Thursday, March 23, 2017

I will be demonstrating in Chattanooga this Saturday. Join me.

I will be painting at River Gallery in Chattanooga, TN, this coming Saturday, as my exhibition there comes to a close. You are welcome to come hang out with me as I paint. I would be delighted to have the company. The more, the merrier.
Margaret Dyer demonstration Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:00-4:00
River Gallery
400 East Second Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403

(423) 265-5033 ext. 5

Saturday, February 25, 2017

River Gallery, Chattanooga TN, Friday, March 3, 2017

 I delivered all of these oil paintings to River Gallery this past week for their March show. The reception will be Friday evening, March 3;  I, unfortunately,will be unable to attend because I stupidly did what I always feared I might do. I scheduled two things that very day. Very embarrassing. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't go, if you're in the Chattanooga area. Go see my work and buy something!

The gallery has graciously forgiven me and rearranged their schedule for me to come back up to Chattanooga (a 2 hour drive from Atlanta) to do a demonstration on Saturday afternoon, March 25, from 1:00-4:00.  Come keep me company while I paint. Have a glass of wine and spend the afternoon with me and all the lovey people at River Gallery.

400 East Second Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 265-5033 ext. 5, 1-800-374-2923
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Beat the deadline of March 1st...

We are offering an early registration discount of $200.00 if you register for my Florence, Italy, workshop by February 15: Your total cost would be $2800. Contact Debra Zamperla at to save your place!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! May it be a blessed and safe day for you all. Thank you for being a part of my life this past year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A HOME IN THE CLIFFS, LOIRE VALLEY, click here to view auction.

Unfortunately, I have forgotten the name of the town. But they build their homes into the cliffs in parts of France. I'm dying to see the insides of them.

A HOME IN THE CLIFFS is an 11x14 oil on canvas panel. Auction begins at $100. Go here to view auction

MODELS'S BREAK, click here to view auction.

Here's another piece up for auction. MODEL'S BREAK has been a piece I have loved, but for some reason just has never sold. The model was Rosza, a lovely lady who poses for my workshops in France every summer. And the title says exactly what she was doing--taking a break from posing for us. I am wanting to empty the studio to make room for a whole slew of work this coming year. I want this to go to a good home.

MODEL'S BREAK is an 11x14 oil on canvas panel. Bidding begins at $100. You can follow this link to view the auction:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DEBRA'S GARDEN, click here to view auction.

I spent a day painting with my friend Debra Nadelhoffer ( this past summer. Here's a quick oil sketch from her back yard. So nice to have artist friends. I think we are the most fortunate people of all.

DEBRA'S GARDEN is a 9x12 oil on canvas panel, up for auction. Bidding begins at $100. Go here to view auction:

Sunday, December 4, 2016

I have to vent here...

Ok. So I went to a party the other night. There were 3 of us sitting at a table chatting; the only man, for some reason, thought we women would be interested in hearing about the gymnast with the beautiful body he once dated. And the threesome he once participated in with two other women, one who had been divorced for quite a while and really needed what he had to offer--a favor he graciously bestowed. Not long after he left the table, another man sat with us and talked of his broken marriage. What ever happened to the art of conversation? Why don't more people (and I'm not meaning to single out men; women do it just as much) have any curiosity about the person to whom they are speaking? How many times through the years have I left an encounter with someone, wondering how we could have talked so long, yet that person never once asked about me. Am I making too much of this?

Now that that's off my chest, "FIRST DAY AT THE BEACH" is 16X20 oil on board, up for auction. Bidding begins at $200. Go here to view the auction:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Two more at auction...

Here are a couple more up for auction:
CAT IN A BAG is a 16x20 pastel. Bidding begins at $100.

FRIENDS is an 11x14 oil on board, bidding begins at $100.

Friday, December 2, 2016

BREAKFAST AT THE SMITH FAMILY FARM, click here to view auction

I participated in the Olmsted Plein Air Paint-out last spring. One day we painted at the Swan House, where the Smith Family Farm is tucked away in the woods, just off West Paces Ferry Road. A bit of country right in the heart of Buckhead.

"BREAKFAST AT THE SMITH FAMILY FARM" is an unframed 11X14 oil on canvas panel.  It is up for auction on ebay. Bidding begins at $100.

ROADBLOCK IN FLORENCE, click here to view auction.

I taught in Florence, Italy a couple of summers ago. Our path to the studio was blocked one morning, forcing us to take a detour.

ROADBLOCK IN FLORENCE is a 12x16 pastel on Pastelbord. It's available at auction on ebay. Bidding begins at $100.

OK. Here they come. I'm auctioning off some old work...

"Leonardo and the Blue Bag" is an unframed 16x20 pastel on Pastelbord.  It is up for auction on ebay. Bidding begins at $150.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Margaret Dyer Pastel Workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School, January 6-8, 2017

There is still room in my figurative pastel workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School, January 6-8, 2017, Scottsdale AZ. We need a few more people to make the class happen. If you're thinking of joining us, contact the SAS this week!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016 was a hell of a year...

...and I am glad to see it go.

My ex husband of 22 years was diagnosed with malignant melanoma on January 29. He was gone 5 weeks later. But those 5 weeks were unspeakable (the reason I have not written in my blog this year), as I watched him die, and watched my daughters nurse their daddy at home and lose him in such a wretched way. There has seemed to be a pointlessness about things ever since; I can only imagine what his family and my daughters are experiencing.

I'm writing now because of a conversation with my oldest daughter this afternoon; she brought up my blog because she wanted to show one of her teachers (Anna's going to nursing school in Savannah) my work, and the possible bargains that can usually be had this time of year as I try to empty my studio to make room for the upcoming year's work, and get through Christmas without using the charge cards. So I figure it's good motivation to write again. I hope there are still people out there who want to read it.

So, if I can actually follow through with this, I intend to start putting up some of the work I was able to do this year and auction it all off at bargain basement prices. The piece above is one I really like and will not be auctioning at a bargain basement price, but I thought maybe if I put a pretty picture up here, you'll be tempted to read the blog.

Anna too, a beautiful, sensitive writer, has been paralyzed by the trauma of this year. Maybe she'll write soon too.

"Private Practice" is a 16x20 oil on board.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Join me for 3 intense days of drawing live models, exploring the brilliant pastel medium. Even beginners will feel comfortable with my simple step-by-step method.

Monday, September 19, 2016

I have two remaining workshops in 2016: Ann Arbor and Raleigh, NC. If you're in either area, there is still room for you. We will be working on both the figure and urban landscapes. In Ann Arbor you are welcome to paint in oils. Pastels only in Raleigh.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

"Summer Sketch Show" at River Gallery

This coming Friday evening I will be at River Gallery in Chattanooga for the opening reception of a group “Sketch Show.” On Saturday afternoon I will be giving a demonstration at the gallery of my pastel drawing. You are all invited to both.
“Summer Sketch Show” at River Gallery, August 1-31, 2016
Reception Friday, August 5, 6:30-8:00
Margaret Dyer pastel demonstration, Saturday, August 6, 1:00-3:00

River Gallery, 400 East Second Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 265-5033 ext. 5,