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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fellow Artists, How Do You Do This?

Artists Who Do Art Fairs,
Just How Do You Do This?

I only do one show a year, and it is this Saturday in Augusta, KY.,
and to my fellow artists who do this all season,
MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU!

Getting ready for a show is hard work and I'm exhausted.
  • I did several paintings today,
  • cut mats and mounted some paintings I did on paper,
  • framed several pieces,
  • picked out what pieces I want to take,
  • and on and on and on.

    A few weeks ago I went to Augusta to plein air paint and to photograph some of the beautiful homes there to use as reference material.

    This is Rosemary Clooney's home on Riverside Dr.
    Heather French Henry now owns it and has a great museum there as a tribute to Rosemary.

    We used to live near Augusta and I owned a flower shop there.
    I worked for Rosemary, her brother Nick and wife Nina on many occasions. In fact, when I moved my shop across the street I rented a store from Nina Clooney.  She has her own shop open there now.

    I loved the doorway of this beauty with its metal railings and brick stairs.


    Walcott Bridge is in Bracken County,
    and if you didn't know it was there, 
    it would be easy to miss it.  
     
    I spent several hours there painting earlier in the month,
    and this 18" x 24" was painted from that plein air study and photos I took that day.
    I lived pretty close to that bridge.
     
     I took the photo reference for this painting several years ago when I was there for Art in the Garden.
    Augusta has one of the few operating ferries on the Ohio River.
    It goes back and forth across the river all day long,
    and it's a favorite for many to hop on and take a ride across.
    This 11" x 14" has been framed in a barn wood frame.
     
    These will all be available at Art In The Garden
    this Saturday in Augusta, KY.
     
    I'll be in booth #20 on Riverside Dr.
     
    Stop by and say hi! 
   

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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.