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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day 21 - Sunday Afternoon

Day 21 - Sunday Afternoon


Day 21 - Sunday Afternoon
8" x 8" acrylic on a panel $95 + $6 shipping


Small towns all across the country look a lot like this.  Empty.  Shops, stores and offices closed up.
Quiet. Restful. Unassuming.

Only nine more days in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.  Time has flown by.  I have grown a lot and had several break through moments.  This painting has some of the benefits of those break throughs.  Perspective has given me fits in the past, but I'm beginning to make some progress.  I had to draw this several times, because I couldn't get it right.  The street is going up hill but the angles of the buildings and windows needed to go down hill.  I knew what had to happen but I didn't know how to do it.  Finally, I saw it in my head.  Stop thinking about it and just do it.  So I did.   

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Day 20 - The Pumpkin Patch

Day 20 - The Pumpkin Patch

Here in Carrollton, KY we are having yard sales and side walk sales 
all around the court house square.

It's a beautiful day, even if a little breezy.
A lady unloaded a bunch of pumpkins from her truck
so you know I had to paint one or two.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 19 - Hog Wild

Day 19 - Hog Wild

And Wild It Is.

This sits out on the street in front of the gallery daily,
and it is beautiful.  

 I haven't ridden a motorcycle since 1973,
but this is so pretty.
And it had lots of challenges.
Not to mention all the shapes, 
the distance perspective,
glass,
and all that chrome.

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day 18 - Abstract Sunflower

Day 18 - Abstract Sunflower

After being kicked all around the gallery today, starting over twice,
I finally decided the piece I was trying to do was too difficult to fit into an 8"x8" panel,
I didn't have the patience,
I couldn't get the perspective right
or any other excuse you want to create.
I wanted to complete a painting using my theme of "Scenes from my front door"
so I did what any self respecting artist would do,
I improvised. 
I got out my file of photos of things I've photographed in my front yard and voila'
Out came this sunflower.

It was in my front yard with all this beautiful light coming through lots of green leaves of some sort.
So,
here is Day 18 - Abstract Sunflower
8" x 8" acrylic on a panel
$95 + $6 shipping

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day 17 - Gased and Ready

Day 17 - Gased and Ready

This boat can be seen from the deck of River Run Gallery 
in Carrollton, KY.
It's at a private dock and I'm pretty sure it's gased and ready to go at a moment's notice.

I've been working on improving my perspective and this gave me lots of challenge.
Or as a friend I worked with would say, "Here's an opportunity to learn something."
I did learn a lot from this painting.
I also love to paint water and reflections.  
These were really fun because there were so many layers of reflections.  
Gased and Ready
8" x 8" acrylic on a panel
$95 + $6 shipping. 


Day 16 - Barred

Day 16 - Barred

This was a really fun painting to do because I did it plein air in front of the library.
I had lots of people walking by commenting on it, and at one time I had a pretty good size group of young people watching and asking questions.

One young man wanted to know what I was doing.
I told him I was painting the jail.
He said, "I know that, but why are you painting?"
I replied, "because that's what I do".
I thought about the exchange the rest of the evening and I don't know why,
it's just what I do.

 8" x 8" acrylic on a panel
$95 + $6 shipping


This jail is old, like Carrollton and it was used up until the late 1960's or early 70's as a jail.  It has four cells and a pot bellied stove in the middle to heat them all.  The windows are narrow slits in the stone work and they have glass now,but I'm not sure they always did.   It is a tourist attraction today and you can go in and walk all the way around the cells.  The Main St. office is upstairs, just under that over hang on the right.  You can take your photo in one of those scenes with the holes cut out for your face.  It's kind of creepy when you go in for the first time, and I've had more than one grandchild back their way out almost before they got in. 

So all you artists out there, put in the comments why you paint.  I'm still thinking about that answer myself.

Monday, September 15, 2014

OMG It's Day 15 - Dreams

OMG!  It's Day 15

Do You Have Dreams


I don't know how many of you had these kind of dreams as a little girl,
but I sure did.

This tutu and pointe shoes are in the dance studio down the street from me.

We all have dreams of one kind or another.
These were mine until I was about 17.

Then I finally realized I was not flexible enough,
didn't have good hip turnout,
and probably just didn't want it badly enough.

This is not quite ready for prime time,
a tweak and there needs to be done,
but it's day 15 and I can't dawdle.

I must move on to the next one.

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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