Making Successful Grays by Michael Chesley Johnson

I follow Michael Chesley Johnson's blog and saw this the other day. I thought he had some good ideas about mixing grays and wanted to share them.  I hope you find this as interesting as I did. 

You can check out his work at http://www.michaelchesleyjohnson.com

"Morning at Raccoon Beach" 5x7, oil 

"Morning at Raccoon Beach" 5x7, oil 

Greys are both easy and difficult to conjure up.  Easy, because there's nothing like a dirty brush to work its black magic in creating rather ugly greys.  Difficult, because a pretty grey takes a certain amount of apprenticeship in mixing color.

First, let's make sure we've got reasonably clean brushes.  That will keep you from summoning grey without meaning to.  Now, let's think about how greys are made.

They say you can make a grey by mixing a color with its complement.  This is true, but it can be a very muddy grey.  A prettier grey can be made by mixing a color with its near-complement instead.  This is because the grey is closer in character to the color being greyed.  Try it.  Use a color wheel to help you identify the near-complement.    If you want to grey down a green, don't use red - instead, use red-violet or red-orange.

Let's take this a step farther.  Look at the color you want to grey and decide if it is a cool or warm version of its base color.  To grey it, add the same temperature of its complement.  If it's a cool red, use a cool green.  If you use a warm green with a cool red, this will make mud.  Using a cool with a cool will make a more beautiful grey.  As an example, I paint a lot of fog, and many times I'll start off with a light pink - that's cadmium red light with lots of white, and very cool - and then scumble on a light cool green, such as viridian with lots of white.  This combination gives me a mudless fog.

In the little 5x7 sketch above, I use this approach, but for a sunny scene.  The scene had a lot of grey in it.  I painted all the major shapes with the complement of the correct value and correct color temperature, and then overlaid them with the local color.

(First posted June 15, 2011)

--- Michael Chesley Johnson, AIS PSA MPAC PSNM www.MichaelChesleyJohnson.com


Paint on my friends,
Dawn

 

 

Painting With Color!!

Last weekend I taught a two day workshop on my favorite subject - color! The first day we worked with color mixing, specifically, using the color wheel to make your colors lighter or darker. Working with the color wheel will keep you colors, vibrant and fresh. The next day we tackled making neutrals by working with compliments, and make them recede in space in your paintings.

It was a lot to tackle in a weekend, but everyone did a great job and left the class with a lot more knowledge about paint mixing.  It's easier than you think!!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving,

Dawn

Summer travels and fall shows

My painting has taken a new direction this year and I'm happy to say, it was well received at my art shows. Above are a few of my favorites that found new homes. It's always a rewarding experience, but these, I'll miss. Time to get back in the studio!

SUMMER ON THE ROAD -  

 after spending 

much of the summer traveling, it's great to get back home and regroup. I had a wonderful time painting, learning,  making new friends and catching up with friends I only see once a year. I hit the upper Adirondacks in June and then Mystic CT, Mount Gretna PA, then on to Cary NC - and can you believe the weather was perfect?

          UPCOMING EVENTS                

Judges Choice award at the Mount Gretna Art Festival

Show Schedule

Aug 29  3 - 6 

Painting demo and sale Whole Foods Briar Cliff , Atlanta GA

Sept 26  8 - 6 

Stone Mountain Plein Air Paint Out,  

Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta GA

Sept 19 - 20

 Alexander Art Festival, Alexandria,VA 

Oct 10 - 11

 Brookhaven Art Festival , Brookhaven 

Oct 24 -25

Atlanta art Festival , Piedmont Park, Atlanta GA 

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Class Schedule **

Sept

 15 - Nov 10  6:15 - 9:30

Tues 

Painting Studio 

Sept 16 - Oct 21 Wed 10:00 am - 1:00pm 

Joy of Painting, T

echniques class

Oct 3 Sat 10:00 - 3:00

 Intro to Plein Air

Oct 9-11, Fri - Sun 

Painting Retreat at the Parker Ranch 

Clayton, GA

Holiday Classes**

Nov 11 - Dec 9, Wed 10am - 1 pm

 Painting Techniques

November 14 - 15, Sat & Sun 10 - 3 

 2 Day 

Color Confidence  

Workshop

Dec 1 - Dec 15,  6:15 pm - 9:30pm 

Tues Painting Studio 

**classes held at DawnArt Studios, 180 A 11th St NE, Atlanta GA 30309, unless noted.

Check out all classes available online click 

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and choose the Classes and Workshop heading.

