Recent painting: Spring Sunday

Above: ‘Spring Sunday’ oil on cradled panel, 30 x 30 inches– I have recently been working on a large still life painting filled with various subjects.  All in all it took me 4 days to complete, working an average of 6hrs a day.  It was very hard work and it took a lot of energy to finish. Moving forward, I will be working to the ‘less is more’ model!  Regardless, I am very happy with how it came out. I think doing detailed ones like this every so often will be fine.

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News: Art courses starting April 2018

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Hello all! I am now offering one day art courses in Colchester, Essex starting in April. Courses will take place on Wednesdays from 10am-4pm, class size is very small, easels are provided and tea, coffee and biscuits on offer all day. Click HERE for more information.

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Repost: Painting outdoors-Bures, Suffolk

Sorry, the last post did a funny thing when I tried to include a few links.

Plein air painting is something I am planning to do more of this year. I really want to get outside in the elements and capture all the colours, the light and beauty. I started by going around several places in Suffolk, taking pictures and doing sketches. This past weekend I headed out to Lavenham and Bures to do some painting! The photo above is from Sunday’s session near Bures. It was slightly warmer than Saturday and luckily there was a sturdy wooden bench to sit on and spread out my materials. I am looking forward to more plein air painting!  If you are on Instagram, search @hwdixonart to see recent posts and videos of this painting process.  You can also Google @hwdixonart Instagram, click the link to see recent posts and videos.

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New work: Spring bouquet, 20 x 20 inches

Above is my latest painting which I just finished this evening. I created the bouquet from reference photos of previous still life set-ups. The colour palette is so fresh and inviting!

News: Sale on select works in Long Melford!

Hello all!

The Hunter Gallery in Long Melford is having a one off sale on select works.  The sale is on now until the 28th of February.  Please drop in an see what’s on offer, you’ll be glad you did!

Here is what I have on offer:

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Painting process: More anemones

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The anemones are still holding up, so I added a few new flowers to create a beautiful Spring blue bouquet. Above is the set-up and the sketch.
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The underpainting is complete. It’s looking good!
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Underpainting close-up.
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More progress on the bouquet, using the palette knife.
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The pitcher detail.
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Figs close-up
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Yay, I’m done! I worked for three days on this because of all the detail and the gingham cloth. I may have overworked it slightly. Love the blues though.
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Another shot of the completed painting.

Painting process: Anemones, stripes

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Found some beautiful Anemones in town and started painting them as soon as I got home. I absolutely love anemones! Above is my set up and my sketch. The board size is 16 x 16 inches.
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Starting to work on the background with a brush. I am painting the background a green-grey.
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More progress on the underpainting.
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With the underpainting completed, I can move onto using thicker paint with my palette knife.
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Close-up of my progress with the palette knife
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Close-up of the detail on the vase.
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The painting is finished! I know I didn’t document every single step, but the actual painting time was about two days. No fruit in this one, I wanted the flowers to be the star of this piece.