Sunday at Sunset

April 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

Today’s en plein air experience started with my husband making us dinner. Thank you Elliott. I could smell the ratatouille-like dish for a few hours as it simmered on the stove. I cleaned the studio, primed new canvases, swept floors and sang along loudly to songs way above my natural vocal range. It was a good afternoon.

Along with the ratatouille-like dish, Elliott made yellow split peas and quinoa. I decided such a lovely meal should be eaten outside in the warm New Mexico sun on our back patio. As we enjoyed the meal we listened to the non-stop cooing of doves. I watched two doves above us who sat with their backs to the sun, perhaps watching us. They were there this afternoon and I seem to remember them there during this past week as well. This made me feel they were not likely to re-locate any time soon… maybe this is a favourite spot for them? I got my paint box, worked up a little study and finished just as the sun fell below the horizon and the colours in the yard changed. Good timing!

I had to take some pictures right away, I was that excited about how the painting turned out. It will be going up for auction on dailypaintworks.com today.

Sunday at Sunset, oil on canvas, 6 x 6"

Sunday at Sunset, oil on canvas, 6 x 6″ 

Painting resting on some pots

Painting resting on some pots

Just after the sun disappeared

Just after the sun disappeared

Girls Painting

April 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

This is an en plein air painting I made Sunday afternoon of my two friends’ daughters. We sat them up in the sunny backyard with tubes of acrylic, canvas boards, shells and rocks and then said, “go”. They had a great time. I meant to paint the yard but loved watching them chat and work and decided to make them my subject.

K (on right) worked on her seascapes while N painted a neon pink swordfish. “It was going to be a shark but now it’s a swordfish,” she explained. Painting is like that. Mine was going to be a landscape and became a figurative piece. I mimicked the style of the kids’ paintings with bold, simple blocks of color in my own. A wonderful challenge and a wonderful afternoon!

The painting is up for sale auction-style on the dailypaintworks.com Click to Bid

"Girls Painting", oil on board, 6 x 6"

“Girls Painting”, oil on board, 6 x 6″

Sketchbook Sunday

April 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’ve been incredibly active these past few weeks painting and drawing and posting works for sale on Saatchi’s online gallery as well as on the Daily Paintworks website of which I am a new member.

Speaking of being a new member of an art group… I’ve also joined the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) and have been joining them on outdoor painting excursions in the wilds of the state! It has been exhilarating to meet other painters who love being outdoors and getting to see new places in New Mexico I might not have discovered on my own. Here is the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Website.

And on a random note, today I caught up with a dear friend on Skype and sketched her as we chatted. Isn’t she beautiful?

Have a lovely week y’all! (Am I becoming New Mexican or what?!)

sketch of Jessica

sketch of Jessica

New Works in the Southwest Gallery

March 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

There are new works in the Southwest Gallery of my website. As the weather gets warmer I’m becoming more focussed on en plein air (outdoor) painting and studies. It’s a beautiful place I live in.

Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6", $80

February Desert, Oil on Canvas, 6 x 6″, $90

Shading Adobe, Oil on Canvas Board, 6 x 8", $50

Shading Adobe, Oil on Canvas Board, 6 x 8″, $50

Elephant Butte, watercolor on paper, 5 x 11", $50

Elephant Butte, watercolor on paper, 5 x 11″, $50

First Blossoms, Oil on Canvas Board, 6 x 8", $50

First Blossoms, Oil on Canvas Board, 6 x 8″, $50

Portraits of Portales series now on website

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.

screen shot of Portraits of Portales gallery on website

screen shot of Portraits of Portales gallery on website

screen shot of Portraits of Portales gallery

screen shot of Portraits of Portales gallery

A surprise pet portrait makes a great gift

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.

New Mexico Dogs, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 18"

Willa and Pudu, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 18″

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!

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Pooches

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.

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