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Monday, April 14, 2014

Artful Campaigning

Artful Campaigning

My Son In Law, Eric Stewart is running for Family Court Judge
in Logan County, Ohio.

I am up at their home in Bellefontaine, OH working on the campaign for a few days.

(it's pronounced Bell - fountain).

Any way
today on the campaign trail,
I drove my 14 year old grandson around out in the county
as he knocked on doors campaigning for his father.

Isn't he just the cutest???

He has helped organize the routes of 36 precincts
with all the people who regularly vote in the primaries.

He has gone out every day to spread candidate love,
and flyers and signs everywhere,
after he has done early morning seminary,
practiced the piano and
done all his homeschool work
every day for weeks.

What we learned along the road today was everyone,
OK most everyone
has an artistic bone in them somewhere.

We were out in the county, not in a city or a town,
but out in corn and cattle country,
and we saw some really cute things people decorate their yards and homes with
to make it their own.


This super cute piece was made by a little old pipe smoking man out of tree bark and other scraps.

When I asked him if I could take a picture of it,
he wanted to show me the real animals he had in his little barn.

He had two little donkeys and one of them made quite the fuss when
we were introduced.
The gentleman was quite the character
but looking at his very neat little home and not a thing out of place barn,
you wouldn't know he had much of a sense of humor
until your eye caught this.
He had it outside on a wall of his garage.
The only decoration I could see,
but isn't it adorable.

 I don't know the story behind this little gem,
but it was too cute not to photograph.

This guy said his yard was a work in progress,
but let us add to it by putting a sign in his tastefully decorated front yard.

You can see the vibrant color of this log cabin barn quilt on this huge grain farm.

The world can never have too many guard dog gargoyles.

Industrial Yard Art.


I told you this was corn and cattle country, right?

Another success story,
as Caleb places another sign in this front yard.

Here's candidate Eric Stewart,
Future Logan County Family Court Judge.

It's late,
we're all tired,
but we've had a great day of campaigning
in the heartland. 

Thanks for checking in with us today.
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring in a Jar

Spring In A Jar
I've been practicing painting daffodils for several days now,
and I've finally gotten something I'm happy with.
It is a combination of almost every practice painting I did in the last week.
I have learned so much through the practice, 
like how to get the bell to have dimension,
How to paint forsythia branches and blossoms,
How to get my jar looking like a jar, 
How to get that filmy paper looking part of the bloom to quietly show up.

Without further ado,
I give you

Spring In A Jar
  is acrylic on 12" x 9" 110 lb natural white acrylic paper.

$100 + $6 shipping




Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Daffodil Learning Curve

I Paint, Therefore I Practice

You've heard of

Practicing Medicine

Practicing Law

Practicing Driving

but practicing art.

Well of course we practice

and practice

and practice.

I could not wait for spring to get here,
and guess what,

It's here!

Now I can quit practicing snow and begin practicing spring flowers,
mainly daffodils for now.


Flowers my husband picked for me from our yard.

I know, he's toooo sweet!

With this inspiration, how can I go wrong?

 
I used a 12" x 16" coated canvas paper for oil and acrylic paint and taped off 4 quadrants
and began my practice of four different views of daffodils from my vase.

It's interesting what happens to the paintings when I take off the tape.
It's sort of like what happens when you frame a painting.

The only difference between this practice painting and the above practice painting
is the removal of the tape.

Doesn't the eye play some really cool tricks on us.

More daffodils to come,
because they are still mastering me.

Thanks for viewing my practice session today.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Real Signs of Spring

Do You Need Some Spring?

I know I do!
It's only been warm a few days, but that's all these daffodils need.
Just a few days of warmth and they start popping out all over the place.


Daffodil Fiends
Quick studies because I couldn't hold the rain off.


Best Buds.
Started this one outside but ended up finishing it indoors.

You wouldn't want me to melt in that rain would ya?

Both 6" x 6" acrylic on a panel.

$50 each +$6 shipping


Jarring

7" x 5" acrylic on a panel

$50 + $6 shipping

This was a quick study because daffodils are really hard for me to paint.
It's painted with acrylic on paper.
I was trying to paint daffs going in different directions and get abetter 3D look.

Learned a lot from these four pieces.

There will be many more to come as I learn to paint them and the other flowers
 we grow here on the farm.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Water Color Bunny

Water Color Bunny

 If you're coming to my house,
you may just be painting.

Grandson Karter came to visit for a few days during spring break.
Usually he is outside working with Papa,
but he said he wanted to paint something before he went home.
So down  
              to
                   the
                                   studio
                                                 we
                                                              went.


 Karter man had at wok.


Finished Product.

Water color and pen.  

You can't see the plaid in his shirt very well here.  
But, it's there.

Thanks for stopping by today and leaving Karter a comment.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Florida Bird Watching

Testing the Waters

I recently returned from a traveling marathon to Utah and Florida.

The two climates are nothing a like and yet similar.
They are similar in that they are very different than what I'm used to.
They both have some very interesting birds.

But one is very dry and the other tropical.

I haven't been in the studio in almost a month,
so I decided to work on something I've seen most recently and that is this Ibis
as he was walking carefully in this bird sanctuary.

Their beaks are so interesting, long and crooked at the end.   

Cool Running
7" x5" acrylic on a panel
$50 +$6 shipping  
 


This shows up brighter on my monitor than it actually is.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sports Loving Artist

Gotta LOVE March

I guess I'm not a typical artist.
I don't know what a typical artist is or what they look like,
but
I don't think I fit into that mold.

I'm a sports fanatic and I love this time of year.

March Madness
and
Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds.

All in one month and within 24 hours of each other.

I used to take my kids out of school to take them to the Findlay Market Opening Day
 parade in Cincinnati. 
We also went to Fountain Square in 1990 when the Reds won the World Series.

I still love to go to the ball park.


Wanna Play
6" x 6" acrylic on a panel

$50 + $6 shipping

Click here to purchase 

     CAT Crazy
6" x 6" acrylic on a panel.
$50 + $6 shipping
Click here to purchase.

I am Cat crazy! 
That was quite a game Kentucky played against Michigan
and now they're in the Final Four!

It's funny how our lives change and metamorphisize.
We start at point A and move through several phases to get to point B, C or D.

I grew up playing baseball in a sandlot across the street
and learned to love basketball as a 10 year old when my Uncle took me to a
Cincinnati Royals game.
 I used to watch the Green Bay Packers on a small black and white TV.
 Learned to ice skate on a ditch in the back yard,
Learned to cast from my brother in the front yard.
Went hunting with my dad, brother and uncle on Thanksgiving.
 I raised cattle for 4-H.

I always had a creative side, but I grew up as a tomboy,
playing outside all day
coming in only when it got dark.

These two paintings bring back so many wonderful memories of my childhood
and my kids childhoods.

I love March.

Thanks for stopping in today.





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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