Lively Lemurs

June 5, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

Wonderful Live Lemur Animal Life Drawing Session with @animallifedrawing Holly Surplice at Duke Lemur Center @dukelemurcenter with host Sara Clark. Live Coquerel’s Sifaka Lemurs and Ring-Tailed Lemurs in the woods. We watched them eat, groom, rest and nap. Beautiful creatures, and 50% of the session was donated to support the center. The animals gave the nod that they wanted to be left alone, so we sketched from photos that the center provided of a Black and White Ruffed Lemur and Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs.

blue-eyed black lemur drawing by janet dodrill

Blue-eyed black lemurs drawing, 6 x 8 inches, by Janet Dodrill

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Stella’s The Sacred Art Show

May 11, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

I am pleased to announce that three of my pieces has been accepted to the juried The Sacred, Art reflecting Spirituality, Mindfulness, and Healing, Art Exhibit at Stella’s Art Gallery in Willoughby, Ohio.

The figurative multimedia drawings were created from live online life drawing sessions with Brazilian performance and life model, Juliano Hollivier.

Juror is Jim Loomis.

The opening is Friday, May 13, 2022, 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET, and the exhibit runs through June 4, 2022 at Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, Ohio 44094. If you plan to attend, check hours at www.stellasartgallery.com.

protection figurative drawing by janet dodrill

Protection, ink drawing, 6 x 8 inches, by Janet Dodrill

golden rays figurative drawing by janet dodrill

Golden Rays, multimedia drawing, 6 x 8 inches, by Janet Dodrill

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Fly Away, multimedia drawing, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, by Janet Dodrill

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Schmitz-Horning Co. Lithographed Scenic Wallpaper

April 28, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

Here are beautiful some examples of interiors with panoramic scenic wall covering designs by Cleveland’s Schmitz-Horning Company, (1905-1964).

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Lithographed Scenic Wallpaper 1953-1954 Schmitz-Horning Co. catalog cover (Virginia Hunt).

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Scenic Hudson, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

floral islands schmitz-horning company wallpaper

Floral Islands, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

new england schmitz-horning company wallpaper

New England, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

treasure island schmitz-horning company wallpaper

Treasure Island, Schmitz-Horning Co. wallpaper.

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#hmschmitz #whorning #wrcox #schmitzhorning #schmitzhorningcompany #clevelandohio #wallfrieze #wallpaper #wallmural #wallcovering #lithograph #chromolithograph #lithographer #scenic #scenics #kro-mura #panoramic #hugomschmitz #williamhorning #warrenrcox #janetdodrill


Urban Sketchers Cleveland Airport Sketch Event Flies

February 28, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

On September 4, 1965, Page Shamburger became the first woman to accompany the United States Air Force Hurricane Hunters on a reconnaissance mission into the eye of a hurricane.

page shamburger flight suit sketch by janet dodrill

Page Shamburger flight suit, women of aviation display at Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio. Sketch by Janet Dodrill at the Urban Sketchers Cleveland event February 27, 2022.

Source: International Women Air & Space Museum, Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio.

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#usk #urbansketchers #urbansketcherscleveland #sketchtogether #burkelakefrontairport #pageshamburger #cleveland #janetdodrill


Schmitz-Horning Prints Decorate Family Heirloom

January 22, 2022

By Janet Dodrill

Cleveland-based wallpaper design and printing firm, Schmitz-Horning Co. (1905-1964) printed more than just color lithographic panoramic friezes (patent 1906) and advertising posters. They reproduced illustrations by reputable English illustrators and that sold in London, and possibly New York.

My great-grandfather co-founded the company, and grandfather ran it after him. Some of our relatives had a selection prints from Schmitz-Horning. Our cousin had some that depicted popular nursery rhymes that hung in her classroom that she taught in. Her father owned a small amount of stock in the company early on. He built a custom bar for their family room, and decorated it by mounting some of the printed lithographs. It is still in the family today, and shown below in a recent photograph.

custom bar family heirloom with schmitz-horning company prints

Custom-made bar by family member with applied Schmitz-Horning Co. printed English illustrations.

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English illustrations printed by Schmitz-Horning Co. mounted on wood face of bar (detail).

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English illustrations printed by Schmitz-Horning Co. mounted on wood face of bar (detail).

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Waterloo Arts Gallery, Art of the Ornament 2021

December 11, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

This year I created and donated an ornament to the Waterloo Arts gallery auction fundraiser. The auction was to benefit Waterloo Arts.

The auction was held December 3, 2021 at Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44110. The creative, mostly handmade, ornaments can be viewed at https://waterlooarts.betterworld.org/auctions/art-ornament-2021

My design was based on the Guardians of Transportation –– a Cleveland landmark that are massive carved stone pylons which line the Hope Memorial Bridge downtown, and also the name of two Cleveland sports teams.

metallic guardians holiday ornament donation by janet dodrill at waterloo arts gallery auction

Metallic Guardians, ink (gold, silver, and black) on watercolor paper, mounted on cardboard, bells, and ribbon, 2.75″ w x 8.5″h, ornament by Janet Dodrill

metallic guardians holiday ornament donation by janet dodrill at waterloo arts gallery auction

Metallic Guardians (back), ornament by Janet Dodrill

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Waterloo Arts, 15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44110

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Peninsula Plein Air Competition Exhibit through November 22, 2021

October 23, 2021

By Janet Dodrill

Peninsula Art Academy (www.peninsulaartacademy.org) hosts a Plein Air competition, open to all artists, October 14-16, 2021. Paintings are created (or 2-D work) outdoors in natural available light over the course of three days (Thursday through Saturday) around prime landmarks and locations around beautiful Peninsula, Ohio including in the Cuyahoga National Park. By the end of the third day (Saturday) the work must be completed (two pieces allowed per artist), framed and ready to hang. The exhibit is on Sunday, October 17, 2021 directly following, with a reception and awards ceremony from 3-6pm. Juried by David Rankin.

This was my third year participating in the event, and though both demanding and challenging, it was a very enriching way to build my skills and technique, and the experience even allowed me to meet several local area artists. I created two paintings, Cedar Grove Cemetery, 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas, and GAR Hall, 8″ x 10″ gouache. I am looking forward to future events offered by the Peninsula Art Academy.

The exhibit runs October 18 – November 22, 2021

Peninsula Art Academy
1600 Mill Street West
Peninsula, OH 44264
(330) 657-2248
http://www.peninsulaartacademy.org
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11am-5pm

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Cedar Grove Cemetery, Oil on Canvas, 16″ x 20″ by Janet Dodrill, Peninsula, Ohio.

cedar grove cemetery by janet dodrill

Cedar Grove Cemetery, Oil on Canvas, 16″ x 20″ by Janet Dodrill, Peninsula, Ohio.

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GAR Hall, Gouache on Board, 8″ x 10″ by Janet Dodrill, Peninsula, Ohio.

gar hall by janet dodrill

GAR Hall, Gouache on Board, 8″ x 10″ by Janet Dodrill, Peninsula, Ohio.

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Peninsula Art Academy, Peninsula Art Academy Plein Air competition 2021, Peninsula, Ohio.


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 6, 2021 at Stella’s Art Gallery, 38033 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, Ohio 44094. If you plan to attend, check hours at http://www.stellasartgallery.com.

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tight space figurative drawing by janet dodrill
Tight Space, multimedia drawing, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, by Janet Dodrill

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

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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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