John Dalton - gently does it .... podcast
Ep 67 - Dorian Vallejo : Art And Grit And Love

I had a great conversation with artist Dorian Vallejo. Son of artists Boris and Doris Vallejo, Dorian grew up surrounded by creativity and inquiry, and it shows. His work is technically brilliant, his paintings, otherworldly. Floating figures in beautiful, natural, dreamlike worlds. We talk about sewing, tennis, the wild ones, bodybuilding, holding your breath underwater, oh, and painting, lots and lots of painting . . .

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Dorian’s father Boris Vallejo,
  • Creative heroes,
  • Creative process,
  • Growth through failure,
  • Scene machine,
  • Creating reference material,
  • Underwater model photography,
  • Favorite color palette,
  • Building reference material,
  • Favorite tools,
  • Daily practice,
  • Meditation,
  • Portraying the interplay between the conscious and subconscious,
  • Conceptual and abstract art,
  • Murals,
  • Contemporary art,
  • Art shows,
  • The feminine principle,
  • Exercise,
  • Fear,
  • Failure,
  • Taking full responsibility,
  • Art business,
  • Most moving picture to make,
  • Artistic challenges,
  • Taking responsibility,

To find out more about Dorian and his work

Dorian’s book of drawings

Dorian’s portraits

Dorian’s blog

The range of Rosemary’s brushes Dorian referred to in the podcast

Most moving pieces to make . . .

Dorian Vallejo morning sketch

Morning Sketch – Dorian Vallejo


Morning sketch waking and discussing plans for the day – Dorian Vallejo



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