Wednesday, June 15, 2016

If you live in or are near north Michigan this weekend, I will be teaching a 3 day workshop in pastels. There's still room. We'd love to have you join us. Click here for info: https://apm.activecommunities.com/crookedtreearts/Activity_Search/b-margaret-dyer-the-figure-in-pastels/421


Monday, January 25, 2016

MARKET SCENE, FRANCE, a study. Click here to go to auction.

​This was executed in my class with Jim Richards. I've been taking from him for almost a year, once a week for, 3 times a month, 8 hours each day. He demonstrates on my canvas when I'm in trouble. As time goes by, he works on my pieces less and less. But he worked quite a bit on this one, and I have to say that I don't recognize any of my own brushstrokes or colors in this piece. But it's good to know that I am beginning to see the difference.

But it's taking up room on my floor. 

I will note on the back of the painting that both Jim and I had our hands in this.  MARKET SCENE, FRANCE, is a 9x12 oil on board and is available for auction on DailyPaintworks. Bidding begins at $200. http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/498000

Sunday, January 24, 2016

MODEL'S BREAK, click here to view auction

Rosa has posed for my workshop in France for 4 years. A lovely artist from Hungary, she lives and teaches art in Paris. One day she made a typical Hungarian dish for us for dinner.

Model's break is a 9x12 oil sketch on board, available at auction on DailyPaintworks. You can go here to view the auction: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/497999 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sienna sketch

And another oil sketch from Jim Richards' class, up for auction on Daily Paintworks: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/496982


Friday, January 22, 2016

Accademia, Florence, Italy

This is from the Acadamia in Florence, Italy. We had a brilliant guide who rushed us through the museum. Oh, to have that knowledge inside me. I don't seem to be able to retain all the info. But I do retain the energy of an artist's brushstrokes. So sad to be compelled to leave a room before I've had time to put my nose to the painting to figure out what size brush the artist used, what pigments. On to the next room...

This is a 9x12 oil on board, up for auction on DailyPaintworks. Bidding begins Monday, January 25, at $200. Go here to watch... http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/497995

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hydrangeas, Lemon and Lime

Here's another oil painting from my class with Jim Richards. It's an 11x14 oil on board. Click here to go to Daily Paintworks if you're interested: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/496981


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A sunny day in Ballyhack Ireland

I participated in a plein air event in Wexford, Ireland a few years ago. I had no idea what a plein air event was; I was out of my league. It rained nonstop, and I was doing pastels at the time. Not a good mixture, pastels and rain. Needless to say, it was a very difficult time for me.

This oil painting I did from a photo I took on the trip one day when the sun made its brief appearance. I hope to go back to the annual plein air event in Wexford one day, now that I know better what I’m doing.

This is an 11x14 oil on board, up for auction or sale on DailyPaintworks. Bidding begins at $200 or you can purchase it for $400 outright. You can watch the auction or purchase this painting by going here: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/497094


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Studies for sale, making room in my little house for more. SOLD!



I have been taking painting classes from Jim Richards for quite a few months now, and the work from class has been accumulating. Since I don't have a working studio at the moment (my garage is in transition and I'm holed up in my mudroom with canvases and boards lining the walls), I need to make room for more. So for the next few weeks I'm putting up for sale my class work (much of which Jim has actually helped me with). Here's one I like.

This one is a 12x16 oil on board, price begins at $200 on DailyPaintworks.com. I think it's a sweet little piece. Click here to go to site: http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/496936

There's still room in my pastel workshop in Fontaine-Fourches, France, May 8-22, 2016!

If you are playing with the idea of joining me in France this year, now might be a good time to get those airplane tickets. I'm seeing prices around $1,000.00 from Atlanta. That's pretty incredible. Here's a sampling of what you'll be doing. It's two weeks of magic and easy as pie. Everything is taken care of for you.  Here's the link if you want more info: http://www.labonneetoile.com/workshops/Dyer2016.pdf
















Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year.
And speaking of new year, here's my current workshop schedule for 2016.


Monday, November 2, 2015

France workshop - May 8-21, 2016

I'm teaching in Europe again this spring (2 workshops: one in France, the other in Florence, Italy). If you've been fantasizing about joining me, now is a good time to reserve your space; my classes fill to capacity quickly. And airfare is cheaper when you purchase early.


 


France workshop - May 8-21, 2016 (click for details)

I'll be returning for the 7th year to La Bonne Etoile in Fontaine-Fourches, France, a second home to me now. Kippy's and Jerome's beautiful 250 year old farmhouse can accommodate 10 of us. We are wined and dined to excess; the table is set beautifully for every meal, and there is laughter until the wee hours. But everyone is always wide awake and eager the next morning to get into the studio for a full day of painting with the model.

In the studio we set up a Degas-esque boudoir scene with an antique iron bed and lots of patterned fabrics. We will have photo sessions with a model, and work from our photos later in the week. If we do make it to the studio at night, Kippy sends up tray of wine glasses and munchies. You can paint in pastels or oils. Or both.

We take afternoon breaks to visit a nearby market, a gorgeous chateau or museum (more photos to paint from). We spend a day in Paris, wandering at leisure through the Musee d'Orsay, stopping for crepes, cafe au lait or expresso (I always go for the cafe creme). We go to brocantes on Sundays, vintage flea markets, in search of all sorts of wonderful things to stash in our suitcases. Each year I come home with something special from a brocante: beautiful original framed drawings from 1930, a small bronze sculpture, vintage French kitchen gadgets.

Our 2 week class and adventure culminate on our last night together with a vernissage, an intimate art exhibition, where friends and neighbors drop in and admire all the work we created.

The whole experience is crammed full of art and France. Not a minute is wasted. You will feel you have had a real taste of that beautiful country, you will return home with a lot of work to frame, and you will have made lifelong friends.

If you are thinking you may want to join me in France, you can register online here. If you're wanting to bring your spouse, that might be possible. Questions? Email Kippy. Here's a flyer with details.

Optional Bonus: 3 days in Madrid, May 4-7, 2016 (click for details)

Three days before my France workshop begins, we will be in Madrid. You can opt to join us there. I've never been to Madrid so I can't tell you what to expect. But I do know that the Sorolla Museum is there, and I've wanted to see his work close up for most of my life. We will do that. Details are here.

I know this is an awful lot to read, so tomorrow I will talk about Florence, May 24-June 2, 2016.



  
 




 
 









Saturday, October 31, 2015

Denise with Striped Fabric

Occasionally, when I have a model pose for my classes, my students and I pay her extra for some photography time at the end of the class. Here's a sketch I did during class one day recently from a photo of Denise. It's a new pastel up for auction on Daily Paintworks.

"Denise with Striped Fabric" is a 12 x16 pastel on Pastelbord. You can go here to view auction. While you're viewing it, take a look at my other pieces still available.


Friday, October 9, 2015

IN THE GARDEN, click here to view auction

This is Mimi, who posed for us during my summer workshop last year at La Bonne Etoile in Fontaine-Fourches, France. In June, the garden is in full bloom.

This is an unframed 9x12 pastel on Sennelier LaCarte pastel card, up for auction on Daily Paintworks. Bidding begins at $200. Click here to view auction.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A BOOK BY THE WINDOW, click here to view auction at Daily Paintworks

This is a sweet little 5x7 pastel, which I have always loved. But it's time to give it a new home. I need the frame! Bidding begins at $100 on Daily Paintworks. Click here to view auction.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CAROUSEL ARCH AT THE LOUVRE, click to view auction on Daily Paintworks

"Carousel Arch at the Louvre" is a 9x12 oil sketch on canvas board, available at auction on Daily Paintworks. Click here to view auction.