Wednesday, January 24, 2018

2018 Dot Courson Studio Workshop Schedule

Artists- Hope to see you here in 2018!

Dot Courson Studio is now OPEN!

Last fall we had open house for my new Studio located on our 12 acres here in Pontotoc, Mississippi. We are located between Tupelo and Pontotoc right off Hwy 278 (old Hwy 6). 
I've enjoyed creating in my new space looking out across the woods and fields as I paint my rural southerner landscapes.
Stop by sometime! Phone 662-617-3100 for an appointment.
Dot Courson Studio - Photo credit, Alison Schuchs

Dot Courson Studio Open House 2017- Photo by Alison Schuchs

Some of my Paintings done in late 2017

Cozy sitting space inside my new studio.

Email artist@dotcourson.com or pone 662-517-3100 to arrange a visit! 


Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring 2016 Events

Just home form the Southeastern Plein Air Invitational in Gadsden, AL. that was March 28- April 1, 2016.  Here are some photos from there:

Photo credit John Billingsley

Upcoming this week...

This week I'm headed to the Women Painters of the Southeast's show in Abingdon, Virginia to be the awards judge for the annual exhibition there at Art Depot. Looking forward to seeing the works selected for this show for the first time! There will be over $10,000 in awards to be given out I hear- so I'm very excited and truly honored to serve this year.

You are invited....

I will be doing a painting demo on Saturday, April 9th the morning before the awards show. Hope you can come!
Dot Courson is our Judge this year and will be doing a demo/talk on Saturday morning, 4/9 at 9am. Those interested please contact Susan Yates at 276 628-9091 to sign up. Reservations required. The fee for the demo is $50. 

Recent Studio Work...

Here is my last commissioned painting done for a hunting lodge on the Mississippi River. 

36 x 48 commission  Oil ©2016| Dot Courson| 
Detail ©Dot Courson

Finally...Need a beautiful kitten?

Dali -the new mom! We plan to keep her but her babies need a new home!
 Dali was a stray- a BEAUTIFUL and sweet.... and on March 11th we got a surprise! 


Emial me if you need a kitten--- or a painting: artist@dotcourson.com

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dot Courson has Two Art Blogs

I have two art blogs...
It was not planned... 

Grab a glass of sweet tea and pull up a chair. Here is how it happened:

First I had a website is with FASO and it's at www.dotcourson.com . For many years there was not a blog associated with it.

Then FASO administrators added a place for BLOGS- so I made that my main website. It is at  www.dotcourson.com/blog.
Here's the latest blog post there:

Having my new blog with my main website very convenient-  but it's leaving behind YEARS of blogs that I've done here on blogspot! 

You are currently on my blogspot site with lots of older blogs (Notice the archived files from past years on the right.)

Actually I manage a 3rd blog! It's about Plein Air Painters of Mississippi that I started several years ago to post Mississippi events because there are lots of Plein Air events in our state and no central place to post them.
The limiting factor to blogging anywhere quite honestly is TIME... Frankly, I had rather paint than tell everyone what all I'm doing. But I need to blog because I love having YOU along,...so I hope you will continue to join me in my adventures in painting around the south.
Hope that clears thing up! Now that I've blogged.....it's already 5:00PM. Cheers!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

A New Year Begins

In a couple days I will post about a great workshop we had here with Roger Dale Brown. It was still life- and it was so inspiring!
 Roger and I were two of the artists interviewed recently IN A 2-part blog by John Pototschnik about what part faith plays in our work as artists. Read PART 1 HERE... and Read PART 2 HERE.
John Potoschnik

But I'm behind on my blog. I have not shared my new car tag  with you! I bought back in November... Watch for my black Honda minivan on warm days this spring. I'm pretty much in the studio for now.

Mississippi's new license plate has a guitar and says, "Celebrating Mississippi Creative Culture".


  •  Invited to go to Ireland this August to paint in Ireland's "Art in the Open", Europe's largest plein air paint out.  Looking forward to traveling over with my friend Becky Joy. We will both be doing a demo and teaching one day. 
  • Recently I was asked to contribute to write and do a demo or two for another new art book! More to come on that later!

  • I have work in a couple fund raisers coming up. The Amish Road pictured in the upper right below was selected by the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi to be in in a fund raiser (tonight!)  at the Beau Revage Convention Center ballroom in Biloxi. The painting was selected from the Pink Rooster, my gallery in Ocean Springs.
  • The Heart Ball in Jackson will also have one of my other paintings included this year.

My work at the Pink Rooster Gallery, Ocean Springs, MS

Finally, I have a birthday coming up in a couple days and found this t-shirt that I want: (smile)

Visit my website at www.dotcourson.com 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Recent Travels and Art Shows

October is turning out to be my busiest month in awhile.

Paintin' the Town- College Park, GA

In late September it was great to be a part of an invitational plein air event in Atlanta in the suburb inside the beltway called, Historic College Park. Artist Millie Gosch did a great job putting this together and we all had a blast. I sold three of my paintings to collectors and received another commission. Thank you to all who turned out to volunteer and host. It was great meting up with artist friends as well!

