Once a Year



December is upon us ……………Gotta say I’m thankful to have finished my last custom illustration order last week.  Now it’s time to finish a few overdue paintings and enjoy the spirit of the season!

If you are looking for a unique card to send this year….I created a few new ones that I’m especially fond of.  To view these and more go to mangroves and mangoes and d.a.grodon dart at Zazzle.


Remember, you can customize the cards with your own message inside.  You can even add a photo and a year-end catch up letter! It is quite amazing what you can do with the cards or, short on time? Just order the cards as they are.




Happy Thanksgiving………..


Wishing everyone a day of thanks and giving!

and after Thursday……

Turn on the Christmas music and begin to enjoy the very best time of the year!

Think about sending cards to those you rarely see.  Brighten someone’s Christmas with a very special card you have taken time to add a personal message or update to.  Zazzle, the company that creates cards from my designs allows you to customize, sign and even add your words to one or a 100 cards.

To view cards go to:

mangroves and mangoes or d.a.gordon dart

Posted in Art

Good Bag Sighting in France!

I love seeing where my art appears.  This time it’s in France!  Wish I was there!

This particular Good Bag features my drawing of the tower of John Ringling’s residence, Cà d’ Zan in Sarasota, Florida. The bags are 100% recycled material and made by a terrific company in New Hampshire owned and run by women- Enviro-Tote.

Good Bags can be purchased online at the mangovesandmangoes Etsy Shop and they are available for the holidays at my studio.

These bags should no be confused with the reusable gift bags made in China and sold through Zazzle.  These bags are washable and last forever!  They are made from eco-spun fabric, a sustainable material created from recycled plastic soda bottles! They are absolutely the most responsible bag on the market today.

Trick or Treat and Turkey too……….


Fall offers up great opportunities with Halloween and Thanksgiving for me to grab my pen and doodle some more!  Zazzle has applied a few of my designs to their new, reusable gift bags and I am very impressed with the printing and the bag quality…………..

You’ll find these bags and more on the feature page in mangroves and mangoes’s store.

They are perfect to give alone or to put a gift in.



They fold into a compact square and open into a large gussetted size.

They reuse wonderfully for groceries!  Check out and bag clerks at the grocery stores love to see them!


Zazzle produces nice quality items I’m proud to license my art to.  They constantly offer discounts from 10%-60% off!  Always check their page – http://www.zazzle.com/coupons for the latest coupon codes.


Winter is on its way so winter designs, holiday, and Christmas bags will appear along with the latest holiday cards and more.


Zazzle stores featuring products with my designs are:

mangroves and mangoes and Sarasota Florida and d.a.gordon dart.

Summer 2014…….

Rediscovering some previous work……………..

In the late 70’s and 80’s I was represented by a number of galleries. In Florida it was Brubaker Gallery.   I was comfortable being a gallery artist. It allowed me the freedom to paint full time and leave the business of art to the gallery directors. That was indeed the upside.  The downside was often never meeting who was purchasing my art.

During those years I had a number of one-person shows at Brubaker.  I came across this newspaper clipping on Google reviewing one show in November 1979…….

Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 3.46.52 PMYup, I still think I’m that 28 year old!

It’s thirty five years later though.  Now I’m reunited with or meeting for the first time many of those purchasers or their children who are discovering my studio and stopping in to introduce themselves. It’s a pleasure to speak with them, to learn about the paintings they own and in some cases, see some of the old work!

I thought I’d share a few.   One early piece was recently reproduced in a very limited edition of prints and is now available here at the studio on canvas or paper:

Dart-Antiques-archive-600Route 1, Maine

In the 70’s and 80’s I traveled every summer to places I could photograph and draw “stuff” and I do mean stuff – random, usually common items that would become the subjects of my spot drawings for The New Yorker and other periodicals.  This particular place on Route 1 in Maine was an absolute treasure trove for items I drew.  It was also a place that was keenly familiar to the gentleman that purchased the painting of it in the 80’s.

