The Art of Sherry Dole

I am a painter of Fantasy and I'm all about making the world a better place for every one of us on this fragile planet.
I create images of cats and butterflies, dogs and birds, alligators and raccoons as well as possums, turtles, bears, tigers , lions and any other critter you know -maybe even some you haven't yet met!

My original paintings are created in acrylics or watercolors and ink. They are sent to a printing company that photographs or scans them, then reproduces them in Giclee images on heavy archival paper or canvas.Intricate details and strong color saturation are hallmarks of my work and one painting may take several months to complete. All my life, I have been fascinated with Costume and Fashion history.Prior to becoming a professional Visual Artist, I spent years as a designer fashion buyer for large department stores. When I'd had enough of the corporate life I decided to combine my lifelong love of animals with fashion and theater, stir them all together and VOILA! You have The Art of Sherry Dole.
I always donate a percentage of my sales or my art to animal rescue or welfare groups.

Welcome Yall!

Thanks so very much for dropping by today! I really appreciate your spending a little time with me here in my world of Faery Tales and Whimsicality. Please fix yourself a cup of tea or a glass of sweet tea like we love here in the Deep Southern USA and just sit a spell. I have been looking forward to meeting you! If you are one of my precious friends already, I am so pleased to see you!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays!

          I truly hope each and every one of you spectacular people will have a great Holiday season! Big news about this image! We have created a new mini size of this very popular image that sells for $20. Just click on the link to see it  http://www.etsy.com/listing/61582926/ 

Friday, November 5, 2010

You Gotta Have Friends

      Creating art is a wonderful thing, it is my life and my passion. Yet, life as an artist can be more than a little isolating. Sometimes, I will not put down my paintbrush or sculpting tools until my hand is so cramped I cannot make it do one more thing. I always lose myself in my latest project and become totally oblivious to everything around me and I love it!   I have learned, though, especially in the 2 years I have had internet access, there is a huge world of wonderful people out there and their impact on me has been enormous. I have met so many generous, witty,and creative folks through Facebook and Twitter. When I started selling my work on the Etsy.com site, I had no idea that I would meet a community of incredible people in addition to the fabulously brilliant darlings who buy my artwork. On Etsy, you can join groups who have various commonalities & they offer valuable support. One group I am fortunate to be a member of is the Visual Artist Street Team on Etsy or VAST. It consists of extraordinarily talented 2D artists at many skill levels who sell their paintings & prints on Etsy.  Recently, someone contacted me about buying one of my original paintings, but the request seemed fishy. I sent the information out to the group via email asking what they thought about  it.  Within minutes I had a response from various members, several offered great suggestions as to questions I should ask to determine the authenticity of the sale as well as telling me about similar experiences they had in the past. Thanks to their help, I determined that it was a scammer & I was saved from a big hassle!               My point in this post is to let Yall know...sometimes you just have to put down your work, get online and make some friends! They will make your life so much better!                                                              With many, many thanks to all of Yall gorgeous people out there who are my friends and you know who you are! I love and value each of you! I am so very blessed in having you in my life! XOXOYou can find this image on Etsy.com

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Evolution of a Painting

http://www.zazzle.com/sherrydole
      Last year, a doting grandmother had a new grandchild on the way (her sixth) and she wanted to celebrate his birth in a special way. We discussed several ideas, then I came up with the idea of a baby in a bassinet being welcomed by the animals. She loved the painting and it has yet to make its way from her home to the home of her new grandson. I was happy with the image as well, so I put it on http://www.zazzle.com/sherrydole*              Before long, I had an inquiry from a friend of soon-to-be-parents who are advocates of the world's rain forests. She requested a similar painting for their new baby. So I painted the baby in the bassinet being welcomed by animals of the rain forests. Again, I placed the image on cards & mugs, etc. on zazzle.com                                Soon, I received a request from another darling grandmother-to-be who wanted a similar painting, but with the forest animals of the South welcoming the baby. To make it even more of a challenge, she requested a red pick up truck to be in the painting as well. Though this painting seemed to take forever because of the multiple elements in the composition, I finally finished it and she was thrilled! I have placed this image on zazzle.com and am anxiously awaiting any other requests. I have no idea of what I can possibly do to top this last one, but I guess we will have to wait and see...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Making Choices


