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Monday, June 19, 2017

Who Are YOU? - Motivation Monday

Who Are YOU?
 
What makes you, you?
 
Who do you think you are?
 
Are you who you think you are?
 
 Evidently,
this echinacea knows who and what it is.
It knows it's not a lily.
It's not yellow.
It will last longer than a day.
It has value as a healer.
Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds love it.
 
It knows what it is
and
what it isn't.
 
Just like each of us,
it has many facets, talents and abilities.
 
Just like each of us,
it has its own beauty.
 
Just like each of us,
it lives its life on its own terms.
 
Just like each of us,
its surroundings do not determine what it is.
 
Often times we feel like square pegs in round holes,
or maybe like an echinacea in a lily garden.
 
We didn't plant the echinacea there.
It just came up on its own.
I'm not moving it to where my other echinacea are.
I love that it reminds me every time I walk by,
that I am not like anyone else.
Neither are you!
 
We are all different and we should celebrate that.
We can admire each others talents and abilities,
without using them as our measuring stick.
 
My measuring stick is me.
Being the best me I can be.
 
My best me is as a teacher, instructor, guide.
I may never make a lot of money with my art,
but I love it when a student gets something they've been struggling with and I was able to help them understand and correct the problem.
 
I love it when a person leaves my studio with a piece they've done they are in love with!
 
For me there is so much satisfaction there.
 
What is your best you?
 
What makes you, you?
 
Leave a comment below.
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  

Click HERE to sign up for summer art camps 2017.
 
Click HERE to see my online art course. 
 
Don't forget to leave a comment on your best you.
 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Willing To Try - Motivation Monday

Give It A Try
  
Don't Let Fear Stop You!

Fear stops us so often from trying so many things.
Don't let it stop you!
Do not compare yourself to anyone else.
Try new things,
even though it may be uncomfortable.
We stop ourselves because we are afraid someone else will be better than us,
faster than us,
more talented than us,
and most often, that is not the case.

 
This group of ladies came to my new studio to paint.
Some had no art experience,
some loved art
and one had a degree in art.

Lots of fun going on here.

That's the goal.
Have fun.
Learn something new.
Play In The Paint.

These are the stones outside after we finished.
I sprayed them with an indoor/outdoor clear acrylic varnish.
I love that everyone was in the same class,
took the same instruction
and yet everyone created something different.

That's where our own personalities come in.
We add ourselves into the painting.
That's what makes it art!
That's why some pieces of art speak to us
while others do not.
We feel the spirit of the artist in certain pieces
we are drawn to.

These ladies had fun and created art!
What a wonderful day.


Great day at the farm.

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Put your email in the box and then click the confirmation link when you receive it in your inbox and you will have almost instant access to that complete FREE class.
Enjoy!

 
   

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Lots of Ways To Skin A Cat

And Lots of Ways To Paint A Peony

We raise peonies,
lots of peonies!

We have two 50 foot rows of peonies.
One row is several shades of pink
and one row is white.
 
 
And I love to pick them for the house.

 
Love, love, love them!
 
Another flower that is difficult to paint,
but there are lots of ways to accomplish it.
I'm just showing you one way here today.
 
Here's a short explanation of where I'm headed today.
 
Here's a very short time lapse video of the background.
 
This short video explains
 what happened in the time lapse video. 
 
This video shows step by step how I painted the peonies.
 
I have a free class on my website for painting daisies,
so I added some after I finished the peonies
and I added another peony going off the page.
 
 
 Click HERE to go to my website.
Scroll all the way to the bottom and there will be three boxes for my course, a single subject class,
and my free daisy painting class.
Click on that box and then add your email address
and confirm it when you receive a confirmation email address in your inbox.
The whole class will be available to you after that.
Enjoy. 
 
 The next day I painted this peony and daisy painting.
It's funny how when you paint something over and over,
you can begin to loosen up
and things just seem to emerge and happen.
You really start to see things differently.
 
Well, now you have no excuse for not painting peonies.
You have some photo reference,
you have video and explanations of how I did the background
and you have step by step instructions for how to paint the peonies, and you have a free class available to you to learn to paint the daisies.
Once you learn pieces you can put them together in so many ways to complete new paintings.
But it's in the doing and the re-doing,
and the learning and doing again,
that you'll really see progress.
 
