March 24, 2015 § Leave a comment
January 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
This ongoing body of work, “Portraits of Portales” created entirely in sketchbooks and en-plein-air (outdoors) since early 2014 is finally coming together online. Visit my website dodington.us to see some of the sketches as this series builds. As I’ve mentioned before, the final goal is to publish them in a book. Or publish anything like them in a book. Hire me now.
January 3, 2015 § Leave a comment
Happy New Year everyone!
Here is a recent pet portrait commissioned by a friend for her significant other. She was going to be away over Christmas and arranged the painting commission as a surprise gift.
Willa, the lovely pooch on the left, really does have only one eye – ’tis not a mistake people.
I tried to capture the initial reactions and expressions of the recipient at the “unveiling” in my studio. He was pleased. Surprise paintings make great gifts!
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.
November 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
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.
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:
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.