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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Create a Painting From a Drawing

How To Create a Painting From a Drawing

Once you have your drawing completed,
now you have to create a painting from it.

How does that happen?

There's a number of ways to transfer a drawing to a support, but I once read somewhere,
anyway you can
is the rule.  

So don't stress over how do I get my drawing on my support.  there's lots of ways and in the end, it doesn't really matter.

Now we need to paint it.

This is just a fun painting you can 
really let your creativity loose on.

Use your own colors, your own facial markings,
 your own idea for a background.  

The process is the same regardless of the end game.

You can draw your subject right on the support.
You can use transfer paper to get subject on support.
You can use a light box to get your subject on the support.
(I don't have one)

Hope you learned a lot from this post about getting the drawing ready to paint and actually painting it.  

Monday, October 22, 2018

Kentucky Scenery Painting Finished!!!


I love finishing something - don't you?

I've been working on this triptych for a while,
longer than I normally spend on a painting,
but it's really 3 paintings in one.
(That's my story and I'm stickin to it)

We will be selling our farm next year and after painting the walls in our combination, living room, dining room, kitchen,
I took down all the family photos and realized,
I had nothing left.

So I set on a quest to create a triptych that depicted
Kentucky scenery.

You can see a scene just like this 
just about anywhere in Kentucky.

This is a closeup of the front and center area 
of the center panel.

Here's a time-lapse video as I was finishing this bad boy up.

I love time lapse videos, so I hope you do to.

I live on the top of a hill, and there are about 5 ways for me to get to town, and I can see this type of scenery anyway I choose to go.

Our area is very hilly and on those hills Kentucky farmers grow corn, soybeans, tobacco, hay, 
and cows, sheep and horses.

If you were to fly over my area of Kentucky, you'd see ponds and lakes all over the place.  Nearly every farm, regardless how small, have a pond or a lake.
We do and our family loves fishing in it.

I have a YouTube channel and I post a lot of instructional videos for drawing and painting on there.  
Click HERE to check out my channel for some fun art videos.

If you enjoy my videos I sure would appreciate it if you would click the "Thumbs Up" button and the subscribe button.  Sometimes there's a little bell next to the subscription button.  If you click that, YouTube will let you know when I upload any new videos.

Because I love teaching beginning artists in drawing and painting, I've put together an easy peezy drawing shopping list for you so you can easily get started drawing today.

Click HERE to get that Shopping List.

I am hosting a FREE Homeschool Facebook group where you and your kiddos can learn art concepts, drawing and painting lessons, hints tips and tricks, and even some art history lessons.  If you're a homeschool family who would like to add art to your curriculum, please join our group and share with any homeschool family you think might enjoy.  

Click HERE to go to the 
Painter Nation Homeschool Art Club.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by today.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Why Join A Facebook Group

So Why Should You Join A Facebook Group?

I'm not going to sell you on the merits of Facebook
cause we all know they have their bag of problems.

But - 

A Facebook group is a horse of a different color.

There are groups out there for all sorts of interests.

I'm an artist who loves to paint and
teach beginners to paint.
When I was creating my courses and classes and membership site my homeschooling daughter asked me to remember the homeschool market because they are very under served in the art world.

So I did.

Then when Facebook came up with groups, 
I didn't catch on right away, but I've got it now
and you can be the beneficiary.

A Facebook group, or my Facebook group,
was created for homeschool families who would like to add art to their curriculum,
but aren't themselves artists and don't really know where to begin.  
I can help with all that and a bag of chips.

will teach your kiddos beginning painting and drawing concepts
as we draw and paint fun things.

We drew a ship for Columbus Day
and we even had a 5 year-old draw one and her mom posted it.

We drew this super fun giant witches hat and 
we'll be painting it soon.

Concepts we've learned in these two drawings are:
 perspective - the shape of the sails and bars, and seeing that small back part of the deck of the ship
creating form - making the hat look round, 
getting the brim to go around to the back,
where the light is - you can see where the light comes from on the hat by where the shadows are.

I've posted two different tutorials on how to use greens and red.

Click HERE for video on using red.

I've posted a tutorial on how to use different shades of red to create a flower.

Click HERE for free tutorial

I've posted several different articles I've written about famous artists for art history.  (There will be more).

So you can see, there's lots to do and learn in this Facebook group.

Another great thing about Painter Nation Homeschool Art Club,
is these are families who know what your homeschool life is like.  They know the struggles you face and can encourage you and you can encourage them.  

I promise not to spam you with offers till the cows come home.

Because it is connected to my business, I will from time to time tell you about something that is available on my website, 
but I truly want the Painter Nation Homeschool Art Club to be a community where we can all learn together and support each other in adding art to homeschools everywhere. 

Even on my website I have a FREE blog.

I will offer you free guides, tips and sometimes even a free class in exchange for your email but it won't be often and you never have to sign up.  

It's pretty obvious I'm not all about money,
cause there aren't even any adds on this blog.

I give away tons of information and I really would love it if you would join us and let's learn to paint and draw together.

I'm done.

Just in case you're wondering, I do have a YouTube channel.
Click HERE to visit my YouTube channel.  While you're there why not subscribe and click that little bell near the subscribe button and you'll be notified every time I upload a. new video. 