You can't just try it once and say,
"Oh, I'm no good, I can't do it".
 
So go get out your paints and give it a go.
 
Have a great day
and thanks for stopping by.

 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Never Give Up - Motivation Monday

Never Give Up

In January, 2017 an injured eagle was found in the Ohio River near Carrollton, KY.

Several volunteer firefighters found it
and got it to Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary
in Louisville, KY.

The eagle is approximately 5 years old.

June 1st it was released back in Carrollton, KY.

This video was taken right before Carol was released.
The cage is sitting atop a volunteer fire truck.
You can tell she really wants out.

This is the actual release of Carol.

It is a once in a life time opportunity to see an eagle
released back into the wild.
Jim and I went and stood in awe as the cage door
was opened and out she flew,
dropping down and then headed upriver.
She headed right to the tallest tree on the river bank.
She stopped and perched on a very high branch.
She sat on the branch and scoped out the area.
Ready to hunt.

 Nearly 6 months after being in that cold frigid water,
she didn't give up and had been in rehab for over 5 months.
Then, the door was finally opened and out she went!
Back to the area she had lived in her whole life.

What do we learn from Carol?

Never Give Up !

Regardless of the situation,
we should never give up!

Some birds are never able to return to the wild
because of their injuries.  
But they have lives in the education program.
These birds are able to go to schools and organizations
for educational programs.

These are some of those birds.

 This is a screech owl.
You might have to zoom in on him 
because he sort of blends in with the tree.

 This is a barn owl!

These birds were impressive and enjoyed by all.
You don't get the opportunity to see these kinds of birds up close very often.

We are lucky in this area to have two different rescue operations that work to save these magnificent birds.

Click HERE to learn about Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary.
Click HERE to learn about Raptor Rehab. 

This and all similar organizations survive on donations.
Please consider giving to one of these or one near you.


Need an art experience for your child?
I am offering 5 different art camps this summer.

Click HERE to learn all about them. 

To all my local followers,
my studio is open M-W-F 2-5 pm
at 1996 Bucks Run Rd.,
Ghent, KY.

Stop by, I'll be painting and we have all the produce we raise here on the farm available as well as our jellies, syrups, vinegars, and pickles.

If you are a beginning painter or would like to learn to paint,
my online beginning painting course could be just what you need.
Click HERE to visit my website and check out the iris class and the full art course offered there.
There is also a FREE daisy painting class there as well.
You merely have to put your email in the box and you will have instant access to the FREE class.
I have taught hundreds of beginners and 
I created this class just for you.

I teach every class or course step by step so you can see exactly how everything is done,
what brushes I use,
and how I mix paints.
the strokes I use.

 



 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Taking a Look Back

Taking a Look Back

Sometimes we just need a reminder to be motivated,
the why and the how can be elusive.

I find motivation in my studio.


Today, on Motivation Monday
I'm going to bring up a few Motivation pieces
for you to read, 
mull over,
and consider,
all on one page.

Click HERE if you want to make some changes in your life. 

Click HERE if you struggle with fear. 

Click HERE to learn my word for 2017 and it's influence. 

Click HERE to learn to live in the moment. 

Click HERE if you suffer from insomnia. 

So there you have 5 Motivation Monday posts
without having to hunt, scroll, or query.

Art Camps are forming for this summer.
This is the first one up for the summer.
We are going to learn about these 4 major artists,
several 19th-20th century artists,
and artists in this part of the country.
Your student will paint a different painting each day
in the style of the 4 major artists we'll study.

Sign your child up today.
Click HERE to see all 5 camps and sign up.
 

 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Motivation Monday - Keep On Keepin On

Keep On - Keepin On

I am going to get this -
Some Day

Isn't this little guy too cute.
This is my youngest grand child Josh.
 
Sunday I had some time so I decided to try drawing
him, again.
I've drawn him and painted him, several times
 with moderate success.
 
You know I'm always saying, keep working at it.
Don't give up!
Try again!
Practice, Practice, Practice!
 
So I took my own advice and tried again.
 
 
It's not a bad drawing, but it's not a great likeness.
 
But it is the best one I've done so far.
 
This morning when I got up I took another look
at the drawing and the photo.
As I compared the two,
I saw some things that weren't correct so 
so I set about trying to make some corrections.
 
