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Friday, September 25, 2015

FREE Painting?

If It's FREE
It's for Me!

I have a friend who lives by that motto.
I give away a painting every month
 to someone on my email list. 
So,
You might want to get on my email list.
 Just sayin!

On the top right side of my blog, is a blue button that says, strangely enough
"Enter to Win a FREE Painting

Click on the button and enter your name and email.

At the end of every month, I draw out one of those email addresses and I send them an email saying YOU WON!
Then you have 24 hours to email me back with your address so I can ship your new FREE painting to you, unless you can come in and pick it up.  
If I don't hear back from you in 24 hours,
alas, I draw out someone elses name.

This is Miss September

She is a lovely 6" x 6" palette knife and water miscible oil painting.  And she is calling your name.

So hurry on back to the top of the page and for Heaven's Sake
get signed up to win.
I give one away every month.

Spread the love around and forward this email to any of your friends you think might like to win a FREE painting.


  This course has everything in it to get a beginner painter off on the right foot from
color:wheels,charts, mixing -
brushes: what and where to buy and
 how to use -
Supports: which are nothing more than something to paint on -
Creating Form: using color -
Perspective -
Composition -
How to practice -

and then, before you know it, you'll be ready for the two paintings I have step by step instructions for in the course.

I have included:
  • PDF's
  • Power Points
  • Videos 
  • Shopping lists 
  • Cheat sheets
 It's all in one place and ready for you or a friend or family member to learn how to paint.
So don't be afraid to forward this to anyone you think might be interested. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.


 
Click Here for FREE painting lesson.

Friday, September 18, 2015

About Acrylic Paints

This is where my art journey began.
And I paint in acrylic paint,
so I wanted to share with you some info on
acrylic paints.

Here is a handout I made to explain the different types of acrylic paint.

What Is The Difference in Acrylic Paints?



1.   Heavy Body Acrylics are typically found in Artist and Studio Grade paints, and they are the best choice for heavier paint application.  Heavy Body refers to the thickness of the paint.  Heavy body paints will leave brush or palette knife strokes.  They come in tubes or jars.

2.   Student Acrylics are similar to professional artist acrylics, but they have lower pigment concentrations, less expensive formulas, and a smaller range of colors. Colors are designed to be mixed, although color strength is lower.

3.   Fluid Acrylics, or soft body acrylics, are not as thick as heavy body acrylics, but they generally have the same heavy pigmentation of the heavy body acrylics. They are available in either Artist quality or Craft quality.  They are good for watercolor techniques, airbrush application, or when smooth coverage is important.   Fluid acrylics can be made thicker or thinner by mixing them with any type of acrylic mediums.

4.   Open Acrylics remain wet on the palette for longer periods of time.  Color mixes are usable longer, resulting in less waste. Their longer working time makes them an excellent choice for many techniques, including plein air painting and portraiture. They may be used with natural fiber brushes, and also work well with more traditional painting techniques.

5.   Acrylic Paint Markers can be used on hard, non-porous materials such as glass, plastic, and metal. Use them on any surface that is not oily, greasy, or waxy. They are more opaque than ordinary ink and dye based markers. Light colors can cover dark surfaces.

I'm going to pull back the curtain 

and teach beginning painters how to get started,
what supplies they need,
what to buy and where,
how to understand color,
how to hold a brush,
how to create form,
how to create perspective,
why some compositions work and others don't
how to practice
and then finally,
teach you how to paint not 1 but 2 paintings
using step by step instructions.

This online course really will teach a beginning painter
how to get started on the right foot.
All in one place, for one low price.



 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Getting From Point A to Somewhere Else

Or As Stephen Covey Would Say,

Begin With The End in Mind

I was asked recently to host a birthday party in River Run Gallery for a young girl and they wanted to paint bunnies.

Then I received a text with the photo of the particular bunny they wanted to paint.

You've seen those phone pics right.
About 1 square inch.

So where do I start?

This is where I started.
On my 18" x 24" sketch pad.
Yes, I took the 1 square inch pic and turned into a larger than life size drawing.
I knew that would be too much for this party, 
so,
I thought this would be a doable painting for my young friends.

   And I was so RIGHT!

Look at all those happy faces and bunnies!

I love it when a plan comes together! 

I've heard from lots of people that they wished they lived closer so they could take advantage of the painting classes in River Run Gallery.
Now neither you nor I have to move.

I have created an online course for beginning painters that I think you're going to love.

You can scope it out at

You've been warned! 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Art Buddies

What Generation Gap?

When I first started teaching art about 4 years ago,
my very first student was Alex.

Some of you may remember her.

This was when I taught art lessons in my home.
We became very good friends,
even though there is little bit of a difference in our ages. 
Well today was a really fun day in River Run Gallery
because Alex came in to get caught up on a drawing lesson
so she can join the beginning drawing class in the Gallery on Tuesday.
Alex started the sixth grade this year,
and wants to really learn how to draw.
She missed the first lesson, 
but I really wanted her to learn this,
so she came in today and I got her caught up
and she is ready for her closeup.
Now I'm turning her over to our excellent teacher
Jeremy Cobb.
Be Gentle!
She's a special lady!

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Giving Birth

Announcing

(wow!  It fit on one line). 

I know!
 It's the cutest online course 
you've ever seen. 

This course has been months
 in the creation phase,

has already had tons of videos of it taken,

was born with 11 modules

and 3 bonuses

and much thanks goes to midwife Meredith Adler.

She coached me all the way!

I was pretty terrified once I had it all complete
to finally go LIVE!

I sat there for over 1/2 an hour trying to decide was I going to click the go live button.

Finally - 
After much pacing,
chewing on my lip
and ripping off all my nails,
I hit the button.





And there it was,
all ready for the people outside of my head
to see and judge.

It must be real,
because now it has its own facebook page.

  Hit that like and share button.

 Thanks to all for every suggestion I've received along the way.
Even the creation of the facebook page came as a sugguestion.

Please feel free to share this with 
as many people as you choose. 

 


 

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.