Don & Woody

Don & Woody
5″ x 7″ watercolor sketch

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. Recently, I was so enchanted by a photograph of my friend Don and his cat Woody relaxing together on their couch that I decided to give it a go. I am pleased with the way the portrait turned out – especially since I was dealing with some tricky foreshortening! O.K. People who know Don – do you recognize him? ;}


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
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