Join Us For Next Year at The Parker Ranch

Join un in Clayton for the next painting retreat and you can be painting right here on the river!

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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.
Retreat Times
 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  becky@parkersranch.com   
http://www.parkersranch.com
404-373-0566

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  becky@parkersranch.com   
http://www.parkersranch.com
404-373-0566

You can request a private or shared room.

What's not included:
Lodging
Lunches and dinner
Painting supplies

Supply list

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.
http://www.loriputnam.com/blog/taking-flight-tips-for-the-winged-artist/

** 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


For more info, check out  my  Classes page. 

Hooray for spring!
Dawn

DIY Palette Box and Wet Panel Carrier

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!

 

 

May 20 - 22 No Stress Plein Air 3 day Workshop

Painting at Tallulah Gorge at our last trip to Parker Ranch

May 20 - 22 No Stress Plein Air at the Parker Ranch in Clayton GA

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.

Learn to capture the outdoor with a limited color palette and the palette knife. Working from the landscape is such a great way to improve your paintings, but it can be overwhelming when just starting out. In this class, I'll help you with tips and tricks to setting up, how to find your focus, and get started. Using a limited palette will help you with color mixing and creating harmony in your paintings.  I love the energy working with a palette knife brings to my paintings. An added bonus - no cleaning your brushes!! You will learn different ways to use the knife to get your desired effect.

Classes  Times

12 - 5 Friday, 10 - 5 Sat, & 10 - 3 Sunday

Cost $225 Includes daily instruction and demos in the field and one on one instruction throughout  the day. Nightly social hour with wine and cheese

Breakfast each morning is provided by the Ranch with your reservation.

100.00 holds your spot.

Deadline to sign up is May 14 th.

Room arrange should be made through Becky at the Parker Lodge

Becky Hoover 

becky@parkersranch.com

http://www.parkersranch.com

404-373-0566

You can request a private or shared room.

Register here

What's not included:

Lodging

Lunches and dinner

Painting supplies

Supply list 

This is a rain or shine event. Bring photos to work from just in case we have bad weather.

Here is a

link

 to a great post from fellow artist Lori Putman with tips for flying with you paints.

http://www.loriputnam.com/blog/taking-flight-tips-for-the-winged-artist/

*For those that arrive early on Thursday, we'll get a little painting done.

** I have a few extra plein air easels if you are new. Just let me know right away if you need one.

The Parker Ranch

The Parker Ranch is a laid back loge built in 1907 as an Atlanta family summer home in Clayton GA. It has 6 rooms all with private baths. Some are double occupancy - two beds - so you can share rooms  if you'd like, and one cabin. Clayton is just under 2 hours from Atlanta, world away. The Lodge is about one mile from town with good restaurants and lots of charm.

Room arrange should be made through Becky at the Parker Lodge

Becky Hoover 

becky@parkersranch.com

http://www.parkersranch.com

404-373-0566

Close by

Lake Burton

Dillard House

Talulah Gorge and Day Use Area

Cancellation Policy:  If cancellation is made ten or more days prior to beginning workshop date, a full refund will be made.  If cancellation is made less than 10 days prior to beginning of workshop, half of the workshop fee will be refunded.  Cancellations of 5 days or less from beginning date of workshop, no refunds issued. If workshop is cancelled by the artist, the entire workshop fee will be refunded.  If flying, it is advised that you purchase refundable airline tickets in the event of a cancellation

 

Making Progress

Monday in the studio!! Untitled for now, 24 x 36 Oil on canvas - palette knife.

24 x 36 Oil on Canvas

Last weeks efforts.

This one started as a plein air study in Olmsted Park

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Hope to see you out there,

 Dawn 

 

Questions? Get in touch

 dawn@dawnart.com

Today Efforts - Headed to the Park

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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One of my favorite plein air paintings

Wow, I won a sponsorship  award !!

I was almost too embarrassed to

turn mine in. Turn out it's really stressful

 painting in a competition!

The final painting, "Hard Days Work " 12 x 16 oil on panel Sold

The inspiration!!! I've learned a lot out there painting this year,

I look forward to getting out that more in 2016 and see what

 happens.

Cheers, Dawn

 

Capture rushing water

 Returning to Nature 12 x 16 oil on panel

With all the rains, it's a good time to try to capture the force of a fast moving water fall. This is the finished plein air painting from Victory park train. This is the ruins of an old factory. The water has cut a path through it, so I call this one " Returning to Nature" I have to admit, I like the way this one turned out. I have been working on city scenes here of late, and they not my strong point, so it's nice to get back in my comfort zone for a little bit.

Cheers,

Dawn

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Painting with Carol at Victory Creek

Still trying to capture color in low light.

"Misty Morning on Lake Clair Meer"

9 x 12 oil on panel, Plein air

This weekend, despite the rain, I taught a really fun plein air workshop. This was an introduction class geared to helping beginners get out there for the first time.  We started in the studio, covering how to get started and then hit Piedmont Park to practice. We found a covered spot over looking Lake Clair Meer and got started.  We got about 2 hours of painting in before heading back to beat the next round of rain storms.  This turned out to be perfect practice for me. I have really been struggling with how to paint color without the help of the sun.  Above is today effort. Seeing progress from last weekend, but still room for improvement.