Here's them next to each other.
 
 

1st attempt

With some corrections to the mouth and chin.

This is a better likeness, but still not close enough.

But I'll keep working on it.
Maybe I'll work on his sister Karen first.

The point is, to keep at it.
Just because you don't get it the first time,
try again and again and again.
I learned something new every time I've tried to draw
one of my grandchildren.
You will too!

And finally,
yes, I'm going to say it again.
It's all in what you see.
You have to keep looking at your drawing or painting,
and what you're rendering it from.
Step away from the project and come back in a day or so.
It's amazing how quickly I saw a few problems
when I slept on it for a night.

When I looked at it this morning,
it was almost like having a neon arrow
pointing to the problem area of the mouth and chin.

Thanks for stopping by today,
and keep on keeping on.

Click HERE if you have a child who'd love art camp. 

Click HERE to learn about my online painting course. 


 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Painting an Heirloom - Motivation Monday

Painting an Heirloom

I love painting furniture,
so last week I painted a piece that's been in my family
for years,
and the scene has also been
 rolling around in my brain for years.
 

This is a cedar chest my uncle who is 87, made for my mom when he was in high school.
My mom would have been 90, so this piece is about
 70 years old.


We had a huge rain storm 2 weeks ago and water got in our basement where this has been.
So, I thought it was a perfect time to take it out to my studio
and get started on it.

So after all the sucking up water with shop vacs, carpet cleaning, removing and replacing baseboards, and running industrial fans for 72 hours,
I emptied it out and we took it out to my studio.


I had it sitting up on a table so it was almost at eye level.
 

It's a large cedar chest and I cannot remember a time this wasn't in my home. 
 My mom gave it to me about 70 years ago when she moved to Florida.
 It has been painted all sorts of colors over the last 70 years or so.
 
 And here is a close up of the finished product.

I guess this proves that we're never too old to be useful.
We're never too old to try something new.
We're never too old to shine!

And this 70 year old cedar chest does shine!

If you would like to learn to paint in acrylics?
Click HERE to go to my website,
scroll down to the bottom and sign up for the FREE Daisy Painting Class. 


Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Motivation Monday to ya!


 
 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Seeing is Believing

Would I Be a Reliable Eye Witness?

And the answer is NO!

Rose-breasted Grosbeak by jaynegulbrand/Shutterstock
 
Last week a rose-breasted grosbeak showed up at my feeder.
I had never seen one before and didn't know what it was.
My bird loving uncle taught me to make mental notes of size of bird, color of beak, color of legs, and markings.
I was talking to myself describing this bird.
But, while I got the yellow beak, and the color of the legs right,
I was totally off on the color of the head.
I saw much more white on the head and back
 than was actually there.
This bird has white bars on its wings
 and maybe that's what threw me off. 
 
But I was sure it had a white head also.
About an hour later, it came back and I was shocked
at what I got right but more so about what I got wrong.
 
Which tells me, even though I was concentrating on what this bird looked like, I still didn't see it or remember it correctly.
 
I also learned that maybe what I think I see,
is not exactly what I see.
 
So, how does that pertain to painting?
As I try to remember what something looked like to paint it,
I may not always be able to trust my memory.
It's important if I see something I want to paint,
to take notes and pictures and more notes
if I can't paint it immediately. 
 
Learning to see is critical when painting,
particularly when painting plein air, or on location.
But remembering is also pretty important.
I definitely need to work on both those skills.
 
Facts about this bird - 
According to the American Bird Conservancy, 
the rose-breasted grosbeak has a sweet song similar to a robin,
and it's call note is like a gym shoe squeaking on a gym floor.
Unlike other birds, these grosbeaks, male and female, share, incubation, brooding, and feeding duties at the nest.
It Breeds in North American forests and second-growth habitats; winters in forests in the Caribbean and Latin America.
 
Thanks for stopping by today!
 
If you're interested in learning how to paint,
I have an online painting course you might want to check out.
Click HERE to look over my class or full course. 
You can scroll all the way to the bottom and sign up to take a FREE class painting daisies.
 
Do you have a child who you think would benefit from an art camp this summer?  I am offering 5 different camps.
 Click HERE to learn about art camps in my new art studio.  
 
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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.