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Friday, June 26, 2020

Immersed in Daisies

I Might Have Been Drowning in Daisies.

I like working in a series because it forces me to study one subject deeply.  Do it over and over and create
 muscle memory with the brush.

That's exactly what I did recently with daisies. 

First there's the prep work.  
I got a lot of canvases ready to paint by creating a grey using ultramarine blue and orange and white.  
 You can see the streaks in the canvases.
I don't like having a background with a solid color.
This always adds movement and depth to a painting.
Even if my painting covers every inch of the canvas,
I like to start this way.


Next came some warm up practice
 painting daisies in every direction.

Then it was time to get down to business.

I love painting daisies in Mason jars.
I love the blue and the white.  

I started out with 5" x 7" canvas panels.
It seems like it's easier to go from small to large than from large to small.


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These are in the Community Art Center in
Vevay, Indiana.

Then things began to get a little crazy.


This is 12" x 12" 
Is currently at The Community Art Center
in Vevay, Indiana.


This was an 8" x 10" on a stretched canvas
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This was a 16" x 20" on a stretched canvas.
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The next 3 paintings are all going to 
The Community Art Center in Vevay, Indiana today.

 16" x 20" On a stretched canvas

 This is an 11" x 14  on a stretched canvas.

 This is a 16" x 20" on a stretched canvas
and I needed to add some zinnias and echinacea into the mix.

This was 20" x 20" gallery wrap canvas.
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Here's a short video giving you a closer look at the group.

This is a group shot of most of the paintings I did in this crazy experiment, but not all.  

They were evidently popular with others as well as myself,
because many of them found forever homes.  

The main thing about painting this way is you learn so much
and your hand no longer has to think so hard about what to do next.  

I have a free daisy painting class on my website.

Follow the link below and sign up 
to take this totally free class.
Then you can begin your own crazy love affair with daisies. 

Click HERE to sign up for the FREE
Daisy Painting Class. 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Homeschool Fun Stuff

Homeschool Fun Stuff

Recently in my Facebook group,
Homeschool Art Club
while my grand kids were visiting from Utah,
we painted a tic tac toe set.  


Here we're painting the rocks.


Then we painted the X's and O's on them.


I took a placemat and made the board using painters tape.

We store it in a large ziploc bag with our other games.

Also in our Facebook Group
Homeschool Art Club recently,
we drew cartoon faces.  

That was lots of fun and very simple. 

If you have or know of a homeschool family who would like to add art to their curriculum, why not share this with them.

It's a fun FREE group and I go live on Wednesdays about 
1 p.m. with a new drawing or painting class.  


These were so much fun to draw.

Click HERE to visit the
Homeschool Art Club and then ask to join.
Then 3 questions pop up.  Answer those questions and that will open the door for you to hop on in and start adding art to your curriculum.  And right now, pretty much every family is a homeschool family.  

There's nearly 2 years of classes in 
Homeschool Art Club
and it's all there for you for free.  

Hope to see you there

and

let's paint together real soon.

Click HERE to see my available art.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Taking a Flat Painting to a Finished Painting

My Painting Looks Flat!!!

You've been. working on a painting and you think you're done,
(how do you ever know)
but it looks flat.

What's the problem?

Here's my example.

My husband gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers for our 48th anniversary and of course, you know I had to paint them.
I did and I was relatively happy with the painting.

I didn't sign it though which usually means changes are on the horizon.  

The next day I was looking at it deciding if I was really done or not, and I saw it.

There was no distance between that big beautiful stargazer lily and the vase.

What to do - What to do?

I took some of the color I used for the vase and added its complement, the color opposite it on the color wheel.  I added some white and could have added more if I felt it was still too dark.
Then I made the shadow between the lily and the vase. 

 BOOM!



Much Better.

However, looking at the petals of the lily, I realized there was room for improvement, especially with the one in front.
It also looked flat, so I took the color of the lily and aded a tiny, I really mean tiny, bit of dioxazine purple to it to darken the center and give it a deeper feel.
On the petal to the right of that, I added a shadow where the petal is turning on the top, and I darkened the other petals a little to make the center pop.  

