A Day in Deland


The music festival was filling the air on this perfect fall day in downtown Deland. I did two palette knife plein air paintings...what fun! "Copper Crown" sits atop the Volushia County Court House. "The Mix" is at the corner of Howry and Woodland where this gentleman brought his dogs down for an afternoon stroll. Visit my website for more info. http://www.doditruenow.com/

Mt Dora Art Festival 2010 Poster Painting


Mt. Dora is my hometown. You can imagine how excited I am to be the poster artist. This is not just a painting of a scene. This is a painting from the heart. Standing by the fountain with my boys, Dylan and Ashton, is my mother, Doris. My father, Bob and my sister, Vonnie are sitting on the bench under the arbor watching the boys play. Steve & Judy, my dear neighbors are sitting on the bench in the foreground. My husband, Keith and I are sitting at the table under the umbrella. There's also a story behind the bike, but you can ask me about that in person. Come to the Mt. Dora Art Festival being held Saturday & Sunday February 6th & 7th. Bring a poster by my tent and I will be happy to sign it for you. Hope to see you there!

Paint the Region, The Bartram Trail Oct. 2009

Water Lilly Gold on Jullington Creek(sold)
These 2 palette knife paintings were done from the dock at Alpine Groves on the St. Johns River Saturday at the close of the event and were the last works to be turned in. A beautiful barefoot girl played the violin while we painted in the warm breeze at sunset. (sold)







Cypress Nightfall was also painted from the dock during the quick draw Friday evening. It was completed in 45min. as a storm approached. A rainbow dropped down into the river and began to move toward us as we painted. (sold)





Persimmon Pearls & Wild Oranges were done the first day of the event at Stetson Kennedy's Beluthahatche house on the river. How fortunate to meet this living legend. You could feel the creative energy. (sold)




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Tractor Parking at Alpine Groves








Crimson Comb was painted at Beluthahatche. (sold)








Cracker Cattle was painted at the Bailey Ranch, the Needmore Land & Cattle Company where Sarah Bailey was my gracious host. These colorful cows were first introduced to Florida by the Spanish settlers. They look like calicos, black, white, tan, brown, spotted, and splashed with fabulous curved horns. (sold)
There were over 40 artists who created over 250 paintings. It was an amazing event, the history of old Florida, the fellowship with the locals and artists, and the beautiful land that has been preserved by the North Florida Land Trust.









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Knife paintings
















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5th & Donnelly Stroll


This is an embelleshed giclee to be auctioned at the LSCC fundraiser "Emerald City" in Lady Lakes later in March.

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Morning Lighthouse


Landscape Painting from Life...en Plein Air!

Now offering plein air classes. Please call (352)516-3913 for more information.

Why do I paint?

When people grow up, they often lose touch with their childhood visions of awe & wonder. Painting from life en plein air has given Dodi the opportunity to once again see the world with new eyes. Whether it is a landscape, street scene, still life, or portrait, her hope is to express through paint, the beauty and mystery inherent in all things.

Gallery: The Wet Paint Studio
310 North Baker Streen, Suite 210
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
(352)516-3913

Please visit my website: http://www.doditruenow.com/

Fifth & Donnelly

Fifth & Donnelly
16x20 oil

Alexander Fountain

Alexander Fountain
12x20 acrylic plein air

Lakeside Morning

Lakeside Morning
12x16 acrylic plein air

See Ray, Lake Beauclaire

See Ray, Lake Beauclaire
16x20 acrylic

Waiting Bayside

Waiting Bayside
8x10 oil plein air

Island Path

Island Path
22x30 acrylic

Beach Brothers

Beach Brothers
4x6 acrylic

Moon Bay Balcony, Overcast

Moon Bay Balcony, Overcast
4 x 6 oil on panel

Lake Harris Hideaway

Lake Harris Hideaway
8x10 oil plein air

Pine Path

Pine Path
8 x 10 acrylic on panel

Biography

Growing up on a muck farm in Lake Jem, this 5th generation Florida native developed a deep rooted love & respect for the land early in life. From the time she learned to walk, Dodi has been captivated by the magical & mysterious outdoors. The barefooted child’s fearless steed Prince, a Shetland pony, and faithful companion Puppy, a golden lab, accompanied her on bareback adventures. Together they explored old oak hammocks & wild wetlands, seeking the many creatures that dwell within.

On the walls of her childhood home, hung oil paintings created by her mother before Dodi’s birth. Sharing her mother’s passion, Dodi started expressing her art by drawing in the sugar sand with clumsy little fingers. In kindergarten, her teacher entered a chalk landscape into the Mt. Dora Art Festival and it won a beautiful blue ribbon that was almost as big as she was. After being voted most talented of her high school’s graduating class, Dodi put down her drawing pencil and set off to the University of Florida in pursuit of a successful career.

Years later, nearing the birth of her first son, she scaled back on her busy career and picked up the drawing pencil once again. Her art education comes from studying at Mt. Dora Center for the Arts and Crealde, as well as attending workshops and reading. An exhibiting member of Central Florida Plein Air Artists, she paints in acrylics and oils.

When people grow up, they often lose touch with their childhood visions of awe & wonder. Painting from life en plein air has given Dodi the opportunity to once again see the world with new eyes. Whether it is a landscape, street scene, still life, or portrait, her hope is to express through paint, the beauty and mystery inherent in all things.