Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Works from the Studio

"Carla's Fall Workshop"  6x12 study

My friends, Jim and Carla, brought me this great photo from Ill.
My friends brought me this great photo. They just knew it would make a great painting.
I just finished a small study and know I'm ready to work on the big'un!
The larger one is going to be 24"x 36". I always like to paint a small one to work out the composition.
Let's see what happens next!

Happy New Year,


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Back in the Studio

After weeks of working on the house, it is nice to get back in the studio. Below is a painting I just started and can't wait to see how it develops.
It's fun to work on a large piece. I like getting to use my whole body in the painting.

This is a fair as I have gotten.
This is what has been keeping me out of the studio.
Sanding base boards
Doors and Trim - which I will repaint before starting the floors
YAY, ripping up linoleum!
Now to put down the floor
New look for the living room
And hall

And Kitchen
 Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Finally! A challenge that I might can actually finish. 30 Paintings in days.
I am going to kick off my New Year by painting my butt off.  Leslie Saeta ,, through out this challenge yesterday. 
We are going to start on Jan 2. So far, about 70 artists have joined.  Go to Leslie's blog if you would like to join us. It will be fun...and no push ups!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Art Drive Atlanta - Nov 17!

Sunshine with Red  12"x16"
Great art event in Atlanta Nov 17 Starting at the Octane 12 pm Sharp!

Check this out... I think I going to have to check this out!
Looks like a cool evening.

Let me know if you'd like to join me!

WonderRoot News

Art Drive: Now's the Time

WonderRoot, Burnaway and SeekATL present Art Drive, a tour across Atlanta's artistic landscape culminating in an evening of libations and conversation at Octane in Grant Park on November 17th.

Sponsored by Binders Art Supplies and Frames, Art Drive, will transport 25 gallery-goers, creating a temporary community who will share an immersive day of visits and conversations, unbroken by traffic and parking concerns.  Registered participants will meet at the Octane in Grant Park at 11:45 a.m.  The bus will stop at 5 locations, including galleries, a private collection, and an artist talk.  The tour will cross town several times, visiting diverse neighborhoods and art spaces.

While SeekATL, BurnAway, and WonderRoot can only invite a limited number of lucky folks to hop on the bus, anyone can come to Octane at 11:45 p.m. to pick up the day's ‘til-then-top-secret itinerary and follow along in a caravan using their own transportation. 

The bus will depart at 12 pm sharp, and return at 5 pm to an evening of cocktails and discussion for all, including those who didn't make the gallery tour!  A portion of the Octane’s profits for that night will be donated back to the program’s presenters.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The weather looks like it will be perfect in Pensacola this weekend! If you are going to the Great Gulf Coast Art Festival in Seville Square, stop by and see me. I'm in Picasso 33.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Using your Values to building a composition

I just finished teaching a workshop on painting landscapes and I thought I would share a few tips.

Original photo. This is a scene in France that I am working on.
I often like to make a black and white copy so that I can just focus on the values and not be distracted by the color.

I forgot to photograph Step 1 which was a  monochromatic value study. This is Step 2.

Step 2: now that you have blocked in the large areas of light and dark, check to make sure you like the design of your composition. This is the time to make adjustments. You can know start to build on the information you have down.

Step 3

 Step 3: Working within in the pattern of your light and dark values, start to build the color.
Step 4

 Step 4: continue to build the color, still mindful of your values. You can now begin to add details
Step 5
Step 5: Adding more detail and adjust the colors. If you keep your colors in the correct value range, you will keep the compositional design.

Step 6

Now for the fun to start - laying in the details and rich color. At this point, you are free to paint. You have your foundation set, so have fun.

 I will post the finished painting ASAP

Cheers, Dawn

Friday, October 12, 2012

Impromptu Plein Air

This past weekend a few of us met up at the Green Market in Piedmont Park for a little plein air painting. October is such a fabulous time to be out and about in Atlanta, we decided to try something new and take advantage of the great weather.
Plein air is always a challenge, but it's a fun way to get out and paint with friends.