A couple of the painters below, they really had a nice time. Even with the rain, we where covered and the temperature was great. 

Our inspiration for the day.

You can see what I mean by a gray day

Until next time, Dawn

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Featuring Downtown's First Thursday Art Walk & Group Show at Binders, Ponce City Market
Fuse Announcements The Fuse Arts Center offers space for your office, studio, rehearsal, meeting, performance and more. Office and co-working memberships are available at affordable rates. Host your event at the Fuse Arts Center. Contact Joe Winter to schedule a tour today!
Twilight in the Park - Dawn Kinney Martin
First Thursday Art Walk List of Locations & Events
Artworks by Dawn Kinney Martin and Emily Clanton
March 5, 2015 4PM-8PM
Free & open to the public
RSVP
Dawn Kinney Martin is an Atlanta-based artist with national and international collectors. Each year she paints plein air, which is painting on location, and takes photographs on her travels. These are used as reference materials throughout the year at her studio. Recognition for her expressive oil paintings includes acceptance at an Artists in Residence Program in Elizabeth City, NC, June 2013, November 2014 and a Merit Award from Manhattan Arts International Museum in New York for their juried exhibition, Herstory 2004. Check out her website at http://www.dawnart.com.
Emily Clanton is a creative-type living in the Atlanta area. Her latest work is inspired by traditional Japanese painting and her personal investigations into nourishing foods and their affects on the human body. A graduate of the BFA Painting program at the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art, Emily appreciates a well-told story, a home cooked meal and tons of color in works of art. Keep up with her on-going material explorations at RatiosAndRecipes.com
RSVP
Fuse Arts Center
115 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
*photo used with permission of Dawn Kinney Martin
C4 Atlanta Juried Exhibition:New Spaces
March 6, 2015 6:30-8PM
Binders Ponce City Market
Free & open to the public
RSVP
Come see how C4 Atlanta member artists tackle new ideas about innovation, community engagement, architecture and more. New Spaces explores the impact of creative placemaking on visual artists and how the arts world intersects with other sectors and the community at large.
All works were selected for exhibition by our panel of jurors: Susannah Darrow with Burnaway, Julie Delliquanti with the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and Carlton Mackey with the Emory Center for Ethics.
Artists to be featured:
Kat Goduco
Roxane Hollosi
Lauri Jones 
Michael Jones 
Stephanie Lloyd
Deborah Sosower
Diana Toma
RSVP
*photo used with permission of Lauri Jones
C4 Atlanta's programming is made possible with support from
City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
Georgia Council for the Arts
ArtsGeorgia
Dixon Hughes Goodman
M Rich Center
*Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

No Stress Plein air workshop April 17 - 19

April 17 - 19 No Stress Intro to Plein Air.  

Deadline to Registar is April 14

This is a plein air workshop for everybody.  I try to create a relaxed and fun environment for you to learn in. The class will be taught in oils and use palette knife and brush techniques.  I use a limited palette that helps control and harmonize the color and  If you've never tried plein air  and want to give it a try, come on! I even have a few extra plein air easels that you can use if need. I will discus topics ranging from tips on setting up, how to narrow down the scene to dealing with the elements to  flying with your supplies and wet paintings. Each morning will begin with a talk and a demo. Then, I'll help everyone get started and keep working with each student one on one and with group demos. We'll paint at Callaway Gardens, (the azaleas should be in full bloom), and the charming towns in the area, Warm Springs and Pine Mountain. Everything is within a few miles. You'll be surprised how much this area has to offer.

I love to get outside and really try to capture the essence of the landscape.   All levels welcome, even complete beginners. Let me know if you will need an easel as I only have a few.

We'll paint from 10 - 5 each day.

$255.00   Max 10 Students

100.00 deposit to hold your spot

Pay online

here 

By check

DawnArt Studios LLC

180 11th ST NE

Atlanta GA 30309

Any questions? Email me at

dawn@dawnart.com

Class includes  entrance fee to Callaway Gardens, daily instruction and demos, maps of the area, and a wine and cheese social.

Not included are lodging and meals.

You will need to bring all your painting supplies.

Supply list 

I will have a limited number of easels for rent for $10. Let me know ahead of time if you need an easel, as I have a limited number.

I have family in the area, so I have a list of great restaurants to try. I'll have those links up soon.

Cancellation Policy

Lodging suggestions

Callaway Gardens

- This is a great option if you'd like to bring the family.  Free access to the park and many of the amenities****If many of you'd like to stay at Callaway, let me know and I'll try to get a group discount.

Pine Mountain

 http://www.pinemountain.org/accommodations

LaGrange  

http://www.priceline.com/

WarmSpring

 http://www.warmspringsga.com/lodgingwarmsprings.htm

Camping / RV

Pine Mountain 

 RV Park http://www.rvcoutdoors.com/pine-mountain/

FDR State Park 

   http://www.pinemountain.org/accommodations/f.d.-roosevelt-state-park/

Spring Schedule

March 28 Tues Painting Studio at DawnArt Studios 

3 day workshops

April 17 - 19

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

May 14 - 17

Parker Ranch -  No Stress plein air workshop

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!                             
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