Still time to sign up for classes!

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!

 

Favorite Subject For Painting

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.

Why do you do it?!?

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.

Easy answers:

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,

Dawn

Studio Tip: What do you get when you cross a paper towel roll and a saw?

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??

Cheers, Dawn

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.Hope to see you out there,

 Dawn 

Questions? Get in touch

 dawn@dawnart.com

Dogwoods are in bloom in Atlanta

After painting for months, I am so excited the

Dogwood Festiva

l is almost here! I have all new

paintings and I can wait to see what people think.

Artist Market hours

Friday 12 - 7

Saturday 10 - 7

Sunday 10 - 7

I'll be in booth 120 close to the 14th street entrance off Piedmont.

There are so many great things to do at the

Dogwood Festival

. Music last until 11PM Friday and Saturday. There will be cooking and painting demos. Come out and enjoy the show.

It's going to be a beautiful weekend!!

Check out the website for a list of all the events.

Hope to see you there!

Dawn

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Classes at The Artist Materials Expo!

I am very excited to be teaching two workshops at the upcoming Artist Materials Expo Feb 21!

Summer Fun 12x12 oil on panel, palette knife painting. - Dawn Kinney Martin

Saturday, Feb 21, 9:00 - 12:00

Palette Knife Workshop

Room 4B

#AME1527

65.00

Registration

Supply List

Directions

Ampersand

 will be supplying the panels for the class!

I love to be on 

the

 water and boats are one of my favorite 

things to paint. This 3 hour

s course will cover issues like different way to handle the knife,blocking in design, color mixing , and capturing reflected light. Students

 should expect to 

loosen up and 

 create expressive paintings with a palette. Working with a palette knife allows a broad range of textures.  Students learn the nuances of value, working wet in wet and layering in order to keep colors rich and vibrant.  There will be an emphasis on color mixing and keep you colors clean (no muddy colors) This course will begin with a demo to cover the basic approach.  Demonstrations will continue as well as working one on one with the students as you work on your paintings. All levels welcome. Appropriate for beginners. The class will be taught using oils. Please contact instructor at 

dawn@dawnart.com

 with any questions.

The class will be taught using oils. Can use Acrylics with a slow drying medium.

Supply List

Vibrant Sky Workshop

Vibrant Sky Workshop 

Big Sky

16x16 oil on panel 

In this fun and quick-paced course, students explore techniques used to create expressive paintings with a palette knife. Working with a palette knife to create a broad range of textures, students learn the nuances of value, working wet in wet and layering in order to keep colors rich and vibrant. There will be an emphasis on color mixing and keeping you colors clean (no muddy colors) This course will begin with a demo to cover the basic approach. Demonstrations will continue as well as working one on one with the students as you work on your paintings. All levels welcome, including beginners. The class will be taught using oils. Make sure to bring a sack 

lunch and any snack and drinks that you need. There are no close by restaurants.

 Min. 4, max. 14.

Sat Feb 28 10:00 - 3:00

Callanwolde Art Center

Atlanta GA

Supply list below

120.00 

 Registration

Follow the restoration link and scroll down until you see class code PAD121 Palette knife workshop: vibrant sky.

Let me know if you have any questions

dawn@dawnart.com

Hope to see you there

Supply List Vibrant Sky Workshop

Bring what you have but this is what you need for class. 

I prefer working in oils because my mixture will stay wet for the class. Acrylic will  dry quickly  so you will need to keep them wet with water or a retarder.

Here is a list of suggested colors. But bring what you have. I like to have cool or neutral yellow, a warm blue, and a cool red and blue. Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, and Burnt Sienna are just great to mix with. 

** See more about pigment codes below*

  • Pick a cool red - Alizarin Crimson Pigment code PR83, or Permanent Rose Pigment code PV19 (primary).
  • Pick a warm red -  Such as a Naphthol Red pigment code PR170, a Cadmium Red or hue - (either the light of the medium), the Cad light, PR108, will be more orange and the Cad Med, also PR108, will be more scarlett. An orange such as Cad Orange will work as well
  • Pick a cool or neutral Yellow - *Cadmium Yellow Light, PY 35 or PY3, or Cadmium Lemon PY 35 (primary), or Hansa Yellow PY 74
  • Pick a cool blue -  Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Blue Green Shade PB 15 (primary), Cerulean Blue Chromium PB36. Prussia Blue, Manganese Blue – Just fine
  • Pick a warm blue - Ultramarine Blue PB29 , or Cobalt Blue PB 28 
  • Titanium white   5OZ Tube  (Opaque wihte)
  • Yellow Ochre PY 42, or Yellow Oxide, either will be fine will be fine. (Great for Mixing)
  • Sap green or any warm green (mixture & gray for mixing)