The Green Market at Piedmont.
My subject for  the day
Painting in progress. As I don't paint people often, I thought it would be interesting to see if I could capture a market scene.
I would like to make a few touch up on my painting. Work with the dappling light a little more. We'll see.

Until next time, Dawn

Friday, September 14, 2012

Atlanta Arts Fest this weekend in Piedmont Park

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Stop by and see my new paintings at The Atlanta Arts Festival in Piedmont Park  Booth # 144  (Close to the 14th ST Entrance)

I have been very busy this Summer. Check out my latest at Piedmont Park this weekend

Atlanta Arts Festival
September 15 - 16
Sat 10-7 Sun 10-6
Piedmont Park, Midtown, Atlanta GA
website -
Hope to see you there!

Link to Map for directions
Besides the great art there will be cooking demos, crafts for the young, painting classes hosted by Canvas U and much more!
Check out the full schedule for all the details.
  The park is so beautiful this time of year, so some out.  Along with the great art and entertainment, there is great people watching!!!
I hope to see you out there. It's going to be a perfect weekend!


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Thank you Alexandria,VA!

What a wonderful art show this past weekend in Alexandria! This was my first time in the area, what a great town. Saturday started out at 3:30 in the morning for the set up and boy was it humid. It stayed hot and humid, but that didn't keep people from coming out. Sales were strong all day until the tornado warning around 3:30. A big thanks to the organizers and the police for coming around to warn us and get everyone off the streets. The tornado went around us but with the heavy winds and rains, the show was closed for the rest of the day. Sunday was absolutely perfect! Pleasantly warm, no wind or humidity. Oh, if all of my shows could be this nice. Here are a few of my paintings that have a new home in Virginia.
Golden Sky at Low Tide 36"x48" oil on canvas

Folgers in the Morning 40"x30" mixed media on canvas

Coffee Makes You Bloom 6"x32" mixed media on canvas

Bloom Where You're Planted 6"x32" mixed media on canvas

High Winds12"x24" palette knife, oil on canvas

It takes Two 12"x12" palette knife, oil on canvas

Tulips and Daisies 12"x12" palette knife, oil on canvas

An Afternoon of Wine Tasting 12"x16" palette knife, oil on canvas
Well, back to the studio!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A week of painting in Provincetown, MA

What a wonderful week of painting and cycling in Provincetown, MA,  I had the opportunity to meet and paint with a great group of artists! Not only were they a joy to be around, I learned a lot from watching them paint and deal with the difficulties of plein air painting. I look forward to it again next year. Below are photos of our group on location and some of my works.

Day 2 painting in the Dunes. 9x12

Second painting on day 2 in the dunes. 12x16

Day 3  setting up in the Moors

Day 4 Mary G and Kate.  Kate's work was a true inspiration to me. Her use of color and expression - I learned a lot just seeing her work.
Setting up in the dunes overlooking the cottages and sea.

Saying good by! What a great experience.

These great cottages!

9x12 on this one I was trying to capture the atmosphere and light of ocean and sky
These last two paintings I did in CT after the Mystic show. I was out at Eastern Point ( I think ) in Groton, CT

Still trying to capture that sense of distance you get on the coast. As I am drawn to intense color , I find it a real challenge to push back my subject.

9x12 totally cool house just off the coast in Groton CT. It's like a water "tree house"!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mount Gretna is this weekend

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Mount Grenta Art Festival is this Weekend
Stop by and see my new works. I'll be in the same  Booth -  R108
I've been very busy this
Spring and summer lots of new paintings, big and small.
There is a sailing series inspired by my new saling lessons and my time spent at the coast  and a new  plein air works  from my time in Cape Cod.
Mount Gretna Outdoor Festival
I'll be in the same booth as the previous years R108.
It's a nice corner booth on the footpath at Princeton and Pennsylvania Ave.
Admission $8

August 18 - 19
Sat 10 - 6 Sun 10-5
Mount Gretna Fine Art Fair
Mount Gretna, PA


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Come out and see the great art, entertainment,
 adn don't forget abot the great people watching!!!
I hope to see you out there and don't forget to bring lots of water.


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