Friday, December 3, 2010

Join me in Seattle

MF Dondelinger to teach an
March 4-6
For information about this and other workshops please contact me at
I had so much fun teaching a private intensive iconography workshop several weeks ago that I am going to teach another workshop limited to 8 students in Seattle. Artist Brittany Faulkner has graciously provided her studio for the class. (Directions provided upon registration)
Student and artist Gay Marks works on
her icon in an earlier intensive  workshop.

A Nice Review

The Tucson Open Studio Tour resulted in a nice review by Charles Spillar of the Tucson Citizen.  It starts out like this:

Recently during the Open Studios Tour I discovered a rare talent creating true iconic masterpieces as good as many I have seen in my visits to European museums and historic churches...

To see the entire review complete with photos, please click here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Save the Date....2010 Tucson Open Studio Tour

Please join me in my Tucson studio (and 220 other artists in their studios!) for the
Tucson Open Studio Tour
November 13 & 14, 2010
11 am - 5 pm

I will be giving a demonstration on both days.
Saturday at 11 am a demonstration on making egg tempera
Sunday at 1 pm a demonstration on water gilding gold leaf

For general information about the event please click here.
A complete listing of locations, artists and demonstrations will be available mid-October.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Art and Music

MF Dondelinger demonstrates the application of gold leaf on a traditional orthodox icon and discusses the similarities and differences between iconography and classical music with her brother at his Salon.  Photo by Pam Ingalls.
Twice a year my brother, Michael, hosts a Salon in his Seattle studio. He is a classical pianist and uses this event to introduce a small, intimate audience to new pieces he's practicing. He also invites other musicians, writers, artists and dancers to participate. He encourages questions and observations from those present. It's quite lively and I always learn something new.

His Salons are a great way to connect art and people and to learn more about each other.
Classical Pianist Michael Dondelinger discusses the music of Mozart and how the approach to performing it is similar to the approach of iconography. Photo by Pam Ingalls.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Returning to the Past

MF Dondelinger speaks about her piece SACRIFICE:Modern Icons, Endangered Species with students and community members at a gallery walk at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
What a treat to return to North Idaho College, the educational institution I attended before Seattle University, for the show Three Women, Three Friends, Three Painters. It is sponsored by Citizens Council for the Arts.

Pam Ingalls, Louise Lamontagne, and I are exhibiting current works at the NIC Corner Gallery which are on display until September 24th.

Starting in 1986 and continuing for ten years, the three of us exhibited works at the juried exhibit Art on the Green, an arts festival held on the college grounds. Now we return to exhibit together once again.
Pam Ingalls speaks about her series of portraits of people from around the globe.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Jaguar, Endangered

Jaguar, Egg tempera, 23 carat gold, rabbit skin glue, acrylic on paper platter. 12" x 10"
MF Dondelinger

The Traditional

 Blue Madonna and Child, Egg tempera, 24 carat gold on wood panel. 
MF Dondelinger

Just completed...This Madonna and Child was commissioned by St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. Sold

Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Special Visitor

What a treat to have my dear friend and colleague, Louise Lamontagne join me in the studio. She set up a make-shift encaustic work space and created some fantastic landscapes! We were working in the two oldest forms of painting: encaustic and egg tempera in the same space. Very cool. To see more of her impressive works check out her website at

Louise melting wax with a heat gun while I worked on commissioned icon.

Close up of a work in progress. Amazing what Louise can do with a little wax and pigment!

Some Diversions

Javelina Sketch, Egg tempera and transfer on claybord, 6" x 6", MF Dondelinger

The Javelina Sketch was accepted into the
Southern New Mexico/El Paso Juried Exhibition at the
Preston Contemporary Art Center

March 5-28

Artist Reception March 5th 6:30 - 8:30 pm
1755 Avenida de Mercado
Mesilla, New Mexico 88046

Flying Monkey and Octopus, Egg tempera on paper. MF Dondelinger. In private collection
Created for very special friends.

Elvis:The billy who came to visit, Egg tempera on Claybord, 8" x 10", MF Dondelinger

Elvis won the
Award of Merit
at the Arizona Edges Juried Exhibition
at the Tubac Center for the Arts.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Endangered flowering plants in New Mexico

Kuenzler Hedgehog Cactus, Egg Tempera, 23 ct. gold leaf, rabbit skin glue, acrylic on paper plate, 10" diameter. MF Dondelinger.  Sold
Pecos Sunflower, Egg tempera, 23 ct. gold leaf, rabbit skin glue, acrylic on paper plate, 10" diameter. MF Dondelinger.
Sacramento Prickly Poppy, Egg tempera, rabbit skin glue, 23 ct. gold, acrylic on paper plate. 10" diameter. MF Dondelinger. Sold

For those of you in Grant County, New Mexico, I can hear your disbelief that the Prickly Poppy is listed as endangered! But it is in Otero County just east of Grant County.
To purchase any of these pieces please click here.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Endangered Species in the Southwest

Mexican Spotted Owls, Egg tempera, 23 ct gold, rabbit skin glue, acrylic on paper plate. 10" diameter. Sold

Pai Striped Whiptail Lizard-Arizona, Egg tempera, 23 ct gold, rabbit skin glue, acrylic on paper plate. 10" diameter. Sold
Ords Kangaroo Rat, Egg tempera, 23 ct gold, rabbit skin glue, acrylic on paper plate. 10" diameter. Sold

Mexican Gray Wolf, Egg tempera, 23 ct gold, rabbit skin glue, acrylic on paper plate. 10" diameter.
Mexican Long-Nosed Bat, Egg tempera, 23 ct gold, rabbit skin glue, acrylic on paper plate. 8" diameter. Sold
To purchase any of these pieces please click here.