Optional colors to add later

Naphthol Red/ Cadmium Red or hue / an orange (Warm Red)

Dioxide Purple 

(Combo of the  red and blue primaries - great for mixing)

Burnt Sienna (Great for Mixing)

  • 9 x 12, 12 x 12,12 x 16 or panel or larger (panels work better for palette knife, but canvas is fine for all other classes) Bring extra panels or canvas pad for practice
  • Acrylic and oil disposable Palette Pad 9 x12 . You can use a roll wax paper 
  • Palette knives  plastic or metal  - The  plastic 5 pack at Binders is great for beginners

***If just buying one get Utrecht 1003 or one similar to the image below

Paint thinner to help base coat your canvas. Turpenoid  or liquid for oils -  water for acrylics

  • Sketch pad
  • Pencil
  • Roll of paper towels

This is the end of the supply list - the rest is just useful info

If using oils you may want LIQUIN IMPASTO or Solvent 

to extend the paint

If using acrylics you will need a 

slow drying medium

 or 

retarder 

and spray bottle for water to help slow the dry time.

* All have the same code PY35. Make sure to open the tube on Cad yellow light, Lemon and some times Cad Yellow Medium and check to see it doesn't have an orange tint. Same name and pigment code Cad Yellow - but some are neutral and some have too much red. Cad Lemon should be the coolest. You can always add red, but you can’t take it out**

**Where do you find the pigment codes and what does it tell me? 

Manufacturers are free to give their art supply colors whatever name they deem appropriate. Different manufacturers give different names to the same color, even if the same  pigments are used. Therefore, names may vary from one brand to another. I tend to buy single pigments except for color that I mix all the time. If love a mixture that I don’t want to buy, often the codes on the back will tell me how to mix it myself. Also, I like working with a lot of transparent colors. You can always add a touch of white to make them opaque.

Alizarin Crimson PR: 83 (single pigment)

PR: 83 – The first letter Identifies whether a pigment or a dye is used. Here the P indicates that a pigment is used.

PR: 83 – The second letter identifies the pigment code. Here, the pigment code stands for red.

PR: 83 – The number indicates the specific pigment number.

Sap Green PG7, PY75, PBk9 (mixture of three pigments)

***If just buying one, pick one of these

This is a good 

variety to started

March 24 Spring Tues Painting Studio starts back Dawn Art Studios.

             3 Day Workshops

         April 17 - 19 Callaway Gardens/ Warm Springs  - Plein Air Retreat - Azaleas in full bloom!

         May 22 - 26 Parker Ranch -  No Stress plein air workshop in the beautiful North GA Mountains.

Contact Dawn with any questions dawn@dawnart.com or 404-399-0853

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1 Day workshop Nov 22 , Sat 10 - 3:30 Color 2

1 Day workshop Nov 22 , Sat 10 - 3:30  Color 2 - Controlling  Your Mixtures
DawnArt Studios
180 11th St Ne, Atlanta GA
404 399 0853
dawn@dawnart.com
Color Confidence 2 -  Learn to control your mixtures
Now that you have mastered pure color and are comfortable moving color from one hue to another, learn how to manipulate your colors to make neutrals, and make colors recede back in space.  In this class you will learn the best way to get the most life out of your mixtures and how to keep your mixture clean and other store bought hues.
                                                                                                              DawnArt Studios LLC 
                                                                                                                        180 11th ST NE, 
                                                                                                                      Atlanta Ga 30309
                                                                                                                          404 399 0853
Click on the  photo link below to register online, by email dawn@dawnart.com

Click on the  photo link to register online
Happy painting!                             
Classes start back soon.


Dec 2, 9, 16  Mini Tues Painting Studio 6:30 - 9:30  DawnArtStudios
Dec 13 Capture the Light Spruill

Upcoming Classes - Happy painting!                           

