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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Painting In A Group

. . .Can Be Scary!

I have soooo been there!

You want to learn to paint,
you sign up for a class,
you show up, 

and. . .

so does fear and trepidation!


Thanks to the Carroll County Public Library and the Carroll County Arts Board, these folks had the opportunity to learn to paint and have a ball too!

I've gone to workshops and walked in
and immediately KNEW everyone in the room
 was better than me.

You can tell that by their shoes Sharon?  

It is scary to actually get yourself to a class 
full of other people and they might see your work,
or how you hold the brush,
or what colors you prefer,
or that you don't know something. . .


I taught two classes yesterday of eager beginning painters,
and I love teaching beginners.

They are so much fun, they want to learn,
it's all new to them,
and we usually have a ball.

I come out rejuvenated and I hope they come out feeling like they learned something and they can learn more.

But it is scary!
I hope we have enough fun to shoo that scary feeling away.


Here's some of the fun.


And here's more of the fun!


Yep!  You're seeing it right.
That lady on the right from the Senior Center showed up in a white lace dress and hat to paint.

And she got out unscathed and unpainted on her dress.




This fun bunch has lots of family in it.

One painter had to leave to get an
 allergy shot before the pic.  

I think everyone was nervous but they all did a great job.

We had a lot of fun.

OK!  I had a lot of fun
and I hope they did to.  

Click HERE to see how you can host a painting party
if you live somewhere near Carroll County, KY

And if you aren't local,
you know I have your back too.

You can click HERE to go to my website
and check out the FREE class I offer, the other single subject classes, my full blown art course and the
 Painter Nation Members Club.

The Painter Nation Members Club 
is a monthly membership site and you'll have access to many art concept classes as well as monthly project classes.  Each month I release a new bundle with drawing and painting classes on a specific topic.  
May was Peony month where I released a drawing class and TWO painting classes on peonies.
June was the prototype for this geranium class.
It has a class in drawing and painting geraniums.
The June bundle has 9 videos in the drawing class, 8 videos in the painting class and 2 videos in the How To Practice class.

If you use the coupon code VIP2018 at checkout, 
you'll get $5 off per month as long as you're a member.

If you'd like the Full Blown Art Course,
coupon code PWAFBAC2018 
gets you a full 20% off that course. 

It must be the heat the reason I'm giving away some pretty great discounts right now.

Anyway!
Hop on over to my website and give it a look.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by today.

Oh, and give some love to my students
 in the comments section.


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Learn to Paint and Draw Geraniums


The Painter Nation Members Club
has just released a new bundle.

The June bundle is all about
 painting and drawing geraniums.

Click Here to learn about the
Painter Nation Members Club.

The Painter Nation Members Club
is for those of you are serious about learning how to paint.
 In the Members Club you pay a very reasonable monthly fee to have access to many art concept lessons where you will learn things like how to use color, all about brushes, what types of surfaces can you paint and draw on, perspective, composition, and many others.

Then every month you will also receive brand new painting and drawing lessons all revolving around a single subject.

This month it is all about geraniums.
The drawing portion of the June bundle has 9 videos taking you step by step through this drawing.


Then there are 8 real time videos teaching you step by step how to paint this painting.


There are also 2 real time videos showing you how to practice stems, leaves and blooms of the geranium.


That is 19 real time videos teaching you exactly how to draw and paint these geraniums and how to practice so you have the best possible outcome.

Plus you get the May Peony bundle which is all about painting and drawing peonies.  That bundle has a practice section, a drawing section and TWO full completely different paintings in it.




The Painter Nation Members Club
currently has 6 other stand alone classes that will teach you art concepts that you will use in your art every single day.

Now how much Sharon, is the question on your mind,
am I right?

You get it ALL
for
(the suspense builds)
$24.99 per month,

but if you'll use the coupon code
VIP2018 
it will come directly to you for only
$19.99 per month
for as long as you're a member.

Click HERE to check out the Painter Nation Members Club for yourself.