Cumberland Society National Juried Competition:

Honored! On October 3rd, I was excited to travel to Nashville to the Cumberland Society National Opening and Awards Ceremony at Richland Fine Art where I received an Honorable Mention - a $500 award for my painting, Back-lit Trees, Oil, 12x16 from judge Peggi Kroll Roberts of
Here is my winning painting at the Cumberland Society National Exhibition at Richland Fine Art in Nashville, TN
 ©2013 Dot Courson

 Paintings that SOLD:
SOLD! My painting of the men, "Making Molasses" sold at Richland Fine Art in Nashville, TN.
©2013 Dot Courson 

And below is the painting by my daughter, artist Susan Patton from Mississippi who was in the same show SOLD... We love seeing "red dots"!!  Susan recently won a major prize recently in the MGAL National juried exhibit in Memphis. She has been in two national shows recently, and has done very well this year! 

SOLD! Thrilled to see a "red dot" showing that Susan's painting "Bales of Fun" sold prior to the show opening!
©2013 Susan Patton

Caron Gallery Demo

On Saturday Oct 12th,  I will be at Caron Gallery doing a demo of Main Street in downtown Tupelo, Mississippi. I love the downtown area and hope to see anyone there who wants to come watch me paint form 11 until 3 PM inside or outside the gallery!

Dawn Whitelaw will be here again, teaching another sold out 3-day plein air workshop at Dot Courson Workshops on October 14-16! We have students from 4 states coming to this!

Dawn Whitelaw on stage doing a portrait demonstration at the Portrait Society of America in March, 2013

Gallery Visits - and Plein Air Painting- on schedule for the rest of October!

I will be on the road traveling and visiting  galleries that have expressed that they are interested in representing me between now and when we have Artist Becky Joy here teaching the first week of November. Becky is a wonderful teacher and friend. 
There are a couple spots left, so if someone wants in please let us know at Dot Courson Workshops

Thanks for reading!

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Making and Recycling Art Panels

Art supplies are expensive: oil paints, brushes, canvas and  frames. I look for ways to keep the quality up, and expenses down in order to be able to afford the very best products. I also want to paint like I am rich - uninhibited! - and feel it is better to paint with abandon than to paint uptight and worried about the cost of supplies.

Recycling your bad paintings:

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” - Vincent van Gogh

Sometimes paintings fail. Recycling panels is easy. I destroy bad paintings by covering them up in order to re-use or "recycle" the canvas. Every painting simply does not work out... and sometimes I wipe the paint off immediately (recommended) and just start over. At other times I set them aside and later decide that the painting is not making me feel good or is not something that I want to keep or offer for sale.

 “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” - Vincent van  Gogh

Some artist friends of mine choose to have a ritual burning of their "bad" paintings, and I guess that is good for the psyche too. It feels good to "clean out the studio" and not have a lot of bad paintings around to remind you of past failures. Seems all artists have them, no matter the level of the artist!

Today I am recycling my canvases using Gamblin Ground. These are what is left of about 25 "bad" paintings that I did that were completely dried,  Today Jackie and I sanded them down slightly and I covered them up with white ground in order to re-use the canvas panel.

Step 1- Sanding.
Step 2 Covering with Gamblin Ground.
Step 3 Covering the paintings that will never see the light of day again! Whew! That feels good! 

Step 4. Lay the new white panels out to dry.


Step 5 - A blank canvas again!(Note: Sometimes it is rough, but that is okay with some paintings!)

 Making Linen Panels

Now for how to make some panels from scratch...
Some of my panels are bought already made just for the convenience.  I love Ray Mar, Source Tek and other brands of quality linen pre-made products but I don't always buy them because Jackie makes most of mine for me in his shop. It saves a lot of money.
To make our own panels we buy Claessens Belgium Linen #66 single primed that is great for landscape paintings. It is in 82 inch rolls from Jerry's Artorama.

The cost: An 82" long roll has 6 yards on it, which converts to over 117 sq ft. and it costs around $300 so that means a 12x12 section costs about $3.00 each. But of course we make  various sized panels that he cuts and uses Miracle Muck to adhere them to 1/4" tempered  hardboard- smooth or sealed on both sides for small panels. It is sometimes referred to as Masonite. Miracle Muck is about $14 a liter. A 4'x8' sheet only costs about $14!  So a  homemade 12x12 linen on panel costs around $3.50!

How we make new linen panels:
Cover in Miracle Muck and smooth out with a sponge brush:

Covered completely in Miricle Muck and ready for the linen:

Linen is cut approx 1/4- 1/2 inch larger than each side of the panel. Shown is a 9x12 panel and the linen was cut larger to allow for shrinkage. The linen is placed with the white side (paint surface) down and raw linen up: Then roll on the back of the hardboard....
and then roll the front -linen side up- to remove air bubbles and smooth the surface.
 Then the wet panels are weighted down while they dry

Once they are dry they are trimmed from the back side with a Fisker round roller blade on a mat.

That's it! New canvases!

Thanks and please feel free to ask questions or offer your own ideas in the comments section below! 
Happy fearless painting, everybody!