Sharon Durbin Graves On The Beauty Of Acrylic Painting

The Charla Anderson Show | Sharon Durbin | Acrylic Painting

Laughter is the best medicine, and Sharon Durbin Graves will keep you laughing while learning the art of acrylic painting. She puts smiles on her brushes, canvases, and her YouTube channel, Acrylic Teacher for Beginners.

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Sharon Durbin Graves On The Beauty Of Acrylic Painting

I’m a little bit humbled that I’m starting season two. This is the season 2 debut show, number 52. I’ve done 51 shows, so this is 52, but it’s Season 2, Episode 1. I’m going to have a fun time with my guest, Sharon Graves. We’re going to have lots of fun conversations about painting and who knows what, of course, with me. You may not know, but I want you to remember to that breathing a little bit, taking time to take a deep breath, a little tiny meditation, a mini vacation I do at the beginning on my all of my shows. What we do is breathe in calm for seven seconds. We hold for 4 seconds and we breathe out gratitude for 11 seconds. Here we’re going to breathe in that calm, get centered, get grounded, be still and know. Let’s listen to our senses. Here we go.

Let’s breathe in some calm. Hold, relax, release. Thank you. Thank you for taking a moment. We’re so moving so fast, so often, and we have our little devices so often and we forget to take a deep breath now and then. I hope you enjoyed that. Season two. This is March 6th, 2024. Stepping into season two of this show, there will be a few things that are going to be a little bit different as we move forward from three versions, but for the most part, it’s just me. It’s me having fun.

It’s me having conversations and loving people in these unsteady times, talking about hope, talking about overcoming, how are we here, what do we do, how can we make a difference in the world, which is basically it, especially sharing unconditional love. That’s the premise of my show. Here we are going back into the beginning phases of where I came from with this. I don’t even know how to begin with that.

All About Sharon

We’re going to start by introducing one of my fellow Senior Tubers. For those of us that are doing some YouTube stuff in the senior world, we’ve got Fran, who is amazing, the leader and guide for our Senior Tuber Community and creator’s group. One of the members, Sharon Durbin Graves, has agreed to join me. Let’s talk about putting miles on some brushes and smiles on some faces and painting artists, bringing out the artists in all of us. Sharon, thank you for joining me so much. I’m grateful that you are taking the time to join us. I know you’re in Kentucky, but tell us a smidge about who Sharon is in this world and then we’ll talk about what you do.

Thank you so much, Charla, for having me on your very first season two show. I’m so excited about that and good luck with all your efforts in the future, too. Yes, I needed that breath because I’ve had a whirlwind week. I’m from Ohio. I grew up in a small town in Ohio that is no longer a small town. It’s like a crazy place. I live in Kentucky. I’ve lived in Kentucky much longer than I lived in Ohio. I always felt like there was an artist inside of me. I was married, I had a job and I had four kids. They were all real active and everything out of the sun. I never pursued it. I got real sick. When I got real sick and I could no longer work, there were very little things that I could do.

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It was still in my head that there was an artist inside of me. I was evaluated for a double lung and heart transplant because what I have is filling my lungs and heart up with scar tissue. After the evaluation, they sent me home saying, “We think you’re a good candidate.” About a week later, I got a letter saying, “We’ve reevaluated and we think that you won’t be a good candidate because we are not sure that you won’t fill up these new lungs and heart with scar tissue also.” I’m like, “Okay. At that last meeting, you said I had maybe 30 to 45 days or so before I had reached my expiration date.” I was standing there thinking, “Whatever time I have left, I’m going to learn how to paint. I’m going to do that.”

I can’t go to work. There’s so much I can’t do now, but I can’t do this. I’m going to try this. I was awful. I was so horrible. It was so awful. This was before the internet, and there was basically nothing in my public library where I hauled my little wheelchair and oxygen tank right down there. There was nothing available for me in the libraries. I found a class and I took this class. I spent a boatload of money, in excess of $1,500. I came home after four days with what I considered to be a beautiful painting. I knew at that point, I can do it. With that little bit of instruction, it changed the whole trajectory of my life and my seeking to be an artist trying to get there. I kept painting.

Tell me, you had 30 to 45 days to live how long ago?

Over 22 years ago.

