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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.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Art in the Park

Art At General Butler State Park

July 20 I'll be teaching 2 painting classes to anyone who would like to paint along with me.

This will be the children class
10-11:30 a.m. $20 ea.
Class will be held in the Mezzanine in the Lodge
at General Butler State Park,
Carrollton, KY.

This fun painting is on a 10" x 8" canvas panel.
I provide all supplies. 
I'd appreciate a heads up if you'd like to take this class so I know about how many to prepare for.  
Call me at 502-523-0663 and leave a message and I'll get back to you.

This fun painting will be perfect for all you campers out there to paint to decorate your own camper.  You can paint it in colors you prefer.  It's an 8" x 10" canvas panel and as always I provide all supplies for you to complete this painting.  It's from noon-2 p.m. July 20, $20 ea. 
in the Mezzanine of the Lodge.

This will be lots of fun for you to paint and add your name in the sky or on the camper.  You'll learn a few art concepts along the way.  Call me at 502-523-0663 to reserve your spot.  Leave a message and I'll get back to you.  

Both of these paintings are simple yet fun and you can get as creative as you want with them.

Come and join me at General Butler State Park
and let's paint together.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Getting From Point A to Point B

Reworking From Point A to Point B

I've had a really great week and
 I wanted to share some of that with you.  


I had a mermaid class in my
FREE Facebook Group,
Painter Nation Homeschool Art Club.  

Click HERE to ask to join, answer the 3 questions
and I'll open that door just as soon as I can.

Last week in the Bucket List Artist Facebook group
 I taught how to paint rocks. 

 This week I finished that painting.

This is what the finished painting looks like.


Then I. had a painting I have never been happy with.
Loved the clouds, but. nothing else in the painting worked for me.  Yesterday I decided to work on it some more.  It's funny how you see things differently after a little while.  


Didn't like the background, the bales of hay, the road,
 the barn or the fence.  

I really didn't change that much, but I reworked the entire background of trees and bushes, giving them more definition.
The bales of hay were too green, although when hay is baled it is very green and then changes color over time.  But they were tooooo green, so I brightened up the part facing the viewer and tried to put the ones in the background not as bright as those in the foreground. I reworked the road giving it more definition in the foreground.  I brightened it up and added deeper ruts and more rocks.  I made the fence larger and gave them some weeds at ground level.  I also changed the roof on the barn a bit.  
Anyway, I'm happier with it now.  

Get my 7 Tips for Color Mixing printable which I referred to several times as I made corrections to this painting.  It was all in the values and color as it usually is.  
Click HERE to receive the 7 Tips for Color Mixing in your inbox.
Print it out and keep it where you paint because you will refer to it often.

Enjoy!




Saturday, June 15, 2019

How To Use A Script Liner

If Color Mixing Didn't Make You Lose Your Mind -

Learning How To Use A Script Liner Will!

Using a script liner brush has a learning curve,
but it's so important in your art kit
that it's vital to learn how to use it.

I created this video to show you how to use 
a natural hair and a synthetic brush.
I have used a natural hair brush for 20 years and 
in this video is the first time I've ever used a synthetic.
It's no wonder I did better with the natural hair brush.



In this video I'll show you how to paint a small tree with 
many branches as well as grasses with pods.

A new artist should just pull off a large sheet of freezer paper,
(yes, from the grocery store)
and paint on the shiny side.

Over and over and over.
Fill that paper with trees and branches and limbs.
When you start to get the feel of it,
then you can move on to the grasses.

If you enjoyed that video, how about giving it a thumbs up,
and subscribe to my channel.  Next to the subscribe button there is usually a little bell.  Click that little bell and you'll get a notification when I upload a new video on Fridays.
Click HERE to go to my YouTube channel.
There are lots of other instructional videos on my channel.
Enjoy!

Click HERE to see another video on using brushes.

Feel free to share with anyone you think would enjoy it.

I created this video for my Bucket List Artists
FREE Facebook group.  
I do a weekly Facebook live on Thursdays at 1 p.m.
I always focus on things that beginners need to know but it is hard to find the info to help you learn.
Click HERE to go to Bucket List Artists Facebook Group.
Ask to join and then answer the 3 questions.
Then and only then can I open the door and say,
 "Come on in".



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

Friday, May 31, 2019

How To Mix Paint - Without Loosing Your Mind!

How To Mix Paint
and
Not Need An Intervention!

Mixing the right color can be -
downright frustrating!

Is it this
or is it that?

Should I add more of this, maybe a little of that.

There are a few color mixing rules,
that if you learn them,
and then actually use them,
you will not be ready to cut off your ear.

Here's my newest video on my YouTube channel.
If you enjoy it, hit the thumbs up button and if you haven't subscribed yet,
what are you waiting for.  


Hope that made sense.

Keep practicing and don't give up.

Let's paint together real soon.

If it's on your bucket list to learn to paint
I've got your back.

Join my FREE Facebook group created with you in mind.
Ask to join, then answer the 3 questions,
and I'll say, "Get on in here"!

Click HERE to go to the page.

I also created 7 Tips for Color Mixing as a printable.
Click HERE to get the printable and keep it where ever you paint.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Day 3 in Starting Again

Day Three!

I had so many things to do yesterday,
I didn't get a chance to post on my blog.

But I can honestly say,
I got everything done that was on my 
"Must Do" list.

I even got the exercising in
which is usually the hardest thing to do,
even though I feel much better when I do it.

I did a Facebook live on my group
Painter Nation Homeschool Art Club.
We painted these water color notecards.



If you would like to add art to your homeschool curriculum,
join my FREE Facebook group where I teach beginning art lessons for students of various ages. 
 Beginners are beginners regardless of their age.
Click HERE to go to the group,
ask to join,
answer 3 questions,
and I'll let you in ASAP.

I re-worked these two paintings that have been sitting on 
my work bench begging to be improved.



Added a little more color to the rock wall,
re-did the path and brightened up the flowers between the 2 trees.
I also warmed up all the trees.
This is one of my favorite places in my yard.

The Garden Path
8" x 10" acrylic on a wood panel
$80 + $10 shipping


This is a scene that can be seen
all over Kentucky, even along interstates.
Rocks piled high with trees and plants growing 
seemingly right out of them.
In this I brightened up the rocks and the flowers on the left
and brightened up the moss.
It's humid here and moss can grow on almost anything.
In the spring it's much brighter 
than at other times of the year.

Rocky Road
8" x 10" acrylics on a wood panel
$80 + $10 shipping


Today in my Bucket List Artists FREE Facebook group
we'll be painting the notecards as well.  
That group is for anyone, but especially adults who have it on their Bucket List to learn how to paint and draw.

Click HERE if this group is screaming your name.
I usually check in with this group everyday and on Thursdays at 1 p.m. I do a live video
 teaching some painting or drawing concept.  
I'd love to have you join us.

If you're not familiar with my website,
Click HERE 
to go there and check out classes and courses I offer.

Thanks so much for stopping to today
and let's paint together 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.