Friday, February 27, 2015

Join me March 4 for First Thursdays Art Walk!

I'll be at the Fuse Art Center this coming Thursday for the art walk. Stop in and see my latest plein air paintings and the very cool work by my friend and fellow artist Emily Clayton.  She is making plant based dyes to create Japanese styled paintings. We'll both be giving demos during the show. Hop on Marta to Five points or head down Peachtree to MLK. Parking deck right there for 3.00 and free street parking after 7:00.

First Thursdays Art Walk

  • at 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Next Week · 57°F / 32°F Rain
  • Fuse Art Center 115 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DawnArt at First Thursday Art Walk!

Two Free Art Events Next Week

Featuring Downtown's First Thursday Art Walk & Group Show at Binders, Ponce City Market

Fuse Announcements

The Fuse Arts Center offers space for your office, studio, rehearsal, meeting, performance and more. Office and co-working memberships are available at affordable rates. Host your event at the Fuse Arts Center. Contact Joe Winter to schedule a tour today!

Twilight in the Park - Dawn Kinney Martin

First Thursday Art Walk

List of Locations & Events

Artworks by Dawn Kinney Martin and Emily Clanton
March 5, 2015 4PM-8PM

Free & open to the public
Dawn Kinney Martin is an Atlanta-based artist with national and international collectors. Each year she paints plein air, which is painting on location, and takes photographs on her travels. These are used as reference materials throughout the year at her studio. Recognition for her expressive oil paintings includes acceptance at an Artists in Residence Program in Elizabeth City, NC, June 2013, November 2014 and a Merit Award from Manhattan Arts International Museum in New York for their juried exhibition, Herstory 2004. Check out her website at
Emily Clanton is a creative-type living in the Atlanta area. Her latest work is inspired by traditional Japanese painting and her personal investigations into nourishing foods and their affects on the human body. A graduate of the BFA Painting program at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art, Emily appreciates a well-told story, a home cooked meal and tons of color in works of art. Keep up with her on-going material explorations at

Fuse Arts Center
115 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW

*photo used with permission of Dawn Kinney Martin

C4 Atlanta Juried Exhibition:

New Spaces
March 6, 2015 6:30-8PM
Binders Ponce City Market
Free & open to the public

Come see how C4 Atlanta member artists tackle new ideas about innovation, community engagement, architecture and more. New Spaces explores the impact of creative placemaking on visual artists and how the arts world intersects with other sectors and the community at large.

All works were selected for exhibition by our panel of jurors: Susannah Darrow with Burnaway, Julie Delliquanti with the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Carlton Mackey with the Emory Center for Ethics.

Artists to be featured:
Kat Goduco
Roxane Hollosi
Lauri Jones 
Michael Jones 
Stephanie Lloyd
Deborah Sosower
Diana Toma


*photo used with permission of Lauri Jones

C4 Atlanta's programming is made possible with support from

City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Georgia Council for the Arts ArtsGeorgia Dixon Hughes Goodman M Rich Center

*Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Last 2 Palette Knife Workshops in 2015

Summer Fun 12 x 12 oil on panel

Big Sky 16 x 16 oil on Panel

Plein air workshop at the Parker Ranch

New Studio in Midtown  Open for Classes
My first art show this year will be the Dogwood festival this April in Piedmont Park. If you'd like to stop by my Midtown studio to see new work, talk about a commission, or take a class, just let me know. I'd love to hear from you. Reach me at

Twilight in Piedmont Park, 12 x 16 oil on panel, pallet knife painting 

Last Chance for palette knife workshops

Hello all! I am taking a little time off  to focus on new paintings and work on new teaching ideas. I have two workshops coming up this month.These will be my last for the year, so If you've been thinking about taking a class, I hope you can make one.

Boats and water

Feb 21, 9:00 - 12:00  -  This Saturday
Class held at the Gwinnett Center as part of the
Artist Materials Expo.
Loosen up with the palette knife and learn how to keep your colors clean.
 Full class description.   Supply list
**Ampersand is giving us free panels to sample! **
$ 65  class fee   Sign up
Artist Materials Expo  Details Here
This is a great event with lots of classes and opportunities to try out a lot of new art materials. 

Vibrant Skies

Sat Feb 28 10:00 - 3:00
Callanwolde Art Center
Atlanta, GA
Learn to capture the majestic sky. We will paint either a sunset or sunrise with the palette knife.
This will be a great class to explore working with bright and neutral  colors.
$120.00    Registration
Follow the link and scroll down until you see class code PAD121 Palette knife workshop: vibrant sky.

Find out more about my plein air workshops

3 Day Workshops
April 17 - 19 Callaway Garden / Warm Spring GA No Stress Plein Air
May 14 - 17 Parker Ranch in Clayton GA Palette Knife and Plein Air

Hope to see you out there or in the studio.  Happy painting my friends!

Monday, February 23, 2015

No Stress Plein air workshop April 17 - 19

April 17 - 19 No Stress Intro to Plein Air.  