I don’t believe in getting sick, so I don’t get sick. That’s not being arrogant. I believe that you get what you think about. Doctors often are not correct.

The surgeon who would’ve done the transplant said he’d never had anybody gain any more than 2% of their lung capacity back. I was losing it so fast. That’s what their calculation was. When I got home, I stopped losing. After about 10 or 11 months, I had to go have lung function tests every month where they put you in a box and you have to do all this when you can barely breathe.

After about 10 or 11 months, I gained 2% or 3% back. The next month, I gained 1% back and then I gained another 3% back. It kept going up incrementally until I got to about 60% or 65%. I told my lung specialist, “You need to have them come and get this oxygen machine because I’m done with that.” He said, “No, the number’s like 85%. You’re nowhere near that.” I’m like, “I’m not using it. It’s sitting there doing nothing and my insurance is paying for it, so I need it to go away.”

Fun Facts

He said, “We’re going to keep an eye on this. If you can get to 70% or so, then I’ll consider it.” Within 2 or 3 visits, I was at 70%. I said, “Now get it out of here because I’m done with it. I haven’t used it for months.” He’s like, “I don’t know, 85% the number,” and I’m like, “I don’t care what the number is. I’m not using it. Take it away. It’s a dust collector now. It’s a big coaster. Let me have my house back.”

That is miraculous.

He admitted that. He told an intern in his office, “I am such a good doctor. I have healed this woman, and I have absolutely no idea how I’ve done it.”

Mindset Shift

You choose mindset. I’m a mindset-type coach. Every word matters. You speak what you want. Do you consider that making the choice to do what you loved and live your life, be you, by doing the painting? Maybe you shifted the energy in your body or your mindset enough. This is my way. I say it all the time. If God can create it, he can heal it. If you can be healed, basically, and years later, still a walking miracle, I believe that. I’ve had several people on my show who have gone through stuff like that. Basically, they shouldn’t be here at all.

I don’t think painting healed me. I think God healed me. There’s no two ways about that. I’ve never been a depressive personality. If I go to sleep tonight with the blues, I know I’m going to wake up fine tomorrow, but not everybody is like that. I decided, “I am going to do this no matter what for as long as I can. That was my mindset.

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Acrylic Painting: I just decided to do this no matter what for as long as I can. That was my mindset.

It’s not the painting. It’s the mindset.

I’m already going to die, so how bad can it be?

One of my mentors, every day I get a message from him, and it always ends with, “Keep breathing free oxygen.” I’m like, “I’m breathing free oxygen on this side of the dirt and I’m in Texas.” That’s my favorite part. To me, we’re talking about painting, but my show, my talk is always about making a difference, living your life. How can we make a difference in the next person’s life? How can we offer hope? I can’t even imagine the devastation of your family going, “Mom’s going to die.”

I think they were more devastated than I was. My children were all like, “What are we going to do here?” I felt I had a good life. I’ve done the very best I can do. I’ve screwed up well along the way, but whatever the Lord says, I’m good with. That was honestly my mindset. I was okay with dying, but until I did, I wanted to learn to paint.

That one focus is a huge piece. Your drive to do something shifted something inside of you. Split-Second Transformation: Change Your Words, Change Your Life is one of my books. You can literally change your words, change your life. Sharon, you decided to do what brought you joy and happiness and give up the things that didn’t. There’s no doubt in my mind that mindset makes the difference. We all know people who worked for Delta Airlines for a lot of years, and somebody go to the doctor being fine and get a diagnosis. They claimed that diagnosis and six weeks later, they’re gone because they focused on what’s wrong and what they didn’t want. They focused on the disease rather than the vibrancy.

I was sick. I knew that there was something wrong for 30 years, but they couldn’t figure it out until I gave him one little symptom and it was like watching the doctor lose all the color in his face. He was dumbfounded when I gave him the one little symptom. I didn’t think that they could possibly be related to my lungs, but they were. It was amazing to see how quickly everything started to shift and as far as medical care and medicines and all stuff like that.

After about 6 or 7 months, I’m like, “I don’t need an antidepressant because I’m not depressed. I’m accepting whatever happens here, but I’m moving on with my life regardless of what happens. If my life is on the other side, I’m good with that, too.” They argued with me a number of times about taking me off some of the medications that I said, “You can argue all you want, but I’m not taking it anymore. Have a nice day.”

