Morton Fine Art Presents Dorothy Reed Aesop’s Fables

By Editorial Team on August 20, 2018

Thu, 23 August 2018 - Fri, 24 August 2018

Dorothy Reed, The Bear and the Bees, pen and ink on paper. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 23 from 6pm to 8pm

A rare opportunity to view a comprehensive series of pen and ink works by artist Dorothy Reed. Included are 23 original drawings based on Aesop’s Fables completed in the last decade. Each of Dorothy’s drawings take a minimum of 100 hours to complete. Archival pigment prints of her artwork will be for available for acquisition.

About Dorothy Reed and Aesop’s Fables
Dorothy Reed graduated from Skidmore College in 1963 with a B. S. in Art, with an emphasis in sculpture. She has resided in the coastal village of Rockport, MA for the past three decades. Her signature pen and ink artworks include series of Aesop’s Fables, and selected Christmas tales. She has also authored and illustrated several children’s books including The Night Before Christmas, Old Friends, Red Jacket and The Fantastic Doggie Day Care Adventure.

“Burrowed into nature’s restless tangle is the continuous story of patterns. They are overlapping, hiding, repeating, enlarging and shriveling.

Animals in their animation create patterns. Like growing trees, they hold the earth together. They string nests into tall limbs and into the earth’s criss-crossed soil. Bird songs cross the air on invisible cross hatches. Silence like space is a pattern. As I work in black and white, I am trying to locate the scaffolding underlying everything.

In my reading the ancient fables of Aesop (Born about 620 B. C. in Nesebar, Turkey. Died about 564 B. C. in Delphi, Greece), I find my love of story, animals and a sense of place. These loves remind me that in imagination you are traveling without moving, that the space around an object is as important as the object itself, and that an object can be large and small simultaneously.

What I want to spotlight is the act of noticing. Art for both the viewer and the artist should be an awakening.” -Dorothy Reed, on her inspiration, 2018

About Dorothy Reed’s process
“Ideas for creative projects mainly appear from my imagination, but sometimes from a story I have heard. I have always been aware that I have to wait patiently. I don’t rush this process. I know from experience that an idea will appear if I just stand aside.

The first step is a collection of pencil thumbnail sketches of the same object from different angles. Then I make a larger pencil drawing, often researching a specific plant or animal. I like a strong graphic placement.

When the full sized pencil drawing has been drawn and squared, I transfer it onto a high quality, thick, smooth Bristol paper. I use Ripidograph architectural pens of different sizes along with black India ink. I like the discipline of pen and ink because I have to mean what I do, as corrections are difficult. I use brushes to cover larger areas with black ink.

I work slowly, outlining and deciding as I go the balance of dark and light. I often cut out black paper pieces to move about in deciding the final pattern. I like to work on two or three drawings simultaneously. It is a continuous combination of stop and go. I sometimes use a magnifying glass and extra light. I often move the drawings to the floor to get a new perspective. I draw listening to classical music, preferably Bach. It takes me about 100 hours for each drawing in this Aesop’s Fable set of twenty three images.” -Dorothy Reed, on her process, 2018

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Morton Fine Art is located at 1781 Florida Ave. NW. For further information, visit