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     Well, tomorrow is the big day!  I will take three paintings down to the St. Augustine Art Association for the Nature and Wildlife show!  I am very excited about it and certainly hope to win something!  There are 7-8 prizes being awarded with a total of $5000 in prize money.  The three paintings I am entering are below.  Two of these you have seen and the third I painted this week.  It is a seascape of a boat coming to shore in a storm.
      The judging will take place on Monday, I think,  and I will let you know for sure if I win anything.  The competition is very stiff,  so I'm just not sure.  But one can always hope, right?
      Oh, and I sold another painting!  It is one I don't think I had on the gallery.  It was a fun little painting of roses growing up into the trees.  This is a rose bush that has been around for many years and has actually covered a tree in Elkton, FL.  It is an old heritage rose, sorry I forgot the name, but it is a single white rose.  It only blooms a couple weeks a year, but when it is in bloom, it is spectacular!!  I have posted the picture on the gallery.

"Racing For Home"
by Dara Dodson

"The Last Sanctuary"
by Dara Dodson

'Florida Panther"
by Dara Dodson


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                                   THESE ARE ALL ORIGINAL PAINTINGS!


     It has been a while since I showed the steps I go through to produce a painting.  I am working on a large one right now, so I decided this one would be a good candidate to go through this process again for those of you that are not familiar with it.

     A friend posted a photograph on social media of a scene on the central coast of Florida.  I really liked it, so I asked her permission to paint it and she readily agreed.  This scene is of huge cumulus clouds over the sand dunes.  I knew I wanted to focus on the clouds so I chose a canvas that is 36 x 48 gallery wrap.  I have the photo below.  This is a really nice photo, but the painting will be done in lighter colors I decided.

     I painted the entire canvas a light blue for the sky including the sides.  After it dried, I went back and it was darker than I wanted (acrylics dry darker, remember) so I went back over the top third with a shade lighter…

     Over the past months I have been giving you information and suggestions on how to approach galleries for representation.  Hopefully you have been putting this information to work for you. I had been too busy painting to actually do it myself.  I wanted to have enough work built up (20-25) that I felt was gallery quality before I applied.  Finally, I felt that I was ready and started researching galleries that were in line with my art style.  
     I decided to approach a gallery outside of St. Augustine because galleries here are large and have many national artists.  This makes it more difficult to get representation.  So landing a gallery outside this area first gives me more credibility in the St. Augustine market down the road.  Keep in mind that many artists are represented by multiple galleries!  
     Following my own advice, I researched galleries and the artwork they carry.  I looked at all the artwork on …