I can’t believe It’s already this time of year. Wow, 2018 has flown by. Colony Square is celebrating the season with a Festival of trees. The reveal party is Nov 30th from 4 - 6. What is a festival of trees you ask? 30 uniquely painted holiday trees + barricade walls designed by local Atlanta artists displayed this holiday season (November 30th - December 28th). Plan your trip here during this holiday season to The Square and join us for the big reveal party.
Fun for the entire family, explore the colony of trees and barricade walls, meet the artists who designed these beautiful works of art, enjoy live holiday tunes + entertainment, holiday s'more stations, kid-friendly and adult beverages provided by Sunshine Alchemy, and more surprises.
Sketching out new bicycle paintings always makes me happy. I have a friend in The Hauge that allows me to paint from his awesome photos. You really should check out his work. It Kevin McPeake at Haagse Fiests Chic https://www.facebook.com/haagsefietschic/ It would be a cool adventure if we could arrange a show together.
There are so many great bicycle painting I want to paint, I'm trying to be fast and furious and paint one in a day and at least one a week!. Go check out Kevin's site and see if you can pick out the photos I'm using for references..
Fall is flying by. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. With the holidays now in full swing, it seemed like a good time to put my winter classes on line. A little something to look forward to - art classes are a great way to start your 2018!
Classes and Workshops
Tuesday Guided Painting Studio
Tue, Jan 9, 10 Weeks $295, 5 weeks $175, 6:15pm - 9:15pm
Wed Guided Painting Studio - All Levels
Wed, Jan 10, 10 Weeks $295, 5 weeks $175, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Get Started Painting! For True Beginners 1 Day Workshop $125
Sat, Jan 13, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3 Day Color Confidence Workshop 3 Day Workshop 10:00 - 2:00PM Saturday, Sunday, and Monday Jan 20 - 22 $265.00, Sat and Sunday only - $195.00
Plein Air Retreat At Parker Ranch Friday - Sunday, May 4 - 6, Relaxed Painting Retreat. Cost depending on room choice, but approx 200.00. - 350.00 for the weekend retreat. Make your reservations early - this will fill quickly!
Private lessons now available. Get in touch and I'll design a class just for you.
Join un in Clayton for the next painting retreat and you can be painting right here on the river!
Still time to sign up Plein air at Parker Ranch
3 Day Retreat $75 Plus Lodging May 4 - 6 Friday - Sunday
Stay together, paint together. The Parker Ranch in Clayton, GA is a cozy gathering place and a place I go back to year after year.
Painting Retreat $75
Stay together, paint together. The Parker Ranch in Clayton GA is a cozy gathering place. The owners, Becky and Paula have hosted my plein workshops several times and they always out do themselves to make sure everyone is comfortable.
Working from the landscape is such a great way to improve your paintings, but it can be overwhelming when just starting out. I'll help you with tips and tricks to setting up and how to find your focus. This is a painting retreat with a loose structure and limited instruction. I will be available to give advice as you paint or you can strike out on your own. This year, I would love for us to hit the town of Clayton for a night painting as well. ( optional - but fun!!) I love the energy working outdoors brings to my paintings and I think you will too.
2 - 6 Friday, 10 - 5 Saturday, 10 - 2:30 Sunday (optional night painting on Friday or Saturday )
Join me for a relaxing weekend painting and camaraderie in the beautiful North GA mountains.
Cost - $75 for the retreat pay here and $140 for a single room/ $70 shared room a night for the rooms - reserve with Becky at Parker Ranch and pay her directly. Becky Hoover email@example.com
Retreat Includes daily tips in the field as needed, nightly critique, and social hour with wine and cheese. Breakfast each morning is provided by the Ranch with your reservation.
Deadline to sign up is April 2nd.
Room arrange should be made through Becky at the Parker Lodge
Becky Hoover firstname.lastname@example.org
You can request a private or shared room.
What's not included:
Lunches and dinner
This is a rain or shine event. Bring photos to work from just in case we have bad weather. There are plenty of covered porches we can paint from as well
Here is a link to a great post from fellow artist Lori Putman with tips for flying with you paints.
** I have a few extra plein air easels if you are new. Just let me know right away if you need one.
Find out more HERE
Deadline to sign up is April 2nd.
Other Classes and Workshops
Here's what I have so far. I ran out of finished wood for the back splash, but it will be up soon. Very excited!!Read More
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,
Techniques class 1 Recap
By taking the time to work out your design and values before hitting the canvas can make the experience more enjoyable and result in a better painting. If you haven't decided where you are going with the painting or what are the most important elements, you can spend most of your painting time trying to work through all that and it will show.