     A blank canvas or a blank piece of watercolor paper can be really intimidating. I usually have an idea of what I want to paint before I even have the blank whatever in front of me. Yet, even when I can visualize the completed painting, I have to make countless choices from beginning to end. For instance, suppose I want to paint a gluttonous gator. Do I want him to be enjoying a feast of pancakes or will it be waffles?  What would a gluttonous gator be wearing while enjoying his feast of waffles or pancakes?  All of these questions will be  answered in a soon-to-be-finished painting.   As far as choices already made...when I decided to paint some dancing cats, my first choice was how many? Then what would they be wearing-I had to create costumes to indicate movement. Then how were they dancing-in what positions? I had to think about color and texture and how each cat related to the other.                                                                                                                      We all have tons of choices to make in our lives everyday. In my paintings, I take responsibility for the choices I made in my painting when I apply my signature.                                                                                                        Sometimes it seems almost impossible to make the "right" choice. The one thing I have learned, at this point in my life, is that it is hard to go wrong when you choose...JOY!    thttp://www.etsy.com/listing/23452705/

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Spreading the Joy

     The inspiration for today's blog came from a lovely note I received. It was from a collector who had written to let me know he had received the print he had ordered. At the end of his email, he said
"Thanks for spreading the joy." His remark just took my breath away! How lucky am I to have wonderful folks who actually get what I am trying to do? I feel so blessed to be able to create images & sculptures that make people smile. I feel even more blessed when I get to hear about it! His note inspired me so much, I have been working on new ideas in a wild and frenzied fury since I read it! I had to take a little break to distract myself enough to post this blog. As a matter of fact, I am going to paint myself a little sign with "Spreading the Joy" on it to remind me and to keep me focused on my mission.http://www.etsy.com/listing/38154932/

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Creativity Rules!

          While I have always considered myself to be a creative person, I really had no idea how creative I could really be if I tried. When I picked up my pencils and brushes again, after many years of just keeping them around, I was thrilled when I painted a mouse that looked like a mouse or a cat who looked vaguely familiar. I had a few ideas I thought might be fun and I kept drawing, each time I began a new project I challenged myself more & more. I realized early on that I needed to learn to look at things in new ways in order to follow my plan of getting people to see animals and nature as important being. So I worked at opening my mind to the endless possibilities of critters in clothes and critters not in clothes and wild, enchanted gardens. I even created my own wild, enchanted garden which is an endless source of inspiration.                                                                        For me, working constantly to keep an open mind, to not place judgments on other people, to be positive about my life and others all adds up to keeping my levels of creativity churning on all cylinders. The minute I let myself feel discouraged, I have no clues about what to create next or even how to finish the projects I have started.                                                                It is also mega-important for me to surround myself with positive people. These are people who love life and who love what they do.                                                   As a working artist who must be creative almost all of the time, negativity and nay-sayers are luxuries I simply cannot afford.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Art Heals