Use the coupon code VIP2018 at checkout and the discount will be deducted there.  

This is an incredible amount of art lessons,
all in real time,
no time lapse or cutaways,
and you can cancel anytime you want to.

But why would you want to?

Click HERE in case you haven't looked it over yet.

It's a pretty insane price and all I can say is, 
it won't be this low forever.  

Friday, June 29, 2018

Get Ready For The Weekend!

Are You Ready For The Weekend???

Man it's hot here.
Too HOT to care if it's the weekend.



Wait!  Did I just say that?

I've worked hard all week!

I'm ready for a weekend!

I've created the June bundle for the
Painter Nation Members Club,
more on this later

I've done laundry,

I've pulled weeds,

I've planted plants,

I've sprayed weeds,

I've cooked,

I've done dishes!

Sounds like I should be ready for a weekend.

Of course the maid is not showing up,
so I will still have to do all those things.

Here's what a weekend looks like to a fox.


Yes, that's right,
it's really Thursday night but 
I don't think the fox cares.

There's mulberries that have fallen off the tree,
and she is out there lovin them.

She's not waiting for the weekend to enjoy a leisurely walk through a beautiful garden munching on some delish berries.

No she's out there on a Thursday, no less,
doin what she does.

Shouldn't that be me?

Shouldn't I be finding some joy every single day,
regardless of the date on the calendar or the weather.

I agree!!!

And that's what I'm going to do!



No, not eat mulberries,
but I'm going to look for and find joy in my life,
no matter how hard I have to look.
Didn't have to look too hard here!



Joy, to me, includes art!


I'll be teaching this class at the Carroll County Public library, July 9, so get signed up if you're in the area.

The June bundle for the 
Painter Nation Members Club
is also all about geraniums,
and you will be learning how to draw and paint geraniums.

Better get in on that deal real soon.  
I'm still editing and uploading the videos, but it should be on my website by Monday.  Yeehaw!

Now let's get out there and
carpe' some diem!







Monday, June 18, 2018

...It's Just Business - Motivation Monday

Core Values

as an art entrepreneur I hear the word 
"Core Values"
a lot.

"You need to know what your "core values" are so you can be authentic with your clients, collectors, etc."

As an artist I've given that a lot of thought.
When I do a brain drain on my core values
things like:
honor
integrity
authentic
consistency
practice
seeing

always come up.

Especially that honor and integrity thing.
I've never evaluated my core values without those things coming into play.  

It is a core value from deep in my soul from my dad.
Punishment for lying was always swift and severe.

If honor and integrity is a core value
 that we should all emulate, 
it doesn't seem right to seek honor and integrity
. . .except in business.

I recently had an experience where I was blind sided by the lack of honor and integrity in a business.
I've thought about it a lot lately and I want to make sure I am checking myself that I always have honor and integrity
"especially in business".

I promise to you my art friends that I will:
  • never share or sell your email address,
  • try to give you the very best in all my art classes,
  • never  ever misuse your credit card info,
  • work with you every step of the way on any commission
  • not cram your inbox with tons of emails


I worked for over 20 years in retail and I never believed in a hard sell approach to selling.
I've won every kind of award and bonus as a sales person and as a manager so I believe if you have a great product you believe in, there never needs to be a hard sell or dishonesty.
I hope that you never feel I'm giving you a hard sell.
To be honest, you have to search my blog 
to find something to buy.

When I was a store manager I learned that 40% of the cost of EVERYTHING you buy is to cover shrinkage.
Shrinkage is a polite word for theft.

If we could increase and improve our honesty
in our world, think about how the price of everything
would go down.

I appreciate every single one of you who have ever read a blog post, left a comment, or left a comment on my facebook page.

I want you to know I think about you every day
and how I can help you on your journey 
learning how to paint.


Since this is an art blog, I'm sharing my most recent
piece of art.
You need something pretty to look at after all that reading.

After I finished this I realized it was painted from 2 of the classes on my website https://www.paintingwithacrylics101.com.

