Article: Spotlight: Dorothy McDevitt (Dorothy): I Wish I Could Do That!

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Image Spotlight: Dorothy McDevitt (Dorothy)
By Sharon Brown on July 5, 2010

Art will forever be my passion, because it tells a story without words. Sometimes I happen upon an artist who with one brush stroke can say more words than I could write in a lifetime. I'd like you to meet one of those very talented artists. Chances are, you might already know her.

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Jul 4, 2010 7:38 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Your artwork is truly lovely, Dorothy! I wish I could do what you do! If I could, I think I would fill my walls with my own paintings.

Thank you so much for coming into our Spotlight, Dorothy.

Sharon, thank you for thinking of her!
Jul 4, 2010 7:48 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
And one more thing..........This is definitely a first!!

It's 9:45 PM, I have just finished reading your interview, accompanied by Fireworks all around me! What a celebration for a great article!
Jul 4, 2010 7:50 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Thanks Nap.

It isn't even dark here yet!!

But isn't Dorothy an amazing artist? It is an honor to Spotlight her.
Jul 4, 2010 7:51 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Thumbs up
Jul 4, 2010 7:55 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
"Those who can and those who can't ...admire those who can! Such talent and skill in capturing moods and expressions is amazing. I am glad you picked up the brushes again. I can't paint beautiful pictures but I can recognize them when I see them. Yours are beautiful!
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Jul 4, 2010 8:53 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
When I see your art, Dorothy, I am inspired to persevere thru my own struggles!!!! Thanks for sharing and, Sharran...thanks for letting us meet Dorothy!!!! Lovey dubby
Leap. The net will appear.
Jul 4, 2010 9:54 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
A wonderful interview with an amazing artist. Dorothy, when you become famous I will say I knew you before! I'm one of those DG Coffee thread people who saw you pick up your brush again and wonder if you still had the touch or would totally disappoint yourself having lost it. And along with the others who watched, I was delighted in what I saw you painting. Gardening is for a season, art is forever.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Jul 4, 2010 11:37 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
I am in awe of all of the extremely talented people we are surrounded by here (and on DG)...and who just 'happen' to be gardeners also...could it be the two go hand in hand? The love of beauty in all forms. Your work is lovely, Mc D.......go far.....
Jul 5, 2010 3:14 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
What a wonderful article Sharon. Thank you so much!

Dorothy, your paintings are awesome and being a pet and nature lover myself, they touch me to the heart of my soul. I so appreciate your talent - WOW!

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Jul 5, 2010 8:48 AM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
I have just read it Dorothy, have known for a long time how talented you are and not just your paintings but your devotion to gardening not just flowers but vegetables also to conserve for winter. Animals play a great part in your life too.

Wishing you success in all your endeavors forever.


"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
Jul 5, 2010 9:41 AM CST
Name: Dorothy
ADK mountains
THanks so much all of you I feel like we're a team doing artwork.

And seriously Sharon did an AWESOME job taking my random thoughts and assembling them into an article even I enjoyed!!
Jul 5, 2010 11:42 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Ethington
Pleasureville, Kentucky
Dorothy, could not think of a more deserving person to have had the opportunity to be interviewed by Sharon. I admire the both of you, with your talent, but Dorothy, to have put the brushes away, and then to bring them out again, and doing so well, I bet it was like a reunion with an old friend.

Keep it up, I always wanted to say" I knew her when"! Maybe you are that opportunity for me.
Jul 5, 2010 11:45 AM CST
Name: Dorothy
ADK mountains
Thanks Bonnie. I knew YOU when too! LOL
Jul 5, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Hi Bonnie...hope you are well now!

Jul 5, 2010 11:58 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Actually, I just took Dorothy's words as she said them and added a question or two. She wrote the article herself.

But do you know it took me months to get her to talk?? Good grief, she is one busy woman. I chased her for weeks before she'd stop long enough to even tell me her last name! Not that I didn't already know it, but I was afraid I'd spell it in such a weird way she wouldn't even recognize it.

So thank you, was all my pleasure. You made me want to drag out my watercolors again. Between you and JoAnn, I feel like a fish outta water.

Maybe I'd better stick with acrylics.....or words.....
Jul 5, 2010 10:56 PM CST
Name: Trisha
Washington State
You can do almost anything for 15 m
Such Beautiful Artwork!!! Sharon and Dorothy thank you both so much for a wonderful article and sharing such wonderful talents with us.
It is never too late to be
What you might have been.
~George Eliot
Jul 6, 2010 2:23 AM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
I love your style and the painting of the girl at the table did remind me of a Rembrandt! The dogs are all captured so perfectly...I applaud you for following your bliss!

It was great getting to "know" you Dorothy!
Jul 6, 2010 4:30 AM CST
Name: Dorothy
ADK mountains
THanks Becky. I'm not following very fast right now...too many other things, critters, gardens, etc. but hopefully this is a start!
Jul 6, 2010 9:50 AM CST
Name: Susan Coker
Bartlesville, Oklahoma,zone 6a
I am in awe of your talent! It is breathtaking!

Lovey dubby
Jul 6, 2010 12:54 PM CST
Name: Dorothy
ADK mountains
Thanks Susan!

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