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Free! Two printables and my Beginners Guide to Oil Painting!

Get two free printables plus my

12 page guide to beginning oil painting!

Don’t paint, but know someone who is just starting out in their artistic journey? Or maybe you are beginning in the medium of oil painting but are a bit bewildered as to what to do? Beginners Guide to Oil Painting is packed full of insights and exercises to help the beginner on their learning quest. And if you’re not into painting, get my two free printables and use them as wall paper on all your devices, or print your own fine art prints to frame! Share this post with someone who could benefit! Click HERE or the image below and you’re in!

 

 

Free prints


 

Here are your printables for this month:

Moon Rise over the city on the river digital download

“Moonrise Over the City on the River”


 

Hummingbird and Lilacs

“Hummingbird and Lilacs”

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Decorating for Fall

I love decorating for the fall and I think my miniature oil paintings make great subjects for themes to decorate with. This 4″x4″ oil on canvas titled “Leaves on the Driveway” works well with fall leaves and corn cobs.

 

 

fall decor ideas

 


Here’s a closer view of this little painting:

Leaves on the driveway oil painting

 

It was painted entirely with a palette knife and has great texture and lots of juicy color!  What’s your favorite way to decorate for fall? Do you use fine art as part of your decor? Hit me with some comments and lets strike up a convo!

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“Pink Roses”

“Pink Roses”, framed in a custom walnut stained frame is an 8″x10″ oil on canvas. Painted in warm tones, which evokes a sense of romance from yesteryear.

These beautiful pink roses are the last for this year.  The rose petals are a delicate pink and bloom in groups that almost look like a bouquet from the flower shop. It’s my favorite rose-bush! Do you love roses as much as I do? What’s your favorite flower?

 

Pink Roses oil painting

“Pink Roses” original oil painting will soon be available in the shop.

This one of a kind floral painting would make a

beautiful gift for that special someone this Christmas!

 

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Deception is everywhere!

I do not buy likes

I came across some interesting information the other day that really ruffled my feathers, so to speak. The information came to me via an email this company sent me about my Instagram account. At first I ignored it but then a few days later, decided to read it and understand what the email was really about. It started off explaining how my account could see exponential growth if I would just follow certain guidelines.

Well, I’m already doing what the email suggested I do and I am not having any luck at gaining “exponential” growth. In fact I’m lucky if I ever get more than 20 likes or 50 views on any given post. In fact its so frustrating I’m ready to close my Instagram account! I see many many accounts with thousands of likes the minute they post! How can this be? I see accounts with 10,000 plus followers and I wonder “why does this account have so many followers when there’s really nothing special about it”? Or I’ll see accounts with ZERO posts and the account is private but they have 5,000+ followers! How can that be?

I’ve been so discouraged by all of this and it really plays a mind trick on me. I’ve even gone so far as to contact Instagram support only to be completely ignored and even punished via shadow banning! Then this adds to my frustration because any new person landing on my page sees I only have 182 followers on a good day and 20 or less likes on a post and it makes them head for the hills!

Well check out what the company that emailed me is all about:


“We make you popular on Instagram!” You can read about this website called Instaswift, HERE

Instaswift offers one the ability to pay for likes and followers, as much or as little as you want. It’s discreet and runs in the background and Instagram will “never find out” according to the website disclaimer.



This makes me so upset I could spit nails! Have any of you wondered about this on Instagram? I have an artist friend on Instagram who is so upset about not gaining followers and likes that she’s taking a four month sabbatical from Instagram.



Go and read this website for yourself. I’ve linked up every photo, of the screen captures from their website. I’m sure this is not the only service out there! I call B.S.!! And for the record I will NOT be one of those who pays for likes and followers. So if you should ever visit me on Instagram and wonder why I have so few followers and likes, it’s because they are genuine and not paid for! The worst thing about this whole thing: Instagram REWARDS those who have a high amount of likes and followers by putting their posts at the forefront of the “TOP” of the list of most seen posts.

So not right! 👎🏻 I just thought I’d share in case you were wondering why you see this phenomenon on Instagram. User beware! ~ Rhonda

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“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River”

Wow that’s a long tittle! But that’s where this painting was originated so that has to be the title. Right? This one is nearly ready for varnishing, which is the best part because it unifies all the colors and makes them pop!

Fly Fishing

“Fly Fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River” is done in oil and painted on panel. It will be framed in black with a gold liner. It’s the second of a new series called “Reflections”.

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Blue Morning Glory

This week has been a busy one with varnishing and framing paintings. This little Blue Morning Glory painting is one of my favorites.

It looks fabulous in its walnut toned frame!

Blue Morning Glory oil painting

Summer sale ends soon! Use code SUN at checkout on select works.

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Daisies

It’s Daisy time in our neck of the woods, and I’m looking forward to creating some new works with these cute little flowers. They grow wild in our area, and last a long time. The best part about them is they don’t smell so great and the deer leave them alone! I have to grow my gardens with fencing around them to save my plants from the ravenous deer. All they do is eat, yet they look like they are starving! But the daisies, they thrive and don’t become a deer’s mid-nite snack!

Here’s a few Daisy paintings for my Daisy loving buds:

 

Daisy oil painting
“Daisies” 4″x4″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

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"Field of Daisies"
“Field of Daisies”
4″x4″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

 

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"Daisy and a Lady" oil painting
“Daisy and a Lady” 4″x5″ oil on canvas

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These paintings are on sale for a limited time! I’d love to wrap one up and send it to you! If you don’t like it, send it back. No questions asked!

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Blue Morning Glory

This past weekend, I transplanted my Morning Glory seedlings into hanging baskets. I saw an idea on Pinterest to grow Morning Glories in hanging baskets and let the vines cascade down. It makes a stunning display of color! Last year I grew the flowers on a trellis in the garden but they were too close to the fence and the deer ate the vines, leaving me with nothing! This year I’m outsmarting them and growing my favorite blue flowers hanging from our top decks, 20′ in the air! Take that deer!

Here’s a few of my favorite Morning Glory paintings:

I’m looking forward to creating some more Morning Glory floral paintings this year! And, if you’re on Pinterest follow me and of course I’ll follow back!

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The Bridge at Buttonhook Original Oil painting

There’s a lovely old footbridge which connects the mainland to a small island on our lake that’s fun to explore. At the top of the island is a small bench overlooking the bay where one can sit and watch boats come in and out. I love the look of this bridge with its old worn boards and the grasses beneath it. This is a small works oil painting on panel and is available in the shop.

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Butterfly and Daisies

Butterfly and Daisy

The inspiration for this oil painting came from a Monarch butterfly that was injured and spent a few days on our driveway before finally flying away. And of course the sweet daisies that grow wild in our area was a must for the story. What can I say? I love how this painting turned out. I enjoy painting true to life and all the little details. The painting measures 6″x6″ on a 2″ gallery wrapped canvas. It’s one of my faves!