       Years ago, I was a fashion buyer for large department stores suffering a severe case of corporate burn-out. My sister, Jackie, was the first woman police officer in our hometown after she graduated  from the University of Southern Mississippi. Together, we created a plan for me to move back and I would open a store. It was to be in an old building downtown and it was showing its age. Not having the money to make extensive repairs, I decided to paint it bright peach with cerulean blue accents. My plan was to make it so bright & happy no one would notice the defects. Merchandise consisted of all of the fun stuff like gourmet coffees & foods, luxury bath products, stuffed animals, pottery, original art, cards, books and lots more. A large portion of the inventory was devoted to cookware, gadgets and cookbooks because Jackie was a super cook & loved it so.                            From the day it opened, Sherrys StuffnSuch was a huge success! Every month we had art shows, book signings and fabulous parties like the Mad Hatters Tea Party. We expanded the kitchen department. We had incredibly talented employees who could do anything from making $1000 sales to sweeping floors to entertaining at our Gala events.                                                                           The fun went on for several years. There seemed to be no limit to the exciting things happening there. Jackie loved it because she called it her therapy. It gave her something joyous to focus on when she was not involved in her police work. By this time she had become a detective dealing specifically in sex crimes & child abuse. She never complained, but she told me there were no happy endings for the victims. She co-founded the rape crisis hotline & worked extra jobs to earn money to provide Christmases for families she met in her work.       Then one year at our Christmas family dinner, she announced to our parents that she was leaving the police department and going to Law school. She had already made top grades in the LSAT and had enrolled in Mississippi College school of law.               I was so happy for her. She knew she could accomplish so much more to help people with a law degree.                                                                                                         She made her big announcement on Christmas Day. On New Years Eve she was murdered by a man  who snatched a patrol officers gun when they went to serve a warrant on him.                                                   At that moment my entire world was shattered to pieces. I lost not only my sister, but the closest friend I ever had and my confident. Her death was so public and the city grieved for her loss.                                            Ultimately, Sherrys Stuffnsuch was no longer a happy place, but it served as a reminder to everyone of their grief.  So no one shopped there anymore,at all, no one.                                                                                                                                                           In March, my dad was diagnosed with breast cancer & within two years he was gone in January.  By May, I had to close the doors of the store forever.                                                                                                   I had no idea of what to do for work. I had been out of the fashion markets too long to go back. I had been  reading everything I could find at the library about grief. One book suggested remembering something that was an escape as a child. For me it was always art, but art was not a REAL job so I never considered it as a career. But I began painting again. I discovered the world of artdolls & started creating them. Through library books I taught myself to paint and to sculpt. I lost myself in the process of creating a new life, a new me. I have sacrificed much, but I am happier now than ever before in my life. I am a different person and I love who I am a lot!                                                                                                                                               I really hesitated to write this blog because I did not want you, Dear Reader, to feel sorry for me. I had to go through the process to become who I am today, so it is all okay. But, I remember, when I was so devastated & grabbing for any fragment to help me survive, it helped enormously to find a survivors story. So that is why I wrote this even though it has been excruciatingly difficult. If my story helps just one person know that they can not only survive hard times, they can actually prosper, then this writing exercise was totally worth it!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

There is Joy in Hard Work!

In case you have not heard, there is a major disaster going on in the Gulf of Mexico with a hideous oil spill happening as we speak. The Gulf has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember & it has been a great source of inspiration for me in my artwork. I live in the Piney Woods part of Southern Mississippi, about 60 miles north of the beach. My family has always had a home on the bayous, so almost every weekend we were there or on the beach itself. Katrina was horrendous, no question, but this monster of an oil spill is destroying so much more! OK enough of this, the whole point in writing this entry is about not letting ourselves get all mired down in the gunk. I am amazed at the wonderful artists and other folks I have met on line who are working through this by donating portions of their sales to help the wildlife rescuers & the ones who are helping to keep us aware of what is going on. I created a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/GulfCoastArtists and a twitter page http://www.twitter.com/GulfCoastArts so the artists can link on & people can write encouraging words to them. I personally have spent the last two months while this thing is happening to get seriously lost in my artwork. I truly love what I do and as long as I am creating something new I manage to keep a smile on my face. I must admit that a lot of the joy I get out of my paintings is the fabulous feedback I get from Yall! It means so much to know that something I created will bring a smile to someone who otherwise might not have been having such a great day themself. I love my detailed, complicated paintings because they present me with a long list of technical problems. For instance, where am I gonna find a gator in a long blue dress along with her handsome boyfriend to model for me? or, for that matter, it took me forever to convince those two frogs to sit in that little boat one stormy night! Anyway, you get my drift, so to speak. Just know...I am the happiest I have ever been in my whole life, creating these paintings for YOU!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Trying New Ideas




For years, I have created 3 dimensional figures with Sculpey clay head, hands & feet on a wire armature. They are always dressed in elaborate costumes composed of antique & vintage fabrics and trims. They take forever to complete and packing them for shipping takes days. I love to sculpt as well as paint, so I've been playing with my clay and came up with the first of these little characters. I'm not sure where I'll go with them, possibly post them on http://www.SherryDoleArt.etsy.com They are only about 4" tall so shipping should be much simpler. I've really enjoyed creating them: first sculpting, curing, then hand painting. This could be interesting.....

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mardi Gras


As long as I've been creating art professionally, people have associated my paintings and artdolls with Mardi Gras. I grew up in the Deep South, so I have been to Mardi Gras events all my life. Mobile, Alabama has a wonderful Mardi Gras season and so does the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Of course, New Orleans Mardi Gras is the most famous and the one I've been to the most so far. I recommend all of them! I love the costumes, the fun, and the revelry. Everywhere you look people are smiling and having a great time! So it's true, my work is definitely influenced by Mardi Gras-one of my favorite times of the year!