Stella’s Art Gallery 5th Annual Oddball Show

October 7, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

I am pleased to announce that my piece entitled Tight Space, has been accepted to the juried 5th Annual Oddball Exhibit at Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby, Ohio.

The figurative multimedia drawing was created from a live online life drawing session with Brazilian performance and life model, Juliano Hollivier.

Juror is Mary Urbas.

The exhibit runs October 8 – November 5, 2021 at Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, Ohio 44094. If you plan to attend, check hours at http://www.stellasartgallery.com.

tight space figurative drawing by janet dodrill

Tight Space, multimedia drawing, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, by Janet Dodrill

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Stella’s Art Gallery 4th Annual Photographer’s Only Exhibit

September 11, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

Stella’s Art Gallery accepted two of my pieces into the 4th Annual Photographer’s Only Exhibit. I received a First Place Award for “Towers in Fog” in the Cityscape category and a Third Place Award for “Deer through Web” in the Portraiture (humans/animals) category.

There were five categories and the exhibit has a variety of beautiful photography by northeast Ohio artists and photographers.

Juror is Laura De’Lassandro.

The exhibit runs September 10 – October 2, 2021 at Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, Ohio 44094. If you plan to attend, check hours at www.stellasartgallery.com.

towers in fog photography by janet dodrill

Towers in Fog, photography, 8×10, by Janet Dodrill

deer through web photography by janet dodrill

Deer through Web, photography, 8×10, by Janet Dodrill

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Make Your Customers Dance by Marc A. Majers, Adds Beat to User Experience

August 29, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

make your customers dance book by marc a majers

Make Your Customers Dance: The Key To User Experience Is Knowing Your Audience, book by Marc A. Majers.

Have you ever been to a party or wedding with a DJ? They can energize a crowd and make the event a memorable experience for all.

Meet experienced DJ emcee turned web strategist, and you have Marc Majers, author of Make Your Customers Dance: The Key To User Experience Is Knowing Your Audience.

In this book all the heavy web strategies are addressed and discussed in detail. And to take it a step further, Marc compares the importance of each phase of building a website to that of setting up an event and getting ready to ‘spin’ some records. It adds a level of understanding and fun to what could be a complicated subject matter. The book tells us how to approach the website as a valuable part of your business, and the reader is drawn in by the comparison and the importance of planning and executing an event, engaging the participant, and creating something that can be taken away.

Because of Marc’s expertise as an information architect and digital strategist, he lists a great deal of content about content! And that is where we are in today’s content-driven web world. Everything that has been discussed in the past twenty or so years in the web industry is covered from a vast wealth of collective information from the tops in the field. Areas which include web visual and interface design, navigation and function, objectives, user centered design (UCD), user experience (UX), research and prototypes, analytics and evaluations, testing methods, and most importantly, how to begin.

If a DJ has the goal of keeping the dance floor packed, then wouldn’t it seem logical for a business owner to keep traffic coming to their site, engaging them when there, so they leave having had a good experience?

As a practicing web designer myself, I have known Marc for many years, and have seen him present complex topics to other web professionals, always coming well-prepared and delivering with knowledge and enthusiasm. He has always made what the experts in the field are saying available to his listeners. And I’ve have seen some of his well-structured websites in use. I was aware of his DJ-ing, but have not, until now, seen him combine his knowledge of web development with a light-hearted ‘twist’ on concept and approach.

Marc stresses the importance of knowing your audience, like the professional disc jockey is hired to manage a special event and must ‘tune in’ to the guests to give them what they are looking for in music to make them want to dance all night! With proper steps in building your web site you can satisfy your customers when they reach your web page and perhaps sell more than your competition, with potential of repeat business.

See what others see in your site and take it to the next level, with this recommended must-have publication.

Majers is also author of Don’t Fear The Forward, a hands-on guide to building a successful website for those who may be having trouble getting started, with smart ways to get organized and move ahead.


Make Your Customers Dance: The Key To User Experience Is Knowing Your Audience is available on Amazon, a valuable resource for anyone involved in planning, building, or maintaining a web site.


recommended reading five stars

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Stella’s Art Gallery 4th Annual Art Inspired by Northeast Ohio Exhibit

August 12, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

I have had two artworks accepted into the juried 4th Annual Art Inspired by Northeast Ohio Show at Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby, OH. The opening is Friday, August 13, 2021, 7-9pm, and awards announced at 8:30pm. The exhibit runs through Saturday, September 4. See the website for hours https://www.stellasartgallery.com.

