Friday, March 28, 2014

Plein Air Competition This Weekend!

II have been preparing for my first plein air competition and it's almost here! This weekend is the 3rd Annual Paint Out at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Check in start at 7 am each morning to have your canvas stamped, although I doubt I'll start that early. All artists have to turn the stamped canvas in at the end of the day. Judging begins at 3:00 on Sunday, followed by a reception and sale from 6:30 - 8:30.

I wanted to make sure I was comfortable and very portable for this weekend so I made a new palette shelf for my easel. I took it out yesterday to give it a try and I LOVE IT ! I had room for everything. I put a shoulder strap on it so it was easy to carry as well.  If you find yourself in Marietta this weekend, stop by and say hello.

Happy painting!                           

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring Ya'll

Update  - I just touched this up in the studio and I think I'm happy with it. I have been trying for awhile to figure out how paint the scrubby trees as they are just coming out to bloom.

What a great day to be out there painting! A good start for spring. I went back to the Nature Reserve this week and tried to finish my painting from last week. 

I was listening to the book"Julia Child" while painting today, I got so involved,  I forgot to snap a photo before leaving. Here's what I got done today.

Have a great day!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring Art Shows, Classes and Workshops

Spring Art Shows, Classes, and Workshops
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"What-a-ya-have"" 5x7 oil on canvas

Other Dawnart News

My work is now available at HomeGrown in downtown Decatur.
Stop by and check out this super cool shop!

Plein Air Paint Out 2014

I will be participating in the Marietta/Cobb Museum's 3rd Annual Paint out,
March 29 - 30.
Come out and see what it's all about!
Artists will paint local public and private sites in beautiful Historic Marietta. From the local homes and gardens to the dynamic architecture of downtown, Historic Marietta has many picturesque scenes perfect for plein air painting. The Marietta Cobb Museum’s Third Annual Plein Air Paint Out will feature a juried exhibition and sale on display at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art (located at 30 Atlanta Street, a block south of Marietta Square).

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Painting the town - plein air style


Nature is Blooming at the "Natural Beauty" Art Show

The art show will be March 9 – May 4.  The opening party is scheduled for March 13, 7-9pm.  The gallery location is 1710 Defoor Avenue, NW, Atlanta, GA.  The event is free to the public.

Winter has been harsh.  Fresh blooms and all the beautiful colors Spring brings will be welcomed.  So we say, “Enough with the snow.  Come on Spring!”  Our Natural Beauty show will exhibit the landscapes, flowers and all the splendid views nature gives us. 

Patrick Dennis, Maureen Engle, Dawn Kinney Martin, Greta Mattingly, Wynne Ragland are the featured artists.  Patrick’s aspects of nature are very calming and serene.  While her specialty is palette knife painting, Maureen likes to experiment with different mediums and combinations including oil, acrylic, oil pastels, watercolor and collage.  Dawn also uses oils to portray scenes of her travels en plein air.  “Realism with a twist” is what Greta calls her work.  Wynne’s photography capture objects of nature that are simple and raw.

This show will warm you like the spring sun.

About the Defoor Centre:
The Defoor Centre is located off Howell Mill in the Atlanta Design district.  The centre features the art of local aspiring artists.  It is also an event facility hosting private weddings, mitzvahs, corporate meetings and parties.  The full service venue provides in house catering with a full bar.  The Defoor Centre is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Atlanta.  The structure is dated in the 1800’s rich with the history of being a hospital during the Battle of Peachtree Creek.

For more information, visit our facility Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4pm or via  Davina Law is the contact person and can be reached at 404.591.3809.  There is also an array of our work on Facebook.

Spring Classes and Workshops
 I will be teach my usual Tuesday evening Painting Studio class as well as two workshops this spring at
Callanwolde Art Center, Atlanta GA 404.872.5338
More info
Painting Studio
March 18 - May 13
Tues 6:30 - 9:30
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Paint with Color Confidence! 
Jan 18
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm, 1 Day
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Palette Knife Workshop: Reflections on Water
March 8
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm, 1 Day
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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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Why do you do it?!?

Why do we do what we do? This is a question that keeps coming up in the classes I have been at C4 (business classes for artists). I am amazed by how hard this question is to answer.
Easy answers:
I can.  I love it.  I'm curious.  Etc....
Why is this such a hard thing to answer? I have been making art most of my life. I have a degree in painting. I have been teaching painting classes for 14 years. But why do I do this? Well..., I love making 3 dimensional space on a 2 dimensional plane, moving color back in forth within that 2D space.  I  love problem solving, and I just like to walk around and look and think about how so many things are possible on one little planet.

 I have been assigned to make my mission statement  as part of my class work, and after a lot of struggle, I think I have it.

Mission :
Create expressive paintings that elevate the ordinary and encourage the viewer to appreciate the beauty of the day to day.

When it comes down to it, I always feel so lucky. I love my work and I can always learn and improve. 
I look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings. 
Paint on my friends,

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Painting for " A Night in Paris" at the Botanical Gardens

This Thursday evening I will have the opportunity to paint for a special event at the botanical gardens, “A night in Paris”. I've been hired to paint for a members party for Orchid Daze celebrating impressionism. What a great opportunity, I'll try to get a few good photos of the party.

Update - photos from the event,

I had a great time and got to meet a lot of cool people. There was a quartet dressed in period costume - they were great and really added to the event. I was able to get them in the painting.


 Happy painting!                           

March 18 Tues Painting Studio
May 3 Color Confidence 1 10 - 3:00
May 10 Palette Knife workshop; Reflections on water

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Join me for the opening reception of Natural Beauty March 13th.

Natural Beauty Opening Reception

March 13, 7-9pm

Defoor Art Center

1710 Defoor Ave,NW
Atlanta GA
The show will be up March 9-May 4
The even is fee and open to the public

Join me if you can and see the new painting I have been working on this winter.

See you there,


Happy painting!                           

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