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Acrylic Painting: I’m moving on with my life regardless of what happens. If my life is on the other side, I’m good with that too.

Your strength of character. You’re standing up to people who have the white coat on. I’m sorry, but that white coat was a marketing ploy back in the ‘40s and it was a very good one, by the way. It worked very much. We think they are the authority in the medical field, but I think a lot of us have noticed in the last few years, but not so much.

They’re not always right or truthful, are they?

Whatever makes the most money sometimes. It doesn’t mean they’re bad people. It just means they sold out or something. I don’t know.

They got caught up in something.

Misguided, at the least.

At the beginning of my art journey, it was difficult to find information to help me, but once I started to get it, I said, “If I ever do get this, I will teach beginners anywhere, everywhere.” That’s why I teach beginners and I only teach beginners. There’s plenty of information out there for people who know some stuff. If you don’t even know what brush to buy when you go into the art store, you’re standing there like a deer in headlights looking at 3,000 brushes and like, “That one looks good. I’ll take that one.” You don’t know if that’s a watercolor brush or paint brush or what.

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Acrylic Painting: At the beginning of my art journey, it was so difficult to find information to help me. But once I did start to get it, I decided to teach beginners everywhere.

Painting

I was curious about this. The medium, you use acrylics. There are watercolors, oils, charcoal, or I don’t know, whatever there is. I feel like you chose a medium, acrylics. Why?

With oils, you have all solvents that have lots of fumes. I’m not saying that I don’t have lung problems because I do, but I could feel that solvent. I’m like, “That’s not going to work for me.” Acrylics, you wash up with soap and water.

Bottom line, it’s easier.

It’s easier for cleanup and for your environment. Some people say they don’t have some of the qualities that oils do, but for me they’re perfect because I have about the attention span of a flea and I want to get it done. I don’t want to work on something for a week or two weeks, waiting for things to dry in between. You get it all done at one time and one sitting. When I start a painting, I expect to finish it that day.

That’s amazing to me; I thought that even being able to do that was great.

If I set it aside, there’s a 50% chance I’m never coming back to it.

The investment is in the canvas, paints and the brushes. It’s a constant investment, and time is the most critical factor.

It’s a critical point. It’s, it’s easy to go to the store and buy the stuff, but it’s the time that it takes to actually improve on. I don’t think painting is a talent. I think of it as a skill. You can learn, practice and improve on a skill, but only with intentional practice. It is not enough to do 10,000 iterations. You have to do 10,000 iterations. You set out to do a goal, reach a goal, get better at this particular thing, and get better at that thing. You have to be real honest with yourself about what you’re not good at, and then figure out a plan to get good at it. If you’re willing to do that, anybody can learn to paint.

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I love that. It’s a trainable, learnable skill.

It’s like playing the piano, learning to dance, shooting a basketball or playing golf. They’re all skills. Painting is the same way. There are those people who come here to this Earth so overloaded with talent that their journey is shorter, but they still have to learn some things and then put those things into use. The rest of us, we have to learn it, practice it and get better at it.

You’re doing it because you enjoy it, without the tedious, “I’ve got to do this, I have to do this, I want to do this.”

It’s like, “I’m going to get the laundry done so I can paint for an hour. I’m going to get this done so I can go in there and paint.”

It’s fun on our little Senior Tubers group that we meet weekly. One day you had on your Van Gogh shirt and I have a Van Gogh Starry Starry Night. They’re both Starry Starry Night.

I’ve got an apron now.

You’ve got an apron, too. That’s so cool. Don’t mess it up. You mentioned that you went to the Monet exhibit. I have actually been to Giverny. I bought this little book in Giverny, the Monet’s Garden and his home. It was so precious. This was a little souvenir and I was like, “I’m going to go get that out.” Those interactive museums are amazing.

They are amazing. I’ve been to the Van Gogh and the Monet.

I got the sunflower from the Van Gogh Experience. School children are getting to see some of that, coming in buses and learning and going, “Yeah.”

