Monday, December 30, 2013

Plein air Thursday - 2013

This year my friend and fellow painter, Carol Violanda, and I started a new plein air group in Atlanta that meets up every Thursday. Our motto " We create the group, they will come!"
And so far it has worked out really well. I have made new arts friends and discovered all sorts of new places in Atlanta that I didn't even know existed. Here are few of the highlights of our adventures.
Hope to paint with you in 2014!

Monday, December 23, 2013

WestJet Christmas Miracle:Santa takes to the skies!

This is the best thing ever! West Jet decided to spend some of it's marketing budget on who it would effect the most - it's customers. I think they have made a few fans for life. What do you think? I wish I had been on that flight. Way to go!

Sometimes the gift of giving truly is the greatest gift of all. That's the case for airline WestJet, that put together a feel-good Christmas-themed video which ended up earning them more than 27 million views on YouTube.
In the now-viral video, titled "Christmas Miracle," the folks at WestJet placed life-sized screens featuring Santa Claus in Toronto Pearson International Airport and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport to ask those flying on the airline from what they want for Christmas. Responses ranged from socks and underwear to a train set to a big-screen TV. Little did the passengers know that they would actually be receiving their requests.
In the time between the flights taking off and landing, some 150 WestJet employees hustled to stores like Best Buy to purchase the gifts, wrapped them and then cleared them through airport security. They then prepared hot chocolate at baggage claim as the 250 passengers waited for their luggage to arrive.
As wrapped and labeled gifts headed down the baggage claim shoot instead of suitcases, responses from the passengers ranged from laughter to "No way!" to tears. And though items like the flat screen TV seem expensive, WestJet vice president of communications Richard Bartremtells Forbes that making this video was actually surprisingly cheap.
"For a traditional commercial, you could spend well into the mid-six figures for the production alone," he says, adding that this commercial cost "a mere fraction" of that. Sometimes the gift of good will can be the best one of all.

December 16, 2013 4:00 PM ET

Friday, December 20, 2013

Palette Knife Workshop: Reflections

Last Saturday I taught a palette knife paint workshop at Callanwolde. I thought I would do something to celebrate the season, so we painted poinsettias and chocolate. It was pouring outside, so I was happy everyone could make, and on time, at that!

There are 2 demos for the the class. The one on the right I did the night before and the other is the demo in class. It's always a good idea to run through a painting before the class. It gives you the chance to work out the composition, colors, etc.. in hopes that you don't make a glaring mistake in public!!

Here is the set up for the class. The class was all about painting reflections, so I went shiny object and put plexi glass down on top of the back drop. I had to big a whole bag of truffles to get the one with a green wrapper, so there was plenty left over to share.

I hope you all have a safe and joyful holiday!

Happy painting!                             
Classes start back soon.

Friday, December 13, 2013

One of my Favorite Paintings of the year

I admit, I feel very lucky to paint for a living! There is always a new challenge in the studio and hopeful enough break through, Aha moments, to keep me inspired. I was looking back over some of my work from this year, and noticed I have really made changes this year. But it always seems like the series I am working on now is my "new favorite". So this is my favorite painting right now.

Treehouse 36 x 36 oil on canvas. Palette knife painting.
Framed in black floater frame -  40"x40"

Here is another favorite from the year. You can really tell a difference between the two. After working with just the palette knife for so many years, I really wanted to come back to the brush and play with created different surfaces in the painting.
Sunset Boogie 48 x 60 oil on canvas  SOLD
I have to admit, I love the intense colors in this one…and it's huge which is always so much fun and exciting to work on. These paintings a different, but that is what I love about painting. There are just so many possibilities, new ideas to explore, I look forward to hitting the studio each day.



Let's Make Art!!

Making beautiful art with the 2 year olds at St. Anne's Day school.

This is the second year I have participate in the artists residence program and help a class make a piece of art for the yearly fundraiser. I am looking forward to the project and can't wait to see how it comes out, but with a group of 12…I am a bit nervous!
After meeting with the teachers and coming up with an idea, The next step is building the panel and  adding texture. The texture will give it a neat look when finished .

Now it's ready for the class. The class is called the Treehouse 2's, I thought this image would be a good fit.

Let the  painting begin! With a class of twelve, we decided to break up the painting groups to two at time. I masked off the ground part of the painting so the kids could go wild with the sky.
Look at them go!
Sky is in, so time to work on the ground.
This is what we have for this week. I am going to come back next week and we will work on the leaves. What a great job treehouse 2's!

