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Monday, May 29, 2017

Taking a Look Back

Taking a Look Back

Sometimes we just need a reminder to be motivated,
the why and the how can be elusive.

I find motivation in my studio.

Today, on Motivation Monday
I'm going to bring up a few Motivation pieces
for you to read, 
mull over,
and consider,
all on one page.

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So there you have 5 Motivation Monday posts
without having to hunt, scroll, or query.

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This is the first one up for the summer.
We are going to learn about these 4 major artists,
several 19th-20th century artists,
and artists in this part of the country.
Your student will paint a different painting each day
in the style of the 4 major artists we'll study.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Motivation Monday - Keep On Keepin On

Keep On - Keepin On

I am going to get this -
Some Day

Isn't this little guy too cute.
This is my youngest grand child Josh.
Sunday I had some time so I decided to try drawing
him, again.
I've drawn him and painted him, several times
 with moderate success.
You know I'm always saying, keep working at it.
Don't give up!
Try again!
Practice, Practice, Practice!
So I took my own advice and tried again.
It's not a bad drawing, but it's not a great likeness.
But it is the best one I've done so far.
This morning when I got up I took another look
at the drawing and the photo.
As I compared the two,
I saw some things that weren't correct so 
so I set about trying to make some corrections.
Here's them next to each other.

1st attempt

With some corrections to the mouth and chin.

This is a better likeness, but still not close enough.

But I'll keep working on it.
Maybe I'll work on his sister Karen first.

The point is, to keep at it.
Just because you don't get it the first time,
try again and again and again.
I learned something new every time I've tried to draw
one of my grandchildren.
You will too!

And finally,
yes, I'm going to say it again.
It's all in what you see.
You have to keep looking at your drawing or painting,
and what you're rendering it from.
Step away from the project and come back in a day or so.
It's amazing how quickly I saw a few problems
when I slept on it for a night.

When I looked at it this morning,
it was almost like having a neon arrow
pointing to the problem area of the mouth and chin.

Thanks for stopping by today,
and keep on keeping on.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Painting an Heirloom - Motivation Monday

Painting an Heirloom

I love painting furniture,
so last week I painted a piece that's been in my family
for years,
and the scene has also been
 rolling around in my brain for years.

This is a cedar chest my uncle who is 87, made for my mom when he was in high school.
My mom would have been 90, so this piece is about
 70 years old.

We had a huge rain storm 2 weeks ago and water got in our basement where this has been.
So, I thought it was a perfect time to take it out to my studio
and get started on it.

So after all the sucking up water with shop vacs, carpet cleaning, removing and replacing baseboards, and running industrial fans for 72 hours,
I emptied it out and we took it out to my studio.

I had it sitting up on a table so it was almost at eye level.

It's a large cedar chest and I cannot remember a time this wasn't in my home. 
 My mom gave it to me about 70 years ago when she moved to Florida.
 It has been painted all sorts of colors over the last 70 years or so.
 And here is a close up of the finished product.

I guess this proves that we're never too old to be useful.
We're never too old to try something new.
We're never too old to shine!

And this 70 year old cedar chest does shine!

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Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Motivation Monday to ya!


Monday, May 8, 2017

Seeing is Believing

Would I Be a Reliable Eye Witness?

And the answer is NO!

Rose-breasted Grosbeak by jaynegulbrand/Shutterstock
Last week a rose-breasted grosbeak showed up at my feeder.
I had never seen one before and didn't know what it was.
My bird loving uncle taught me to make mental notes of size of bird, color of beak, color of legs, and markings.
I was talking to myself describing this bird.
But, while I got the yellow beak, and the color of the legs right,
I was totally off on the color of the head.
I saw much more white on the head and back
 than was actually there.
This bird has white bars on its wings
 and maybe that's what threw me off. 
But I was sure it had a white head also.
About an hour later, it came back and I was shocked
at what I got right but more so about what I got wrong.
Which tells me, even though I was concentrating on what this bird looked like, I still didn't see it or remember it correctly.
I also learned that maybe what I think I see,
is not exactly what I see.
So, how does that pertain to painting?
As I try to remember what something looked like to paint it,
I may not always be able to trust my memory.
It's important if I see something I want to paint,
to take notes and pictures and more notes
if I can't paint it immediately. 
Learning to see is critical when painting,
particularly when painting plein air, or on location.
But remembering is also pretty important.
I definitely need to work on both those skills.
Facts about this bird - 
According to the American Bird Conservancy, 
the rose-breasted grosbeak has a sweet song similar to a robin,
and it's call note is like a gym shoe squeaking on a gym floor.
Unlike other birds, these grosbeaks, male and female, share, incubation, brooding, and feeding duties at the nest.
It Breeds in North American forests and second-growth habitats; winters in forests in the Caribbean and Latin America.
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.