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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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     So I wanted to come up with a new series that I thought would be popular.  I decided they needed to be large and showy, but not too complicated.  Since we live in a tropical area, I came up with the idea of "Looking Up", literally!

     I took some pictures of palm trees from below and began painting them in a simplified form on canvas that is 36 x 48 ( huge!)  I love it!  I only have one done so far, but I know that they will be popular judging from comments I have received on social media.  Of course I have photos below of the first ones for you to see.

     I am not the first person to try this, but mine are different from other artists.  Mine are just a little bit more realistic, yet still fantastic and fun.  Larger than life, so to speak in a painting.  I focused in on the area at the top of the trunk where the palm fronds branch out making the structure very strong and making it easy to see …
I have just been given the opportunity to display my paintings in Jacksonville, Fl at the most upscale Antique Mall/Interior Design Center in North Florida.  Needless to say, I am thrilled!  I was given a wall on the main aisle to showcase my art.  They were particularly interested in large pieces of art and I was happy to comply.  It works well for me as my small pieces are in demand here in St. Augustine since tourists prefer something that will fit into their luggage.  But for art shows larger pieces are in order.  So this new venue is a great way for me to show and sell them after the art shows!

     I forgot my camera when the art was hung, so I will have to return to get the display on film for the blog.  Hopefully next week I can show it to you.

     I painted another large painting the other day.  I got the bug to start painting later in the evening and ended up going to bed at 4 am!  You ever do that?  Probably most artists do that from time to time.  I was on a roll, …