I saw Van Gogh first. When I came out of there, my life had changed. In the hour and a half that we were there, my life had changed, the way I felt when I was there, having his paintings all over me. You’re covered in them and you’re walking on them. You’re sitting on them. You’re surrounded by them. It was honestly life-changing for me. The Monet, I was so amazed at his water lilies. I came home and I painted I think fifteen water lily paintings from an 8 x 10 up to a 36 x 36 inch.

I think I saw in some of your work was that you do a series. You get started on a water lily, and you’re going to paint water lilies. You’re done with water lilies. You’ll do hummingbird and then you’ll do daisies. I think that’s interesting because each time you improve it, and I know pointillism and things like that, those little things with the Monet had the impressionist. You get close and it’s little dots.

You can’t figure out what you’re looking at up close. A painting is meant to be viewed at six feet. Honestly, a lot of beginners in my in-person classes are twelve inches away from your painting. “This is horrible. This is awful. I can’t stand this.” I’m like, “Stand up and back up.” They’re like, “That’s not too bad. That looks okay.” It’s meant to be viewed at six feet, but when you’re painting it, you are right up on top of it. How do I get that perspective? They were constantly backing up and putting in two marks and backing up and putting in two marks.

I watched a demonstration of a guy painting a seascape that had rocks all on an angle. Honest to goodness, for the first 40 minutes, I couldn’t figure out what in the world he was painting even though I’m looking at what he’s painting. He had a picture and he was on location, so you saw it but I’m like, “How in the world is he going to get there from here?”

We’ve all seen the street artists, and all of a sudden, it’s upside down and backward. They turn around and you’re like, “Are they doing garbage can lids? How does it go from there to there?”

Sharon’s Socials

I would like to know what’s going on here.

They have to be dyslexic or something.

I totally see things differently than they do.

It’s a beautiful form of entertainment, of expression, of gifting. Do you give them? Do you sell them?

I sell them. I have been known to give things away. People will often say, “You can’t give that away.” I’m like, “It’s my painting. I can pretty much do what I want with it. If I want to set it on fire out here, I can do that too.” In fact, when we sold our farm, I had to purge and you don’t want your crap going to Goodwill or something. I took a big stack of stuff out and I did let it light it on fire. People got hysterical. “You should have donated those.” I’m like, “That’s not how it works. I have 5,000 more. Besides that, they’re my paintings. If I want to set them on fire, I will. If I want to donate them someplace, I’ll be the first to do that.” They got hysterical on my Facebook page. If you painted them, you can do what you want with them.

I would have a hard time witnessing that as well going, “That’s treasure.”

It’s horrible. You got to paint a lot of crap before you get to being good. Another thing that people don’t want to do is get through the ugly part. The guy I was telling you about was a phenomenal painter, but in those early stages, it was pretty strange-looking. Every painting goes through that. You will also, as an artist, have to go through the time when you are awful.

That lets you get to being good. If you don’t go through the awful part, you’re never getting to the good. If you give up like, “This is awful. I don’t know what the heck I’m doing,” then you’ll never get to be the good part. You’ll never get there. You have to put in that time. You have to make some crap art before you can make some good art.

One of my dear friends, Sister McCray, she and my sister were best friends. My sister passed and we had to show up to Octogenarian Shenanigans because they were both in the ‘80s. What a blessing to have that. To take up her Shirley time, my sister’s time, after she was gone, she started physical lessons in her town in Granbury. I did connect her with you, and I haven’t heard from you since then if you have connected, but I thought, “What a great time filler.” You’re in your ‘80s and all of a sudden, “I have time. I don’t have kids. I don’t have all the volunteer stuff I was doing.” She still does that too.

George W. Bush, when he left the presidency, he started painting.

You have to get it out somehow.

You wouldn’t necessarily think that somebody who’s been in such a high-powered thing like that would want to paint, and yet, that was what he wanted to do. He paints portraits. I have one of his books that was gifted to me and he’s pretty good.

I remember him saying, “I don’t like broccoli, and I’m the president of the United States.”

That was his dad. “I don’t have to like broccoli.”

“I don’t have to eat it if I don’t want to. I am at this point in my life now.” That’s right. You can’t make me. Something that kind of has been running through my mind is, what’s something that people don’t know about you?

Maybe I don’t want them to know.

