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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Nervous Excitement

Early tomorrow morning,
I'll be driving to Carmel, IN 
to meet and learn from Dreama Tolle Perry.
I love her work
and can't wait to get started.
Always a little scary to try to learn a new way to do things.
But I'm all packed and ready to go.
WoooooHOOOOO!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Art, beautiful art.

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Why Should I (You) Purchase Original Art?

Why should I or anyone purchase original art?  There are lots of reasons you should at least consider original art, some of which are; you like it, it speaks to you, you like it, it reminds you of something or someplace, you like it, you have just the place for it, you like it.
I’d go for the “I like it” option.  No need to explain it to someone else or justify it.  I like it is enough.  If you know why you like it, that’s great, but you don’t have to. 
So why should I buy original art instead of a print?
There is a certain amount of prestige that comes with owning an original. But it’s the one the artist painted on.  They handled it. They had an idea.  They composed it.  They drew it.  They probably changed things on it.  They might have painted over it.  They signed it when they were finally finished.
Prints have their place because of their affordability, but a piece of original art that you like, brings pleasure and enjoyment every time you look at it.  Every time you feel the brush strokes on it.  Feel the different thicknesses of the paint on it. 
Admit it.  You like it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day


Happy Valentine's Day
Everyone


Monday, February 13, 2012

Better Days in Bedrock


WHEW!!!!
That's better.
I went into the studio this morning,
and thank goodness
I remembered how to hold a brush, make some strokes, and get something that looks like something.

Been trying to paint a cow or a calf,
and I've had this one calf every color a calf can be.
Today, it's a Hereford

And

It Looks Like a Hereford!

I'll post a pic later.

I feel better.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bad Day in Paintsville


No Pictures Here!
Had one of the worst painting days, yesterday
as part of one of the worst painting weeks, ever.
I know there will always be up and down weeks,
and this is one of the down weeks.

I love to paint,
and I will love to paint again,
but this week has been brutal.

There is a story about a stone cutter who keeps pounding away on a piece of granite,
with no apparent effect.
Pounding, pounding, pounding.
Then,
finally
with one more blow,
the stone breaks in two.

I hope,
I'm like the stone cutter,
I will keep on hammering,
but I sure could use a breakthrough
right about now.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Help for young artists


Where do artists come from?
Are they born or are they nurtured?
I don't know that answer,
but
I do know having the opportunity to be creative helps in that process.
Hand and eye coordination is improved the more it is used.
Helping a child color, paste, use scissors and think creatively is helpful on so many levels.
Here's a link for some easy art and craft projects for toddlers.
Since I have a three-year old in my home again,
we will be trying some of these in the near future.
Maybe today

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Thursday, February 2, 2012


Painted 
Framed
Attended a Webinar
Painted
Listened to Blog Talk Radio
Painted
Ate Lunch
Painted

Are you sensing a theme here.

Thursdays are one of my best and most productive days of the week
and today was a great Thursday.

Happy Thursday

Happy Groundhog's Day

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I'm floating


Floating

Thought I'd give lily pads a try.
I took an online class for them and liked them so well, my  daughter suggested a grouping would look great.
It was fun to see that doing these three right in a row, how the nuances of the pad itself became easier to see and paint.




This is the grouping lying on their sides.
You can see the sides are painted as well as the front.


This is the one on the left.


This is the one in the middle. . .

and, you guessed it, this is the one on the right.

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These are available as a group so please contact me if interested.


$100 each or $250 for all three




















About Me

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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 and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at slgraves6@gmail.com and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.