The daisy class is free so you can go to my website and put in your email and have access forever for the FREE daisy class.  The iris are from the Iris class on that same website.  
If you'd like to learn these skills, and they are skills so they can be learned, you can go to the website and use the coupon code IrisJ2018 for a 50% off the price of $19.99.
The coupon expires midnight on June 25, 2018.
You will have access to the iris class for one full year.

If you look around and check out my Full Blown Art course
I have a coupon for that also.
The first 20 people who want the full blown art course can get it for 20% off the published price.  
That coupon code is PWAFBAC2018
You can use either or both coupon codes when you check out.

Don't think you're going to get it the first time.
That's why you have such long access to these classes.
You will need to practice, practice and practice some more.
Remember I said it is a skill.
Something you can learn.
Learning any skill takes lots of practice.
Don't get discouraged.
Keep on practicing.
Keep on learning.
The brush must become a part of your hand.

All of a sudden it will click and you will be amazed at what you will be able to create.
I am always amazed when something I paint 
is exactly what I was hoping for,
or is different than I was expecting but I love it anyway.

I also have days where I feel like I've never held a brush
 in my hand before.  
So don't get discouraged.  

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.









Thursday, June 7, 2018

It's OPEN

Finally!
The Painter Nation Members Club
is now
OPEN!!!


I've been creating my fingers to the bone
to bring to you the most exciting beginning painter monthly membership club possible!!!

And today
it's OPEN.

What is the Painter Nation Members Club


The Members Club is a monthly membership club where you will receive a new monthly bundle every single month.

What's in the bundle Sharon?  you ask

The May bundle, the very first bundle, 
is all about peonies.
There is a drawing class that teaches you how to draw a peony that you will use 


in one of the two painting classes in the bundle.
You read that right!!!
There are two complete painting classes of peonies in the May peony bundle.


Class 1


Class 2

Those are step by step classes for each painting.

I have a separate class in the Peony bundle showing you how to practice the strokes to make the flowers and the leaves.

Every month you will receive a new bundle 
just as great as that one.

Also in the Painter Nation Members Club there are stand alone classes that as a member you have access to.

The classes that are available right now in the
Painter Nation Members Club are:

  • Color Charts:  The How, The What and the Why
  • Making and Understanding a Color Wheel
  • All About Brushes
  • How to Set Up A Palette using a Stay-Wet Box
  • What are supports?
  • And Drawing Supplies.


Each of those individual classes will always be available to you and I will be adding more in the future.

One thing I'll be adding is a video class on how to frame a painting.
If you've ever had something professionally framed,
you have spent some serious money.
I will be showing you how to do that yourself
with professional looking results,
and you will be able to save all that cash in the future.

There will also be product reviews in the
Painter Nation Members Club.

The Painter Nation Members Club will have its own
private Facebook group.
After you join, you will will receive a link to join that group.

I'm throwing everything I possibly can in there for the 
Painter Nation
for one low monthly price of $24.99.

And for the next 7 days
or until I turn it off
I am giving you a $5 off coupon code
that will take $5 off every single month you are a member.

That means you'll only pay $19.99 per month for as long as you subscribe to the Painter Nation Members Club.

The coupon code is VIP2018.

When you check out there will be a box that asks for a coupon code.  Just put that code in and you will receive the 
Painter Nation Members Club every month for only $19.99.
You can cancel at any time (I don't know why you would)
but if you do cancel, the price goes to the regular $24.99 per month.
This is a very limited time offer and will NEVER be repeated.

When you look around my website you'll see several classes
more are coming
that sell for $19.99 each.
In the Painter Nation Members Club 
you get this month's Peony bundle
which has a full real time drawing class and 
2 real time painting classes, 
plus the 6 stand alone classes.

I know!
You think I'm crazy!

Who Is The 
Painter Nation Members Club For?
so glad you asked that question

If you want to learn to paint with real art concepts and step by step project instructions...this club is for you.

If you want to learn to paint but you are on a limited budget...
this club is for you.

