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     I decided to talk to you this week about different techniques of painting.  I will readily admit that I am not familiar with all the different types of painting.  I was very firm in my decision that I wanted to do realistic painting at a very young age.  In fact, my art teacher got very frustrated with me several times because I had no desire to try different types of art such as sculpting, collage, encaustic, so forth and so on.  She just couldn't understand that I had made up my mind what I wanted to do.  I wasn't interested and that was that.  Hurt my grades though!  Oh, well.  I didn't care.  I knew what I wanted to do and I wanted her to teach me that, and that only.   Any of you like that?  Hopefully I'm not the only one.  Interestingly, I still have no interest in those other types of work.  I enjoy seeing them but don't want to DO them.  Of course, there are more types of painting now than there used to be, maybe that has something to do with it.  I don't know.

     I have the book "ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR DUMMIES".  It is actually quite a good book.  It goes into several different techniques and explains them well so you might want to get a copy for yourself.  It is not expensive and is well written as I said.

     I am still busy painting and building up my supply for the next Art Walk.  I think I am about done though.  I will pick up the large painting for the Nature and Wildlife show again this week.  So look for my progress next week on the blog.  In the meantime, here are my latest paintings.  I post these on Instagram and Facebook for advertising of my work, and I get a lot of responses too!

     BTW, three of the paintings I posted last week have already sold!  That was fast!  That's what we all want right?  Enjoy these newest and as always, Thanks for looking!!




"SEAGRASS AND PELICANS"
11 x 14





"SEAGRASS AND GULLS"
8 x 10




'SEAGRASS AND SHORE BIRDS"
5 x 7



'BLUE SURF"
5 x7


"BLUE SURF II"
5 x 7



"CLOUDBURST"
5 x 7

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IT'S HERE!  THE BIG ART SALE!!

 PLEASE LOOK THROUGH ALL OF THESE AND CHOOSE AS MANY AS YOU LIKE!
Sale prices will be in effect until all these paintings are gone!

        I will accept cash..or a credit card.  If local, pick or or delivery has no shipping charge.  Shipping for 11x14  or smaller should be no more than $8-$15 (USPS priority) depending on where you live. Larger paintings will be more.  I recently shipped an 18 x 24 painting and the shipping (UPS ground) charge was very reasonable ($35) REST ASSURED I WILL SEND THE CHEAPEST ( while still safe) WAY POSSIBLE!

   TO PURCHASE:  TEXT - 904-710-6721 = OR EMAIL : dodsondara@gmail.com


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     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!  
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