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!

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!    t

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.