Author Archives: Dodie Mccandless

About Dodie Mccandless

I am an artist through to my heart. Nature inspires me to paint. I have only been blogging my art for a short while but look forward to making this a life long experience. I graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1980 with an Associates degree, and also received a Digital Art Diploma from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2004. I enjoy many forms of art. Oils, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastels and Digital art. I look forward to hearing from you as an art collector or fellow artist. Until then, Love Art and Live!

A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency

Originally posted on The Fifth Column: America – He’s Your President for Goodness Sake! By William Thomas There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the…

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Another kind of pet portrait

Many ask for portraits of their loved pets who have passed on. This drawing done with pencil was for my brother in memory of his dog Shadow. When we loose a pet it is so nice to have a special … Continue reading

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Pet portraits on Commission

As an artist we share our abilities with those who would like portraits of loved pets. I enjoy the opportunity to spend time with these animals though at times it may only be through a photo. I feel a connection … Continue reading

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Pull a Rabbit out of my hat

Ever find yourself needing a gift for that special occasion and not have the funds or the time to shop properly. That’s where I was when I painted this lighthouse. My sister was getting married that day and I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Not a painting in a day

I first started this painting by setting the cantaloupe beside my beautiful tulips, freshly picked from my garden. Proud that something I planted actually grew and wanting to paint the way the light hit both so beautifully. But as always … Continue reading

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A shot at Still Life

I have avoided still life painting over the years. Not really sure of the reason. Guess there were always so many real life things that I wanted to paint. I have to admit though that this was quite enjoyable, My … Continue reading

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Digging through old photos

I had every intention of creating a new painting today. I even have the photo reference for what I want to paint, with permission from the photographer. Instead I cleaned my house, which was much needed. The reason it is … Continue reading

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Limited pallet

I love watercolor, but some days it just seems to get the best of me. In my drive to post daily I am attempting new techniques, always hoping to advance my abilities. After watching a few tutorials on youtube I … Continue reading

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Awesome Art Fast

I enjoy taking the time to just draw/paint, create that hopeful masterpiece. Releasing my inhibitions allowing the artist within to flow freely. This painting was created at a time when things were hectic, children young and always needing something. But … Continue reading

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The Follow Through

The day after and here is my second post as promised. This painting was so much fun in the creating. Sitting in an open field with the trucks and people passing by. Inquisitive as to my reason for sitting there … Continue reading

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