Hope to see you out there.

Happy fall, Dawn

Summer Art Openings and Classes

Art Gone Wild

  It's that time of year again - Plein Air Paint Out in Zoo Atlanta! 

The event started today and will be going on through out the week. Stop by the Zoo and you will find over 30 artists around the park creating great works of art. So come out  to the zoo and check out the additional "wild Life" in the park.  You won't want to miss the Art show and Silent auction at the Zoo on June 13, 6 - 9 pm. The works created in the park will be on display and available for purchase. A great event and fundraiser for the zoo!  Find out more about the event here - 

http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/artgonewild#u-zktY

Momentum 2015  

Opening Reception Sunday, June 7, 2:30 - 5:30

Stop by the Binders Limelight Gallery and help us celebrate

The Tuesday Night Studio's 11th anniversary art show.

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.

Join us if you can!

Summer Classes

I'm heading up to paint in the Adirondacks, but will be back in time to  hold a 4 week Tuesday night class before heading back up north. This time to paint in New England. YAY!!

Tuesday Open Studio

June 30 - July 21

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is almost here!"

Olmsted Parks 12 x 16

Red Maples 12x12

DawnArt Studios in Midtown  Now open for Classes

Join me in charming Clayton GA. There is so many great painting spots all around!

T

allulah Gorge12x16

Sailing Buddies 12 x 24

Dogwood Festival April 10 - 12

After traveling and painting for months, I am so excited the 

Dogwood Festiva

l

is almost here! I have all new

paintings and I can't wait to see what people think. 

Artist Market hours

Friday 12 - 7

Saturday 10 - 7

Sunday 10 - 6

I'll be in booth 120 -  near the 14th street entrance on Piedmont AVE. Just walk left when you enter the park and I'll be a few booths down

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 great weekend!!

Check out the

website

for a list of all the events.

Hope to see you there!

Dawn

New Studio in Midtown  Open for Classes

If you'd like to stop by my Midtown studio to see new work, talk about a commission, or take a class, just let me know. I'd love to hear from you. Reach me at 

dawn@dawnart.com

.

Stay tuned for new evening classes and 

workshops over the summer and fall.

Joy of Painting - Techniques and Beginning 

April 29 - June 3

10:00 - 12:45  -  Wednesdays

Class held at DawnArt Studios in Midtown

 Full class description.

Supply list

$ 225  class fee   

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Directions

Find out more about my plein air workshops

3 Day Workshops

April 17 - 19

Callaway Garden / Warm Springs GA

No Stress Plein Air

May 15 - 17

Parker Ranch in Clayton GA

Palette Knife and Plein Air

Hope to see you out there or in the studio. Happy painting my friends!

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

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.
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                                                                                                                        180 11th ST NE, 
                                                                                                                      Atlanta Ga 30309
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Click on the  photo link below to register online, by email dawn@dawnart.com

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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
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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End of the year Classes and workshops


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
Click on the  photo link to register

3 Week Mini Open Studio Tues 6:30 - 9:30  Dec 2 - 16 
DawnArt Studios
$90.00
180 11th St Ne, Atlanta GA
404 399 0853
dawn@dawnart.com
Click on the link below to register


Capture the light 1 day palette knife workshop
Dec 13, Sat 10 - 3:00
Spruill Art Center
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, 
Dunwoody, GA 30338
770 394-3447
130.00 

Ready to sigh up for Winter Studio classes

Tuesday Night Painting Studio 6:30 - 9:30    Jan 13 - March 3

DawnArt Studios Midtown, Atlanta
180 11th ST NE
Atlanta GA 30309
Directions
404 399 0853
More info
Click on the link below to register online or pay in the first class

8 week session 240.00
4 week session 140.00
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Dec 2 - 18 Mini Tues Painting Studio 6:30 - 9:30  DawnArtStudios

Dec 13 Capture the Light Spruill

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
See more paintings at www.dawnart.com
My art now available to purchase online click here to go to my secure market.

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

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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.


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404 399 0853
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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
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







 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


See more paintings at www.dawnart.com
My art now available to purchase online click here to go to my secure market.