If you are willing to spend the time learning and then practicing what you learn...this club is for you.

If you are a homeschool parent who wants to offer art to your students...this club is for you.

If it's on your bucket list to learn to paint...
this club  is for you.

If you want to learn to paint but you can't make it to regularly scheduled classes...this club is for you.

And if all that's not enough,
on the website
there is a FREE class you can take
 to see if you like the way I teach.

Click HERE to go to my new updated website
and look around.
You will see a FREE Daisy Painting Class there.
Click on that,
enter your email address,
and the class will open up to you.
It's just that simple.






Thursday, May 24, 2018

GDPR

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Tomorrow is the big day for GDPR compliance
and I can honestly and ashamedly say,
I DO NOT know what those letters mean!

However, I do know it is a law, regulation, edict, or order from the king, that is an effort to keep your privacy in tact and safely tucked away in a wallet in a purse in a closet you'll never find again.

All kidding aside,
if you are from the United States you don't need to do anything,
but if you're from the EU or other place who cares,
you will need to subscribe to my blog again.  

I am standing here solemnly 
with my right hand raised swearing before all
that your email info is safe with me.



I have never or will never sell or share your info with anyone.
I do keep your info in my computer and use it to communicate with you about my art and art classes.

I have tried to always be respectful of your time and personal information and take the trust you have in me very seriously.

Thanks for your support and friendship over the years on my blog and website.




Monday, May 14, 2018

Things Can Change Really Quickly - Motivation Monday

12 Hours Is All It Took!

I took a walk last night around 8 p.m. and took some pics of these pink iris getting ready to bloom.



The day before, May 12, you couldn't tell they were pink,
but by 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, May 13,
this is what they looked like.


By 8 a.m. Monday morning May 14, this was what greeted
 me on my early morning walk.


This is a close up of this beautiful pink iris.

How was I motivated on this beautiful Monday morning
just by taking a walk and
 noticing the change in these beauties?

Those bulbs have been in the ground for a number of years.

They bloom each year and then after the blooms die off they continue to be green but bloomless in my garden for the rest of the summer.
Their green dies off after the first frost and then it looks like nothing is in that spot for the rest of the winter and early spring.

Then, the magic starts to happen.

As the soil and the air warm up,
green shoots start coming up out of the ground.
Then a stalks shoots up with tiny green buds on it.
Then you start to see a little color,
and then,
BOOM!
This beautiful bloom opens up for everyone to enjoy.




It's like that in life!
Often times we try to do something,
learn something,
create something,
be something,

and it looks like nothing is happening!

You don't feel like you're accomplishing anything.

You don't feel like you're getting any better.

You don't feel like you're moving that project along!

You might be ready to give up at this point.

But your success might be another 12 hours away,
just like that beautiful pink iris was.

If you're trying to learn a skill like painting,
and you don't feel like you've made progress,
I'm here to tell you, you have.
Your hand is becoming part of the brush,
You're understanding how to to use the brush better,
You're learning how to mix color better.

The results may not be in your painting yet,

But I promise if you keep going,
keep trying,
keep experimenting,
keep practicing,

One day you're going to amaze yourself!

Something incredible will just flow off your brush
and it will all have been worth it.

Don't EVER Give UP!


The Painter Nation Members Club is almost finished 
and I'm getting ready to test it to make sure everything works.

This project has been in the works for well over six months,
and there were many days and weeks when I wanted to just throw in the towel and surrender.

But I have continued to push through,
because I think it will really help anyone and everyone
who wants to learn how to paint.

I am going to immerse you in a topic for a month and you will learn how to draw and paint that topic in several different ways.

You'll have access to great art foundation lessons that will always be at your beck and call.

You'll have access to lots of reference photos for the monthly topic and there will be many real time videos teaching you up close and personal all the nuances of the monthly topic.

I don't want you to ever give up!

Ever!

If you want to learn to paint,
I want you to be successful.

It's out there for the taking!!!

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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.