GPAC Art Show and Sale

Yesterday was the opening reception and award ceremony for the Grand Prairie Arts Council Art Show and Sale.  I had two of my drawings in the show.   When I walked into the Uptown Gallery and saw the amazing art on display, I felt completely out of my league.  I was wondering how my work had been juried into the show. There were 54 artists entered  and approximately 120 works of art on display.  The work was divided into 8 categories.  My drawings were in the Drawing category which included pastel, ink, graphite and colored pencil.  My "Engine 2" won 3rd Place!  

"Engine 2" by Dawn Giddings

The GPAC Art Show and Sale will be open until October 15th. Here
is a link to the local news story about the show.



Labor Day Sale

This was a fun spread I did in my sketchbook after a shopping spree with my sister-in-law, Ann, during the Labor Day weekend. 



Grand Prairie Art Show

I am excited to share that I have been accepted into the 2016 Grand Prairie Arts Council Juried Art Show and Sale!  Two of my drawings will be on display!!



We have a new member of the family!  Meet Gus......

He is a rescue puppy, approximately 4 months old.  He is so sweet and seems to understand how uncertain his future was in the shelter. I imagined the older dogs that had been there for some time telling the puppies and the dogs new to the shelter stories after everyone was gone for the night.  : )  I told Wayne we should start a blog for Gus...from his point of view.  The problem with that is that having Gus in the house is like having a toddler who is teething and going through potty training at the same time....not much time to be on the computer right now.  Although....he just got in his crate to take a nap after we played Hide and Go Seek and he spent some time with his chew bone.  He is very well behaved and so eager to please.



Beach Pup

While visiting my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids in North Carolina, we spent an afternoon at the beach.  While we were there, we saw a couple walking their dog.  This little guy immediately got my attention.  When I asked if I could take his picture, he stopped in his tracks and posed for me!  The couple told us he does that all the time.  He obviously likes to have his picture taken!  His photo looked like a great subject to try in my gray paper sketchbook......



Toned Gray

I just bought a new Strathmore Toned Gray sketchbook.  The new paper is great!  I use my Tombow graphite pencils and white charcoal.  I know "white charcoal" is an oxymoron but that is what it is called and it works beautifully.  This is one of my first pages...

I saw this annoyed looking cat at the Perot Museum in Dallas last week with 3 of my grandchildren.