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Frances Shurley Art for the Holiday Season

With the holidays almost here, I am busy trying to finish the Santa paintings that have been on order a while.

Loving the paintings and check out my web site we still have some of the prints left.

We are having a 25% off sale thru the end of November. Limited Edition Prints are available for the Times Gone By Print and the new Painting is also available. If you would like something painted special please contact me and I am happy to help you.

Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather but not so much the cold rainy weather. Maybe it will snow this year. I am looking forward to a white Christmas.

New Fine Art Painting "Coming Home" available now - Save 25%

  Painting American Flag and Country Barn    “Coming Home” with all the good things from old.

Painting American Flag and Country Barn

“Coming Home” with all the good things from old.

October Painting 2018 available to purchase check out paintings page.

My love of the country and old things come from great memories, grandmothers house, aunts and uncles visiting, playing with your cousins and siblings. I love remembering and painting memories that bring back great feelings. As we get older the memories mean even more to us. As kids we grow up and think that life is forever but as the years catch up with us, we have a sense that maybe life is somewhat faster than we imagined. 

Its so important to take the time to smell those roses, sit and watch the sunset, feel the water in the beach, pick up the shells and really look at them. Cherish the times when we can. Sometimes we get to the time in our lives we are running out of time to do all we want. However, since none of us know how much time we do have it is so much more important to start today and tell the ones you love how you feel. Do the things you always wanted to do. 

For me one of the things I love besides my family is my painting and their are so many paintings I want to paint. So many memories to capture. I am learning about marketing so that takes time away from my art. Each day I try to learn the marketing part but always making sure to give my painting the time it deserves and the time I need to spend with the painting. I wish I never had to sleep - I would paint 24/7 but we know we must sleep so I paint in my dreams.

My children and grand kids are motivation for my paintings too, my lil grand daughter here is Lissie what I call her and she needs medical attention with her lymphdema and my goal is to build a studio and heated pool facilities so that she can get therapy right here and not have to travel each day for it. My goal with my paintings is to paint and use all I do to help her along with helping others too that need the help. That's who I am and that's what I do is help the children.  Do you see the love in those eyes - and depends on me and I know she does. I will succeed in this quest to paint for the children. 

I hope you love the new barn painting coming up soon. With all the things in it that I hope you love or remember as much as I do. Tiny little things to hopefully bring back some of the childhood and adult memories you just want to be reminded of. 

I will be updating some sneak peeks on Facebook, twitter and Instagram and please let me know what you think. Please follow me and I will follow you back to keep in touch. I also do commission art if you are interested. 

@FrancesShurley  on Twitter and Instagram and also on Facebook

Thanks for taking time to sit and read my update. I appreciate each of you and I know how much time is valued so thanks for your time you set aside to read more. 

Painting on a new barn painting with American Flag dedicated to helping the children

Painting on Canvas to welcome October 2017

Painting on Canvas with nice fall scene of old car and house, coming soon. Signing and finishing details this weekend. Photos to follow. 

New Santa painting on wood coming soon on periscope and twitter broadcast. Waiting on Arkon Mount to scope. 

I love painting all the time but fall is a favorite time with the holidays coming. Santas and angels coming on wood. Also finally finishing the details on the canvas art. Everytime I think I am done I see something else I need to add or touch up. Follow me on instagram and also on twitter. I will be live broadcasting and so excited. 

Paintings from Art Studio

Its been a while since paint blogging

How long has it been. I told you its a crazy life from an artist. Many people tell me wow you must have such a peaceful life being an artist, especially painting. I always wondered why they say that. My life is beyond crazy and wild. Being an artist is quiet time for myself, but it takes time to paint. First I must get thru the crazy days and times of the day. In the last 2 weeks, my sons still in therapy so I help with the kids - its summertime you know. My daughter in love was baking a cake for a special summer cookout we were going to have until I get a call " Mom come quick, shes dropped a butcher knife on her foot and it wont stop bleeding - I am beside myself telling my son what to do and call 911 - as I run out the door and I am also on phone calling 911. I get there a mile from my house before the ambulance or firemen and yep cut the foot wide open. So the summer begins, I take the kids, my son goes to hospital and we update you to now.... surgery was Tuesday to repair the cut tendon and the artery and now its keep the foot up and healing time.  

I told you that my life is nothing but busy and full of events. I am however getting to swim some which helps the days. Grandkids are having fun. I have tried to finish this painting on the old classic car but it still waits. I hope to get that done in the morning. 

I have orders coming in for bird paintings, santa paintings and more. I am excited to paint and paint on anything just to paint. It feels good to do what I love to do. This is a quick update tonight. I want to scope on Periscope live broadcasting and not sure how many would tune in. If you would be interested please drop me a line and let me know. You can always email me at francesshurleyartist@gmail.com   I would love to hear from you. If you have a request for something you would like me to paint, or sew or quilt let me know. I love helping others and if you would like me to do a Q&A on painting let me know that as well. Ok its my time to watch some of my friends on scope. Stay tuned more pics coming soon. I am caught up finally. Until later - Frances

Painting in the life of an artist and grandmother

Painting and my life as artist and grandmother

Being a artist is great, being a grandmother is greater

Loving my life as a mother, grandmother and artist. Time is limited for each and everyone thing. 