I also darkened up the leaves under the lily as they would be in shadow also.

Such small changes made a 
huge difference in this painting.

If you're not certain if you're done,
it's always a good idea to leave it sit for a day or 2 and come back to it.  
Look it over and see if anything speaks to you.

It was just a few strokes that gave this painting the zing I was looking for.
It took less than 5 minutes once I stopped looking at the parts and began looking at the whole painting.

Just in case you were wondering...

Yes.

I signed it. 

And it's available.

Anniversary Flowers
10" x 8" canvas panel, unframed
$50 + shipping




If you've always wanted to learn to paint,
 but life got in the way,
join my free Facebook group,
Bucket List Artists.

Click HERE to join.  
Ask to join and the key that unlocks the door to over a years worth of posts, live videos, hints, tips, etc., is to answer the 3 questions that pop up. 
Can't wait to see you in there.

Stay well and 
let's paint together real soon. 

Monday, April 13, 2020

We Sold The Farm

Yep!

We Sold The Farm!

We've packed up 20 years of life
and have moved about 40 miles to the south nearer to 2 of our 4 children and their families.

Yes, right in the middle of the pandemic of the Coronavirus, 
we moved.  
We had to wear masks and gloves for one closing,


This was taken outside the closing on the farm.


This was at the closing in the parking lot on our new house.


and on the porch of our new home. 
As you can see the yard is a mess but 
Jim will be whipping that into shape real soon, I'm sure. 




Here's a short video of my new studio in it's raw stage.

It had ugly green carpet on the floor and my husband Jim ripped it up, at my encouragement and more likely insistence 
and I've ordered new flooring.
Hopefully it will arrive this week and we'll get that down and I can move forward in getting my new studio up and running.
I don't want to bring all my stuff in here, and then have to move it out to put the flooring down.  
I'm really not good at doing things twice for no good reason.  

I brought in just enough stuff so I could teach 
a class to my online friends. 

It is posted on my Painting With Acrylics 101.com Facebook page.
Click HERE to go to that page.  It's a little fractured so you may have to scroll past the ending to get to the beginning.
Does that make ANY sense?

I usually post a class like this on my Facebook groups,
but because of the stay at home order all over the place,
I thought I'd make it available to anyone who wanted to see.

I'll post it in my next blogpost.

If you've always wanted to learn to paint and/or draw, but life got in the way, join my Facebook group created especially for you. 
Click HERE to go to the group.
Ask to join and then answer the 3 questions that pop up.
That's your key into the group.
There's over a years worth of painting and drawing lessons available in this group.  

If you're a homeschool family and would like to add art to your curriculum, Click HERE to join my Facebook group.

I pray you and your family are well and safe.
these are crazy times and I know it is difficult to stay home.
Hopefully we will get a handle on this soon
and we can go back to living our lives.








Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Painting is So Much Fun!

Painting is Fun,
No Matter How Many Come!


Gary is a good friend of mine and last week he came to the Community Art Center of Switzerland County 
in Vevay, Indiana to paint this fun beach scene.  


Gary is all in for fun and for learning.
He listens and works hard to understand 
and follow directions.  
Because of that, he always does a great job.

This is his fun flip flop and beach scene.

(Applause)

Some of the things learned in this class were:
  1. Creating distance in the sky, water and sand,
  2. How to paint a weathered fence,
  3. How to draw and paint the flip flops
  4. How to paint distant birds,
  5. How to let go and have fun.


That last part is often hard for people to do.

Letting go, quit comparing yourself to someone else,
have fun can be so hard.

Why?
Why do we make it so hard?

Our insecurities grab a hold of us 
and start whispering in our ears:
"You're not as good as he is"
"You can't do this"
"Who do you think you are to think you can paint"

Ever hear any of that going on in your head?

STOP IT!

Stop that voice!

Tell that voice to go away!!!

Don't let that voice steal your joy!

Join us for our next class
and leave "the voice" at home!