I finally figured it out. Somebody asked me that question. I was like, “I rode on the Goodyear blimp.” That’s something that most people don’t know about me. It’s a cool secret. That’s not a secret, but you don’t go around talking about it decades later.

I was a florist in another life.

That’s artistic.

I’ve done artistic things my whole life. If you can make it out of fabric, I have done it. Flower arranging took my heart completely until I started painting. I know how to do it. I never do it, but I know how to do it. I lived in a teeny tiny little town in Augusta, Kentucky and Nick Clooney, the Clooney family, George’s father and mother, lived there. Rosemary Clooney had a house there. I did Nick and Nina’s daughter’s wedding. George was supposed to do one of the readings, but he was outside playing basketball with my ten-year-old son. I had to go out and get him and say, “George, get in there and do your reading for the wedding.”

Those are little-known things that are probably about you. I think that’s interesting. You rubbed shoulders with some people.

When he first was on his show ER years ago, he was always out playing basketball in their parking lot thing. That was truly him. He was not going to be in any big hurry to get into his sister’s wedding. Everybody was in the church, including the bride. They’re waiting on George.

Was he in his tuxedo playing basketball?

He didn’t even wear a tuxedo. He had a green plaid suit on. Everybody else was in tuxedos.

I’m not thinking that’s all bad. I think you are stepping to your own drummer.

He’s stepping to his own self, that’s for sure.

Have you noticed that the people who make it bigger do not fit in the mold as much?

They march to their own drummer.

I think that that’s hysterical. There’s something little known. You’re flower arranging for the Clooney family.

I drove a motorcycle.

I was a hippie. I noticed you and I are the same age. I think you’re a smidge older.

We grew up in the ‘60s.

We were raised in the ‘50s. Those were good years. We thought they were good.

We didn’t think they were so right then. Looking back now, we know that was fabulous. We couldn’t have been raised in a better timeframe.

Art Tools

We’re both passionate about loving people and making a difference. Physically, I’m thinking about what do you do with 5,000 canvases. Where do you put them and how do you catalog them? How do you know where they are? I’ve got people that live here who go and buy the canvases at Dollar Tree now, and thank goodness they can. There’s aspiring artists that can actually get some.

I’ve done YouTube videos on Dollar Tree art supplies and things like that because I don’t think that you can’t afford it should be a reason. Start with something. After you gain some skills, you’re going to want to have better tools. You can’t help but want better tools once you get something down and understand how something works.

I’ve done several videos on cheap art supplies because if somebody says, “I’ve seen it. I haven’t tried it. I don’t know how good that could be.” Don’t spend $1.25 and I’ll show you how it works.

The tools can get expensive over time. Starting somewhere is better than nowhere. How do you sign it?

We have a $20 brush and I bought it many years ago. I bought it in the class that I took. That was part of the reason the cost was so much because I didn’t have the right supplies. I had to pay for the class, naturally, which is %400 or $500, and then a hotel and food. I had to get there. By the time you added it all up, it was about $1,500. Those brushes, I take care of them. I use them all every day. Yes, they can be very expensive. If you take care of them, you’re going to have them for a while.

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My daughter who lived here finished repainting the master downstairs. They would not wash anything. They’d throw them away. Every paintbrush and every tray and the in between coats, they would leave paint sitting in the trays and toss it. She said, “There are some things I’m like that with, but messes like that, forget it.” There’s probably some freedom there. I’m sure she didn’t buy the most expensive ones, but that was problematic for me a little bit.

It is problematic for me, too.

Be a good steward. I used to think I was cheap, but I don’t think that at all. I’m a good steward of what I have. I never had much.

I think in the generation we grew up in, you took care of what you had. I don’t know how you were when you were a kid, but bread didn’t come in a plastic bag. If you got a plastic bag, you washed it out and you kept it.

You shook it out and hung it up. It’s hard for me to get rid of some. This is real and not because when I watch the things that are totally wasted all the time, it’s hard. I may not want it, I may not need it, but I don’t want to throw things away. I want somebody in this world who could use it to have it and make good use of it. That’s our story and that’s where we came from. We had the first black and white TV on our block.

Not us. We had one like this big.

It was small, but when they first started coming out, it was interesting. That’s in the mid-‘50s., I think.