Have you ever wondered where the time goes? It goes so fast. I cant beleive its been over 2 weeks since I wrote on this blog. Lets see I did make a list of things to do, but I won't bore you with the details it might put you to sleep. Lets just say, my aunt thinks I need a clone of me - I am beginning to agree. Lets start with since I wrote last - my grand daughter precious little baby got out of the hospital, my son had surgery, my grandkids other grandmother had bad infection in her eye, I ran like crazy for everyone. Staying late at night to try to catch up on emails, things to do in the house, the studio needed working on, paintings to work on, of course there is always that dreaded laundry which I do not like.

Everyone gets quiet for a while and the refrigerator breaks down now its not supposed to do that its only 2 years old well alittle over two. What on earth now....don't ask.... putting towels on the floors from all the water leaking everywhere, cant sleep for fear we could have a house fire from the frig.. water coming out of the lights... you have to laugh at one point or you could lose it all... I really mean that... like crazy laughter... please Lord dont trust me with so much. I need help for sure.

Ok so we finally get a new frig and they come to take the other new one away. Money lost but hey its a new day we got a new one... don't look back as they say. Then well I can tell you my arthritis doesn't like me and my meds get stopped from insurance co for God knows why some new rule so we work on that and still waiting... I am really feeling like a grandmother at this point but my head still thinks I am young and I can conquer the world till I go to bend over and cant get up. Oh you are laughing at this point so was I to keep from crying.

No I can not make this stuff up. You gotta laugh and think when does it end? Yes please tell me too. I have about 14 canvas paintings to work on, two wooden painted pieces to complete. I gotta have time in this day right. Oh and I have 7 dolls to finish at some time - oh yes I still do design dolls because its fun and the girls love them. When lord - so its always midnight before I can still down and finish things when the quiet of the night comes. 

Cant forget that with periscope app your friends are on and I haven't seen them all day or the last few days and I cant paint and watch them too. They always bring me such joy. Ok so now thank goodness I am in another time zone. Its late for me but early for periscope. Better than television I think. After scopes then I might get to paint some more. 

Ok so that was the last few weeks. I am good now, Everyone is healing, home, doing what they do, YAY I get to do my stuff. So painting tomorrow to finish a long awaited car painting, then to the santas one already needs delivery. I am back... maybe I shouldn't type that loud or something will try to stop it... Its my life. How on earth do I get so organized? I have a planner by the way.. don't laugh... I know I am - how do you sit and plan on a planner if you don't have time to do the planner. 

Its my life and good thing I have learned patience or I would go nuts. New frig in the house making strange noises. Oh that is just the ice maker. Thank goodness thought something broke. Do you ever have days or weeks like these. I look forward to sitting down putting a sign on the door that says - I can not do adult stuff now I am busy painting. Yes that's it a sign I need a sign!   Well kids its time for me to watch periscope and try to paint its almost a little bit after midnight. Ahhhhh my quiet time until about 3 am. Then time to sleep. Wish me luck - believe me its sounds like a crazy life - you are right and thats a easy month. Will not share the really bad months. Lets hope that from this point on I get to paint and did I meantion I started making all natural soaps and lotions to sell. Oh yeah if I didnt have enough to do. But hey I love my life, I love painting, being a mother, a grandmother and now a soap maker. One thing is we will be clean, happy and healthy. And with all the paint I get on me while painting - I need lots of soaps. 

Until next time maybe I can add a few pics and videos here from time to time. Awaiting the arrival of 2 baby red birds in my tree out front. I hope I can catch them hatching. Hugs to you all. Sometimes I think I need a helmet to wear like military zone for incoming stuff. Just seems to fall on you everywhere. One thing about me is I never give up. Keep on keeping on... Never stop till the end. And I don't see an end in sight. Later kids. Time to watch periscope with paint brush in hand.....

If you get the chance just a few minutes of your time. Please check out the car painting and let me know what you think. Its not completed yet... Few more days. Its oil on canvas and will be one for framing a 16 x 20. Lots of hidden things to go into this one over the next few days. This one is "Times Gone By" - will have the final photo of painting up by first of the week available to anyone who is interested. The photo below is a draft photo taken with my phone. The real photo will be done by my photographer. One thing I am not is a professional photographer. Painter and Artist, Mom and Grandmother, Doll designer and Soap maker but not a photographer.  Anyway, please take a minute of your time and let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you. The painting will be available for purchase. I may offer a few prints on the site after the painting.  Note: the photo looks very dark but that is because this photo was taken with my phone just for the blog. When you see the final photo taken by the photographer it is not as dark and has many hightlights in it. Stay tuned for the final photo.

(55) Frances Shurley

Spring Break for kids here in Georgia. I am finishing this oil painting of an old car and cottage that seems to be taking forever. I am excited to be getting so close. I have 3 other paintings going at the same time. I hope to finish this one this week to get it photographed finally. 

Taking the grand kids to do some fun things during spring break and evenings will be working on art works in the process. Have a great week to all of you.