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Friday, August 17, 2012

My gourd took third place


My painted gourd took third place at the Kentucky State Fair.

Jim and I spent Thursday at the fair checking out 
dairy cattle,
dairy goats,
chickens,
pigeons,
and
Jim's favorite
Rabbits.

We saw quilts, clothing, jellies, jams, 
pies, cookies, cakes, jewelry,
antiques, crocheted and knitted items,
tomatoes, cabbage, watermelon, and all sorts of produce.
There were baskets, floral arrangements, photography,
drawings, and paintings.
Neither of my paintings scored a ribbon,
but my gourd did.
It had a mountain lake scene on it.

It was a fun day.
I didn't mention the food.  

Maybe next time I'll tell you how much ice cream I ate.
But maybe not.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

And the Winner Is


This was the consensus of the group.
The Snow Scene.
Barbara Ball Pask was the name I pulled out of the hat.
She will win the painting marked #1,
which is the one she voted for.

This is what the painting looked like matted and framed and ready to go to the fair.

Cassie Coleman will be receiving a set of 3 note cards for her name of "Midwinter Chill".  

Thank you all for your votes.  
I'm sorry it took me so long to get this completed.  
I've been having internet problems.


This was my large entry.
It's a 16" x 20" acrylic on a canvas panel.


This is my painted gourd I entered.  
It has the same scene with more detail as #3.


This was the original photo of the three mini paintings I did and then couldn't decide which to enter.

Thank you all for your help in deciding.  

I went with the snow scene because it overwhelmingly had the most votes
and
I, for whatever reason sell a lot of snow scenes.
So maybe I'm better at them than other things.
Anyway,
"Midwinter Chill" won here
and let's hope it wins there.

I'll let you know.



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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Names and Opinions


Help me decide and name my State Fair entries.


I'm entering a mini painting in the Kentucky State Fair.
I've done three and I need you to help me decide which one to enter.
The maximum total square inches allowed is 25".

These are 4" x 4"

I have all three of them listed below with a close up of each one below.

Please tell me in the comments which one you prefer and a suggestion for a name. 








Leave me a comment and you'll be registered to win one of the other two.

Remember, they're only a 4" x 4".




Friday, August 3, 2012

Buying the Artist

I follow artbizblog by Alyson Stanfield and she had deep thought Thursday asking the question do you buy the art or the artist.  This has brought on deep thoughts in deed.  Jim (a fellow follower) responded on her blog that collectors buy the artist and people buy the art.

Now that's a deep thought.

As I thought about it, I think Jim is right.There are artists I follow that I know I would be buying the artist.  These are artists I've followed and see their work whenever they post new work.  They have different styles and the main similar thread is their use of beautiful color.

Barbara Ball Pask - friend from high school in Mason, OH and great artist.  Love the way she turns an everyday normal house into beautiful art.

Dreama Tolle Perry - I took a class from and is responsible for not only incredibly beautiful art but also for making a cat and a mouse famous.

Becky Joy - definitely has the right name.  Viewing her art brings joy to my life.

Laurel Daniel - another prolific artist who is active and out there creating beautiful pieces every day.

These are just a few of the artists I enjoy following.  I receive many inspiring works of art in my inbox every day.  Isn't that fun!?

What about you?  Who are your fav's and would you be buying the art or the artist?

Leave a comment about your thoughts on this topic.


Here's a 5 x 7 painting I did inspired by a beautiful place, 
Stream Cliff Farms and after I took a class with Dreama Tolle Perry.
(Since we're visual people, I had to throw in a fun painting.)

Just had another thought.
As artists we are influenced by so many other artists,
when you buy a piece of art from one artist,
you're really getting little snippets from other artists as well.

Just thinking.



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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.