I think we had a TV until after my sister was born in 1957. I think that was when we first got a TV. My grandma had one. I remember going, “What is that? Let’s go to Grandma’s.”

Yeah, go to grandma’s and watch The Mouseketeers or whatever. At 10:00, everything went off. They said the pledge of allegiance was flag flying, and we shut down.

The national anthem played and it all started up that way again in the morning.

The patriotic piece of that was important to me, too. Tell us about SharonDurbinGravesArt.com.

That’s where you can see my art. If you want to see my art, go to SharonDurbinGravesArt.com. I have a teaching website. That’s www.PaintingWithAcrylics101.com.

I think that’s brilliant because 101 is already a beginning class.

When I went to find the website and it was available, I was like, “I can’t believe that’s available. I want that one.”

Your YouTube channel, which is why we are here together, is because it’s Acrylic Teacher For Beginners on YouTube. People can find you there. I know that you have a couple of things that you’d like to offer and you’ve already said this once, but it’s a skill. We can practice it and improve on it. It’s not talent. There might be some innate abilities that some have more than others.

As you learn things, talent will come out, and things that you didn’t know you had the ability to do will come out as you learn things. Until you actually go through that process of learning and practicing some things, the talent is in there, but it can’t come out. You haven’t opened up the door for it. You have to open a door to let it come out a little bit. Even artists who come here with a boatload of talent but never paint or draw or anything like that, it’s still in there. It’s hidden.

Your mission here is to teach other people these skills.

I have a mission for women. I want to teach 1,000 purpose-driven beginning artists to learn to paint using fundamentals, elements, and step-by-step instruction so they can move their art journey forward faster.

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You’re very clear. It takes some clarity to be able to do that. There’s not a doubt in my mind that’s going to happen. You do mostly women, do you?

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I don’t intend to do mostly women, but that is mostly who attends my classes and stuff. It’s an interesting thing and I have never had this to not be true. I have a husband and a wife or a brother and a sister. I’ve had brothers and sisters in little street art classes that I have done during festivals and stuff. I had a brother and sister come up and this is never not true. The girl will be going, “Is this right? Should I do it like this? What do you think about that?” The guy will be standing there slapping the paint. Every single time. It must be genetic

They’re having fun doing it.

They never ask me, “Is this right?” They just throw it on there.

How fun is that, though?

I always know when I have a man join my class, we are going to have fun you.

We have fun no matter what, Sharon.

I’m going to have fun. That’s the whole goal. If I’m not having fun, I’m probably not going to be doing it.

When people read this, you want them to subscribe to your YouTube channel and perhaps to take a look around and check it out.

There’s a free class there on my website PaintingWithAcrylics101.com. You can go there. I have a blog that’s full of free stuff and it is completely ad-free. I have no ads on there. If you go to find something, you can actually find it. I hate it when I go to Pinterest and I see something I want to look up and I click on their link and I can’t find the article for the ads that keep popping up.

Senior Tuber Community

We also want to invite people of a certain age to go on Facebook and come to the Senior Tuber Community. It’s a fun little community. We went ahead and joined a smaller group that was a little bit more intimate and more fun, but we’re learning something every week about optimizing our YouTube videos and how to do that. All of us are different subjects. It’s not about painting or anything about it.

It’s very funny that the women and men in there are all 60, 65 and up and you don’t think of us as the tech people. There we all are learning tech stuff every single week.

Somebody asked me to write a skill. What is one of my skills? I was like, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” I’m a bulldog, especially on tech. I spent eight hours trying to figure out something not too long ago. I gave it up and changed. I finally was like, “This isn’t going to work for me.” That was Eventbrite. I fired Eventbrite. I went to TicketSource. I’m like, “I can do this.” I will punch through.

I’ll peek at it. It might take me ten times longer than a younger person, but I’m going to get it.

The next time I do it 2 or 3 months down the road, I’ve got to start over because I don’t remember how I did it. It’s the same thing with me trying to edit these videos and stuff like that. I’m like, “I’m going to figure it out.”

It’s all figureoutable.

Closing Words

Now we got experts, we got friends now that we can actually ask questions. Sharon, any last word? Let’s call this a day and have a blast doing it.