You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @kypaintster.

OK, I thought I was done, but are artists ever really done?

Confused over what drawing supplies you really need?
Let me help with that.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Art Concepts AND a Fun Drawing

Who Says You Can't Have Fun 
AND Learn At The Same Time

This fun drawing is just one of the many drawing and painting lessons I'm unleashing on my FREE Facebook group

This FREE Facebook group is specifically for homeschool families who want to add art to their curriculum but aren't artists and feel like they don't have an artistic bone in their body.
(I'd argue with you about that, but I won't)

This video will tell you about this drawing
and if you join my FREE Facebook group 
Painter Nation Homeschool Art Club you can get this and many other FREE lessons today.

Hope to see you in my Facebook group real soon.

Do you need a simple list of drawing supplies to start drawing, like right now?  

Click HERE to receive it in your inbox.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Painting With Glass

Are You Kidding?
Painting With Glass?

You read that right, but maybe not in the way you thought.

I have a good online friend/mentor I've never met.
She is an artist I follow online and we communicate, but we've never met face to face.
It's that way with most of my art friends.

Her name is Julie Ford Oliver and she is an incredible artist I learn something from with every blog post she writes.

Click HERE to go to her blog.

I love her work, because it's loose and bright 
and always interesting.

Several years ago on her blog she said when she has an area on a painting that she is struggling with, she paints what she thinks she wants on a piece of glass over top of her painting.
That way she can see if she really does like it, if the perspective is right, etc.

I know!


I've been working on a 3 painting piece for my living room and I am getting near the end.
I wanted to add a dock in the foreground of the center piece, but I didn't want to screw up the whole thing.

Fortunately for me, I remembered Julie's lesson so I pulled out a small piece of glass to work on.  It was almost too small but I wasn't walking back to the house to get another one, so I made do.  

I did it three times before I got what I liked.

Oh Yeah!
This definitely wasn't it.
You can see the outline of the small piece of glass I used.
It's acrylic paint so I sprayed with water and wiped off with a paper towel.  Easy peezy!

This was better, but the angle at the top wasn't right.
Rinse and repeat!

Much better!

Then I used soft vine charcoal to draw the dock where I wanted using my glass as a guide.

I'me very happy with it.

This is the middle of the three pieces.

Maybe a few tweaks and it will be finished.

Thanks Julie.

If you have a home school family who would like to add art to their curriculum, you might want to share this link with them.  
I created a FREE Painter Nation Homeschool Art Club group on Facebook where I teach short art concepts, painting and drawing lessons, links to my videos on YouTube and lots of other goodies.
And it's FREE!

Click HERE for the link to the Facebook group.

Please share with anyone you think would like it.
They can ask to join and they'll be in to receive lots of FREE ways to add art to their curriculum.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Beginning Drawing Concepts - 3 FREE Videos

You Have To Start Somewhere!

Learning to draw takes some time
and some knowledge
and some practice.

I created these three videos for you
to help you learn and understand 
some basic drawing concepts.

In this video you will learn how to draw an ellipse, how to create a shadow, how to seat the vase on the table and how to see all the aspects you see while looking at the vase.

I hadn't really planned on making a series out of this, but once I had the first one done, it made perfect sense.

In this video I'll show you how to put a table cloth on the table, how to create the front of the table shadow and why it's important.  Putting the stripes on the table at a diagonal gives the drawing a much more dynamic feel and adds movement. It helps with the perspective of the table also.  I also show you how you could add a very simple wall paper on the wall behind the vase.

Hope you enjoyed this short series.  
If you did, please click the thumbs up button on YouTube and subscribe to my channel.  If a little bell shows up near the subscribe button, click that and you will be notified whenever I upload more videos.  

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

Need a simple drawing supply list that you can download and only buy what you need?  I've got you covered.
Click HERE to get that list in your inbox.

For beginning painting instruction, visit my website at
Go to the FREE daisy painting class and sign up and get the 4 video series in your inbox.  

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 painting and drawing info.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Another FREE Video - How To Paint Red Flower

Let's Paint a Red Flower Tutorial


You read that right.
I recently released a FREE painting tutorial for this flower
on my YouTube channel
Sharon Durbin Graves
Click HERE to go to video 

If you enjoyed the video, please hit the thumbs up button and subscribe to my channel.  There should be a little bell near the subscribe button.  If you click that, you will receive a notification every time I release a new video.

Here's what's on my easel in the studio right now.

This is a three piece painting I'm doing for myself.

I'll keep you posted as I work on it.

Finally, I just released another monthly bundle for the
Painter Nation Members Club
inside Painting With Acrylics

If you don't have a clue what I'm talking about
click HERE to get the scoop.

Learn to draw and paint this rustic fall scene in a recent bundle.  You receive all real time videos to draw and paint both creations.  The interesting thing about painting and drawing the same subject is you learn some of the same concepts and then you use them in different ways.

These two pieces were so much fun to paint and draw, and I can see you using them in many different ways.
Use coupon code VIP2018 at checkout for $5 off every single month you're a member.  
Cancel anytime.

Thanks for stopping by today and please feel free to friend or family member who you know would love to learn to paint.  

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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.