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I am a Modern Impressionist that Paints Colorado and Beyond

The Prairie Collection

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by Shirley Bales Fine Art

Bring the Outside In

Art for Life
A modern impressionist discovering, creating and envisioning a brighter future through luminous color. Evoking an emotional response that is personal, optimistic and good—transcending culture, language and division. Art which needs no explanation. Art that reminds us of the source of it all, and our place in this vast world. Art that humbles us with splendor, reminds us of our shared heritage, culture, and traditions strengthening our bonds and communities.
A Life for Art
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Gratitude

"Take Shelter" will be part of the 3rd Annual Gratitude Exhibit Kreuser Gallery featuring over 100 Local Artists!⠀

For In-Person, Kreuser Gallery is taking appointments from 5pm-9pm. For Virtual First Friday, please view the exhibit online and check in at Kreuser Gallery's Facebook Page at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm to watch the performances live!

In an Instant, Everything Changed

It was a sunny day when we made our way to the annual Plein Air Artists Colorado Paint Out in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As we pulled up to our campsite after a long drive, tents and gear in tow, we arrived at our campsite to learn our fire pit was surrounded by nearly a foot of water. It was a confusing scenario, as the weather had been perfect on the drive in? In hindsight, it was an ominous nod to events to come. We decided to move our campsite to higher ground. An act that would eventually make us—the last tent standing. The next day, after an exhausting (yet glorious) day battling bugs and sun while painting outside—we settled into camp to prepare dinner in our brand new REI screen house. It was then that I noticed small clouds forming in the distance. I had a passing thought "maybe a storm is brewing?" Then without notice, the wind picked up to 60 miles per hour. We held on to the screen house for dear life as it nearly flew away with us along with it! Then the stinging rain started . . . We were completely exposed to the elements and at nature's mercy. This battle persisted for over half an hour, and at the end of it, we were the last tent standing. Wet and exhausted, that was the day I decided to buy an RV . . .

Shirley Bales, artist

Shirley Bales, is a multi-generational painter. Shirley formally studied fine art under an accomplished forensic portrait artist and other notable illustrators in the 1990's. Shirley also attended workshops by acclaimed plein air painters, and exclusively painted outside for over 10 years to develop her acute color sensibility. Shirley attributes most of her technical knowledge to the Cennini Forum, comprised of forerunners of the Classical Realism Movement. Shirley has participated in multiple group and solo shows winning multiple awards and accolades over the years. Her work resides in hundreds of private collections nationwide. Shirley, now a resident of Colorado Springs, paints Colorado and beyond.

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Solid Real Wood Frames

A Shirley Bales Fine Art Exclusive! Available in custom sizes and colors, milled, mitered, and hand finished by Shirley Bales Fine Art. Join the wait list to receive updates.
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Art for Life & A Life for Art Blog

3rd Annual Gratitude Exhibit

3rd Annual Gratitude Exhibit

"Take Shelter" will be part of the 3rd Annual Gratitude Exhibit Kreuser Gallery featuring over 100 Local Artists!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For In-Person, Kreuser Gallery is taking appointments from 5pm-9pm. https://kreusergallery-gratitude-reception.youcanbook.me/ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For Virtual First Friday, please view the exhibit online and check in at Kreuser Gallery's Facebook Page at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm to watch the performances live!

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Modern Impressionism

Modern Impressionism

Today there is a Modern Impressionist revival. Art movements are often a response—a rejection of environmental, social, and political forces—and the collective need to express and manifest a new perspective. It is this need that Modern Impressionism answers. We can reinvent our world, with art that stands for something good. French Impressionism was preoccupied with the immediate, the "fleeting moment," and depicting light. Modern Impressionism...

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American Dreams on the Prairie

American Dreams on the Prairie

As we pulled into John Martin State Park, RV in tow, there was an eerie glow in the air. I felt a heaviness caused by more than smoke and decimation from uncontrolled wildfires. There was a mix of desperation, and a lack of direction that permeated the campground full of an eclectic mix of state of the art vans, weekend warriors, and the displaced with...

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Why I Paint Outside

Why I Paint Outside

Driving down the newly opened faster toll route to the beach, I sang, sunroof open, at the top of my lungs to Los Lonely Boys Heaven and asked myself "how much farther is heaven?" With my newly purchased easel and paint bag in the back of my jeep, I didn't have a dime to my name—yet I was elated. I was escaping.  You see, we...

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Testimonials

"Fantastic painting. Best kept secret. Take note of this artist."

"Shirley's work is accessible, peaceful and on target. It is without pretense, boldy interpretive and technically perfect. Every home has a place on its wall for a Shirley Bales!"

Jon KhouryDirector Cottonwood Center for the Arts

"Exceptional impressionist, a talent of remarkable ability & true integrity."

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