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Thursday, February 28, 2013

More Tweaking


So, once I started tweaking the chicken,
I knew I needed to tweak these shoes.
I didn't mind the shoes, but the shells didn't stand out like I wanted them to.
Sooooo,
I got out my tweaking brush,
OK I don't really have a tweaking brush,
but I lightened up the sand color on the painting on the right
and changed a few things on the shells.
I know it's not much of a change,
but it was enough that now I was happy.
And you want me happy right?

Oh well,
I like it better.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Gallery, New Reception


Consider yourself invited to a reception 
Saturday, March 2, 5-8 p.m.
at Mudlark Pottery Studio and Fine Art Gallery
on Main St in Warsaw, KY.

It's next to Jewell's in Warsaw, 
so in my book, that's a win/win.

Hope to see you there.
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Beach Collage


I love the beach,
and I had a great time
painting these beach paintings.

One of the great things I've learned lately
is how to make these collages, banners and badges.
Thanks Leslie.

These paintings can all be purchased on my website at
finenatureartbyslgraves.com.

I used picmonkey, or ipiccy.com to make this collage.
I can't remember which.  
Sorry.
It's not hard and I can figure it out,
so I'm pretty sure you can too.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Mudlark Pottery Studio and Fine Art Gallery



New Gallery Show
Friend Monalisa (yep that's her real name) Miller
has opened her own pottery studio and fine art gallery
in Warsaw, KY and I'll have a display there until March 27.
There will be a reception there this Saturday, March 2 from 5-8 p.m.
Monalisa is an incredible potter and her work is beautiful and functional.
I'll have 8 paintings on display, some of which are in the collage above.
If you're interested in any of these paintings 
please contact Monalisa at
P.O Box 360
102 East Main St.
Warsaw, KY  41095
859-630-0701
mudlarkpotterystudio@yahoo.com.
Click here to see her website and her beautiful work.   

And one of the best parts, it's right next door to a fabulous restaurant Jewell's.   

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

How to Tweak a Chicken


Really!
How to Tweak a Chicken

Well I tweaked this chicken.

The one on the left was one of my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge,
and I wasn't happy with it.

But I had to move on to the next days paintings,
soooo
it had to wait until I had a chance to Tweak it.
Once the 30 day challenge was over, it was the first thing I did.
Get down there and tweak that chicken.

On the right you can see I darkened up the feathers on the body,
and then I gave him a STRUT!
I gave him some tail feathers he could be proud of.
Now I'm happy,
hopefully he's happy too.


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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Waiting For A Turn


As I look out my dining room window,
my trees are full of birds waiting for a turn at the feeders.
Even animals have to learn to wait their turn.
There are probably 20 or more birds of different varieties waiting in the branches,
on the railing, and on the porch, waiting for their turn.

Naturally the woodpeckers get first dibs on suet or black oil seeds, but he will give up and let someone else have a turn too.

They are fascinating to watch.

Speaking of fascinating,
I did this painting with a palette knife.
Almost.
I did the sky, the tree and the snow with a knife,
but I couldn't quite get those birds in there with the knife
so with a few strokes of the brush, 
in they went.

I watched a 4 minute video of Leslie Saeta painting with a palette knife and thought,
well, maybe I can do that.
She said it is the one thing that will loosen up your paintings,
and she was right about that.  
This was a real fun painting to do and probably wouldn't have had the courage to do it, 
except after the 30 in 30 challenge, I feel like I can do anything.
I framed four paintings this morning and painted this.
I can do hard things.

6" x 6" acrylic on canvas panel.
It's done, but not sure if it's for sale.
It might already have a home.

Mine!
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Friday, February 1, 2013

30 Day Collage


So after we finished with our 30 days of paintings, Leslie Saeta our fearless paintress,
next invited us all to post a collage of our work on her blog.  

It is so cool to see everyone's paintings in collage form on there.
It's amazing to see how most artists have a very definite palette that they paint from.
Looking at my collage I don't really see those same colors repeating themselves,
but in some of the collages, it is striking.

Anyway, here are my 30 paintings I painted in 30 days.

Hope you enjoy and come back to see how the work progresses.
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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. 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 gallery website at www.riverrungallery.com . Thank you so much for stopping by.