Womans Autumnal Twilight Serenade by Dawna Morton
Woman’s Autumnal Twilight Serenade , watercolor on paper, 2012 by Dawna Morton~
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A country girl in a white dress and cowboy hat pauses to listen to the sound of the wind before continuing to fiddle a serenade. Autumn leaves fall peacefully downward through the dark, but tranquil forest in the background, as their silently drifting shapes create an air of magical wonder —glowing in the light in their downwards spiral towards the forest floor.As the wind flutters her dress and her hair, it also picks up the notes of her music from her inward ear, and carries them afar to the world.

Wrapped in the arms of His love by Dawna Morton


Wrapped in the arms of His love, pencil on paper, 2009, by Dawna Morton
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In the center of this line drawing is a heart with the Christmas star centered above it and piercing downward into it. Then moving around clockwise like a Mandela three little stars seem to dance in with joy in the night sky with the desire to follow the wise men to Bethlehem. The three wise men and their camels curve around the heart , hugging it closely on their journey to see the newborn king. Even one of the camels cannot contain his joy has as with a merry face he saunters jauntily along. Beyond the caravan a shepherd kneels with his sheep in adoration of the Christ Child. The infant Jesus smiles in his sleep in the manger as Joseph lovingly supports a weary, but joyful, Mary on his shoulder. Moving upward around the second half of the heart, the composition then moves through some of the important events of Christ’s life. We see the sea of Galilee where the apostles on their ship watch in awe as Christ walks toward them on the water. Next we follow a path past the house where the bedridden man is let down through the roof so that Jesus can heal him. The road continues on towards the mount where the multitude listens to Him teaching the Beatitudes. Next is a portrayal Him pleading with his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Beyond the Cross the Resurrected Lord is met by Mary at the tomb.
sketch of Jesus by Dawna Morton
sketch of Jesus combination of pencil on paper and digital art, 2010, by Dawna Morton~see it framed

This Portrait sketch of Jesus shows him as if in mid smile. You can almost see him moving with sparkle and life. A look of happy kindness in one and sorrow and compassion in the other.. One arm is forward as if either in a teaching moment or to reach out to someone and lift them up…

marriage of Titania; Salmon berry floral duet by Dawna Morton


marriage of Titania; Salmon berry floral duet digital art/photo manipulation, 2011, by Dawna Morton  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ~see it framed

At first glance, this is just a nice picture of some flowers with an interesting textured background, framed with a bit of modern art flair; however, there is more to it than meets the eye when examined in more depth…
Half hidden behind the five petaled purple Pacific Northwest salmon berry blossom, the face of Titania  as a bride glows with love as she gazes adoringly up at the visage of Oberon. The overlapping purple, green, and golden toned rectangles symbolize both unity and discord in the couple’s future as the begin with varying success to mesh and meld their lives and hearts together from separate planes of existence, as well as symbolizing the various interlinked plots within Shakespeare’s play, “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” abstract shapes and textures in the brushed gold tones of the background further call to mind characters and whet the imagination with scenes  and ideas from the play, foreshadowing the events f their future life.
Nick Bottom appears to sing or bray like a donkey below one petal, while the faint shapes of a donkey of horse head are formed in the upper right. On the left Helena, in a floral hat, wakes the sleeping Lysander. Another figure along the top appears to write in a book, representing the playwright at work while other shadowy figures emerge among the golden raindrops which splash a sense of magic and wonder across the dreamy scene. As the drops of water land on the blossoms  the stretch forth their petals towards each other with love and yearning, reminding us of the flowers used to make the love potion which caused  so much turmoil in the lives of the characters, even though they found happiness in the end.

sketch of a woman with windswept hair and long ponytail by Dawna Morton
sketch of a woman with windswept hair and long pony tail by Dawna Morton
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Sketch of a young woman with windswept hair and long flowing  pony tail gazing into the distance with a loving and kind expression. —
Determination of young Amelia Earhart by Dawna Morton
Determination of young Amelia Earhart by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

Inspired by Amelia Earhart, a young female aviator stares down anyone or any situation that might challenge her abilities–daring them to tell her she can’t accomplish her goals. Clouds, or smoke may billow and threaten to envelop her, the wind may storm and blow, but she will face them with grit and determination… she WILL overcome.
sketch of a girl reading, adventure by Dawna Morton
sketch of a girl reading, adventure watercolor pencil and digital art, 2011, by Dawna Morton ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ~see it framed

A girl with funky, twisted, hot pink, horn rimmed glasses reads an adventure novel, as the textured background creates the impression of a magical glowing light emanating from the book bringing it to live in vivid imagination. She bites her lip in suspense as the scenes play out in her mind while she reads.

sketch of a sheep by Dawna Morton
sketch of a sheep by Dawna Morton

sketch of a sheep pencil on paper, 2011, by Dawna Morton ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  ~see it framed

Sketch of a wooly white sheep.

sketch of a girl reading by Dawna Morton
sketch of a girl reading, pencil on paper 2011, by Dawna Morton ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.~see it framed

Sketch of a little girl, with curly hair and a pony tail sticking up on top of her head, reading a book.

