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Dorothy Fagan
Attends East Carolina University
Lives in Virginia
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Beyond the basics, some creature comforts are essential for painting well en plein air. I’ve used a lot of different equipment and media outdoors since the mid 1980s. This is the first of my Plein Air Creature Comforts List for Painting Well Outdoors 1 ~…
A comfortable artist paints comfortably ~ and well. Beyond the basics, some creature comforts are essential for painting well en plein air. 2 at the top of my list
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I grew up sailing a little red sailboat on a lake in New Jersey. Each season we drained its leaky hull and patched the fiberglass. Not even a cockpit, our Sailfish was more like a surfboard than sailboat.  Thinking back on it, my heart fills with feelings…
I grew up sailing a little red sailboat on a lake in New Jersey. Discovering Joy's Garden in everyday life ~ uplifting, joyful, replenishing.
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Painting in Italy for two months, I’d wished to absorb the Tuscan lifestyle. I wondered what it would look like if it could seep into my paintings? I think it’s finally beginning to show itself! I painted these two small plein air paintings in my backyard…
Continuing my Backyard Garden Series, Mathews village landmarks Richardson's & Sibley's create joyful paintings. Festive gardens bloom with brilliant color.
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I really love this painting because it captures how I felt being in Venice for three magical days. The light is amazing. We arrived late in the afternoon. Stepping out of the train station onto the Grand Canal, the sun was already back-lighting people…
Backyard gardens spill petals into the canal. Sunset light hits the rooftop garden, and a single boat waits. Vote for a title for this magical painting.
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This week’s Heart Painting is inspired by my residency in Tuscany. Notice how the structures, both the buildings and cypress trees, are huddled together as a unit. In my initial painting of this subject they were spread out, disconnected. Now they are the…
Painting heart colors helps me keep myself in balance. Though the world may seem torrential around me, Learn more about using your heart colors
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Last week’s winner of High Tide was Maria Teresa Neil of North Bend, Oregon! Since this site was down most of the week for the installation of a firewall, I moved the giveaway to my Facebook page. I selected Maria because she won my heart with her comment…
This week's prize painting is Butterfly Garden III. A pastel, this painting is inspired by my studio garden by the pond. To win, subscribe & share & comment
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By the water’s edge soft dawn ripping awake footsteps in the sand
Sunrise painting & original haiku ~ By the water's edges | soft dawn ripping awake | footsteps in the sand
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Right in my own backyard has double meaning in this series. Yes I have a pond outside my studio windows. Yet there is so much more here. And my pond doesn't look like this!

Right in my own backyard has double meaning in this series. Yes I have a pond outside my studio windows. Yet there is so much more here. And my pond doesn’t look like this! Painting Right in My Own Backyard In this story ‘my own backyard’ is inside me. I…
True inspirational life story by artist Dorothy Fagan. Right in my own backyard has double meaning. A pond outside my studio yet there is so much more.
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What do YOU see in this painting? The more I look, the more I see. Do you see a painting? Or do you see a dream? LIKE if you see a painting. SHARE if you see a dream. Eight months after being in Venice, I looked back at my photos and saw them ALL…
After being in Venice, I looked back saw ALL my paintings as backyard gardens. The Tuscan lifestyle permeated it's way into paint. A Dream or a Painting?
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Mone't Garden at Giverny gave me an idea I'd been pondering about painting a series of cottage gardens.

What grows in my garden is never quite as awe inspiring as what I’d imagined it would be when I planted it. I’ve had this dream of a lush garden like Monet’s Giverny. Really? A staff of gardeners, volunteers/NOT! Gardening and Painting have much in Common…
What grows in my garden is never quite as awe inspiring as what I'd imagined it would be when I planted it. I've had this dream of a lush garden like Monet'
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People have often asked me, “what is your painting style?” For many years I resisted answering. I didn’t want to pigeon hole myself. Whenever someone asked, I could feel myself wiggling inside to get loose of the question, as if it was meant to entrap me!…
An hybrid style, Expressionist Realism marries heart and mind. Contemporary artist Dorothy Fagan explains the roots of her unique style of painting.
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Inspiration for my Spring Summer Colors comes from two paintings in my collection. Do you see the connection to my new oil colors?

Inspiration for my Spring Summer Colors comes from two paintings in my collection.  Do you see the connection to my new oil colors? Spring Summer Color Palette I have opened a new website exclusively for my Dorothy Fagan Collection Canvas Prints & Daily…
Dorothy Fagan Collection ~ help with custom palettes in selecting artwork for your home & office. Swatch palette from the colors in the painting coordinates
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