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).

Artwork Using the Primary Colors

August 31, 2019

By Janet Dodrill

Lately, I have been using primary colors (red, yellow, and blue from the color wheel) in my portraits and life model studies, and am exploring this direction in my artwork.

Below are a few examples of my artwork utilizing primary colors.

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Joe, acrylic on canvas, 9”x12”

Joe, acrylic on canvas, 9”x12”
Janet Dodrill

Kayli, acrylic on canvas, 9”x12”

Kayli, acrylic on canvas, 9”x12”
Janet Dodrill

Karen, gouache 9 x 12”

Karen, gouache, 9 x 12”
Janet Dodrill

Mimi, gouache,, 9” x 12”

Mimi, gouache,, 9” x 12”
Janet Dodrill

Scott, watercolor, 10” x 14”

Scott, watercolor, 10” x 14”
Janet Dodrill


Cleveland Drawing Group Meets Weekly for Portrait Session

March 31, 2019

By Janet Dodrill

The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists group (formerly The Pretentious Tremont Artists of the Literary Cafe), conceived over 30 years ago by artists Tim Herron and Brian Pierce, meets weekly and attracts artists from all over the greater Cleveland area, giving them a place to practice portrait drawing from a live model.

Open to all artists, I started participating in the group last fall on an occasional basis. The sketch session is three hours with breaks, and the portrait model or ‘sitter’ gets the artwork at the end in exchange for their sitting time. Models are on a waiting list that is full months in advance.

Originally the group met at a tavern in Tremont on Cleveland’s west side, but now they incorporate various east and west side locations.

It is a privilege to draw with such talented and established area artists. The quality and diversity of the art is amazing. The artwork is photographed later that evening and posted in albums on the group’s blog and on Facebook for all to enjoy.

Below are a few of my sketches from the past five months.

Links:

The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists Blog (formerly The Pretentious Tremont Artists of the Literary Cafe)
http://www.literarycafeartists.com/blog

The Pretentious Cleveland Portrait Artists Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/347696515301192/

Tim Herron
https://www.facebook.com/tim.herron.376

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Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Acrylic painting by Janet Dodrill

Acrylic painting by Janet Dodrill

Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Pencil and watercolor by Janet Dodrill

Pencil and watercolor by Janet Dodrill