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DottieDracos' Shop Announcement

I am a full-time, self-employed artist, a painter. 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.

********* 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

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

CERAMICS: (Wild Wild Things!) A very few kilnloads of ceramic pieces will be available for the Holiday Season. They'll all be, as usual, unique pieces, but these pieces will also be dated for the 2015 Holiday Season and signed by me on the back.

From time to time, I make ceramic animal masks, mostly dogs, cats, and sometimes other animals. I also hand-build whatever strikes my fancy. I imagine and then build every piece 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.

This shop accepts Etsy Gift Cards.