Deadline to Registar is April 14

This is a plein air workshop for everybody.  I try to create a relaxed and fun environment for you to learn in. The class will be taught in oils and use palette knife and brush techniques.  I use a limited palette that helps control and harmonize the color and  If you've never tried plein air  and want to give it a try, come on! I even have a few extra plein air easels that you can use if need. I will discus topics ranging from tips on setting up, how to narrow down the scene to dealing with the elements to  flying with your supplies and wet paintings. Each morning will begin with a talk and a demo. Then, I'll help everyone get started and keep working with each student one on one and with group demos. We'll paint at Callaway Gardens, (the azaleas should be in full bloom), and the charming towns in the area, Warm Springs and Pine Mountain. Everything is within a few miles. You'll be surprised how much this area has to offer.
I love to get outside and really try to capture the essence of the landscape.   All levels welcome, even complete beginners. Let me know if you will need an easel as I only have a few.

We'll paint from 10 - 5 each day.
$255.00   Max 10 Students
100.00 deposit to hold your spot
Pay online here 
By check
DawnArt Studios LLC
180 11th ST NE
Atlanta GA 30309

Any questions? Email me at

Class includes  entrance fee to Callaway Gardens, daily instruction and demos, maps of the area, and a wine and cheese social.

Not included are lodging and meals.
You will need to bring all your painting supplies.

Supply list 

I will have a limited number of easels for rent for $10. Let me know ahead of time if you need an easel, as I have a limited number.
I have family in the area, so I have a list of great restaurants to try. I'll have those links up soon.

Cancellation Policy

Lodging suggestions

Callaway Gardens - This is a great option if you'd like to bring the family.  Free access to the park and many of the amenities****If many of you'd like to stay at Callaway, let me know and I'll try to get a group discount.

Pine Mountain



Camping / RV

Pine Mountain  RV Park
FDR State Park

Spring Schedule

March 28 Tues Painting Studio at DawnArt Studios 

3 day workshops
May 14 - 17 Parker Ranch -  No Stress plein air workshop

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

No Stress Plein Air Supply List

Workshop Supply List

Dawn Kinney Martin 
No Stress Intro to Plein Air - Callaway Gardens April 17 - 19 2015

Here is a list of suggested colors. This is what I use and I strongly recommend a limited palette, but but you can bring what you use and feel comfortable with.

 Alizarin Crimson Pigment or Permanent Rose
*Cadmium Yellow Light or Hansa Yellow 
Ultramarine Blue or Phthalo Blue or Prussia Blue
Cobalt Blue PB 28 
Titanium white   5OZ Tube  (Opaque wihte)
yellow Ochre PY 42, or Yellow Oxide (Great for Mixing)
Sap green or any warm green (mixture & great for mixing)
Dioxide Purple 
Cadmium Red or hue / an orange 
Brushes bring a variety - flat, filbert, round. I use mainly bristle brushes, but you'll want 1 or 2 soft brushes a flat and a round

 Bring extra panels or a canvas pad for practice and quick studies. They can be cheeps.
at least 8  - 5x7 or 6x8 

Plan on 2 - 3 panels a day 9x12, 11 x 14, 12x12 12x16. These are my favorite sizes. I like to have a  variety. some time a long skin is fun to have -  6 x12  / 8 x 16proportions
Feel free to bring what you have. 

A portable easel  - I use a tripod with a guerrilla easel attachment. *** I have a few extras - see below.
A flat palette to mix your paints - 
Palette knives  plastic or metal
Brush cleaner. Low odor
Sketch pad 
Roll of paper towels  
trash bags
3" bungie cord is nice if you have one
bug spry and sun screen
dress in dark colors

*** I have a few extra plein air easels if you need one let me know right away and I'll hold one for you. I rent these for $ 10 for the workshop and use that to go towards new easels.

Please let me know if you need help purchasing an easel.

*All have the same code PY35. Make sure to open the tube on Cad yellow light, Lemon and some times Cad Yellow Medium and check to see it doesn't have an orange tint. Same name and pigment code Cad Yellow - but some are neutral and some have too much red. Cad Lemon should be the coolest. You can always add red, but you can’t take it out**

**Where do you find the pigment codes and what does it tell me?  

Manufacturers are free to give their art supply colors whatever name they deem appropriate. Different manufacturers give different names to the same color, even if the same  pigments are used. Therefore, names may vary from one brand to another. I tend to buy single pigments except for color that I mix all the time. If love a mixture that I don’t want to buy, often the codes on the back will tell me how to mix it myself. Also, I like working with a lot of transparent colors. You can always add a touch of white to make them opaque.

Alizarin Crimson PR: 83 (single pigment)
PR: 83 – The first letter Identifies whether a pigment or a dye is used. Here the P indicates that a pigment is used.
PR: 83 – The second letter identifies the pigment code. Here, the pigment code stands for red.
PR: 83 – The number indicates the specific pigment number.
Sap Green PG7, PY75, PBk9 (mixture of three pigments)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

About time! I finally updated my art page!

It is amazing how long it can take sometimes to go from painting, completing a painting, photographing your paintings, uploading them to your computer....months later trying to remember what file they are in...... cropping images, and then finally getting them up on your website! Holy Cow! I have to come up with a more organized way. Well, it is a new year, so here's hoping! I have lot's of new paintings up in my Square Market. You can check them out by the link below. Let me know what you think.

Cheers! - Dawn

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