Loving Vincent, Painted Film on Vincent Van Gogh

January 27, 2018

By Janet Dodrill

Loving Vincent movie DVD

Loving Vincent movie DVD.

Loving Vincent is the first fully oil painted animated feature film, created on the life of Vincent van Gogh. The story takes place one year after his death, and the actual subjects of his paintings and landscapes are brought to life. We walk through time and space (as perhaps Vincent did) as if walking through his paintings, exploring the people in his life and the timeframe leading up to his death, recounted through black and white painted flashbacks.

The facts and controversy surrounding his death are presented to us, and are well-researched, referring to 300 actual historic letters. Over 100 artists contributed to the film, which is composed of 65,000 painted frames, and took six years to make. Ninety Four of Vincent’s paintings are recreated into the film, starting with a cast of actors that resemble subjects like Armand Roulin, Dr. Gachet, and Postman Roulin, Theo his brother, and even Vincent himself and filmed on video, then CGI techniques were applied and frames painted primarily by 80 selected oil painters. Decisions were made by varying palette color and frame dimensions in order to be both true to the paintings as much as possible but also make the movie scenes and characters logically work.

The film is brainchild of Dorota Kobiela, a painter herself, after her emotional response to reading his letters, and has received or been nominated for many awards.

Loving Vincent
Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman

Loving Vincent Trailer on YouTube

Loving Vincent Trailer (2017)

Loving Vincent, Behind The Scenes. A presentation by Director/Producer Hugh Welchman


William Horning, Schmitz-Horning Co., Artist and Lithographer

December 22, 2017

By Janet Dodrill

William Horning, Floral Still Life, oil on canvas, 27" x 33"

William Horning, Floral Still Life, oil on canvas, 27″ x 33″

William Horning, was a partner of the Schmitz-Horning Company, a lithographic wall covering and mural manufacturing firm in Cleveland, Ohio founded around 1905.

His name appeared on a 1906 patent for a printed repeat pattern wall frieze (US 830931 A), along with that of Hugo Max Schmitz I (my great-grandfather), and Warren R. Cox (family friend and head salesman).

William (Bill) Horning was a Cleveland area artist and lithographer, in addition to Hugo.

He sold his interest in Schmitz-Horning around 1920, but continued to work in the printing industry in the Cleveland area.

He was referred to as a landscape, marine, and animal painter of Cleveland (Cuyahoga area), and exhibited with the Cleveland Art Club and the Water Color Society of Cleveland starting in 1894. He led and evening sketch class at the Cleveland Art Club in 1895. That is around the time that my great grandfather Hugo M. Schmitz, who moved to Cleveland from Wisconsin, attended the group. They may have met there before starting Schmitz-Horning Co. not long thereafter.

In 1930 he participated in an exhibition of water colors by members of the Cleveland Society of Artists, a group who held member exhibits semi-annually. Carl Broemel, who created art for many murals for Schmitz-Horning, also had paintings in the exhibit, and incidentally was hired by my grandparents to paint an oil portrait of my mother as a young girl.

The floral oil painting by William Horning shown sold from the Baldwin-Wallace College collection at Rachel Davis Fine Arts auction in 2009.



Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sunday, January 26, 1930

Artists in Ohio, 1787-1900: A Biographical Dictionary, by Jeffrey Weidman, compiled & edited by Mary Sayre Haverstock, Jeannette Mahoney Vance, & Brian L. Meggitt, © 2000, Kent State University Press

Rachel Davis Fine Arts


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Photo: Rachel Davis Fine Arts






Upcoming Art Shows

October 27, 2010

By Janet Dodrill

Original B&W linocut prints by Janet Dodrill.

19th People’s Art Show

19th People's Art Show (Photo source: CSU Art Gallery)

The 19th People’s Art Show includes nearly 500 works of art by almost 300 area artists.

Opening reception – Friday, October 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
October 29 to December 9, 2010

Please note that the gallery will be closed from 11/25 – 11/28 for Thanksgiving.

Cleveland State University
Art Building
2307 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
(216) 687-2103

Free admission


Original B&W linocut print by Janet Dodrill.

Valley Art Center’s 39th Annual Juried Art Exhibit

Valley Art Center 39th Juried Art Exhibit

Opening Reception: November 5th, 6pm – 8pm
November 6th – December 1st

Valley Art Center
155 Bell Street
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
(440) 247-7507

Free admission


Original B&W linocut and lithograph prints, mini oil paintings, notecards, fine art digital prints, hand-printed pillows by Janet Dodrill, Gym, Booth #10.

19th Annual Heartfelt Holiday, Juried Show

19th Heartfelt Holiday at Brecksville Center for the Arts (Photo source: BCA)

Sat., Nov. 6, 10am-5pm
Sun., Nov. 7, 11am-4pm

Brecksville Center for the Arts
Community Center
8997 Highland Drive
Brecksville, OH 44141
(440) 526-6232

$5 Admission


Original B&W linocut and lithograph prints, mini oil paintings, notecards, fine art digital prints, hand-printed pillows by Janet Dodrill.

Art on Cadwell in Cleveland Heights

Art on Cadwell in Cleveland Heights

Art on Cadwell in Cleveland Heights

1819 Cadwell Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Sat., Nov. 20, 1pm-8pm
Sun., Nov. 21, 12pm-4pm

Nine artists display and sell their work.

Free admission


Original B&W linocut and lithograph prints, mini oil paintings, notecards, fine art digital prints, hand-printed pillows by Janet Dodrill.

Laurel School’s 6th Annual Artisan Bazaar, Juried Show

Laurel School 6th Annual Artisan Bazaar

Sat. Dec. 4, 10am-5pm
Sun. Dec. 5, 11am-4pm

Laurel School
One Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
216-464-1441, Ext. 1344

$3 Admission