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By the Self Same Sky

By the Self Same Sky     16" x 20"     Oil on Board
I sold this painting this week and was asked by several people on Facebook what it's about. I usually write an essay on my blog Without a Net ( but before I take the time to write an involved essay, here is my first stab at its meaning. Forgive me my lack of copy-editing.

My sister called me one day out of the blue and said, “Dori, guess what? We’re Jewish!”Not long before my Granny died at 94, she (allegedly) told my sister a secret that she’d kept her whole life.
My Granny, born Mary Fitzpatrick was a devout Catholic her whole life and vigorously tried to instill the values of her religion on her kids and grandkids. I was raised Catholic and so went to church every Sunday, catechism on Thursday, and every other scheduled church event. So I was shocked to hear my sister’s news.
The details are muddy, but my sister relayed that Granny’s mother’s maiden name was Lehman, and she was probably from Russi…

Show Poster

Annabelle DeCamillis and I designed this year's poster for our neighborhood open house which was held last night. It was fun seeing it all over town. The winner of our drawing for a free class was Norah Lunsford!

People Places Things Animals

Marcia Amason
Here is a small selection of paintings completed at Red Dot by my lovely students over the past several months. 

Joyce White

Lisa Martin

Deeana Crider

Beverley Phillips

Charla Cardin

Nadine Leplantenier

Louise Parsons

Eileen Cohn

Casey Lancaster

Long Awaited Trip Photos

Photos from my trip home to Steamboat in late September. I made a stop for a few days in Grand County to visit an old friend, too.

The Continental Divide from Grand County.

The Mad Creek Barn.

Sedums at the Yampa Botanical Garden in Steamboat.

Horses in Grand County

The Yampa River where Sulfur Springs runs into it.

View from Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park.

Tack Room in Grand County.

Mad Creek Trail.

Near James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge, built by my dad.

Peter's Pond, Botanical Garden's, Steamboat.

Elk below snow storm in the high country, Grand County.

You, a Superstar

Just for fun, join us Friday night to be a part of our new promo video. Filming from 5:30 to 6:00 pm, wine and snacks will be available, and you may be discovered by a Hollywood talent scout. Really, you'll only have to be in a crowd looking interested in our work. 
Go to for directions.

Featured on Instagram

Yesterday on Instagram I was featured as an artist by @lowbrowpopsurrealist, a popular art site. The link they referred people to was here, my blog. Here is a link to my website, where one can see my full body of work. 
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Below, enjoy a few of my paintings that weren't featured.

My Weekend at the Ashram

A couple weekends ago I visited Yogaville, Virginia. My intention was to take a yoga workshop with a teacher and writer I've followed for some years, Sally Kempton. I knew nothing about Yogaville, which, as it turns out, is an ashram, or Indian culture monastery. It's been there since the 1960s when Swami Satchinananda came to the USA from India. Apparently singer Carole King purchased the 750 acre property for the organization. I met two women, sisters, whose grandmother originally came to monastery. A subsequent five generations were born and brought up there, down to the sisters' grandchildren!
I spent the weekend in yoga workshops, taking yoga classes, and taking long walks on the grounds which included a riverfront area along the James River, which is mightier than I imagined. I've been asked if it was a hippy dippy experience, and yes, it was, but not in a Groovy, Man kind of way. People wore comfortable yoga clothes, the food was vegetarian, and everyone was fr…

Charlotte Manning at Red Dot

Red Dot Gallery presents the paintings of Charlotte Manning in her first solo exhibit. Join us at the opening reception next Friday, May 27, from 5-8 pm. The show will run though the end of June.

Close-ups Around Town

I've been under the weather for a few months now (nothing serious) and I've found that when I'm not traveling and seeing new vistas I become more interested in seeing the world close up. Here are a few photos from my yard and nearby trails.


Creeping Flox

Spider web 

Cherry blossoms? Definitely cheery blossoms.

I forget.