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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Vintage Trucks and General Butler State Park

Vintage Trucks
and A Pumpkin Patch

I recently had the privilege of teaching a new group
of painters at my 3rd Saturday of the month class at General Butler State Park.

None of these painters had taken a class from me before.




We paint in the Mezzanine in the lodge at
 General Butler State Park in Carrollton, KY


Check out the view!


Everybody got down to business painting a fun vintage truck loaded up with pumpkins.



These 3 sisters/friends came from Henry County
to paint for the day.  


Here's our finished paintings.
As you can see we had varying colors of trucks and 
lots and lots of pumpkins and fall trees.  

And after the fun,
there is always the clean up.  
Yep we used all those brushes.

I'm hoping that you're going to paint with us soon 
on the 3rd Saturday of every month at
General Butler State Park, Carrollton, KY., noon - 2 p.m.
You'll paint an 8" x 10" painting on a canvas panel,
I'll provide all the supplies for $20.

Bring a friend, have a party!

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I'm stocking my Etsy shop with lots of fun items,
hand painted holiday pins, small matted original water colors (perfect as hostess or teachers gifts),
hand painted notecards,
and more items are added daily. 

Click HERE to visit my Etsy shop. 

Notecard


 Notecard


Matted 7" x 5" original water color painting.


Matted 7" x 5" original water color painting.

Hand painted 2 1/4" square pins.
Christmas pins are also listed.

Everything shown here is under $20,
some are waaaay under.

Click HERE to visit. my Etsy shop.

If you haven't visited my YouTube channel yet,
where I teach beginning art lessons,
now is a perfect time to do that.  
Click HERE to go to my channel.
I have all sorts of art lessons created with the beginner in mind. 
While you're there, how about clicking that thumbs up button and subscribing.  Then a little bell will pop up.  Go ahead and click that too and you'll receive a notification 
when I post new videos, on Fridays.

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



Monday, October 14, 2019

An Inspiring Trip

Finding Inspiration

We live in Kentucky

We have a son living in Utah

Jim and I headed to Utah to visit said son,
relax and soak up the beauty there.


Here's the real reason we headed to Utah.

2 of our 11 grandkids live there and we miss them.

We also have a grandson who is a student at BYU.
So of course we had to visit him.

This was the view out the window of my son's home.
I took lots of pics of the beauty that I saw at every turn and I want to share them with you.


It was harvest time while we were there and there were lots of tractors, harvesters and trucks everywhere as farmers tried to get their corn, onions and potatoes harvest.  
The above tractor was set up to harvest onions.  
We didn't get to see that in action, but they were harvesting onions and potatoes everywhere.  
This was right out my sons door.  
For 48 hours every field surrounding his home was a buzz of activity.  You can see the truck with the lights on.  
It started early in the morning until late in the evening.

I love this building and I take pics of it nearly every time I go.

I drew this while I was there.

There are buffalo there as well and 
they are pretty interesting animals.

This was a fun quick sketch I did trying to get the dimensions/perspective of these giants correct.  

I photographed the roots of this tree because they are so interesting.  It really is part of the tree.  

I was in a museum in Salt Lake City and saw and loved this little scene.  Don't be surprised if it shows up in a painting soon.

 These are just 2 of the beautiful landscape photos I took while there.  Scenes like this excite every creative bone in my body and I 
can't wait to start working on this.

This was a small sketch I did trying to get perspective correct for a future painting/s.  This was such a jaw dropping view I know I will use it many times in the future.  
I won't paint it multiple times, but I will use parts of it and I will definitely look back at it just to get inspired again.

Utah is a dessert state, but there are marshes like this and I think they are beautiful.  This is inspiring to me as well.
I love to see the reflections in the marshes as well as the grasses.  

Jim and I hoped on the Trax, the light rail system that runs in Salt Lake and cities near by.  
We're country bumpkins and had a devil of a time figuring out how to pay to get on the thing.
In fact, a great young man helped us otherwise we might still be standing on the platform.  

Now this is totally inspiring.
It and many of its friends are on display in the Greater Cincinnati Airport.
How fun is this big guy.

Jim and I needed some rest and relaxation after spending months getting our house on the market,
endured a devastating flood event, not of our making and making all the repairs from that.

Seeing our son and his family was wonderful, as was having the chance to rest and recuperate.
We saw some beautiful scenery, 
enjoyed all the harvesting going on around us,
went to some of our favorite stores and restaurants,
and slept whenever we wanted.
Had no to-do lists.
Just enjoy our kids and the beauty available to all.

I feel like I'm rejuvenated and ready to get busy with all the activities I try to accomplish.

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

Click HERE to get your printable of 
7 tips for mixing color.  Print this out and keep it near where you paint to refer to again and again.  Mixing color is a lifetime process.

Have you subscribed to my YouTube channel yet?
Click HERE to go to my YouTube channel and hit the thumbs up button and subscribe.  I teach a lot of beginning art lessons on this channel.  

Thursday, September 26, 2019

17 Young Women and Pumpkin Paintings

The Paint Was Flying

with these 17 young women as they painted pumpkins.


This is a group of young women I taught at our church several weeks ago.  I know, I'm really behind on posting this.

We painted pumpkins, vines, leaves and polka dots.
Check out those smiles.


It's wonderful to look back at pics of classes and see the expressions on their faces.  

Emily went out on her own with her painting,
but hey, it's her painting.
It's all good.


Even the Sister Missionaries got in on the fun.
Most of these young women were 12-18 or so.

