Thursday, August 27, 2015

Summer travels and fall shows

My painting has taken a new direction this year and I'm happy to say, it was well received at my art shows. Above are a few of my favorites that found new homes. It's always a rewarding experience, but these, I'll miss. Time to get back in the studio!
SUMMER ON THE ROAD -   after spending much of the summer traveling, it's great to get back home and regroup. I had a wonderful time painting, learning,  making new friends and catching up with friends I only see once a year. I hit the upper Adirondacks in June and then Mystic CT, Mount Gretna PA, then on to Cary NC - and can you believe the weather was perfect?
          UPCOMING EVENTS                
Judges Choice award at the Mount Gretna Art Festival
Show Schedule
Aug 29  3 - 6 Painting demo and sale Whole Foods Briar Cliff , Atlanta GA
Sept 26  8 - 6 Stone Mountain Plein Air Paint Out,  Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta GA
Sept 19 - 20 Alexander Art Festival, Alexandria,VA 
Oct 10 - 11 Brookhaven Art Festival , Brookhaven 
Oct 24 -25 Atlanta art Festival , Piedmont Park, Atlanta GA 
More info Sept dates or Oct dates
Class Schedule **

Sept 15 - Nov 10  6:15 - 9:30
Tues Painting Studio 

Sept 16 - Oct 21 Wed 10:00 am - 1:00pm 
Joy of Painting, Techniques class
Oct 3 Sat 10:00 - 3:00 Intro to Plein Air 
Oct 9-11, Fri - Sun Painting Retreat at the Parker Ranch Clayton, GA
Holiday Classes**
Nov 11 - Dec 9, Wed 10am - 1 pm Painting Techniques
November 14 - 15, Sat & Sun 10 - 3  2 Day Color Confidence  Workshop
Dec 1 - Dec 15,  6:15 pm - 9:30pm Tues Painting Studio 
**classes held at DawnArt Studios, 180 A 11th St NE, Atlanta GA 30309, unless noted.

Check out all classes available online click Classes and Workshops and choose the Classes and Workshop heading. 

Hope to see you out there.
Happy fall, Dawn


Monday, August 3, 2015

Fall Classes 2015

2015 Fall News Letter
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Flower for a Friend 20" x 20" oil on panel Purchase


 Fall Classes and Workshops

After a fun summer of travel and painting adventures, I am ready to settle back down in the studio. The Adirondack Plein air Invitational was a blast. I came out with several strong paintings and met so many great artists. A great experience

Fall Classes & Workshops at DawnArt Studios

Tues Painting Studio  
Sept 15 - Nov 10   Tues 6:15 pm - 9:30
8 weeks or 4 $ 240 / $140

Painting Techniques all levels Sept 16 - Oct 21  Wed 10:00 am - 1:00pm
6 - wks $225
Get Started with Plein Air 
Sat, Oct 3,  10:00 am - 3:00pm
No equipment necessary, 1 Day $75

Color Confidence  Nov 14 - 15
Sat and Sunday 10 - 3 2 Day $175

DawnArt Studios
180 11th ST NE Atlanta GA 30309 404 399 0853

See all full l class descriptions here    Check out all classes available online click Classes and Workshops and choose the Classes and Workshop heading

3 Day Painting RetreatOct 9 - 11 Capture the fall colors. Parker Ranch Clayton, GA 
$135. for the weekend retreat Lodging separate. 62.00 a night double occupancy - All taxes included in price.
Find out more and sign up here




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Supply List - Color Workshop 2015

Supply List -  Color Workshop 2015

Bring what you have but this is what you need for class. I prefer working in oils because my mixture will stay wet for the class. Acrylic will  dry quickly  so you will need to keep them wet with water or a retarder.