Winter Schedule in the works


Jan 17 10 - 3  Palette Knife Workshop: Boats on the Water Spruill
Jan 28 - March 4  Wed 10:00 am - 12:45pm Joy of Paintng - painting techniques / beginning painting  DawnArt Studios
Feb 7  10 - 3 Color Confidence 1 Painting Workshop DawnArt Studios
Feb 20  2:00 - 5:00 Color confidence 2:00 - 5:00 AME
Feb 21 9:00 - 12:00am Palette Knife Workshop : Vibrant Sky AME
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1 Day workshop 10 - 3:00 Sat, Feb 7, Color 1 Class


1 Day workshop 10 - 3:00  Sat, Feb 7, Color 1 Class
DawnArt Studios
180 11th St NE, Atlanta GA
404 399 0853
dawn@dawnart.com

Paint with Color Confidence! Have you been struggling trying to controlling color in your art? Do you mix a lot of mud? Well, no more. This class will have you painting with color confidence.
You will learn about pure color and why it is so important, how to bend a color, how to use the color wheel to lighten and darken your colors, and more. The first half of the workshop will demonstrate the color mixing lessons, then students will be able to apply their new knowledge with a painting. You will finish a painting in class and you are going to love it! All levels welcome.


Supply listSupply list
DawnArt Studios LLC 180 11th ST NE, Atlanta Ga 30309
404 399 0853
Click on the  photo link below to register online, by email dawn@dawnart.com
Click on the  photo link below to register

































Upcoming Classes - Happy painting!                           

Winter Schedule in the works


Feb 7  10 - 3 Color Confidence 1 Painting Workshop DawnArt Studios
Feb 20  2:00 - 5:00 Color confidence 2:00 - 5:00 AME
Feb 21 9:00 - 12:00am Palette Knife Workshop : Vibrant Sky AME
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Studio Tables are in the Works







 I decided to build the studio furniture for my classes out of reclaimed wood. I love the idea of boycotting plastic and having hand built tables the really match the style of the studio.   Decided to go with a distressed blue and white color palette that goes with the venetian plaster and the white molding in the rooms. I think it'll give the space a warm and inviting feel. Hope my students will love it as well!

Upcoming Classes - Happy painting!                           


                            

Sept 28  Color Confidence 1 Painting Workshop DawnArt Studios
Oct 1   Wed Painting Studio 6:30 - 9:30 - 6 Weeks  Callanwolde

Dec 13 Capture the Light Spruill 


Contact Dawn with any questions dawn@dawnart.com or 404 399 0853


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My art now available to purchase online click here to go to my secure market.



Work in the Studio

Now that I'm home for a few weeks it's time to get to work in the new DawnArt Studio! I'll start offering classes an workshops here in September. I can't wait to be in this space.  First step is getting the carpet up and the floor somewhat clean. Next I'm going to build work tables for the students and maybe if time  and YouTube allow, I'll build a few easels as well. I'll keep you posted with the progress.

Happy painting,

Dawn

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Studio Tables are in the Works






































 I decided to build the studio furniture for my classes out of reclaimed wood. I love the idea of boycotting plastic and having hand built tables the really match the style of the studio.   Decided to go with a distressed blue and white color palette that goes with the venetian plaster and the white molding in the rooms. I think it'll give the space a warm and inviting feel. Hope my students will love it as well!



The bulk of the work is finished and I'm ready to start offering classes in my new studio space.
Despite all the thunder storms this week, I was able to finish my studio project. I set up a tent in the back yard to be able to keep building and then used the front porch for the finishing work, mainly the sanding and painting.
Classes start on September 23 and I needed furniture for the students, mainly tables to hold their supplies. I decided to build my own out of reclaimed wood to match the feel of my cottage styled studio in Midtown. I made each table a little different, all about the same height, but I played with the pattern of the wood and made a few full-sized tables as well. I want it to be inviting, a place that students can feel comfortable and creative! So here it is ...6 days, 10 palettes and 9 tables later.

I hope my classes love the new space !

Dawn


Upcoming Classes - Happy painting!                           


                            

Sept 28  Color Confidence 1 Painting Workshop DawnArt Studios
Oct 1   Wed Painting Studio 6:30 - 9:30 - 6 Weeks  Callanwolde
Nov 2 - 9 Splash Week, Elizabeth City, NC . Week long painting event Plein air & Studio****More info soon****
Dec 13 Capture the Light Spruill 
See more paintings at www.dawnart.com
My art now available to purchase online click here to go to my secure market.

