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Monday, September 29, 2014

Day 29 - Precious

Day 29 - Precious

OMG!  She is so precious!
8" x 8" acrylic on a panel
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My husband, Jim, raises lots of animals on our small farm.  He has rabbits, goats, a calf, miniature horses, pigeons and sheep.  Sheep are calm and mostly nice.  The rams will, however, often but you if he thinks you're doing something he doesn't like.  The mom, though are sweet and very good mothers.  

Baby goats sometimes struggle at birth and we sometimes keep them in a box in our kitchen in the winter.  Baby lambs are much stronger and within minutes are  bouncing around.  And, they are so CUTE!  

Thank you for following along on this, my fourth 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and I hope you have enjoyed the "scenes from my front door".  Friday, Oct. 3, 4-8 p.m. is an opening reception and all 30 paintings will be on display.  If I painted something of yours and you would like to purchase it, you can take 10% off that night.  Please stop by and enjoy some food, fun and friends.   

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day 28 - My Blue Heaven

Day 28 - My Blue Heaven

8" x 8" acrylic on a panel
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I live out on a small farm in Kentucky and we have lots of hills and trees and the sunsets are often spectacular, but they don't last long.  I snapped this one Friday night on the way into the house.  Then I tried to paint in from my cell phone pic on Saturday for Sunday's painting.  I have barely been able to keep up let alone get ahead, so this is the first time I've been ahead since Day One.

I've done the 30 in 30 days challenge by Leslie Saeta all four times now and as I've said, this has been the hardest of the four.  I don't know that I'll go again if we do it in January.  But we'll have to see.

Friday, Oct. 3, from 4-8 p.m I'm having a reception at River Run Gallery Fun Art Studio, 449 Main St., Carrollton, KY featuring the  30 paintings in 30 days.  Please come out and join me, if you're in the area.  We'll have some fun, food, friends and art, as seen from my front door.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 27 Red Case

Day 27 - Red Case 


8" x 8" acrylic on a panel
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I'm not sure if it's vintage or antique, but I do know it's beautiful.

But it's also red.  All red.  Everything is red.
And that's really hard to show a shape  or features if everything is one color.

I mixed up a half a  dozen or more of reds so I could get some shape and dimension. 

Even the engine is red.

Good thing the tires are black.

Day 27.  The challenge is almost over.
Friday, Oct. 3, 4-8 p.m. at River Run Gallery, 449 Main St., Carrollton, KY.,
 I'm having an artist reception featuring all 30 paintings.
There will be some light refreshments, friends and hopefully you.
Please stop in.

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day 26 - Two For Tea

Day 26 - Two For Tea

8" x 8" acrylic on a panel
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Day 26, only four more to go in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and I see daylight.  Please don't be a train.  This time the challenge has been very challenging, but I have had several break through moments and that's what happens when you can paint every day with some kind of goal.  The goal can be to paint 20 minutes, to paint using two colors and white, to paint something I've never painted before, to not let a pear kick me all over the studio.  This one did.

I've never painted a pear before and I've heard several people say how hard they are with all the angles.  Well, they were right.  The pear was much harder than the apple.  The teapot, oh the teapot.  I love it and all it's reflections bouncing everywhere since it is enamel.  It was a great find at a local auction recently.

Thanks for following along on this journey this month.  Whew,I'm tired! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 25 - Main Street Hibiscus

Day 25 - Main Street Hibiscus

 8" x 8" acrylic on a panel
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This potted hibiscus can be seen from my gallery, since that's my theme, "scenes from my front door".  If you live in Carrollton, KY., no doubt you've seen it, but where have you seen it.  Think hard I'm sure it will come to you.  Leave a comment if you know where to find it.

Breakthrough Moment:   As I was painting this I had a break through moment painting the leaves.  I have had trouble in the past painting a flower with a trumpet center, but I also learned a lot about that from this flower.  I photographed it and painted it from the photo.  The most important part of being an artist is learning how to see, and I stared at this photo a lot before and during the painting process.  I learned how to get the ruffles in the petals and how to get the trumpet looking longer.  You have to make a hard edge across the front of the trumpet in a lighter shade with the back of the trumpet being darker and with no bend. 

Thank you for following along on this challenge and you're invited to a gallery opening Friday, October 3, from 4-8 p.m.  I'll have all 30 paintings on display with information about each one.  If you own the building or item I painted and want to purchase it, you will receive a 10% discount that night. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 24 - Dinner at Grandma's

Dinner At Grandma's

8" x 8" acrylic on a panel

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This is my plate from my Grandma Kirk's best Sunday China.  I doubt I ever ate off of it because I don't think I ever got to eat at the dining room table.  We were always at a card table in the living room with all the "children".  But I have a plate.

I've looked all over the country for more plates or other pieces to go with my plate, but I've never found one single piece.  It's got freesias and not roses, so you don't see them every day.  But any way, it hangs on the wall and it can be seen from my front door which is my theme.

Only six more days and the challenge will be over.  I'm exhausted this time, but I'm going to make it.  But I may not be able to do it again in January this time.  But I have learned so much from each challenge I've participated in and I am so grateful to all my family and friends who have followed along on this journey.

 

Day 23 - Tent City

Day 23 - Tent City

 Tent City
8" x 8" acrylic on a panel
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It's fall and festivals are happening everywhere.  Carrollton, KY is no different as we have the tobacco festival this weekend.  Carrollton once was the king of the burley tobacco market and this festival has been going on for over 60 years.

There's a parade, pageants, the bucket brigade, rides, fried everything, raffles, giveaways, and lots of things for sale.  There is free entertainment every night and dancing in the street.

The two tents I painted are directly across the street from River Run Gallery.  The pageants were held there the last several nights.  I had a really bad day yesterday, painting and otherwise, so this one is a day late, but as long as I get the 30 paintings done in 30 days it counts in my world.

Thank you so much for following along on my crazy challenging journey this month.  I appreciate everyone of you.   

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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 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