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SO YOU HAVE BEEN COMMISSIONED TO DO A PAINTING

     How do you go about doing it?  Sometimes it is easy because you have a photo to work from such as I have had for some of my commissions.   Two were of horses, one of which had a rider.  Another commission was of a farmstead in KY where the home no longer exists.  I had seen the property, but had to work mostly from recollections of the person requesting the painting as to what the house looked like and where the house, barn, and outbuildings were located.  That was more difficult.

     Sometimes, the artist is just given colors to work from.  "I want a painting that has black and red in it".  OK, where do we go with that??  This is when it helps to either know the person and theirs likes/ dislikes or you need to ask a lot of questions.  This happened to me and this was the actual request.  Sometimes the person says "Oh just do whatever you want,  I'm sure I will like it!"  That ALW…
DEALING WITH YOUR FEAR OF FAILURE

     You are looking at photos of things you'd like to paint or just thinking about a painting you'd love to create, but you are worried about being able to pull it off.  Saying to yourself,  "I just don't think I can do it",  you set it aside for another time.  Have you ever done that?  Do you ever go back and try it?  Or do you just sigh, knowing you don't have the courage.

     In order to learn new things and get better in your painting, and yes, even build confidence in yourself and your ability as an artist, you MUST try to do that painting!  It may not come out perfect, but just try it.  You may surprise yourself!  I know this from experience.  I have actually sat looking at some photos I took, knowing I wanted to paint that scene.  I really wanted to do it, but didn't think I had the ability.  Having read over and over from instructors how important it is to PUSH yourself BEYON…
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


                                   THESE ARE ALL ORIGINAL PAINTINGS!





















HURRICANE IRMA AND OTHER THINGS

     We survived the hurricane, with no damage to us or our home and we have power!  Of course, we had LOTS of tree debris to clean up, but that's ok. Actually our neighbor's tree came down.  It hit her truck and cracked her windshield, and came over into our yard brushing our AC unit and the house, but caused no damage, thank goodness.  This is all good news considering we have 40-50 large trees around our property.  Interestingly, a couple years ago when we were building, we had a tree company come in and trim/thin the trees.  The owner who is in his 80's knows his stuff!  He said the key was thinning the tops so that air can flow through.  Thus the tree doesn't act like a wall of resistance and can stand up to high winds.  Those thinned trees have now gone through two hurricanes with very little damage!  The debris is all smaller limbs and leaves that blew down.  Across the road however, is a ve…
SEPTEMBER'S FEATURED ARTIST

     On the First Friday of each month in St. Augustine, there is an Art Walk held throughout the city.  Most of the Art galleries participate, including both art associations.  THE ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH ART STUDIO AND GALLERY, (they recently changed their name) is small, but has over 120 members, both professional and amateur artists. Each month someone is the featured artist.  That artist is given three walls to show their work, and it is the first thing one sees when entering the gallery.  The area is very nice, approximately 15ft of wall space, and I have the privilege of being September's featured artist!

    The area set aside for "featured artists" is the first to be seen when entering and consists of three walls, totaling approximately 15 feet. I have 14 paintings in the show and they are all consistent in color if not in content.  They were grouped according to content.  One wall wit…
7 REASONS TO KEEP CREATING ART EVEN IF YOU'RE BAD AT IT

     An artist friend of mine shared a link on Facebook with a similar title, and of course I had to read it.  It gave sound reasons why we keep painting, etc. and I will share them with you.

     It said that "painting, sculpting, dancing, making music, and all other artistic pursuits have benefits that go far beyond pure enjoyment or cultural creation,"  They can "strengthen your brain and improve your mood."

     This is from an article published  in the journal ART THERAPY.  Researchers found that after just 45 minutes of creating art, levels of the hormone cortisol, associated with stress, were reduced regardless of their prior art skills. Now that alone is enough reason for me to continue to paint!  But, wait, there's more!  Haha.. Below are the seven reasons:


" Making art may reduce stress and anxiety."    The article said that Art is intrinsically linked to humani…