Check out the class FB page Dawnart Classes




Studio Tables are in the Works







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I  decided to build the studio furniture for my classes out of reclaimed wood. I love the idea of boycotting plastic and having hand built tables the really match the style of the studio.   Decided to go with a distressed blue and white color palette that goes with the venetian plaster and the white molding in the rooms. I think it'll give the space a warm and inviting feel. Hope my students will love it as well!

6 Week Painting Studio Wed 6:30 – 9:30 Oct 1 - Nov 12

6 Week Painting Studio Wed 6:30 – 9:30  Oct 1  - Nov 12
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center  404.872.5338 
980 Briarcliff Rd Atlanta GA
Full Class Description
180.00
Register 
Supply list 
Directions
Painting Studio Wed 6:30 – 9:30   6 Weeks  190.00

This course emphasizes artistic development in a relaxed and fun studio environment with a variety of music to keep you motivated. Regardless of your level of training or ability, you work on your own projects, using any medium you choose, in this self-paced class. You are encouraged to pursue individual interests and further develop your unique style. The instructor is available for guidance, motivation and demonstrations of technique. There will be class demos as well as individual assistance.  Bring your painting supplies and reference materials to the first class sessions and be prepared to work. This is an on-going class that offers a lot of flexibility for the students. Being a part of it, on-going students are invited to participate in the 11th annual art show at Binders. Please contact the instructor with any questions about materials and what to bring for the first class.


Upcoming Classes - Happy painting!                           


                            

Sept 28  Color Confidence 1 Painting Workshop DawnArt Studios
Oct 1   Wed Painting Studio 6:30 - 9:30 - 6 Weeks  Callanwolde
Nov 2 - 9 Splash Week, Elizabeth City, NC . Week long painting event Plein air & Studio****More info soon****
Dec 13 Capture the Light Spruill 
See more paintings at www.dawnart.com
My art now available to purchase online click here to go to my secure market.

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Weekend Plein air workshop Oct 10 - 12, Parker Ranch in Clayton GA

Weekend Plein air workshop Oct 10 - 12, Parker Ranch in Clayton GA   

This a a great painting event   - not to be missed
210.00 for the weekend
Lodging, breakfast, social hour included in price.
50.00 for the class and 80.00 a night for the lodge - you can't beat it!!  
Room arrangements must be made through Becky at Parker Lodge,
Becky Hoover   becky@parkersranch.com
404-373-0566
Becky is offering the painters a reduced rate of 80.00 a night. (Big thank you - it's peak time)
She is a wonderful host and will take great care of you. Make sure to let Becky know if you'd like to share the room with a friend.

This will be a relaxed painting event in the mountain during the beautiful fall color.  We will meet after breakfast, around nine and go to our first painting  location.  Take a break for lunch and the paint  some more.There will be demos on how to set up your work space and how to get started, along with individual  instruction during the day.  This is your painting experience, so get in as much as you'd like. you can also set up at the lodge to paint. It's up to you. We will me back at the lodge around 5 for a 6:00 wine social before dinner.
Click on the  photo link below to register For the class.





































Happy painting!                             
Classes start back soon.
Oct 1   Wed Painting Studio 6:30 - 9:30 - 6 Weeks

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Palette Knife Workshop this weekend

Palette Knife Workshop: Vibrant Skies


Palette Knife Workshop: Vibrant Skies
July 19  Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm, 1 Day
Spruill Art Center
404.872.5338
Atlanta, GA

Register
Supply List
Directions

Palette Knife Workshop: Vibrant Skies
In this fun and quick-paced course, students explore
techniques used to create expressive paintings with
a palette knife. Working with a palette knife as well as
with paint additives to create a broad range of textures,
students learn the nuances of value working wet in wet
and layering in order to keep colors rich and vibrant. This
course will begin with painting demo to cover the basic
approach and continue with demos and working one
on one with the students. Appropriate for beginners.
The class will be taught using oils but you may use
Acrylics. Supply list online; please touch base with Dawn
(dawn@dawnart.com) if you have questions. Bring something for lunch and drinks. 
. Min. 4, max. 10.

Upcoming Classes - Happy painting!                           

July 27 Color 2 - Controlling  Your Color Mixtures

See more paintings at www.dawnart.com

My art now available to purchase online click here to go to my secure market.