My pieces are ‘Lock 29 Bridge’ oil on canvas, and ‘Squire’s Castle’ ink drawing, both done on location in area parks.

I hope you can see the show!

lock 29 bridge by janet dodrill

Lock 29 Bridge, oil on canvas, 16×20, 2020, by Janet Dodrill

 

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Squire’s Castle, ink on paper, 11×14, 2019, by Janet Dodrill

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Repair of a Broken Pottery Owl

July 19, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

I repaired a broken pottery owl figure for a friend.

1) Glued large broken pottery pieces (I used Elmer’s brand).

2) Built-up gap with self-drying clay (I used Crayola brand).

3) Repaired cracks in self-drying clay with glue.

4) Filled hairline cracks with glue.

5) Painted with acrylics.

6) Kept company with the pottery while on my kitchen table over a couple weeks and named her Hoot (full name, Giva Hoot).

7) Gave to friend and made them happy.

That’s my pottery repair!

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broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair


Repair of a Broken Pottery Vase

June 29, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

I repaired a broken pottery vase for a friend.

1) Glued large broken pottery pieces (I used Elmer’s brand).

2) Built-up gap with self-drying clay (I used Crayola brand).

3) Repaired cracks in self-drying clay with water and additional self-drying clay.

4) Filled hairline cracks with glue.

5) Painted with acrylics, adding texture with toothbrush paint spatter.

6) Clear coated top rim to match existing sheen (I used Liquitex brand satin medium).

7) Kept company with the pottery while on my kitchen table over several weeks and named him Tippy.

8) Gave to friend and made them happy.

That’s my pottery repair!

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broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair

broken pottery repair


Call of the Wild Juried Art Exhibit, 2021

May 29, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

My art piece, Elephants, was accepted into the juried art exhibit, Call of the Wild, displayed virtually at San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center Sfvacc.org/call-of-the-wild offered through SCORE (Southern California Open Regional Exhibitions).

The online exhibit was juried by Carla, Laureen Bollinger, watercolor artist.

Flora and fauna in nature was the theme of the exhibit, and it can be viewed beyond the show dates, May 1 – May 31, 2021, at (Gallery 1) Sfvacc.org/call-of-the-wild and (Gallery 2) Sfvacc.org/call-of-the-wild#gallery2. The awards reception video is also available at Sfvacc.org/call-of-the-wild#video.

elephants watercolor and ink by janet dodrill

Elephants, watercolor and ink, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 2021, by Janet Dodrill.

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Portraits of Frontline Covid-19 Healthcare Workers, Doctors and Nurses

March 25, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

About three years ago I joined a Friday night portrait sketch group, The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists. The website is at www.literarycafeartists.com and the weekly model sessions can be found at the blog link. The group (formerly known as The Pretentious Tremont Artists of the Literary Cafe) was founded in 2005 by Tim Herron and Brian Pierce, who wanted to practice portrait drawing and drew bar patrons late every Friday night at the Literary Cafe in Tremont, Ohio. Over that past 15 years the group has grown. It is unique that it pays the model for their time with the finished portraits! Though the original meeting location has changed, the group has still been open to all for both drawing and public viewing while the artists work. 

Since March 2020, because of the Covid-19 pandemic and stay at home orders, the group was able to move to an online streaming platform, thanks to the help of seasoned arts interviewer, Roger Miller, of Tues@7 on Facebook and YouTube, managing production for the first 12 weeks. This has enabled even a broader reach of artists to join in the weekly drawing session, beyond the Cleveland area. Artists then send in their portraits to give the model.

Around April of 2020, Tim Herron was interested in drawing portraits of doctors and nurses as a thank you for their service on the frontlines of battling the Coronavirus. Several artists around the world were making the news at the time involved in similar projects. Through his network of models, artists, and friends and their connections, he started receiving photographs and selfies of healthcare workers from different locations and hospital systems, including MetroHealth Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. He opened up the project for any artists in his Friday group that wanted to participate.

roxana pozderca respiratory therapist at metrohealth by artist janet dodrill 2021
Roxana Pozderca, Respiratory Therapist, MetroHealth Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, by Janet Dodrill.

So far (as of March 23, 2021), 18 artists have participated in this “Doctors and Nurses in Covid 19 Times” project, creating 155 original portraits, which are showcased on the group’s website at www.literarycafeartists.com/doctors-and-nurses-in-covid-19-times

I personally have produced 28 portraits for the project to-date, and will continue to do more. It’s great practice and I enjoy being part of a group of artists working together. I have an individual webpage on the group’s site at www.literarycafeartists.com/janet-dodrill, where they can be viewed under my general portrait gallery. We are following along with the idea of giving the portraits to the models, in this case the doctors and nurses.

MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland currently has an exhibit in their lobby, since last fall, of their portraits, which is visible to the public when they visit for their Covid vaccines. Linda Jackson at MetroHealth organized photos and exhibit. They also produced a video on the project, Local Artists Honor Frontline Health Care Workers.

As a result of posting some of my doctors and nurses portraits on instagram (@janetdodrill), I have been asked to tag these works for a curated North American exhibit using hashtag #portraitsforcovidheroes for inclusion in the project by Jules Smith @jules_smith_artist and @portratisforcovidheroes.

Thank you, to all healthcare workers helping to battle this virus in this pandemic and save lives. You are true heroes.

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portraits of doctors and nurses and frontline healthcare workers by artist janet dodrill

Snippets of portraits of doctors and nurses on the frontlines by Janet Dodrill.
portraits of doctors and nurses and frontline healthcare workers by artist janet dodrill
Snippets of portraits of doctors and nurses on the frontlines by Janet Dodrill.
doctors and nurses portraits at metrohealth hospital in cleveland, ohio, photo by roger miller

Portraits of Covid frontline healthcare workers exhibit at MetroHealth Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio (photo by Roger Miller).
doctors and nurses portraits at metrohealth hospital in cleveland, ohio, photo by roger miller
Portraits of Covid frontline healthcare workers exhibit at MetroHealth Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio (photo by Roger Miller).

Life Drawing Couples

February 28, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

Many of the sketch groups I participate in (on Zoom) feature two models in their sessions. Here is a sketch of a lovely couple for the month of February from one of those life drawing sessions.

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Figure life drawing of a couple by Janet Dodrill, 2020, watercolor, 5.5 x 8.5 inches.


Schmitz-Horning Company Made Beautiful Landscape Wallpapers

January 28, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

Cleveland, Ohio wallpaper manufacturer, Schmitz-Horning Company (1905-1964), designed and produced beautiful high quality wall murals and panoramics for homes and institutions. Here is a selection of just of few landscape designs from their 1941-1942 catalog, “Scenic and Sectional Wall Paper.”

The company produced large-scale chromolithographs and was maker to Kro-Mura, San-Kro-Mura, and Venwood wallpaper brands.

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Treasure Island, no. 8044 natural coloring on Rachelle, five sections each 40" wide by 80" high, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Treasure Island, no. 8044 natural coloring on rachelle, five sections each 40″ wide by 80″ high, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

The Woodland, no. 367, two sheets each 36" high by 60" wide, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

The Woodland, no. 367, two sheets each 36″ high by 60″ wide, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

The Heron, no. 608, natural on off-white ground, two section each 40 inches wide by 60 inches high, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

The Heron, no. 608, natural on off-white ground, two section each 40 inches wide by 60 inches high, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

The Forest, no. 601, two sections each 40" wide by 60" high, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

The Forest, no. 601, two sections each 40″ wide by 60″ high, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Sierras, no. 363, three sheets each 36" high by 60" wide, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Sierras, no. 363, three sheets each 36″ high by 60″ wide, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Ming Floral, no. 8036, turquoise ground, four sections each 40" by 80", by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Ming Floral, no. 8036, turquoise ground, four sections each 40″ by 80″, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Larkspur, no. 8020, pastel colors on light yellow, three sections each 40" by 80", by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Larkspur, no. 8020, pastel colors on light yellow, three sections each 40″ by 80″, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Elysia, no. 8032, pastel colors on old ivory, five sections each 40" by 80", by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Elysia, no. 8032, pastel colors on old ivory, five sections each 40″ by 80″, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Die Niederlaender, no. 410, two sheets each 40" high by 60" wide, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Die Niederlaender, no. 410, two sheets each 40″ high by 60″ wide, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Chinese Floral, no. 80733, full color on wedgewood, four sections each 40" by 80", by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Chinese Floral, no. 80733, full color on wedgewood, four sections each 40″ by 80″, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Chinese Embroidery, no. 808014, pastel colors on ivory grass cloth ground, two sections each 40" by 80", by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Chinese Embroidery, no. 808014, pastel colors on ivory grass cloth ground, two sections each 40″ by 80″, by Schmitz-Horning Co.

Schmitz-Horning Co. 1941-1942 catalog, Scenic and Sectional Wall Paper.

Schmitz-Horning Co. 1941-1942 catalog, Scenic and Sectional Wall Paper.