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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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.

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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:

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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.

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