Here's the list of classes in March created for beginners:


March 14, Paint 2 wine glasses
noon - 2 p.m. 
Community Art Center of Switzerland County, Vevay, In
$20

March 21, Paint this Easter Basket
noon - 2 p.m. 
General Butler State Park
Recreation Center - between the tennis courts and the conference center.
Carrollton, KY
$20


March 21, Paint This Easter Basket
noon - 2 p.m.
Community Art Center of Switzerland County,
Vevay, In
$20

Three opportunities to take a beginning painting class.

I'll be walking you through step by step, not just the how,
 but also the why we do things.

Bring yo momma, yo sissy, your BFF, your posse'
or come as you are.
You'll make friends,
you'll learn something,
you'll have fun!!!




Wednesday, February 19, 2020

You Can Learn to Paint

You Should Join Us
The Third Saturday of the Month

The third Saturday of the month you are invited to paint with me at General Butler State Park in Carrollton, KY.
Noon - 2 p.m. 
$20 and I supply everything.
We've moved to the recreation center
 near the conference center. 



This past Saturday a group of ladies came to the park to paint this fun beach scene.


Mom and sisters came together to paint
and have fun.


Susan has come several times and has done some great work.
Yep right now she's painting upside down.

There's more than one way to skin a cat ya know.

This is usually where I put my video of the painters painting, but for some reason I can see the video and I can watch the video but I can't transfer the video anywhere.
(Gee I love technology)


But here we are with our finished products.  
Looks at all those fun flip flops.  
This was a great group even if we were few in numbers.  


Some of the things they learned was how to create depth in a sky, how to paint water and sand, 
the how behind laying out a painting.  They learned how to paint sand so it looks wet, how to paint a rustic wooden fence, how to paint grass and 
how to paint small birds in the distance.  

I try to make sure all my students understand the why of what they're doing and to just, "put a stroke here".


Here are the paintings we will be doing in the future. 

 March 21, we'll be painting this charming Easter basket.
You'll have lots of creativity in your basket and what color you choose for your eggs and your grass.  


April 18 we'll paint this fun blue jar with tulips and hydrangeas in it.

You're going to love painting glass.

May 16th we'll be painting this fun lighthouse.
Make it any lighthouse you want.
I'm just teaching a method, you make it your own.

Remember, it's the 3rd Saturday of the month,
noon - 2 p.m.
General Butler State Park
Carrollton, KY  41045
at the recreation center next to the conference center.
$20 and I provide everything you need.
You provide the fun.

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If you've always wanted to learn to paint or draw, 
but life got in the way,
 join my FREE Facebook group
 Bucket List Artists. 

Click HERE to go to the page.
Ask to join and answer the 3 questions that will pop up and you'll be in in no time.
I go live in there Thursdays at 1 p.m.
There's over a years worth of classes 
just waiting for you to join in.  

The key to unlocking the door to all this camaraderie and fun and instruction is answering the 3 questions.  If you don't answer, the door can't open and I want you in here having fun and learning how to paint and/or draw.  

For more instruction, click HERE to go to my website
where I have paid classes, a full blown art course, a free blog with lots of instruction and a free 4 video painting class.  


Click HERE to go to my other website
 with all my available art.  

Hey, thanks for stopping by today and 
let's paint together real soon.  




Friday, February 14, 2020

How To Paint A Pine Tree - Beginning Art Lesson

Paint A Pine Tree

This weeks YouTube video is how to paint a pine tree.  


Let's not waste any time.
Let's get right down to it 
and learn to paint those pine trees.


This video teaches how to achieve 3 dimensional perspective for the pine trees, how to create a shadow
 and how to create depth.
Lots of great info for a beginning artist.

If you haven't subscribed to my channel
 and are a beginning artist, you really should.
I have tons of videos on my channel
 created especially for beginning artists.

If you're a beginning artist, I also have a 
free Facebook group created especially for you. 

Click HERE to
1. go to the page,
2.  ask to join
3.  answer the 3 questions

Start learning how to paint and/or draw almost instantly.  

Are you a homeschool family who would like to add art to your curriculum?  I've got you covered there also with a free facebook group especially for you.  
Click HERE to
1.  go to the page
2.  ask to join
3.  answer the 3 questions

It's a safe place for your homeschool kiddos to learn art concepts and to post their work.  

Thanks for stopping by today
 and let's paint together real soon.



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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.