This summer two paintings that sold through Brubaker Gallery are visiting the studio on consignment:

Animal ParadeThe Animal Parade

Sledding hillThe Sledding Hill

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Final drawings for several sculptures including “Jitterbug”, my dancing rabbits have been completed.  The designs are larger and spectacularly more fun at seven feet:

JitterbugF_2And Lily is featured in yet another of the latest sculptures:


The 2014 Christmas line will get some attention soon:

Bch_xmas-detfltAnd I’m at the easel a few days a week with three canvases in progress.

Wishing everyone a relaxing summertime with good friends and family!

June 2014 Update

New installations……

Walter’s Frolics

On Sunday May 25, 2014 a new sculpture was unveiled to some very tough critics……

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“Walter’s Frolics” is a three part installation.  The medium is 3/8th inch powder coated aluminum.  This is the fourth installation in the series Walter.  Three installations are in Sarasota. The fourth is in Los Altos, California.

It was an honor to be commissioned to create this piece for a couple that has amassed over time a very impressive and fantastic collection of art.

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“Walter, Who, What?” is awaiting a home.  Measuring 3 feet out of the ground, this piece requires no professional installation and is easy to move and relocate.  It is powder coated 3/8″ aluminum plate.


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“Walter’s Covey” is ready for cutting.  Walter and his umbrella are six feet tall and truly magical!


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Coming soon….

Due to arrive any day to the Palm Avenue studio from the sculpture studio is “Lily”.  This is a tabletop / garden sized piece, measuring four foot in length.


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Onexhibit6-14Art Center Sarasota is open Monday through Saturday from 10 – 4

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In the shops….

 Last week I received samples of the drawstring backpacks from mangrovesandmangoes zazzle online shop

bp3x3I’m impressed with the quality and I especially like the lightweight cloth.

bp1-3x3If you have a favorite dart design that you would like to see on a drawstring bag, let us know and we’ll see if it can be produced.

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Summer is vacation time and your pets are often left in the care of others.  Two of our favorite cards for pet sitters are……….


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In appreciation of our Dads…..


5x7fathrs-dayHappy Father’s Day


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What inspires me to create?

Elephant illustrations……….A very dear friend’s daughter’s first child is due in May and I wanted to create something quite special for her.  Her gift registry indicated a fondness for animals, and particularly elephants, so I began drawing.  If that was not enough motivation, at the same time I was offered an invitation to visit the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Central Florida.  What a spectacular research, reproduction, and retirement facility for Asian elephants.  Violet and Ellie, and many more big and small elephants, have joined my drawing pads and computer.  I’m sure you will see more of them!


Elephants_5-mugToday the illustrations are appearing on greeting cards and more are available through mangroves and mangoes Zazzle shop.


Historical paintings…… Sarasota’s Federal Building was dedicated twice, stood as a backdrop for rallies, and was the site for a memorable Vietnam War demonstration.  It’s architecture stands out in a city dominated by less formal Mediterranean Revival and Vernacular buildings.

federalbldgThe tug for me to finish executing this painting is the opportunity to set it in time by linking it to an event or events that took place there.


Giraffes………..A cousin of mine remarked how he has a special love of giraffes.  His affection for the animal surprised me and piqued my curiosity to look more closely at this creature which immediately led to doodling, then drawing the animal, and who knows what will evolve from my sketches……..

Giraffes-copyThank goodness inspiration comes often from so many directions offering me great fun and challenge every day.


Creating a Public Art Installation……

The Passengers

The sculpture was approved by the City of Sarasota’s Public Art Committee February 2012 and installed April 2012.

Re-imagining the feeling of arrival, the expectation and anticipation of coming to Sarasota in the 1920′s,  The Passengers sculpture becomes a visual reminder of the former use of the site as the Atlantic Seaboard Railway Depot.  The elements of the piece create a larger than life vignette that draws on the new building’s distinctive architectural features adding dimension and reality to the sculpture.

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