DottieDracos

Paintings and Ceramic Art by Dottie Dracos

Washington, United States · 4680 Sales

DottieDracos

Paintings and Ceramic Art by Dottie Dracos

Washington, United States 4680 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   Art is what I do! 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.

MY INSPIRATIONS: I love animals, first of all, and like to honor them in my work: their beauty, their loveliness, their silliness, their specialness. . . I incorporate animal images in both my paintings and my ceramic arts as well. I also love nature in all its glory and variety, and I also try to interpret what I see of nature in my artwork. I live on a small farm in Washington State, where we have many different kinds of animals surrounding us. We have horses, chickens, alpacas, goats, sheep, and, of course, dogs and cats -- and one Guinea pig! So I am surrounded by all my inspirations on a daily basis. Oh, and there are cows in the fields adjoining our property, so I have many, many subjects just waiting to be immortalized in either paint or ceramic. Hope you enjoy my work as much as I love making it.

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CERAMICS: (Wild Wild Things!) I hand-build my ceramic animal masks, mostly dogs, cats, farm animals, and other animals. I also build or throw whatever strikes my fancy, too. Plus, check out my new line of modern, "artful," tableware.

HOW THEY ARE MADE: I imagine and then build every piece by hand. After I have built or thrown 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.

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

HOW THEY ARE MADE:

ORIGINAL 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 paint using either acrylic or oil paints (sometimes both in a single painting) usually on stretched canvases but sometimes on other, less traditional surfaces.

PRINTS OF MY PAINTINGS: I personally print my prints on very high quality luster/lustre photo paper, which is water resistant, fade resistant, non-glaring, and shows off the saturated colors of my paintings to their very best. The prints are sealed, unmatted and unframed, inside a crystal-clear pouch. I sign the back 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

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Last updated on Jun 5, 2016

Art is what I do! 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.

MY INSPIRATIONS: I love animals, first of all, and like to honor them in my work: their beauty, their loveliness, their silliness, their specialness. . . I incorporate animal images in both my paintings and my ceramic arts as well. I also love nature in all its glory and variety, and I also try to interpret what I see of nature in my artwork. I live on a small farm in Washington State, where we have many different kinds of animals surrounding us. We have horses, chickens, alpacas, goats, sheep, and, of course, dogs and cats -- and one Guinea pig! So I am surrounded by all my inspirations on a daily basis. Oh, and there are cows in the fields adjoining our property, so I have many, many subjects just waiting to be immortalized in either paint or ceramic. Hope you enjoy my work as much as I love making it.

***********************CERAMICS*********************

CERAMICS: (Wild Wild Things!) I hand-build my ceramic animal masks, mostly dogs, cats, farm animals, and other animals. I also build or throw whatever strikes my fancy, too. Plus, check out my new line of modern, "artful," tableware.

HOW THEY ARE MADE: I imagine and then build every piece by hand. After I have built or thrown 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.

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

HOW THEY ARE MADE:

ORIGINAL 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 paint using either acrylic or oil paints (sometimes both in a single painting) usually on stretched canvases but sometimes on other, less traditional surfaces.

PRINTS OF MY PAINTINGS: I personally print my prints on very high quality luster/lustre photo paper, which is water resistant, fade resistant, non-glaring, and shows off the saturated colors of my paintings to their very best. The prints are sealed, unmatted and unframed, inside a crystal-clear pouch. I sign the back 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

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A really full kiln load of some of my usual dog masks and some really large full-body animal sculptures that I just finished building. They'll be completed in about two more weeks.
This is a full-body dog sculpture I'm working on now. It should be finished and listed on Etsy in a couple of weeks.
This is where it all starts. I'm cutting off a piece of clay to start building a new dog mask.
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Dottie Dracos - Painter and Ceramic Artist

I am first and foremost an artist, a painter and a ceramic artist. I do original paintings and prints and original ceramic animal sculptures and masks.

MY CERAMIC ART (aka "Wild Wild Things"): I've done my fun, mostly decorative, sometimes functional, ceramic artwork for over twenty years now, but they still make me smile every time I complete one. You can always recognize my own artwork first of all by the high quality of my work and secondly by my hand-written signature symbol ".e" on each and every piece.

HOW I MAKE MY CERAMIC PIECES: I design and build everything by hand with raw clay, underglazes, and glazes. After I have built the pieces, I allow them to dry, and then they are fired for the first time in one of my two electric kilns. After firing, each piece is hand-painted by me, using many layers of underglazes, trailing glazes, and then 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 to nearly 2000 degrees F, and carefully, oh so carefully, open the kiln to see if everything went as planned. Most all the time, 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.

I make animal masks, dogs, cats, chickens, cows, other farm animals, and sometimes other animals. I also hand-build whatever strikes my fancy, such as some really fun animal sculptures I'm making currently, such as sitting dog, cat, and chicken sculptures. I also have pet food dishes.

MY PAINTINGS: I would call my style a heightened realistic style. I paint mostly animals but also other subjects, including landscapes and cityscapes. I sell original paintings and prints. I paint usually in oil paints and sometimes acrylic paints, almost always on stretched canvas.

Prints: I create my own prints using two very high quality professional printers. Prints are on, again, professional paper with a luster/lustre finish, which is water resistant, extremely fade resistant, non-glaring, all qualities which best show off the saturated colors I use in almost all my paintings. I seal the prints, unmatted and unframed, inside a crystal-clear pouch, and I sign the back of each print. Because I don't have the room to have an enormous printer in my tiny studio, I no longer have the large 12x16x1.25 and 16x20x1.25 canvas prints on Etsy . If you would like a canvas print, please contact me.

Original Paintings: I paint with artist-quality oil or professional artist-quality acrylic paints on stretched canvas. As I have said above, my style is rather realistic but with heightened, cheerful color.



If you have any questions about any of my work, you can convo me here at Etsy and I'll be happy to answer any question you might have.

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

MY ART PHILOSOPHY: Painting is not only my career -- it is my love, my passion. Every day when I enter my studio, I know that I will learn something new, improve my skills, and create something beautiful where nothing existed before but a blank canvas or a blob of clay. What a great life!

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    I am an artist, and I wear two hats: I create original oil or acrylic paintings, and I sell the paintings and prints of them on Etsy.

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