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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Plein Air Lilacs

When you go for a walk out my driveway 
there's a certain place where you can smell these fabulous lilacs.
It is truly Heaven Scent.
I've not been too successful painting plein air
getting anything I'm really happy with,
but finally, I had a little success.

This is a 5" x 7" on a panel.

Too much fun in my own drive way.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Gallery Rotation

These three Water Lilies are now in Gallery 104
LaGrange, KY.
I painted them to hang horizontally and they can be purchased separately
for $100 each or $275 for all 3.
Plus $10 shipping for 1 or 2 or $20 for all 3.

Water Lilies #2

These are each 12: x 12" gallery wraps and painting continues around all edges.

Water Lilies #3

These were a lot of fun to paint.

Balcony Victory
is a 12" x 12" gallery wrap canvas.
I took a class and did one like this, only in a 6"x6".
When I got home I had to try it again without a great teacher like Dreama Tolle Perry standing behind me.
I really like the style and the colors of this painting.
$150 + $20 shipping.

is a 5"x7" framed acrylic of
what else,
I have them in my yard and they are beautiful.

$50 + $10 shipping

speaks for itself.
This was so fun to paint, I've painted it in this 12"x12" and a 6"x6".
This one is the 12"x12" gallery wrap and all sides are painted.

$150 + $20 shipping.

All of these paintings are currently at Gallery 104 in LaGrange, KY.
Please contact me if interested in any of them to check on availability.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Animal Attraction

Mother and Child
framed 16 x 20 acrylic
$200 +$20 shipping

if you're interested, please contact me, since it's in Gallery 104, I'll need to make sure its available.

Tonight was Animal Attraction opening at Gallery 104, LaGrange, KY.

Great show, huge crowd.
lots of super entries.  

Congratulations to all the winners and all who entered.  

Thanks Karen Barry for chairing this fun show.

Oldham County Humane Society was able to make some money on it with a raffle and silent auction.

Animals were big winners all the way around.  
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Change my name

Maybe I should change the name of my blog.
It says Fine Nature Art by Sharon Graves
but today I'm bringing you a really neat resource for art for kids.
This is a link for the top 10 pinterest boards for art for kids.
This is an endless supply of projects and ideas that can help all parents find projects for kids.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Housing District

Housing District
is from a photo I took several years ago at Stream Cliff Herb Farm.

It is the coolest place with all its little shops, tearoom and greenhouses full of herbs.

I have always wanted to paint this photo so,
Here it is.

It is currently in Gallery 104, LaGrange, KY
so if you're interested, please contact me to assure it's availability.

It is an unframed acrylic on a 5 x 7 panel.
$75 +$6 shipping

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Balcony Victory

Yesterday I entered my basement studio with only one thought in mind.
Give the balcony painting from Dreama Tolle Perry's workshop another go.
I work in acrylics and I already had a pallet of paint going, so I worked in my normal paint.
It was so interesting how it just sort of flew off my brush.
This is a 12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas and the painting goes around all four edges. 
I was very pleased with the final result.

What do you all think?

$150 + $20 shipping

Currently in Gallery 104 
LaGrange, KY

Contact me if interested.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mother and Child

I started this a few months back but couldn't get it right.
Then, I watched a few videos of painting animals and it finally clicked.
This was a lot of fun.

This is an 8 x 10 acrylic on Masonite

This is my entry in Animal Attraction,
a juried show at Gallery 104 in LaGrange, KY.
This was lots of fun.

This is a framed 16 x 20 acrylic on canvas panel.
$200 + $20 shipping
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Learning Curves Ahead

First Attempt
This was the first painting we did at the Dreama Tolle Perry Workshop.
It's hard learning to loosen yourself up,
but it was a lot of fun learning.

These two paintings are from day two.
The red awning one is the one we were supposed to do
and the green one I did because it reminded me of my flower shop
in Augusta, KY.
Thought my kids would get a kick out of it.

This is my musical easels painting.  
We each got our own paintings started,
then when the music quit 
we moved to another easel to work on someone elses painting
and someone moved to our easel to work on ours.
We only had a few minutes to work on each painting
so it really freed you up to see what needed to be done,
and do it.

This was my free style painting.
We were each supposed to bring some photos to work on in our free time.
I took the photo for this painting at Stream Cliff Herb Farm several years ago.
This is a 6 x 6 and I'm going to keep working on it in different sizes until I'm really happy with it.
Again, I wasn't too happy with it until I got the pathway pretty chunky and added a different color to the sky.
Neither of which took more than a few minutes to do.
Amazing what a few strokes can do!
None of these are for sale.
as I get better,
there will be some at a future time.
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Dreama little dream

Dreama Tolle Perry Workshop
Carmel, IN
February 27-29, 2012

Learned so much and had so much fun.
Met some incredibly talented women.
Loved the Renaissance Gallery
and the town of Carmel, IN is fabulous.

These are the paintings from the first day.
Mine is still too tight, but it was so fun learning how another person paints 
and trying to go there.
Don't know if I ever will,
but the journey is so fun.

These were our paintings the second day.  
I did two that day.
The second one has a green awning and I painted it to look like my flower shop I owned in Augusta, KY.
Petal Pusher Flowers

These are our musical easels paintings.
This was a really fun exercise where we started our own paintings,
but then 8-10 people actually painted and finished the paintings.
That was the funnest exercise I've ever done.
They are all beautiful paintings even though they had many authors.

I'll post my own paintings later.
I tweaked them once I got home and caught my breath.
I really like them all.

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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.