I'll let you know how next week goes,


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Winter Classes and workshops

Special Holiday Workshop
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"Enjoy the Journey" 48x48 oil on canvas

Tuesday evening classes

January14 - March 4
4 or 8 week options
Tues 6:30 - 9:30
Painting Studio
Callanwolde Art Center, Atlanta GA
Class Code 7046
4 weeks 130
8 weeks 230

Stand out in a Crowd 12x24 Oil on Panel

New to painting? Beginner Supply list

Here is a simple supply list to get you started. Please get in touch with any questions  
Supply list link

 As Time Floats By 30x48 oil on canvas

Weekly plein air events
We meet every Thursday around the Atlanta Area

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Atlanta Beltline
Painting the town - plein air style

 Workshop schedule + fun holiday classes  

I hope everyone is having a  wonderful time with friends and family over the holidays. If I don't see you before, Happy New Year!
 I have several new workshops planned for the new year, two holiday classes, and of course, Tuesday evening painting studio. I have listed weekly classes and workshops I'll be teaching  over the winter. Take a look and see if any of them work for you. I'd love for you to join me if you can.

Make and Take Ornaments
Dec 7
Sat 2:00 - 3:00pm, 1 Day
Callanwolde Art Center, Atlanta GA
More info
No reservation required just stop by Painting Studio 1
Palette Knife & Cocoa Workshop: Reflections
Dec 14
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm, 1 Day
Callanwolde Art Center
Atlanta, GA
Class Code 7105
More info

Paint with Color Confidence! 
Jan 18
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm, 1 Day
Callanwolde Art Center
Atlanta, GA
Class Code 7025
More info

Paint with Color Confidence 2
Learn to control your neutrals

Feb 22
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm, 1 Day
Callanwolde Art Center
Atlanta, GA
Class Code 7032
More info

Palette Knife Workshop: Vibrant Skies
March 8
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm, 1 Day
Callanwolde Art Center
Atlanta, GA
Class Code 7036
More info

Free Plein air meet-ups
 Plein air Thursdays! A group of us take our paints and easels around the Atlanta area every Thursday.
Plein air painting is when you are painting on location. We'd love to have you join us. Beginners welcome.
We post our painting location every week on the class FB page Momentum -
We usually meet at 10 am (11am winter hours) and paint until 2 or 3pm. Come any time! Cancelled for rain or holidays.

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Palette Knife Workshop: Vibrant Skies - March 8

Palette Knife Workshop: Vibrant Skies
March 8  Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm, 1 Day
Callanwolde Art Center
Atlanta, GA
Class Code 7036
Supply List

Palette Knife Workshop: Vibrant Skies
In this fun and quick-paced course, students explore
techniques used to create expressive paintings with
a palette knife. Working with a palette knife as well as
with paint additives to create a broad range of textures,
students learn the nuances of value working wet in wet
and layering in order to keep colors rich and vibrant. This
course will begin with painting demo to cover the basic
approach and continue with demos and working one
on one with the students. Appropriate for beginners.
The class will be taught using oils but you may use
Acrylics. Supply list online; please touch base with Dawn
( if you have questions. Bring a sack

lunch. Min. 4, max. 10.

Painting with Color Confidence II

Color Confidence 2 -  Learn to control your neutrals
Callanwolde Art Center
Feb 22  Sat 10am - 3 pm 1 Day

Now that you have mastered pure color and are comfortable moving color from one hue to another, learn how to create and manipulate neutral colors. This class will focus on understanding the colors you have mixed on your palette, or store bought colors, and then how to get the most life out of your color without making mud. This class is about really seeing the colors before you and then using color theory to get the results you want on the canvas. The first half of the class will be demos and discussion, and then you will create a painting to practice your color confidence. I will be teaching the class in oils, but you may use acrylics. Contact me with any questions. Bring a sack lunch and such.

Callanwolde Art Center
Atlanta, GA
Class Code 7032
Supply List
 Supply List Painting with Color Confidence 2 2014
For questions  email

For this Class the primaries are OPTIONAL. I have the pigment codes for the primaries below. Use the pigment codes as a guide to buy the right color as color names change all the time.
  • Cadmium  yellow,  or hue - pigment code PY35    
  • Titanium white   5OZ Tube 
  • Yellow Ochre  or Yellow Oxide
  • Burnt Siena
  • Sap green
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Optional colors
  • Red - permanent rose/ quinacridone red- pigment code PV19       
  • Blue - Phtalo Blue   green or blue  shade  fine -pigment code PB15
  • Beginning brush kit with a mix of bristle and soft brushes.
  • 9x12,12 x 12 Canvas  or larger. I will be using 12x12
  • Acrylic and oil disposable Palette Pad 9 x12 . You can use a roll wax paper
  • Palette knife plastic or metal
  • Sketch pad 
  • Pencil l
  • Roll of paper towels 
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Cup or coffee can to clean brushes in

If using oils
LIQUIN or other medium for thinning the paint

Odorless mineral spirit and a sealed container for cleaning brushes