I want people to know if it’s in your heart to paint, don’t keep it there. Let it get out. You can do it. It will be uncomfortable because it is something new. If you decided you were going to go to ballet class now, it would be uncomfortable. This is, too. Embrace that because you can get out on the other side knowing something and feeling so much better about yourself if you’ll let it go. Let it come on and give it a chance. If you spent 30 minutes, 3 days a week, 2 days a week, you would be stunned at what you can learn in that amount of time. You won’t be able to stop at 30 minutes.

If you spend a few minutes a day or a few days a week studying something, you will be stunned at what you can learn in that amount of time. Share on X

You get addicted to it. It reminded me of my mom entering her dementia years or whatever. My sister made sure she went to these painting classes. We’ve got some pretty pictures that she painted by number or whatever. I don’t know what they were, but they were nice.

I taught a woman not too long ago who was in her 80s and could barely speak. She could not get up the stairs. Her daughter brought her and I think the daughter was a little frustrated that the mom’s work was better than the daughter’s. It’s not like I said, “Your mom’s much better than you.” It was obvious.

That was a treasure that my mom left, 5 or 6 paintings. She didn’t go long. It can help you a lot in your mental cognition. It’s a treasure and if it’s not, it’s okay too. One thing that came to me was that if you’ve got this heart desire to paint, it might be you don’t even have a clue that you would like to paint. I think that some of these little ceramic classes or some artsy things and you are like, “This is creative and this is fun.” When you get into that creative mode, it can be all anything. It can be all kinds of things.

Give it a shot. Find a class in your area. I have a free class on my website. I’ve got tons of free videos on my YouTube channel. There’s plenty of information out there for you if you want to learn to do it.

Pick it up. It’s like writing. We called it PPP. Put the pen to paper and push. It’s nothing but doodling right now, and then the words will start flowing every day. That’s as similar.

It’s like on writing on your computer. Just type. Whether you got words there or not, it doesn’t matter.

It’s getting into the memory. It’s been so much fun. I love having you. We’ll see you on our Senior Tuber or group, having a conversation. This is something I realized. I don’t sit around and talk for an hour to many people other than once a week and get to sit around for an hour and talk to new people, have conversations, find out what’s going on with them and how can we find our common ground.

I tell this about my husband and I all the time. We’ve been married for over 50 years. When we first got married, he was the hermit and I was the social butterfly. Sometimes in the last 5 to 10 years, he’s become the social butterfly and I’m the hermit. We have completely changed. He has to go out at least twice a day. I can sit in that garage for a week.

Mine does, “Unless I have someplace to go.”

I don’t go out just to go. I have a list. I’m going here and here. I’m coming back and I can’t wait to get back.

It’s the same way. That’s so weird. My grandson said, “It’s too people-y.” The deal is I am so social that when I am out, I’m collecting people all the time.

I talk to everybody but then I’m done. I’m drained and I need to go home.

That’s funny that you shifted like that. Thank you for joining me. It’s been real fun. Thank you for being my debut season two guest.

I’m so excited for that. I hope everything goes very well for you.

It will or it won’t. That’s my sister’s saying. I’m like, “Okay, that’s great.”  “Build a bridge and get over it.” That’s her other saying. I was like, “Always look for the win-win.” Those are her three things. Blessings to you and thank you so very much being here with me and we’ll be in touch. Blessings and always choose joy.

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About Sharon Durbin Graves

The Charla Anderson Show | Sharon Durbin | Acrylic PaintingI have been painting with acrylics for over 30 years and painting as a fine artist for about 20 years. I paint landscape and floral paintings and every once in a while I throw in a painting of animals from our small farm or a seascape.

I love teaching beginning painters because I remember just how I felt when I finally decided I either had to learn how to do it, or figure out how to quit thinking about it all the time. I couldn’t look at anything without thinking, “If I were going to paint that, how would I get that shadow in or how would I put in the highlight I see?”
I found a two-day workshop, which, by the time I paid for the workshop, hotel, food, paint, brushes, canvases and other supplies, I spent over $1,500. BUT I came home with a beautiful painting and I knew I could do it. I began a 10-year journey painting 5-6 days a week, and reading and watching everything I could to become a better artist. As I like to tell my students, I put miles on my brushes.

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