Studio Locations


Donna's Studio
Paseo de Guayabitos, (just off the main street, beside the Oxxo, near Teriyaki Alex )
Rincon de Guayabitos, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Galeria San Francisco
#1 Calle San Francisco, San Miguel de Allende, GTO., Mexico

tel: (cell) 045 322 888 7219

Monday, January 31, 2011

Pictures and students from last Sundays plein air on Recreo

Yvonne working in watercolors went for the complete street scene and Sara sketched  in pencil.
Tom H. working in watercolors opted for the less complicated but interesting storefront across the street.
Elaine working in oils, loves plein air painting !
Photo of 'The Scene' on Recreo with the San Francisco Church in the background. a challenge to simplify!

Plein air at Juarez Park Sunday Feb. 6th 2011 2 pm

 Candelaria at Juarez Park... New location for this Sunday's plein air is set in  the beautiful spring flower sale at Juarez Park.  We will meet at the bandstand and from there find a spot to paint. There's so much color and wonderful displays of flowers it should be a lot of fun.
See you at the bandstand at 2pm.We will be be roaming from there to select our spot so don't be late. Donna

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Location of this Sunday's (Jan 30th) Plein Air Class. - Hope to see you there, 2 o'clock sharp.

I thought you might like to see Tom's work from the last 2 Sunday Plein Air outings.Yes, as you can see, he's one of my more "experienced students." He's been practicing for over 50 years now!

"Barranca Fountain" 12x9in. oil on panel Artist Tom Dickson

"Sunday Afternoon at the Jardin" 9x12in. oil on panel Artist Tom Dickson

Monday, January 24, 2011

Paintings from colorful Colonia Guadalupe of San Miguel

'Blue Delivery Cart' watercolor  3.5 " x 6.5"
Colorful Street in San Miguel ," Julian Carrillo', Oil  9" x 12"

Morning Light ,Guadalupe watercolor 11" x 15"

We had fun in my art classes this week painting from pictures of a neighborhood of San Miguel called Col. Guadalupe. This is one of my favorite parts of town, as it is home to a wonderful organic fruit and veggie store with attached cafe called .'Via Organica', There's also a great Bakery across the street ,'Panaderia Casanova' and down this same street, (with the hard to pronounce name of Calle Margarita Ledesma), is 'El Pato' ( the Duck), the best art supply store in town. After doing my shopping and starting to walk home, I ran into these wonderful scenes on the adjoining street Julian Carrillo. Immediately it called out to me as "a must paint street!
saludos  Donna

Monday, January 17, 2011

Painting on Location Map -Next Sunday plein air Jan 23rd -2 pm

In the Jardin,, Ice Cream Sunday
Next Painting Location : At the Fountain, corner of Hospicio and Barranca. See you there Jan 23rd 2 pm.
Yesterday we painted in the Jardin ,just to one side of the Parroquia, next to the Ice Cream cart. Being a very busy Sunday, it was  hard to paint while being jostled by curious onlookers and crowds of kids and balloons! A great afternoon but we decided that next Sunday we'd paint a little farther from the Jardin in a quieter location on Hospicio, near the fountain at Barranca. I'll post our plein air paintings from the jardin  later .  They were 90% completed on location but need the odd little touch to finish them up. adios Donna

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The times they are a 'changing January new schedule

We worked on sunset skies this week in watercolors, a challenge to get just the right flow of intense color. the trick is to get your color mixes all worked out first. All your "puddles" pre- mixed and strong enough, more pigment less water in your super saturated colors. Lightly wet the paper and start laying it on with a big brush! No time to be timid, just get it on the page, going from your lightest colors to the darkest, then leave it! This is the important part,don't go back in and mess with it.!! just see what the effect is when it dries and you'll see whether you got your mixes strong enough or not. If it dries light you can correct it accordingly on the next one. It takes some trial and error before you can get the washes just right. Practice makes perfect. This sunset is one from my rooftop terrace.

With so many students returning and new ones joining, my classes are swelling! I've added some extra classes and changed the day for plein air painting to* Sunday afternoon. You can look up on the Art Student link to see the new schedule.
Briefly 2 classes of watercolors on Tuesdays...9:30 to 12:30 and 2:00 to 5:00pm
Thursday am 9:30 to 12:30 oils /acrylics,
Friday am 9:30 to 12:30 oils/acrylics ...     and Friday 2 to 4pm.-  A new  Drawing class.  2 hours. Learning about 3 D form , correct proportions....perspective , line and tonal values.
*Sunday afternoon plein air 1:30 to 4:30pm

PLEIN AIR Sunday  JAN 16th,  1:30 to 4:30pm.  We will be meeting in front of the Parroquia in the Jardin this week and choosing our scene from there. All are welcome, you can use watercolors, oils or acrylics. See you there! Donna.