Today Efforts - Headed to the Park

I went back around the corner today to see if I could finish this one.  Right at 4:00 the light hits the buildings just right. Now if only these people would hold still!!

9 x 12 "Headed to the Park"  oil on panel, plein air

Here's my start. Too bad I couldn't get that tandem bike in there. Such an unwilling model . : )

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One of my favorite plein air paintings

Wow, I won a sponsorship  award !!

I was almost too embarrassed to

turn mine in. Turn out it's really stressful

 painting in a competition!

The final painting, "Hard Days Work " 12 x 16 oil on panel Sold

The inspiration!!! I've learned a lot out there painting this year,

I look forward to getting out that more in 2016 and see what


Cheers, Dawn


"Rainy Days and Bourbon"

Plein air in VA- Highlands. I have been trying to catch a few local spots in between the rain storms.

Street scenes are a struggle for me, so I'm going to work on them and see if I can make a little progress .  

To be clear, I'm not drinking Bourbon - Just painting a colorful Bourbon bar across the street! : )



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Capture rushing water

 Returning to Nature 12 x 16 oil on panel

With all the rains, it's a good time to try to capture the force of a fast moving water fall. This is the finished plein air painting from Victory park train. This is the ruins of an old factory. The water has cut a path through it, so I call this one " Returning to Nature" I have to admit, I like the way this one turned out. I have been working on city scenes here of late, and they not my strong point, so it's nice to get back in my comfort zone for a little bit.



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Painting with Carol at Victory Creek

Let's get back to painting!

Happy 2016!! It's is hard to believe it's already here. I was able to take a little  time off. Now, I'm looking forward to getting back the studio and classes. I have weekly classes and workshops starting soon. ***Keep an eye out for a new Abstract Workshop, with Lauren Adams, details soon.


Jan - March 1  6:15 pm - 9:30pm, 4 or 8  weeks 

Tuesday Night Painting Studio  -  140.00- 4 weeks, 240.00 - 8 weeks

Jan 20 - Feb 24  Wed 10am - 1 pm,  6 weeks 

Painting Techniques class - 225.00

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Classes and Workshops

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Palette Knife One Day Workshops 95.00

Sunflowers - 

 Jan 30, Sat  10:00 - 3:00

Boats -  

Feb 27, Sat  10:00 - 3:00

Plein Air One Day Workshop 

No stress introduction to painting plein air. 75.00

April 16, Sat 10:00 - 3:00

May 7, 

Sat 10:00 - 3:00

Weekend workshop at Parker Ranch

May 20 - 22  

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hese will begin with demos and exercises followed by working on a painting.

Coming soon - Abstract Workshop with Lauren Adams

Hope to see you out there.

Happy Painting, Dawn

Classes held at DawnArt Studios 180 A 11th St NE, Atlanta GA 30309.

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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

Art Adventures & classes

  Dawn Kinney Martin

Fall is a great time to get outdoors to paint. The cooler temps are pleasant and the fall leaves are beautiful. But we have had so much rain 

lately, it has really pushed me as an artist to try to capture all that color in low light. I love that there is always a new challenge!

I'll be headed to Coastal Carolina for a week of Plein Air the first week of November. Despite the exciting challenge of painting on gray days, I hope the rain stays away!

          Classes and Workshops                

Color Workshop 

Color Confidence 2 Day Workshop

Nov 14 - 15, Sat & Sun 10:00 - 3 

This will begin with demos and exercises followed by working on a painting. - 175.00

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Weekly Classes 

Nov 11 - Dec 9, Wed 10am - 1 pm,  4 weeks 

No Class  Nov 25

 3 hour Painting Techniques class - 150.00

Dec 1 - Dec 15,  6:15 pm - 9:30pm  3 weeks 

Tues Painting Studio  -  95.00

Classes held at DawnArt Studios

180 A 11th St NE, Atlanta GA 30309

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Other News - Plein Air Awards 

I recently took 2nd place and received a Purchase Award at the September Plein Air event in Stone Mountain. A big thank you to the Art Station, who presented the event; I am honored to have my work as part of your permanent collection!

Hope to see you out there.

Happy Fall, Dawn  

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Still trying to capture color in low light.

"Misty Morning on Lake Clair Meer"

9 x 12 oil on panel, Plein air

This weekend, despite the rain, I taught a really fun plein air workshop. This was an introduction class geared to helping beginners get out there for the first time.  We started in the studio, covering how to get started and then hit Piedmont Park to practice. We found a covered spot over looking Lake Clair Meer and got started.  We got about 2 hours of painting in before heading back to beat the next round of rain storms.  This turned out to be perfect practice for me. I have really been struggling with how to paint color without the help of the sun.  Above is today effort. Seeing progress from last weekend, but still room for improvement.

A couple of the painters below, they really had a nice time. Even with the rain, we where covered and the temperature was great. 

Our inspiration for the day.

You can see what I mean by a gray day

Until next time, Dawn

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Despite the rain - it was a great plein air event!

The Stone Mountain Plein Air Event was a success. Over 50 artists turned out to compete on this rainy day. I admit, I really struggled trying to capture the grays. What a challenge, it really shows me this is an area I really need to work on. Well, after struggling all day a rushing backt o the art center - with only 2 minuets to spare, I was happy to be awarded 2nd place and a purchase award! My painting is now in the permanent collection of the Art Station!

 Above is a photo of me with my painting, " A Day in the Park" 12 x 16 and my two awards. What wonderful conclusion to a rainy day.

My inspiration for the paint out. It was so rainy, I had to find a covered spot to paint from.