Studio bathroom remodel has started! Before the tub and toilet fell through the floor, we decided to pull everything out and replace the sub floor and update the space. You can see in the first photo, just how bad the floor is. Now I need someone to come over the help me get the tub out of there!!!
Celebrating Local Artists!! Join us June 11th, 2:30 - 5:30
The Tuesday Night Studio's 13th anniversary show at the Limelight Gallery in Binders Art Supplies. Don't miss a chance to meet all these wonderful artists and celebrate their accomplishments. We will have live music and a wine tasting as well.
Decatur Art Festival is this Weekend!!
I've been painting up a storm and have a lot of new work to show. It's May 27 - 28 Sat 10 - 6 and 11 - 5 on Sun. The Art show is on Ponce deLeon and you can find me in booth #70, In front of the old courthouse. More info here
Classes and Workshops
Tuesday Evening Painting Studio
Tue, July 11 - Aug 6:15pm - 9:15pm 4 Weeks $140,
Painting Techniques for all levels
Wed, June 21 - Aug 2 10:00am - 1:00pm 6 Weeks $225.
Plein Air Retreat Coastal North Carolina **2 spaces left** Thurs, Oct 12 - 15. 3 nights lodging and some meals included. Check in Thurs. - check out Sun afternoon. $485
Paint Yelapa Mexico Feb 3 - 10 6 Person Max.
6 Day painting retreat. 5 night lodging, breakfast each day, one dinner party. Check out photos from my Jan 2017 trip here
Join me in celebrating local artists thisl June 11 2:30 - 3:30 at the Buckhead Binders Art Store and Gallery
Here is a short slideshow of last weeks demo. One of my students brought a painting in and asked me to worked on it. We decided to take it a different direction. Taking out the sky and adding trees in the background. We talked about making area recede and changing the way the light moved through the painting. Need a few finally touches. I can talk about that this week. Take a look if you have a chance. Let me know if you have questions,
I started this one back in June. I was on a plein air trip with friends in my favorite painting town, Elizabeth City, NC, when I found this little gem. Back in the studio, using the plein air study, photos, and memory, I set to work to make my master piece. Months passed. A tweak here, and a tweak there....and there...... It was so close but still needs something.
Well, today, I might just have it! This might just be the day! I think I finally have it pulled together.
If you want to paint this great spot with me in October, I still have 3 spots left in my painting retreat Click HERE
Another bike painting for you. During the winter months, I become obsessed with capturing the variations of grays around me. Here a painting of a dedicated cyclists traveling in a snow storm with style. If I could be so dashing on my bike!
I love painting scenes of cyclists. I guess it makes me feel the joy of being out on two wheels while working in the studio! Here I'm using a photo by my friend and great photographer Kevin McPeake for my inspiration. You can check out his work on Facbook
I loved this photo when I saw it: love the diffused light and the mystery in the fog. I painted this image about a year ago ( middle image ), but decided to give it another try and work on the grays a little differently. Here's the second attempt ( the image on the right). I was a little bolder with the reds. Although it similar to the first painting, this one feel more like night time to me.
The frame just came in and I'll be able to deliver this commission tomorrow - Yay!!! We were down to the last minutes, but I'm so happy I'll be able to deliver before Christmas.
I've been working closely with the family on this projects, but it just took time to get all the decisions ironed out. It's always worth taking it slow to make sure it's a painting they love and I'm glad we didn't rush.
Now I look forward to taking a few days to spend with family.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2016
12 PM – 5 PM
Location: 4047 Peachtree RoadNE
Behind Brookhaven MARTA (Apple Valley Road side)
On October 15-16, 2016, Brookhaven will host the 2nd Annual Brookhaven Arts Festival through the Brookhaven Community Foundation. More than 100 participating artists will feature works of fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and more. Musical performances will take place over two days with featured performers. It’s a great time for individuals and families to enjoy the beauty of fall while enjoying terrific food, music and art. Join us!
Shady Side Art Festival on Walnut Street - Booth #57 at Walnut and S. Aiken
- Saturday, August 27th, 2016
10:00am to 7:00pm
- Sunday, August 28th, 2016
10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: - Find me in Booth #57 at Walnut and S. Aiken
Cost: Free Admission
The 20th Annual Shadyside… The Art Festival on Walnut Street is a proven summer weekend art show located in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh, PA. On August 27th and 28th this popular neighborhood of tree-lined streets, historic homes and trendy businesses will again be transformed into an outdoor gallery of fine art. The Shadyside locals look forward to this fine art show each year. Walnut Street offers something for everyone – national retail stores, unique locally owned shops, numerous restaurants, bars and eateries featuring a vast variety of cuisines. Hope to see you our there!!
Venue: Walnut Street in Shadyside (Pittsburgh, PA)
A good friend had us out to paint in the North Ga Mountains last week and everything was just so green. After piddling around a little bit, I decided just to have a little fun with it and just go bold. Below is the actual scene I was working from. I think you can find the stairs but see if you can find the Adirondack chair in my painting....just kidding : ) - Dawn
You just never know who will see you when you're out and about painting the town. What a fun surprise to find my painting on the front of the Living Section today. I really love the improvement around Colony Square. The brightly colored letter are super cool and I like watching how people interact with them. A fun day of painting!!
I've lived on Midtown, Atlanta for years, but haven't taken the leap to get out there and try to paint it. My comfort zone really lies with nature scenes. So while I am plenty happy to take my gear and paint in Piedmont Park, I have shied away from the streets and cars.
Why you ask? Because it's hard!!!
Well, now I'm ready to give it a try. I'll never get any better trying to capture the people walking down the street or bikes and cars zipping along if I don't just get out there and give it a shot.
Right now, I'm working at street level. Next, I'll have to capture the skyscapers. I'd really like to see if I can get that reflected light ...but that a whole other can of wax.
So, I'll keep it up and maybe before long I'll get there!!
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.
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,
Monday in the studio!! Untitled for now, 24 x 36 Oil on canvas - palette knife.
24 x 36 Oil on Canvas
Last weeks efforts.
I was tired of wasting paper towels in the studio or being to cheap to get a clean one, so I thought I'd try cutting a role down in the shop. By cutting the roll into three sections, I have the perfect size to clean my brushes and knives without waste! Hallelujah Why did it take me so long to come up with this??
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What a difference a day makes! Yesterday was a perfect day to hit Stone Mountain Park for an afternoon of painting, today it's rainy and cold. I hope we'll be so lucky next week. We had five painter come out.
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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I didn't finish today as I had hope, but made a lot of progress. This one started as a plein air study in the Olmsted Linear Park. Tomorrow, tomorrow, I'll finish : ) Dawn
Untitled 24 x 36 oil on canvas Dawn Kinney Martin
Hope to see you out there,