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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.

Color mixing is another art concept that has a life long learning curve.  I've created a printable tip sheet just for you.
  Click HERE to download 7 Tips for Mixing Color.  
Print it out and keep it where ever you paint.

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.

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Click HERE to join my FREE Facebook group for homeschool families who would like to add art to their curriculum.  

I have another FREE Facebook group for people who have it on their bucket list to learn to paint and/or draw. 
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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.

Every artist needs to understand how color works.  I've created a printable with 7 Tips for Mixing Color.  
Click HERE to get this invaluable tip sheet.

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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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 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.