Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Art sales are going well and the weather is beautiful!

My Florida trip is winding down so let me go over the highlights.

Juno Beach – great beach, pretty good sales. A lady came in and bought all three of my fruit paintings. It was a complete impulse buy on her part, but she loved them and had to have them. The coolest sale of that show was a college boy who purchased a 15 x 15 garden scene. When I asked him if he knew where it was going he said,” No, I am in school, I am just buying work that I really like for when I graduate and have a house.” How awesome is that?

Jonathan State Park was a great place to camp. There were miles and miles of cycling trails on road and off. I look forward to coming back….Just beware of the overly aggressive raccoons.

Key Biscayne – Beautiful Key – See photos. I sold a big one here! Oh happy day. An Evening Stroll went to a couple from LaGrange GA, so I will be driving around with it until we can meet in Atlanta on April 1st. I also sold a few small pieces to a lovely woman from Mississippi. I stayed a few extra days and got in some great cycling, I rode my bike from Miami over to Virginia Key and Key Biscayne. It was only about 30 mile round trip and the only hills are the bridges. Nice!

My last night in Miami, my van was attacked by thieves in the hotel parking lot. The crooks made of with all of my painting supplies and tools, but the paintings were all safe and there was little damage to the van. I found a home Depot and Utrecht and was able to purchase the minimum. Thank God they did not make off with any of my display. What better way to retaliate a theft than go to the Fairchild Botanical Gardens? A good three-hour walk through the gardens and life was good again and I headed the van to Naples. I will let you know all about Koreshan State Park. Cheers! Dawn

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Art show 2009

Hello painting students

I just wanted to touch base about the art show.

Here are the fact as of now.

The cost of the show is $45.00
What do you get for that $45 you ask:

Full color postcards with your artwork and name featured for your mailing list.
Email cards for you to forward out to your list.
Live music
Food ( Gillian, we hope?)

Just show up and have a great time

Important dates:

Tuesday, May 5th, I will need to have your painting photographed for the postcard

Monday, June 1st, begin bringing in artwork

Wed, June 3rd, Hang the show . I need at least two volunteers for this. I will not be present for this so please let me know if you are interested.

Thursday, June 4th, Opening night

The show will come down the first of July. Will give the exact date later.

As of April 7th I will have my camera in class to photograph your work for the postcard. Please bring in your work as soon as possible.

Let me know if you have any questions.



Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Learn to Sell Your Art at Festivals with Instructor Ann Finley

Are you ready to start selling your artwork? Outdoor festivals can be a profitable and fun way to turn your artwork into extra money. This workshop will give you the basics in how to successfully sell your work at art shows. Topics include:
  • how to find festivals and learn whether or not they are right for you,
  • what you need to set up your first booth,
  • what is involved in completing your application,
  • sales techniques
  • hands-on experience in setting up different kinds of festival tents
  • and of course, time for questions and answers.

Class will be held at the Spruill Center for the Arts on Saturday, Ma

Saturdsy, March 28 at Spruill Arts Center.

call 770-394-3447, or go to to register.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New work in the Decatur Gallery

New paintings in the gallery! If you haven 't stop by in awhile, please do and check out my new paintings!!

The Decatur Market & Gallery
153 Ponce de Leon Pl.
Decatur, GA 30030
Goolge Map to Decatur Gallery

Sunny Florida keeps calling me back!
I am packing the van a going to Florida for the last time this spring. It has been great spend so much of this winter down south in the sun. I hope that spring will have a arrived in Gal by the time I return. If you find yourself in the area stop by and visit with me!


March 14 - 15 Sat & Sun 10 - 5
Fest by the Sea
Juno Beach / Jupiter, FL
more info...

March 21 - 22 Sat & Sun 10 - 5
Key Biscayne Art Festival
THe Village Green in Key Biscayne, Fl
more info...

March 28 - 29 Sat & Sun 10 - 5
Downtown Naples Festival
5th Avenue South, Naples, Fl
more info...



Wednesday, March 11, 2009



WHERE: The Decatur Market & Gallery
153 Ponce de Leon Pl.
Decatur, GA 30030

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2009
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

DETAILS: “WILD THINGS” This reception for two distinctly unique artists is going to be WILD!
Their styles and subjects embrace nature, interpretive abstract themes and palettes.

Robert Amato hails from New York, where he received extensive training from the State University College of Buffalo Art Education School. Robert graduated in 1978 at the top of his painting class after intensive training and merit. His artwork was recently selected for the poster and prints of the 2009 Sandy Springs Cycling Challenge. His works are reminiscent of Van Gogh’s saturated color and texture. He works exclusively in oils on plastic surfaces.

MJ Villanueva is a painter of contemporary abstract works on canvas. He was educated at the University of Hawaii, receiving degrees in education and culinary arts. His training in food preparation taught him the importance of color and texture, as evidenced in the delicious quality of his artwork. His current “guitar series” shows indications of Picasso influence, with a twist for the new generation.

Refreshments and music will be provided. Free to attend.

The Decatur Market & Gallery is a co-operative gallery for emerging artists and unique artisans of Georgia.

Great food and of course Great art!

Hope to see you there!
Goolge Map to Decatur Gallery

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Back from San Marco and into the studio!

I had a good time in Jacksonville for the San Marco Festival. A good friend I hadn't seen in years came out and I was also able to have dinner with family. Good times had by all!

Sales at the show turned out to be a good despite the rain and heavy winds on Sunday. Saturday was a perfect day, plenty of sun and a perfect 75 degrees. Despite the great day sales just were average. I had no sales on Sunday, but I received a phone call on Monday morning and was commissioned to create four paintings for a couple that I spoke with on Sun. If you are going out shopping in bad weather, I guess you are serious. I have already gotten started. I will have photos up as soon as a make a little progress.

The photo above is of a 36 x30 that I have been working on the the past few weeks. It is a horrible photo, but the painting seems to finally be taking shape. I went by the Taco Mac last night to photograph the signs and little details for the painting. I hope to finish in the next 2 or 3 weeks.