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About danemerry.org

Welcome to DaneArt! I’m Dana Richards. I live and paint watercolors in the countryside near Stevenson’s Bridge in Solano County, California. Views of Mount Diablo, walnut orchards and farm scenes constantly inspire me. The birds, insects and animals along nearby Putah Creek and in my backyard pond provide additional sources of inspiration. Over the past year, I have been experimenting with Plein Aire painting with a group of other enthusiasts. My work has been shown locally at the Davis Art Center, the Pence Gallery and in other locations around Sacramento and Woodland. I can be reached at danemrichards@gmail.com.

Dotti’s Carmel River Beach Rocks

Thanks to all of you for sharing this retrospective of the paintings of Dotti Rix McPherson. I have enjoyed posting more than 60 of her works over the past two years. Each painting brought back wonderful memories of my Mother’s … Continue reading

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Dotti’s Carmel River Beach Surf

There are only a few more paintings by my Mother, Dotti Rix McPherson that I have to share with you. I saved the best for last! This view is from the north end of the Carmel River Beach looking across … Continue reading

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Dotti’s Monterey Peninsula

If you walk down to the southern end of the Carmel Beach at the foot of Ocean Avenue and climb out on the rocks, this is the view you see. Pebble Beach is in the distance with its famous Pebble … Continue reading

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Dotti’s “Pants”

Time for another one of Mom’s paintings on the whimsical side. This painting is 21″ x 28″ which presents a commanding sight on view in a home, gallery or restaurant setting. Mom had it in several art shows in Davis … Continue reading

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Don & Woody

I don’t know why I don’t spend more time sketching portraits. I enjoy the process and marvel at the way the slightest tilt of eyebrow or corner of the mouth can thoroughly change the expression and character of a subject. … Continue reading

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Dotti’s Arch Rock

This painting is another one of Dotti’s acrylics on canvas done in a watercolor style. It’s a family favorite with something for everyone! I love the sparks of color in the wet sand and the flock of birds the casual … Continue reading

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Dotti’s “The Wave”

I had Mom’s painting of The Wave hanging in the front hallway for many years. I love its subdued palette that reminds me of foggy days at the beach. I also love the subtle color changes in the wet sand … Continue reading

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Dotti’s American Oystercatchers

I chose one of Mom’s more whimsical acrylic paintings to post today. Our world will officially contain President Trump as of tomorrow so I thought we might need some cheering up! For those of you who may be Trump fans, … Continue reading

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Dotti”s Point Lobos

This is Mom’s favorite view looking out toward Point Lobos across the rocks from the south end of the Carmel River Beach. Mom used to sit for hours gazing at this view as it constantly changed with the weather and … Continue reading

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2017: Focus on Travel Sketching

I’m getting more serious about travel sketching this year, having enjoyed it immensely during our past 2 sojourns to Italy in 2014 & 2016. To that end, I’m taking Liz Steel’s online course called “SketchingNow Foundations”. You can check out … Continue reading

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