Monday, May 19, 2014

Everyone needs friends, and editors!

This is why I don't know grammar!!!
 I misused the pronoun "we" in my last post,
and my good friend, Susie, brought it to my attention.
If you're interested in learning the proper use of "we" and "us",
which I'm sure we all learned many years ago,
here is a link to check it out:

I love the name of the site, and in no way connect it to my friend. I love grammar; I love our language; and I appreciate all corrections. Now I must correct my text, before going out to see "Gozilla" with my grandson.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sharon Weiss Gallery Award and Video

SOLD • Paris Pochades #7: "Apartment Still Life"
11-1/2" x 7-1/2" Oil on Arches Paper for Oils
Copyright 2013 Debra Joyce Dawson
I've been exhibiting with The Sharon Weiss Gallery for a long time now, how long, so long that I've forgotten. She had seen my work and said she'd like to have some of my paintings in her gallery when she was still at her original location on Poplar Street in the Short North of Columbus. I didn't have the courage to do it.

When I become friends with Richard Canfield, the founding father of Ohio Plein Air Society, he encouraged me to take her some works. I took her two still life paintings. In those days, I was painting intimate, realistic small still lives. I had been studying at CCAD, and while under their tutelage, my works became tighter and more realistic. I sold both paintings in the gallery quickly.

One of the best things about Sharon's gallery is that she doesn't tell her artists what to paint, or how to paint it. She gives us artists the freedom to change, and grow. I can't thank her enough for being there, and want to congratulate her for being recognized by the community for the wonderful gallery she has created, nurtured and kept alive during recent difficult financial times.

Below is a video about Sharon and her gallery. On the walls is my 7th Solo Exhibition. You will enjoy hearing what people have to say about Sharon and her gallery.

Bonjour mes amis!

"Notre Dame from Quai des Grands Augustins"
6" x 8" Oil and Graphite on Arches paper for oils
Available • Copyright 2013 Debra Joyce Dawson
Last year right now, I was sitting on a plane to Chicago, my connecting flight to Paris, France.

It's hard for me to believe that a year has gone by. I spent 12 wonderful days in Paris, even if it was raining more than I'd have liked.

 My fellow Francophile, Janet, and I had just come from Charvin, a gorgeous art supply shop on Quai des Grands Augustins. I saw this view, and I went back with excitement the next day to paint it. Although painting above was started on site, frequent rain showers that morning had me shielding myself and my small magnetic easel under my Camino poncho and a windshield sun protector so often, that it became fruitlest. I threw in the towel and finished at home from memory. I used my trusty palette knife and left some graphite marks on the surface that I applied that day. The blue green bus is a color that Janet picked at Charvin. I promised to use in every painting I did on my trip, from that point on.

I don't use 'colors of convienence' often. I could easily mix that color from the six colors that I use, but it was fun to use, and a great memory of our time together once I'd left Paris.

The painting is still for sale at the gallery and was part of my 7th Solo Exhibition at Sharon Weiss Gallery this past April. The show was a rousing success, and I have so many people to thank.

Here's a link to Quai des Grands Augustins, just in case you need your fix of Paris. If you scroll a little to the right, you can see Notre Dame from above. Sigh!,Quai+des+Grands+Augustins,+75006+Paris,+France&gl=us&ei=2Up2U_uXOo6MqAbj2YHgBw&ved=0CCoQ8gEwAA