Painting Day 18 & Color Confidence Workshop

"Spicy Salsa" 9x12 Acrylic on canvas. 

I just spent the past 6 hours talking about my favorite thing - color! This morning, a great group of students joined me at Callanwolde for a Painting with Color Confidence Workshop, and it was a blast. I love their energy and great questions. I think everyone went home with a new handle on how to mix and mange their colors. Thank everyone!

Below is my demo from class. We spent the first part of class talking about the importance of pure color and value. Then we talked about neutrals. I gave demos and exercises on how to neutralize or gray a pure color. After our lunch break we tackled  a still life to practice all that  color knowledge. 

Fabulous artists at work! Thanks for coming out and expanding your color knowledge with me!
Getting ready to start the still life paying close attention to color mixing

Happy Painting!
Until tomorrow . Dawn
Jan 14  Tues Painting Studio 6:30 - 9:30  ** FULL***

Happy Fall - time to settle into the studio!

Happy Fall! 
I have had a fantastic summer. Enjoyed a lot of traveling, painted in really cool places and  got to hang out with  great friends. Now, with just a few art shows left in the year, I am looking forward to settling into the studio and creating new work for 2014.  

I have been thinking a lot about color lately and my new painting ( I hope ) will reflect this. It all started with  a color confidence workshop I taught over the summer.  I have been trying to really simplify color theory for my students and put it in easy to understand language. How do make it practical for how people really paint? I think this turned out to be one of the best classes I have taught about color, so I am now in the process of creating a second level, Color Confidence 11.  I'm really excited about this class, but haven't gotten it boiled down to the nuts and bolts just yet.

 I really look forward to the time in the studio over the winter. the pressure of sales is off  and I can focus on creating and understanding color.

Happy fall ya'll!

Paintings from the Still Life Workshops last week

 I had 20 wonderful artist join me this past weekend for a palette knife work shop. I had a class  of 10 both days. Below are the demonstrations I completed in class to show the different steps of building a painting. The students were great and really got a lot of work done.
Thanks to all of you wonderful artist for coming out and spending the weekend with me. I hope to see you again!
Still Life #1 - This is my husbands favorite and he wants to hang it in the house. Very Cool
Still Life Demo #2 12 x 16
Still life #3 12 x 16

It is always interesting to see the variety of paintings you can get from one still life. The flowers are still fresh enough, so I started a 36 x 48 of the same still life. I'll post a photo soon.

I Will be offering one more work shop on the Palette Knife Still Life
Saturday, February 18, 10 - 3 pm
Spruill Center for the Arts
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody
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Winter Painting Classes

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Winter classes start up soon
I hope everyone has  enjoyed the holiday season. 
As much as I've loved  the time to catch up with friends and family,  I'm really looking forward to the start of new classes.
I've included the workshops, day and evening classes I'll be teaching winter quarter.
I would love for you to join me if you can.

Happy Painting,

Day Classe

Wednesdays, January 11 – February 1
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 4 weeks

 Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Painting Impressionistic Landscapes
980 Briarcliff Rd
Atlanta GA
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Wednesdays, February 15 – March 7
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 4 weeks

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Guided Painting Classes
980 Briarcliff Rd
Atlanta GA

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Saturday, January 14 
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 1 Day

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Palette knife workshop : Still life
980 Briarcliff Rd
Atlanta GA

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Saturday, February 18 
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 1 Day

Spruill Center for the Arts
Palette knife workshop : Still life
770.394.3447 x 0

5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30338

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Evening Classes

January 10 – March 6 
Tues  6 – 9pm.   8 Weeks

 SCAD Atlanta
Painting Studio Classes
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Febuary 15 – 29  
Wed  6 – 8pm.   3 Weeks

GA Tech Special Options
Palette Knife Painting
Midtown Atlanta
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Feature students of the week!

                                                             Kathryn Bomar

                                                            Debbie Ezell  

Both of these students finished a painting in just 3 classes. Congratulations Kathryn and Debbie!!

Well, we have finished classes for the summer.  When classes start back in the fall, I think it will be fun to feature different students every week. Something to look forward to.
Classes will begin at Spruill on September 16th and will still be on Tuesday from 1:00 - 3:30.

                                Artist hard at work on the last class at Spruill Annex.

I want to thank you all for your hard work this summer. Have a great 4th of July and I will see you in September.