Here is a list of suggested colors. But bring what you have. I like to have cool or neutral yellow, a warm blue, and a cool red and blue. Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Sienna are just great to mix with. 
** See more about pigment codes below*
  • Pick a cool red - Alizarin Crimson Pigment code PR83, or Permanent Rose Pigment code PV19 (primary). 
  • Pick a warm red -  Such as a Naphthol Red pigment code PR170, a Cadmium Red or hue - (either the light of the medium), the Cad light, PR108, will be more orange and the Cad Med, also PR108, will be more scarlett. An orange such as Cad Orange will work as well
  • Pick a cool or neutral Yellow - *Cadmium Yellow Light, PY 35 or PY3, or Cadmium Lemon PY 35 (primary), or Hansa Yellow PY 74
  • Pick a cool blue -  Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Blue Green Shade PB 15 (primary), Cerulean Blue Chromium PB36. Prussia Blue, Manganese Blue – Just fine
  • Pick a warm blue - Ultramarine Blue PB29 , or Cobalt Blue PB 28 
  • Titanium white   5OZ Tube  (Opaque wihte)
  • Yellow Ochre PY 42, or Yellow Oxide, either will be fine will be fine. (Great for Mixing)
  • Sap green or any warm green (mixture & gray for mixing)
Optional colors to add later  
Naphthol Red/ Cadmium Red or hue / an orange (Warm Red)
Dioxide Purple (Combo of the  red and blue primaries - great for mixing)
Burnt Sienna (Great for Mixing)
  • 9 x 12, 12 x 12,12 x 16 canvas or panel or larger ( Bring extra panels or canvas pad for practice
  • Acrylic and oil disposable Palette Pad 20 x24. You can use a roll wax paper 
  • Palette knives  plastic or metal  
  • Sketch pad  
  • Pencil
  • Roll of paper towels  
If using oils you may want LIQUIN IMPASTO or Solvent  to extend the paint
If using acrylics you will need a slow drying medium or retarder and spray bottle for water to help slow the dry time.

* 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)

Plein air Suggested Supply List

Plein air Suggested Supply List

New to plein air?  Here are a few tips to help get you started.


Easel - one that is easy to carry 

Palette - wooden palette that you can clip to your easel  is preferred - or disposable. I use a 12 x 16 that fits in my wet canvas carrier.

Wet canvas carrier

Paints - I suggest a simple palette to start with

White - a big tube, Cool red and blue.  Warm red and blue

Cad Yellow light or something similar. Any other colors that make you happy. I typically use Alizarin Red, Hansa Yellow Light, Phalo Blue or Ultramarine,Colbalt Blue or Hue, Sap Green, Cad Orange and Paynes Gray.

A variety of panels or canvases to work on 9 x 12, 12x 12, 12 x 16, etc...

If working in oils you will mix a lot of your colors. If working in acrylic, you might bring more pre mixed colors to help with dry time. Also a retarder and spray bottle for misting the color and a container for water to clean brushes

Paper towels


Brushes and palette knife of your choice

Brush cleaner and container with a tight lid to keep from spilling

Any medium you use to thin your paint. 

Bottled water and a snack.

Chair and or table only if you want to carry it!


Sunscreen and bug spray

Sunday, August 2, 2015

No Stress Intro to Plein Air 1 day workshop

Oct 3rd - No Stress Intro to Plein Air Painting 

Join me for a 1 day workshop to get you ready for plein air.
Sat, Oct 3,  10:00 am - 3:00pm

DawnArt Studios
180 11th ST NE
Atlanta Ga 30309
Register here
Sat, Oct 3,  10:00 am - 3:00pm
No stress introduction to plein air. Enjoy painting outside and the companionship of other painters.

Painting out in the open can be exhilarating, but it can also be overwhelming in the beginning. What kind of equipment do I need?  How do I set up?  What do I take?  How do I negotiate the ever-changing landscape?
The very things that make plein air paintings so lively are the very things that can make it such a challenge. In this course we will break it down into easy to manage steps. We will address things like traveling with paints and paintings, how to set up your equipment, simple color palette, the importance of value, and finding your focal point and more!

We will start indoors, cover how to start, and then move outside to capture the landscape. I will have several different types of easels and will cover each type of set up. Bring all of your paints and brushes and easels if you have one. I will have several easels available if you need one.

Contact Dawn with any questions
supply lists

Parker Ranch Fall Painting Retreat - Oct 9 - 11th


Oct 9 - 11 Plein Air Retreat at the Parker Ranch

Capture the fall color 

Come spend a relaxing weekend in North GA and capture
 the gorgeous fall color. The mountains are at their best this time of year.  We will paint in several different locations through out the town, downtown, by the lake, and maybe the winery.  Each day, breakfast until 10 then we'll go paint. After the morning painting, you can break to enjoy the area - great hiking, antiquing and vineyards, or join me for another painting.
Around 6 we will meet back at the Lodge for social hour and talk about our paintings before dinner. This is similar to my plein air workshops but at a little slower pace, allowing for a little leisure time.

135.00 for the weekend includes:
Painting demos and instruction
Homemade breakfast Sat & Sun
Social hour &  wine tasting Fri and Sat
Painting Retreat limited to 6 people.
50.00 deposit due by Sept 30 to hold you place. Reserve you spot for the class here .

 Any questions - Contact me at or 404 399 0853
***Dinners and lunches not included*** I will have a cooler for drinks and packed lunches.

Lodging is separate - 62.00 (tax is already included) a night double occupancy
Room arrangements made through Becky at Parker Lodge,
Becky Hoover

Becky is a wonderful host and will take great care of you.