Here is a recap of what we covered in class today. Working from a photo, create as many gesture sketches as needed until you are happy with the design. These need to be fast and are meant to help you work through your ideas about the composition. Make as many adjustments as you need. Next step, create a value painting using black, gray, and, white. By taking away the color in a study, it's much easier to see what is going on in the painting. Again, make any adjustments to make a stronger painting.
In this example, I am working from several different photos.
Below are my initial gesture sketches. The wagon is the focal point and the house is just the back drop. But in my first sketch the wagon is a minor player. I switched to oil pastel and tried agin. It wasn't until the 4th one, I came up with something I liked. I finally made the wagon the major part of the painting. I was able to work through this in about 30 mins. That's the beauty of a rough drawing, just keep tossing them out until you get a good one.
Gesture sketches for wagon painting
Next week - block in the painting with color.
I often will do this step in acrylic so that I can make quick adjustments before starting with the oils. When you"re happy with the overall design and color palette, it's time to paint!
Blocking in color for wagon painting
All of this took under and hour, and the time and struggle it will save for the rest of the painting will be well worth it.
We will work on blocking in the color in next weeks class.
Second week making color notes.
Below you can see the next steps. Making color and value decisions.
Until then - have a great week!
Hope to see you out there.
Happy fall, Dawn
I know I've always said I'd never make videos, but after giving a talk at the Eatonton Art Guild, there were a lot of questions on how to use the hardware I recommended. I just happened to be in the studio framing that day, so a no frills video seemed like the easiest way to explain myself!
Hope you find this helpful,
PS this is where I order my spring clamp American Frame
As I am getting ready for the 3 day painting retreat at The Parker Ranch in Clayton, I thought I would share this earlier post on how to build a palette box. If you are handy, it's nice to make your own! - Dawn
In a recent Plein air workshop, one of the students asked me to share how I made my palette box and wet panel carrier. Of course I've had that on my to do list for months, but that was the motivation I needed to get my to sit down and work on it.
A portable palette box and wet panel carrier for plein air
I typical paint 12 x 16 when working plein air, so I made the bottom of the box large enough to hold that size once I put the sides on. 13x 17 plus the handles. Once I had the back cut out, I cut out the space that will go around my tripod. I used the jigsaw and drill with a spade bit to make this cut.
Now I have base of the palette box, I made the sides. I used 1/2 inch oak for this and cut them to size using the miter saw. Next I cut a block to bring the handle up to the same height as the sides. Now I put an adjustable bracket on the handle that will hold it on to the tripod.
This is a close up of the handle. I mitered the top piece so that it can easily slide on to the tripod and the tension will hold the box in place. Also, it can be adjusted if I ever change tripods.
Time for the folding shelves. I made two sides for the shelves first to make sure I had the measurements right, then cut the panels to make the tops. Glueing and nailing them to the frames
Okay ready for the hinges. I ran four small hinges down each side.
Here's the completed box. I put blocks on the back as well with enough open space for me to guide the panels in. I have clips on the sides that will hold the panels in place. It will hold 2 panels facing each other with plenty of space between them to keep them from touching.
I also stapled elastic to the sides, that holds my palette knives, brushes and small tubes of paint. Then put mirror hangers on the sides and attach a shoulder strap and voila!!
Okay, there you have it. I hope it's helpful
Thanks Megan for motivating me to actually do this. Let me know if you have any question!
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
I've been missing my yoga practice for a while now. Classes are time consuming and honestly too strenuous (for me ) to keep up on a daily bases. So I decided to give myself a 30 day yoga challenge .
I found a 30 day yoga series on youtube, Yoga with Adriene. I really liked the first one. It has an easy pace and she has a comfortable teaching style. I told my friend Suzi about it, she decided to join me. Yay, It will be a lot more fun and we can keep each other honest!
I'll start my day with a 30 min yoga video and post here. - the videos - not me !! We just started Day one, but I have the first 5 days below. I'll keep adding as we go along. Maybe you'll find one you like or do the challenge yourself! - Dawn
I am finally getting around to finishing my plein air studies from the Great Smokies! I have so many wonderful starts, I need to take time in the studio to finish all these ideas. On of the best parts of getting back to these - it takes me right back to the day I was out painting and everything that day.
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 have room for one more in the Wed morning class and 1 for the 5 week session on Tuesday nights. Join me if you can. Classes start this week!
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.