Palette Knife Workshop:Trees




Palette Knife Workshop:Trees
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. Paint a landscape with trees, and cover issues
like making trees recede in space and how to paint
the sky. Begins with painting demo to cover the basic
approach, and continues with demos and working
one on one. Appropriate for beginners. Taught using
oils, but you may use acrylics. Supply list online; please
touch base with Dawn (dawn@dawnart.com) if you
have questions. Bring a sack lunch. Min. 4, max. 10.
Instructor: Dawn Kinney Martin
Callanwolde Fine Art Center
Fee: $110
Class Code 7396
Saturday, July 26

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Supply List Palette Knife Workshop / Beginning painting
For questions  email dawn@dawnart.com

If you already have paints, 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 Cadmuim Yellow and a warn red and blue and a cool red and blue. Sap Green, Naples Yellow. and Burnt Sienna are just great to mix with, but you don't have to have them.
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium yellow, or hue   
  • Ultramarine blue or phtalo blue
  • Sap green
  • Titanium white   5OZ Tube 
  • Yellow Ochre  or Yellow Oxide  or Naples Yellow. Any will be fine
  • Optional colors
  • Burnt sienna
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Naphthol Red/ Cadmuim Red or hue / an orange- Optional
  • 12x12, 12 x 16 Canvas  or larger
  • Acrylic and oil disposable Palette Pad 9 x12 . You can use a roll wax paper
  • Palette knives  plastic or metal  - The plastic 5 pack is great to start with
  • If just buying one get  Utrecht 1003
  • Sketch pad 
  • Pencil
  • Roll of paper towels 
If using oils you may want LIQUIN IMPASTO to extend the paint
If using acrylics you will need a spray bottle

Upcoming Classes - Happy painting!             

July 27 Color 2 - Controlling  Your Color Mixtures

Fall Schedule
Still in works but  here's what 's scheduled so far

Tuesday Night Painting Studio
Sept 23 -  Nov  18
Tues evenings 6:30 - 9:30
DawnArt Studios

Palette Knife Workshop: FAll Trees 
September 27  @Spruill  Art Center

Plein air workshop
Paint the Fall colors
Parker Ranch in Clayton GA
Oct 10 - 12 Friday - Sunday

210.00 includes  instruction, lodging, breakfast, and social hour

Palette  knife workshop
Nov 1 @ Callanwolde Fine ArtsCenter

Palette Knife Workshop Capture the Light 
Dec 13 @ 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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DawnArt  - 2 art opening this weekend
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Join us for Plein air Thursday, No cost just fun






Momentum 10
Opening reception this Friday
Friday, June 13, 5pm - 8pm

Stop by and help us celebrate 10 years of painting and show our work together
Click here for full list of galleries and art openings

Arts Gone Wild at Zoo Atlanta

Art sale and silent auction this Saturday 6 - 9
Announcing the Zoo’s first-annual plein air event, “Art Gone Wild,” Over 30 artists have spent the week capture the zoo on canvas. Stop by this Saturday to see  what we've created. An art show and silent auction will take place on Saturday, June 14. Check out the website

Upcoming classes, workshops, and events

 Tuesday Night Painting Studio 
July 8 - July 29 

Tues evenings 6:30 - 9:30   4 week session
As an ongoing class you have lots of flexibility and can always make up classes.
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Palette Knife Workshop: Vibrant Skys, 1 Day 
July 19, Sat 10 - 3:00

Spruill Art Center
Dunwoody GA

Color 1 - Color Confidence  1Day
July 20, Sun 10 - 3:00 
Dawn Art Studios
Atlanta GA



Palette Knife Workshop: Trees, 1 Day 
July 26, Sat 10-3:00
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Atlanta Ga
                                                                           
                                                                                 

Color 2 -  Controlling  Your Mixtures
July 27, Sun 10 - 4:00 1 Day workshop 
Dawn Art Studios
180 11th St Ne, Atlanta GA

                                               
                        



Fall ScheduleStill in works but here's what's scheduled so far:

Tuesday Night Painting Studio
Sept 23 -  Nov  18
Tues evenings 6:30 - 9:30
DawnArt Studios

Palette Knife Workshop: Fall Trees 
September 27  @Spruill  Art Center

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

Palette  knife workshop
Nov 1 @ Callanwolde Fine ArtsCenter

Capture the Light: One day workshop 
Dec 13 @ Spruill Art Center