Dragon Lily

Dragon Lily by Dawna Morton

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9 X 12″ chalk on paper, 2009, by Dawna Morton. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Done entirely from memory  in the space of about an hour, without referencing a photo,  this large magenta colored flower sits on a moody background of expressive leaf shapes. in colors of green and purple, with hints of magenta, the foliage fans out around this striking flower like a burst of living flames.

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Stargazer Lily in Pastel

Stargazer Lily in Pastel by Dawna Morton

Stargazer Lily in Pastel by Dawna Morton

Oil pastel on paper, 9X12″, by Dawna Morton, 2009.
Done entirely from memory without referencing a photo, this oil pastel drawing of a pink and white speckled stargazer lily on a brown background was completed in about an hour. the diagonal flow of this dynamic flower creates a vibrant energy.
I have been trying over the course of the past couple years to rely less on working directly from photographs in my artwork. Working directly from a photo help with the details, but sometimes that stifles my creativity and takes some of the fun out of it. I have only worked with oil pastel a small handful of times, but I did really enjoy the process of drawing,  filling in color and then smudging it with my fingers. Working entirely from memory is a bit tricky as far as remembering finer details–such as the three small yellow triangle-shaped petal that should have been in the center of the flower surrounding the pistol and stamen of the lily. The process took me about an hour in all, and I enjoyed both the process and the results.

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Stargazer Lily in Pastel also for sale as a poster on Zazzle

Aeriel’s Gift

Aeriel’s Gift by Dawna Morton

Aeriel's Gift by Dawna Morton

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Digital composition by Dawna Morton, 2009. All Rights Reserved.

In the twilight, abstracted silhouettes of trees shapes, back-lit with pink and lavender fog, create images of tree nymphs. A dryad sits atop the tree canopy holding a fairy in her hand. The wood nymphs and the sky spirit look on as she opens her heart and offers her love as a gift to her creator. Glowing with light, her love ascends, circling up through the misty clouds and beyond the moon like smoke of incense from an altar.

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Gnat Creek Flowers

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Watercolor on paper, 9×12″, 2008.

Along the borders of Gnat Creek Oregon a tiny white wildflower blooms in front of a rock, basking in the summer sunlight.

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Water Fairy Ring

Water Fairy Ring by Dawna Morton

Water Fairy Ring by Dawna Morton

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Watercolor on Bienfang 140lb paper, 11X15″, 2008. All Rights Reserved.
Like a fairy ring these water plants float suspended in the sunlit reflections of the water.

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Oregon “Passionflower” Memory


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Watercolor on paper, 11X15″, 2008. All Rights Reserved.

Painted completely from memory this Oregon flower, resembling a passionflower blooms on a background glazed a light minty green. I have since identified this plant as a draconius vulgaris or dragon lily flower.

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Spring Apple

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Acrylic on canvas, 5×5″, 2008. Spring apple and apple blossoms on a green and purple background lit up with an with a splash of vibrant sunlight.
Watercolor on gessoed paper, 14 3/4″ x 21 3/4 “, 2007. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

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Midsummer Daydream

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Water soluble oils on gessoed paper. 14 3/4″ x 11 1/4″ 2007..Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved, do not .copy.

The wood sprite creates ripples in his refection as he daydreams. Fairies dance on the lily pads and skate across the water while his leaf boat floats away to dreamland.

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Flight of the Great Blue Heron

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Watercolor on gessoed paper, 14 3/4″ x 21 3/4 “, 2007. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

Like a prayer that lifts us up from our troubles to see a glimpse of the beauty and majesty of god’s plan for us, the great blue heron takes flight from the marsh towards the footbridge and the misty mountains beyond.

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SING Redeeming Love!

SING redeeming love! by Dawna Morton

SING redeeming love! by Dawna Morton

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Watercolor on 140lb cold press paper. 9″x 12″ 2007. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

. Missionaries sing a song of joy and redemption. Wandering sheep. . are sought in the desert. As they are found, they enter the way, beginning to feel joy. Those who are filled with HIS love feel compelled to sing joyfully.

