November 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

There is no commission I like better than a good purr or pooch face. Here is my work from this past week. Thank you to the client and all who advertise my art – I appreciate you!

For other finished pet portraits and commissions visit my website.


Being Sneaky on Sunday in the Studio

November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

The husband snuck up on me while I was working today and took this picture thus giving me content for a blog post while I wait for permission to show the commissions I completed today.

Sidenote: LOOK!! I haven’t killed my bonzai tree… yet.


A Warm November Sketchbook Sunday

November 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

I enjoyed a long walk this morning and into the afternoon, camera, sketchbook and watercolors on hand. I packed a sweatshirt in case there was cloud cover or I had to sit for an extended period of time in the shade. I often listen to a book on tape while I walk but today I wanted no distractions. I was on an “art date” and mission for inspiration. I focused on shadows and alleys, piles of junk and animals. Sometimes I just look for mobile homes, or trucks or adobe architecture.

Here are two sketches for the “Portraits of Portales” series. I’ve added this series as a “gallery” on my website dodington.us but it will likely take me some time to scan in and upload all the paintings and sketches I have so far, so check back every few months.

November Adobe, watercolor and graphite on paper, 5 x 7"

November Adobe, watercolor and graphite on paper, 5 x 7″

Garage, watercolor and graphite on paper, 5 x 7"

Garage, watercolor and graphite on paper, 5 x 7″

An Enduring Wilderness: Oct 24 – Nov 15

October 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m excited to take part in another show this month, An Enduring Wilderness. Here is the invitation/poster:

enduring wilderness

The Durango Arts Center had this to say about the exhibit:

This is an opportunity for our member artists to create work which illuminates the splendor, the grandeur, the fragility, the vulnerability, the overwhelming magnificence of the natural world, and to explore the relationship between oneself and the real and the mystical landscapes of nature. It is an opportunity to be inspired, to reflect, to thoughtfully respond to one’s environment, one’s personal geography.

As a community it is an opportunity for us to re-awaken and re-address the important issue of the essential necessity of conservation, protection, preservation and stewardship of species and lands. There is the utmost need to have this discussion in order to implement necessary conservation protections, to conserve wilderness and protect the Earth’s biodiversity.

For more information on the exhibit visit the Durango Arts Center Website.

Mount Allison Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition

October 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

This week is the closing of an alumni art exhibition I’m very proud to be a part of. Here is some information from Mount Allison University’s website about the show and what it is celebrating:

On October 3, 2014, Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada celebrated a milestone moment — the official opening of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts.

The Centre is one of the top arts education facilities in the country, providing specialized facilities for teaching, performance, and creative pursuits in Fine Arts and Drama, drawing on Mount Allison’s long and talented history in these areas.

Named in honour of the late Purdy Crawford (’52) — Mount Allison graduate, chancellor emeritus, and prominent Canadian businessman and philanthropist — the Centre will help Mount Allison define the Canadian cultural experience for future generations of talented students.

To celebrate its opening, the centre will be hosting a Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition featuring more than 60 works by 64 years of MtA Fine Arts alumni. Contributors are from the classes of 1950 to 2013.

This piece was graciously loaned from the collection of Thaddeus Holownia for the show:

Self Portrait, 10 x 10", oil on cavas

Self Portrait, 10 x 10″, oil on cavas

Weekend Work…

September 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

My new job has been keeping me very busy but this Labor Day holiday gave me some time in the studio.

I’m going to make an effort to draw this week, whether it’s on my lunch break or just after school. This statement here will hopefully hold me to it despite the fatigue I will undoubtedly feel. Don’t get me wrong, I’m LOVING the job… it’s just that hanging out with ten year olds all day tuckers me out, as I’m sure you can imagine. hee hee. I’m hoping I’ll get more used to this energy demand as time goes on. I’m feeling very inspired from this new change in my life and I know it will show through in my artwork this autumn.

studio set-up today... lots of beverages

on the desk… lots of beverages


cat cartoons

cat cartoons

A little study and a big new job…

August 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

My new studio space has proven to be a wonderful spot for watercolor. Here’s a hint of a study I did last week.

I’m also happy to report my new position as an elementary school librarian and computer teacher which, since school started Aug. 14th, has been a bit hectic. My love of libraries has been life-long, and I’m so excited to get to spend time with all the young people as they develop their interests, skills and character. I’m sure this will influence my art life as well, although my posts here may be even more sparse. You’ve been warned.

Desert plant study, watercolor on paper, 5 x 7"

Desert plant study, watercolor on paper, 5 x 7″


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