something.  No matter if it's a great meal, try a new skill, decide on a new hobby, try quilting, gardening, crafting, jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, painting, etc.
  2. Follow your heart.  If you have an idea of something you want to create or learn, start today and move in that direction.  Create for you even if you don't get great positive response in the beginning.  
  3. Perfect your process.  As you find the thing you want to learn or create, work on it.  Study it.  Practice. Practice. Practice some more.   
  4.  Share it! That can be a really scary part.  It makes you vulnerable.  It puts you out there.  But sharing it, when you're ready, is important for your growth.  You don't need to be a closet creative person.  I think when people come to the gallery to take a class, one of the scariest parts is the first few minutes of the class when they think they can't do it and they were foolish to try.  Another scary moment is when I either take a short video during the process or take the group photo at the end.  But, people enjoy seeing your success.  They want you to have success and so do I. 
  5. Enjoy YOUR success!  So what is your success?  To most people, creative success is learning something and then being able to do it all by yourself without a teacher standing right over your shoulder coaching you along.  I took a workshop several years ago from Dreama Tolle Perry in Carmel, IN.  I adore her work, but as soon as I got there, I started having doubts if I could paint in her loose colorful beautiful style.  I looked at everyone around me and was sure they were all better than me.  Well, I am more of a realistic painter so it didn't come naturally for me, but during the three days of the workshop, I worked and painted three or four small paintings.  When I came home I decided to paint one again to see if I could do it on my own. I named it Balcony Victory, because to me it was a victory that I could do it without her standing right next to me guiding every stroke.   
The painting at the beginning of this post is "Balcony Victory".  And it represents a victory to me.
 
Every artist, every creative has victories all along their journey.
Don't cheat yourself out of yours. 
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Are You A Calander Girl?

Carrollton, KY Calendars
You can get your own calendar of paintings I did
during the September 30 paintings in 30 days.
My theme was, "Scenes From My Front Door"
so every page features a different painting of something seen in Carroll County, KY.
They are wall calendars with a spiral binding.

These make great gifts for those whoever lived in Carrollton, KY or if you love that small town feel and look.
They are $20 + $5 shipping
and are in a very limited quantity.
 
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

River Run Gallery Classes

What's Happening in
River Run Gallery Fun Art Studio

We've had lots of classes at River Run Gallery
and I'm just sharing a few photos and videos of the classes we've had.

Tonight these little ladies painted snowmen.

They did a wonderful job.


I know this is sideways, but as hard as I tried,
I couldn't turn it.

This is part of a retirement party we had at River Run Gallery
for a lady from Carrollton, Utilities.
I can't believe Crystal is ready to retire.

Love these ladies and their snowmen.


Any age can paint a snowman tile.
 

They thought they could hide behind these beautiful flowers.
 
 But, I found them!



How cute are these snow men painters?
 
These are all people who've painted in 
River Run Gallery Fun Art Studio
in the last week or two.

We've had lots of fun and created some beautiful paintings.

If you'd like to let your creativity loose,
I can help.

I provide everything you or your child needs to complete a painting
or a tile.

Click HERE  to go to River Run Gallery
from there you can sign up to receive the blog in your inbox.
Once on the blog home page,
there is a tab for Calendar of Classes and Events.
If you click on that it will show you the paintings we're doing,
the day and the time, what the cost is,
and there is a buy now button where you can sign up and pay online.

It just can't get much easier.

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Giraffe Paintings

Painting Giraffes

These may have been hard,
but they did a great job.

Here are a few videos to show you just how much fun 
these hard paintings were.  

We might have had a few rough moments,
but they all did a great job.
 
 

The proof is in the final pics.
 Tuesday evenings class.

 
This was Saturdays class.

Sometimes the hard things bring on the most fun
and the most learning.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fun and Whimsical Giraffe

Fun and Whimsical

I've never really painted a giraffe before,
but I put one on my calendar of classes for the 5-9 year olds.
So, I had to get with it and figure it out.

   This was my first attempt.
I used a new box of sharpie markers for this.
They were loads of fun to work with.
I was just trying to get proportion, shapes and figure out how to draw a giraffe.

Then I tried this.
This was done with paint and markers.
Awful lot of fun happened here.
Shape of the head is off, but it was fun.

Finally, I settled on this one.


This is the one we'll be painting in Mom, Monet and Me.

I only take 4 children at a time and an adult must accompany them.

Sat., Oct 25, 2-3 p.m.



Tue., Oct 28, 5-6 p.m.

Friday, October 3, 2014

A Fist Full of Reasons to Go to a Gallery Opening.

What is a gallery opening and why should I go?

Aren't galleries always open?

A gallery opening is a way of saying, "Hey we have new art you might want to see!"

A gallery opening is a festive affair where usually the featured artist is there, dressed  in something other than their paint splattered clothes.

A gallery opening is a chance to meet the artist or artists and find out about them and how and why they create what they create.  You will learn about their process.  You will learn about what inspires them.  You will some really cool stuff.  Maybe you'll be inspired to create your own art.

A gallery opening is a chance to get dressed up (nothing formal) and go out for the evening.

A gallery opening usually has food.  Yum! Who doesn't like food?

A gallery usually has an opening when they have a new artist or a competition, or a new show, or if the artists have changed out their work and everything is different from the last time you were in.

A gallery opening is usually free, at least in Carrollton, KY and it is a fun change of pace from the Friday night football game, shopping at the mall, or sitting home in your jammies.

You don't have to stay long.  Come in, walk around, look at the art, talk to the artist, have a bite to eat.  Now that doesn't sound too painful does it?

We will be having openings the first Friday of every month from 4-8 p.m. so pencil us onto your calendar.  It will usually be a featured artist of the month, but we could branch out into a theme show or something else wild and crazy.  

I usually give something away.  Who doesn't like free stuff?  No free original art for you?  OK, don't put your name in the hat.  

Sometimes I have a pretty good sale on certain items.  Not sayin for sure, but you'll want to check out the prices on all the paintings I did as demonstrations during classes.

So there, now you have a fist full of reasons to come to our gallery opening tonight.  As if seeing 30 paintings in 30 days wasn't enough of a reason.  

See you tonight.
449 Main St.
Carrollton, KY  41008
4-8 p.m.


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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