UPDATE:
“SING Redeeming Love!” has been entered in the 8th International Art Competition sponsored by the Museum of Church History and Art. The theme for the competition this year is “Remembering the Great Things of God,”and according to their website,”artists are encouraged to create works of art reflecting the theme and title of the exhibition…This theme is drawn from scriptures that teach the importance of acknowledging and remembering God’s works, promises, and covenants to His children. Artists can depict—but are not limited to—ideas, stories, people, places, doctrines, beliefs, scriptures, teachings, historical events, religious values, and Church, family, and individual experiences in Latter-day Saint life.”

In SING Redeeming Love, Missionaries sing a song of joy, love, and redemption as they seek to find wandering sheep in the desert. As lost sheep are found, they begin to feel joy as they enter the way. Those who remember the great mercy of the Savior for them are filled with the love of Christ, feeling compelled to sing redeeming love with joy that cannot be contained. They desire to share the Gospel of Christ with everyone, that they might also be filled with joy through the Redemption and love of Christ.

This also refers Alma 5:9, 26; 26:13 and is a reminder and an invitation to feel to”’sing the song of redeeming love’ and mean it as much now as in any past year and as much tomorrow as today!” (Spencer W. Kimball, “‘The Uttermost Parts of the Earth’,” Ensign, Jul 1979, 2).

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Elizabeth at the Beach

Elizabeth at the Beach by Dawna Morton

Elizabeth at the Beach by Dawna Morton

Water soluble oils on gessoed paper, approximately 15 x 22″, 2006. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

Explore the tidal pools with Elizabeth on a windy day along the Pacific Coast in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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Michael at the Waterpump

Michael at the Waterpump by Dawna Morton

Water soluble oils on gessoed paper, 11 1/16″ x 15 1/16″, 2001. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy in any form.

Michael discovers the joy of an old fashioned water pump after feasting on huckleberries in the forest surrounding Oakridge, Oregon.

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Oakridge Reservoir #1

Oakridge Reservoir #1 by Dawna Morton

Watercolor on Fabriano Uno 140 lb Cold Press, 7 1/2″ x 11″, 2001. A tangle of tree roots protrudes upward from the fallen tree and juts out towards the glassy water of Oakridge Reservoir. As the water begins to get deeper, algae and tree stumps seem to float, casting their suspended reflections. The peaceful water mirrors the distant shore of Oregon trees and mountains.

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Watercolor on Fabriano Uno 140lb hot press 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″ x 11″, 2001. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

Upended tree roots protrude from the shore of Oakridge Reservoir. A lone twig sticks up from the water. Algae and tree stumps seem to float as the water deepens. Green and gold, the colors of the forest shimmer in the water as the cool blue Oregon mountains beckon in the distance.

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Oakridge Reservoir #3

Oakridge Reservoir #3 by Dawna Morton

Oakridge Reservoir #3 by Dawna Morton

Watercolor on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Soft Press 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″x 11″, 2001. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

Sunrise over Oakridge Reservoir, on a tranquil Oregon morning. Smooth as glass, the water mirrors calm reflections of driftwood and a fishing boat. Peace and solitude as the day breaks over the cool blue mountains.

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Oakridge Reservoir #4

Oakridge Reservoir #4 by Dawna Morton

Oakridge Reservoir #4 by Dawna Morton

Watercolor on Fabriano Uno 300 lb Rough 100% cotton paper, 7 1/2″ x 11″, 2001. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

Gnarly tree stump surrounded by weathered gray branches juxtaposed . against a view of algae and rocks under the vibrant blue water of Oakridge Reservoir. Forested green Oregon mountains frame the hazy blue mountain ranges in the distance.

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Wedding painting Wedding Painting

Acrylic on canvass. 21 7/8″x 28″. 1999. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

Heavenly rays of sunlight stream through the purple and coral storm clouds, creating a silver lining and casting a golden glow on the temple. Newlyweds stare lovingly into each others eyes as the groom sweeps his bride up into his arms by the reflection pool of the Portland Oregon Temple.

self portrait. Self Portrait

. Watercolor on paper, 8 3/8″ x 11″, 1993. Intellectual property of Dawna . Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

. Portrait of myself, in one of my favorite lavender shirts, smiling at my sweetheart and gazing lovingly at him from behind a bouquet of fuchsia and coral colored rhododendrons which he gave me on a beautiful sunny spring day.

AtriumAtrium

Acrylic on canvas, 14″x 16″, 1992. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

Newlyweds have a quiet moment alone on the bench in the Atrium of the Portland Oregon Temple on their wedding day.


One Last Kiss. One Last Kiss

. Watercolor on paper, 9″ x 11 3/4″, 1992. Intellectual property of Dawna Morton. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

. One last kiss goodnight on a very special evening.



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