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DottieDracos' Shop Announcement

I am a full-time, self-employed artist: a painter and a ceramics artist. I do all my own work and have no employees. You buy directly from me, and I ship your purchases to you from my home studio. If you want a custom piece of work done by me, I work directly with you to create what you want.

********* PAINTINGS AND PRINTS**********

PRINT SHIPPING CHANGE NOTICE: Due to occasional damage of the flat-shipped prints by the post office, I am now shipping all prints rolled (in strong rectangular boxes) rather than flat. If you still wish your print to be shipped flat, contact me and I'll be happy to ship it flat. However, although I pack them very well, I will not be responsible for any damage done by the post office.


HOW THINGS ARE MADE:

MY PAINTINGS: I would call my style a heightened realistic but cheerfully colorful style. I paint mostly animals (dogs, cats, cows, other farm animals) but also other subjects (landscapes, birds, abstracts). I sell original paintings and prints. I paint using either acrylic or oil paints usually on stretched canvases but sometimes on other, less traditional surfaces.

CERAMICS: My Ceramic Pieces (Wild Wild Things): All my work is my own; I have no employees. I imagine and then build everything by hand. After I have built the pieces, I allow them to dry, and then they are fired to nearly 2000 degrees F for the first time (the "bisque fire".) After the first firing, each piece is hand-painted by me, using many layers of underglazes, trailing glazes, and then I give each piece a final coat of clear glaze. Then I have to clean each piece very carefully of any stray clear glaze on the backs. And finally, I fire the pieces again ( the "glaze fire") and carefully, oh so carefully, open the kiln to see if everything went as planned (it most always does!) It's an exciting time, opening the kiln after the final firing. Kind of like opening birthday or holiday gifts! It's a lot of work but a lot of fun, too.

I make animal masks, mostly dogs, cats, and sometimes other animals. I also hand-build whatever strikes my fancy. I even make a few small dishes, often with animals sitting on or in them.

If you're interested in my ceramic pieces, keep checking back because I fire a kilnload almost every week, and there are always new and fun things coming out of it. If you would like me to recreate a broken piece, contact me and I can give you a quote.

PRINTS OF MY PAINTINGS:

Prints: The prints (except ones on canvas, which are done by my local printing company) are printed by me onto archival-quality glossy photo paper (my preferred paper to show off my bright, happy colors), with a white border, at least 1/4" wide, surrounding the image. They are sealed, unmatted and unframed, inside a crystal-clear pouch. I sign the lower right border of each print.

To see my latest artwork, even before it goes up on Etsy, you can check out my blog: http://www.dottiedracos.com

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.