Check out those fabulous paintings and all those happy smiles.  
I had a great time teaching these young women
and I think they had a pretty great time also.

Contact me if you would like to do something like this in your group.  I can come to you and I provide all supplies.  

If you're looking for art lessons in person or online,
I'm your girl.

I teach a beginning art class the 3rd Saturday of every month at General Butler State Park, Carrollton, KY., on the Mezzanine level of the lodge.  Join us.
Class is $20 and I provide everything you'll need.

Visit my website at www.paintingwithacrylics101.com for
my full blown art course where you will learn to paint from the ground up with beginning lessons in subjects like:  
color and how it works
paint and how to use it
Which brushes to use and why
What to paint on
Perspective
Composition
How to practice
How to create form
and step by step instructions for 2 complete paintings.

There are also several single subject classes there
as well as a FREE daisy painting class
for you to try it before you buy it.

If you've always wanted to learn to paint or draw
but life got in the way,
join my FREE Facebook group where I go live every Thursday at 1 p.m.
Click HERE to go to that Facebook group,
ask to join and then answer the 3 questions
that will pop up so I can open the door
 and welcome you in.

Do you have a homeschool class who would like to add art 
as part of your curriculum.  
I created a FREE Facebook group just for you.
Painter Nation Homeschool Art Club.
I go live in there ever Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Click HERE to go to that group, ask to join and
answer the 3 questions and I can open that door up.

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



Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Fraternity Wives Paint
Wine Glasses
(film at 11)



These ladies have husbands 
that met in college in a fraternity.

They have been renewing friendships for 31 years,
every September.
How special is that.

We all got together in early September and the ladies painted these fun wine glasses.


We were a little cramped
but I believe everyone had fun.
 We're in a hotel room that had a living room as well as a bedroom.
We painted in the living room.

 Everyone had 2 glasses to paint.
Most painted 2 dragon flies, 
but several painted a dragon fly and a peacock feather.
 There is always stress that sounds like
"I can't do it, Mine's a mess, or 
Mine is terrible", 
but everyone's turned out really cute I think.

Sometimes you have to use a hair dryer to
hurry the work along.
 They really are painting and
not just chit chatting.

And the proof is in the pudding.

I think they did a great job,
and I loved getting to know them. 

It turns out Chris, the tall one in the back
actually was in one of my classes this past April at General Butler State Park.
Small FUN World!

If you'd like to paint wine glasses with your group,
hit me up at slgraves6@gmail.com.

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If you're interested in learning to paint head on over to my website.  Click HERE to view my website, and while there why not sign up for the FREE daisy painting class.

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If you've always wanted to learn to paint/draw,
but life got in the way, why not join my 
FREE Facebook group.
Click HERE to go to the page, ask to join and answer the 3 questions that will pop up.  Once you answer the questions, I can open that door up and welcome you in.
I do a live class every Thursday at 1 p.m.
In August we painted this fun landscape.


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I also have a YouTube channel where 
I make every effort to post on Friday mornings.
(Doesn't always happen, but I did use the word try).
Click HERE to go to my YouTube channel and
 while you're there, why not subscribe. 

Thanks a bunch for stopping by today
and here's hoping we paint together real soon.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Painting Pumpkins at General Butler State Park

Pumpkins and Polka Dots

The 3rd Saturday of every month 
I'll be teaching a group class at
General Butler State Park
in Carrollton, KY

In August we painted this fun pumpkin.


We had 12 artists painting this in a beautiful place.


The light here is fabulous.
 Everyone is intent on their pumpkins.


I took a short video of everyone painting.



We always need a group pic and this time we went a little crazy.


We're going to make you beg to see our paintings.


Here's some pretty cool pumpkin heads.

Didn't they do a great job?
Give them some love in the comments.  
I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

I have a YouTube channel and I try to post a new instructional video every Friday.  

My most recent video is the one below 
where I teach how to mix black and yellow to get 
a fabulous olive green.  
These painters had the opportunity to use that 
mixture in these paintings.  


If you watch the video and like it, please hit the thumbs up button,
and then subscribe to my channel.  
There should be a little bell next to the subscribe button,
click that and you'll get a notification 
whenever I post something new.

Click HERE to go to my FREE Facebook group,
Bucket List Artists.  
This Facebook group was created for adults who would love to learn to paint, but for whatever reason, life got in the way.
Ask to join, answer the 3 questions and I'll open that door
as soon as possible.

Click HERE to visit my website, 
Painting With Acrylics 101.com

If you took this class, how about leaving 
a comment if you had a good time and learned something.  
Someone else might be inspired to give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Painting a Vintage Camper

Painting in the Park

General Butler State Park approached me about teaching painting classes several months ago.
I've been trying to to get this off the ground,
and to be honest it hasn't been easy.

However, this painting of a vintage camper must have struck a nerve because we had 6 people come and take the class.

I love teaching beginners because it is so fun to see their eyes light up as they realize,
"Hey, I can do this"!


General Butler State Park has a beautiful mezzanine with a fabulous view and that's where we had our class.
It was very inspiring.

 Everyone was very dialed in as they put their own personality
 in their paintings.
 It's always so interesting to see how
 everyone develops their own style
 Don't mind my thumb in the way.  Sorry about that.
We already got out sky in and 
were working on mountains here.

Here's a very short video I took during the class.

(Please excuse the background noise.  A family reunion group took over part of the mezzanine and were very glad to see each other.


Click HERE to download a printable on
 7 Tips for Mixing Color.

Thanks for stopping by today and give my fellow painters some love in the comments.

Let's paint together real soon.

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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 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.