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.
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!
Another fun, rewarding day in the studio. Reward: banana muffin baking session!
It’s been a busy few weeks for me and I’m glad to be back to the blog.
I enjoyed a lovely closing reception at Runnels Gallery on Friday and want to thank everyone who came out to see the art and show their support in general. I really appreciated the feedback and great turnout.
I have some pictures of the evening to share with you!
First, there was the food (That is warmed caramel dip… mmm)!
Although we didn’t manage to document all the goodies, we couldn’t miss the crazy cupcakes!
There were so many great people who attended (and yes, I am poised to devour this cupcake)…
…and there was discussion of some alternate hilarious interpretations of the art:
The guest book filled up…
and the art was appreciated by all ages…
almost as much as the cupcakes! 😉
Finally, the large oil landscape is done (for the most part… I often add touches here and there for a while after completing a painting). It depicts the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico and the view from where I got married in May of this year.