Sunday, November 22, 2015

Painting With Color!!

Last weekend I taught a two day workshop on my favorite subject - color! The first day we worked with color mixing, specifically, using the color wheel to make your colors lighter or darker. Working with the color wheel will keep you colors, vibrant and fresh. The next day we tackled making neutrals by working with compliments, and make them recede in space in your paintings.

It was a lot to tackle in a weekend, but everyone did a great job and left the class with a lot more knowledge about paint mixing.  It's easier than you think!!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving,


Upcoming Classes

Tuesday Evening Painting Studio
Dec 1 - 15 , 6:15 - 9:30

Techniques For All Levels  
Jan 20 - Feb 24, Wed 10:00 am - 1:00pm

Tuesday Painting Studio
  Jan 12 - March 1,  6:15 - 9:30

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Plein week: Elizabeth City

Painting through all these rainy days in  GA,  really prepared me for the plein air week in Elizabeth City. We can't pick the weather! Oddly enough I've really started to enjoy tackling these grays.

First day, I decided to tackle the harbor from across the boat yard.  "Harbor Hangout" 12x12 oil on panel.
Took a lot of editing, but I'm happy with the results. Someone else appreciated my efforts as well, this one sold the first night of the opening! 
When I found this spot, I fell in love with the scene. "Hard Days Work" 12 x 16 oil on panel

I started this one after a day of painting in the rain, and got a pretty good start on it before the sun went down. Came back to finish it in the morning. This one I turned in for the plein air competition and I'm happy to announce, I won a sponsor award for my efforts. A big thank you to Elizabeth City and the plein air event. I look forward to the next one.

~ Dawn

Day 2 E City Plien Air

Today started off a little rainy, so I was glad I found a covered spot with such a great view. Straight ahead I have this cool pink house on the water, turn to my right and there are these great cypress trees.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Where's the delete button!?!

Photo courtesy of Kevin McPeake of
Haagse Fiets Chic
First attempt - way to busy.
Who even knows if there's a focal point.
 Recently I have been trying to capture busy city life, bikes in particular. Left is the photo I was working from. This is by friend and photographer in The Hague, Kevin McPeake. In the original photo, I love the cyclist in the busy city street with lots of people about with their umbrellas. But when I tried to put all that information in the painting, my main character was lost.

City Livin' 10 x 10 oil on panel. Palette knife - Sold
I made several attempt to edit, simply, and bring her forward. Eventually, I had to admit that I just wasn't going to capture the bustling town scene and I just need to reconcile my painting. Hello delete button. I ended up taking all of the back ground out, and simplified to color palette. Although,  disappointed that I didn't achieve my original goal, I have a painting I'm happy with.

There is always next time!!!

Happy painting, Dawn

Upcoming 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.

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