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Monday, September 28, 2020

New Color - New Works

 Changing The Color Up.

I've never painted gladiolus before and I got so involved with painting the flowers, I totally forgot other elements that make a painting look real and pop.

I'm fairly certain you can see it, but I was so frustrated with that big purple blossom that I totally forgot about adding the reflections to the jar and the shadow under and next to the jar.  I did also fix that purple blossom. 


Glad Party

 24" x 12" acrylic on stretched canvas, unframed 

$150 + shipping.  

Here's another piece in that same color palette.

End of Summer
 12" x 12" gallery wrap canvas, unframed
$150 - Includes Shipping

These 2 pieces were painted from life of flowers my husband Jim and one of our grandsons, Ren, planted this year at our new home.  They have been absolutely gorgeous and we have picked many armfuls of gladiolus, zinnias, roses and daisies.  

Fresh flowers are so beautiful and they add so much to a home.

Both pieces have a paper backing and are wired to hang.

You can see more of my work at
Sharon Durbin Graves Art.
Click HERE to go to my website to see many more of my available artworks.  

Friday, September 25, 2020

An Artful Baby Shower

 Welcoming a New Baby

was So Much FUN!

All that pink is just to throw you off the track.

We were welcoming a baby boy.

Vince was a foster son of ours, and he and his wife Abbey decided it was time to grow their family.

So, we had to have a baby shower.  

I wanted to share with you a gift I painted for them.

This sort of came to my in my sleep one night.

It was loads of fun to paint.

I have no idea what color of hair this baby will have, 

but I gave him red hair.  

It's a weird time to throw a shower, because of the whole social distancing thing, and the mask thing.  

But my young friend Sarah helped me pull it off.

Sarah and I are ready for the shower.

We made individual hand sanitizers as favors.

We did our best to have food that was safe

and individually served.

Those are fruit cups in the ice cream cones

 in the background.  

We had chili and pimento cheese sandwiches on skewers. 

This is a close up of the hand sanitizers.

We rented a shelter house at a local park

 to have enough space and fresh air.

We were very lucky it was an absolutely gorgeous day.

We had a great time.

I know this is a departure from my normal blog post,

but we had to get creative on how to do this,

so I though that counted.  

Thanks for stopping by today and 

I hope you enjoyed the shower.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Painting Vintage Trucks In The Tasting Room

 Vintage Trucks and Vino

OH My Gosh!

What a fun group of women came to the

 Eagle Creek Vineyard Tasting Room this week.

These ladies came ready to paint this fun vintage truck

surrounded by pumpkins and to have lots of laughs. 

Our host Beth, owner of Elk Creek Vineyard,
offered tastes of the wines they produce and everyone who wanted got a glass of wine.

If you're not from around these parts,
click HERE to go to Eagle Creek Vineyard's Facebook Page. 

Beth is a great hostess and I am grateful for her hospitality and the opportunity to paint

 at their tasting room.  

Our Next painting party at the Eagle Creek Vineyard tasting room will be 

Tuesday October 27, 2020 at 6-8 p.m. 

There is limited space, so watch for details on my Facebook page or Eagle Creek Vineyards Facebook page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Let's paint together real soon.  

Friday, September 11, 2020

Learning and Evolving

 Using What You Learn

Recently I did a 30 day rose challenge where I painted 30 rose paintings in 30 days as I tried to improve my skills. 

I learned a lot in that challenge and if you haven't. seen that blog post click HERE.

I love painting blue glass jars and I wanted

 to be able to add roses to them.

And here is what I love love love painting,

12" x 12" acrylic on gallery wrap canvas.

$125 with free shipping.

Click HERE to purchase.

This truly was so much fun to paint 

and I hope you enjoy it as well.  

To see all my other artworks that are currently available,

please go to Sharon Graves Fine Art

then click on the Works tab,

and then you'll have your choice of different 

subject matters to choose from.  

Thank you so much for hoping in here today.

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, August 28, 2020

First Class in SIX Months

 Such A Long Time Coming


It's been 6 months since I've taught a class

because of the pandemic and it felt so good

 to paint again.

I missed it!!!

The class was held in conjunction with Eagle Creek Winery

and we had very limited seating

but I think it worked out very well.

We did our very best to paint safely.

On this night we learned how to create a barn siding background, how to paint pumpkins in several colors and how to paint sunflowers.  

This was almost a Mother/Daughter event as we had 3 sets of them participating.

Eagle Creek Winery has a tasting room in Warsaw, KY.

and they were our wonderful host for the evening.

Proprietor Lynn gave everyone who wanted one,

samples of the wines they produce.

We plan on making this a monthly event.  

My classes will resume at the Switzerland County Community Art Center in Vevay, IN in September and at General Butler State Park in Carrollton, KY in October.  Please watch on Facebook for dates and times.

If you're interested in learning how to paint,

please join my Facebook Group, Bucket List Artists, where I go live every Thursday at 1 p.m. with a new art concept, technique or lesson.  

Click HERE to ask to join,

then answer the 3 questions that pop up 

to unlock the door. 

There is close to 1 1/2 years worth of lessons, hints, tips, tricks, and other goodness in there for you right now.

I have a YouTube channel, Sharon Durbin Graves

and here is my most recent video about values.


Thanks for stopping by today

and Let's Paint Together Real Soon! 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

31 Rose Paintings in 31 Days


I did it!
I challenged myself to painting 31 rose paintings during July, you know, the month with 31 days, and I finished on time and under budget, (so to speak).

I learned so much during this challenge
and I really appreciate all those who followed along on Instagram and Facebook and encouraged me.

I created a tab on this blog about the journey and all the paintings are listed individually.

Thank you so much for clicking the link and scrolling through.  

Appreciate any comments on the work as well.

Click HERE to read the story and see the paintings.

Here's 22 of them after signing them all
 and waiting to varnish them.  

This little video gives you a glimpse of them.  

Click HERE to see them all.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

I truly appreciate all your support!

Have a great day and let's paint together real soon.

Monday, July 20, 2020

I don't do this often.

I almost never do this
 And yet here I am
entering an online art show.

I'll give you the link and if you can,
I sure would appreciate it if you could go
vote for me.

Click HERE to view the link.

This is the painting I entered.  

Several years ago I had been trying to paint Roses.
Sort of like I'm doing right now. 

I went to bed very frustrated and thinking about all the colors I had used the previous day.

I actually dreamed this painting.

Luckily, I remembered it the next day
so I went right out to the studio and painted it.

All the swirling colors in the background are actually the colors of the paints I used to create the rose.  

It's the only time this ever happened to me.  

It was pretty cool!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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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 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.