Portraits of Portales series now on website

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

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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Closing reception of “Sleeping in the Forest, Waking in the Desert”

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)!

art show reception

Although we didn’t manage to document all the goodies, we couldn’t miss the crazy cupcakes!

art show reception

There were so many great people who attended (and yes, I am poised to devour this cupcake)…

art show reception
art show reception
art show reception
art show reception

…and there was discussion of some alternate hilarious interpretations of the art:

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The guest book filled up…

art show reception

and the art was appreciated by all ages…

art show reception
art show reception

almost as much as the cupcakes! 😉

art show reception

White Mountain Wilderness

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.

Oil painting of white mountain wilderness, new mexico
White Mountain Wilderness, NM, oil on canvas, 24 x 48"