Friday, March 25, 2011

Painting in Madison GA and Blue Ridge GA

My painting and the scene from the
World Wide Paint Out last September
 There are several Plein Air paint outs in the Atlanta area in the next couple of months. This is one of our most beautiful times of year here ... we have dogwood and cherry trees in bloom, azaleas will be reaching their peak bloom in the next month, etc. Sometimes it is hard to decide which plein air event to respond to! Here are two I will be attending.

Madison, GA
I will be participating in a paint out in Madison GA on Friday, May 6. It will be in conjundtion with their Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes. This is a beautiful community located East of Atlanta and very easy to find.

Here is the link to the web page about the homes on the tour: Madison Spring Tour of Homes.

I received an e-mail from my contact there who asked me to let other artists know about the opportunity. So, here is her message to me:

"Just wanted to send you the link to the Cultural Center's Tour Homes so you can preview them. You are not required to paint at these locations, but this is where a lot of folks will be walking around during the tour of homes.

I can't wait till May 6th! I will keep my fingers crossed for the lovely weather we usually get for this event!

If you know of any other painters who might be interested in participating, please pass my email along to them!"

Blue Ridge Plein Air Festival

I will be painting in Blue Ridge for their Plein Air Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10. Here is the link to the BRMAA Plein Air Festival page. We may even be photographed for inclusion in a magazine article. We need to have loads of artists painting for this one!

Contact the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association to pre-register for this. But, you can just show up and register that morning! We would like to know there will be many artists there, so pre-registering would be wonderful to know you'll be there.

Blue Ridge is a wonderful place to paint -- in town, along the Toccoa River, Lake Blue Ridge, Mercier Orchard, and the pastures and mountains! There will be maps, snacks, prizes, and you can show your plein air work at the Art Center.

Come join us in the fantastic community and paint! Contact me if you need any more information, or contact either of these organizations. They would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Atlanta Artist Center Workshop

I have a pastel workshop scheduled for May 21 and 22 (Sat. and Sun.) at the Atlanta Artist Center which is located off Pharr Rd. in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.

Three Key Benefits of Marsha Savage Workshops

1. The workshop engages the student to study the key elements of starting a painting in a controlled way. A plan is made, started and keeps the student on track, instead of just "flying by the seat of their pants."

2. Study with a teacher in a workshop allows students to ask their own questions, but more importantly to see and listen to other students' questions and processes.

3. Learning to enjoy the journey of painting, not necessarily trying to finish a piece is a key element in my discussions during the whole of the workshop. This also means to follow their own path, taking what they need from the workshop and are capable of at their stage, not just learning to paint in the style of the instructor.

Here is the information you need:

Evening Cypress - Pastel
Atlanta Artist Center
2979 Grandview Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Sat. / Sun., May 21 & 22, 2011
9:00 am – 4:00 pm  (8:45 arrival please)

$225 – Members / $275 – Non-members
Deposit of $50 required

The 8:45 am arrival time is to get your gear into the classroom and set up. A supply list will be given upon registration. Please bring your own bottled water or drink and a snack or sack lunch. You can order from Basil's which is next door to the Atlanta Artist Center. Basil's offers a special for AAC students for $7.

This workshop is appropriate for beginners through advanced. Advanced students will learn how to raise their art to the next level.

The workshop will consist of instruction on composition, thumbnail sketches, value, temperature, and color theory. We will discuss painting from photographs, and how to make a painting look as if painted on location. Critiques will be continually as each student is helped.

A demonstration will start the day on Saturday morning. We will discuss quickly creating a thumbnail sketch to work from, blocking in the darks and lights, finding the colors and developing the painting. You will not necessarily finish each painting. This class is not to paint a pretty painting from start to finish – but how to plan and start properly with less problems.

For more information about me, my bio and my artist statement see my web site, , or you can call 770-926-3623 (Smyrna, GA), or e-mail me at

To Register Call -- 404-237-2324 Atlanta Artist Center (AAC)