Trying out frames

These just came back from the framers. The painting size is 6 x 12 inches, framed size is 8.5 x 14.5 inches.
I have to get used to seeing my work framed, but I am coming around to it.

Video tutorial with commentary!

I think I am getting the hang of making short videos (with the help of my knowledgable husband).  I added step by step commentary to my latest one.  Below is the finished piece, underneath the image is the video.  I really hope you enjoy it!

 

music: bensound.com

Video: More progress

This video is a continuation of my first attempt getting back into plein air painting after a long hiatus.
(Lavenham, Suffolk)

Braving the elements

I painted in -3C weather today like a lunatic!  After driving around looking for a good spot, my husband and I ended up not far from home in Clare.  I found a little quiet patch in the woods where the afternoon light was peaking through the trees.  I was inspired!  Too bad it was so cold, I couldn’t stay out there long, my hands were starting to hurt quite badly.
Working on the underpainting. Due to the small size of my Pochade box, I am working with a limited palette. My palette ( from left to right); titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue and viridian.
This is where I stopped. It was just not a good idea to stay out any longer and we had a little trek ahead of us back to the car. Neither of us want to end up sick. Despite the cold, I really enjoyed myself.  Once we got home, we had a much deserved cup of tea and put our feet up.

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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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Painting process: Winter landscape, 16 x 16 inches

With it getting dark earlier, having our Christmas lights on and Christmas decor dotted around, it is feeling quite cozy at home. So, I’ve painted a winter landscape. Above is my loose sketch on a 16 x 16 inch board.
An action shot of me starting the underpainting.
Underpainting completed.
Underpainting close-up
A close-up of more progress
A close-up of the finished painting. I loved using the metallic gold oil colour.
Here is the finished landscape.

Private art lesson: Student work

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Here are a couple photos of a recent private lesson, which I gave in the student’s home.  The student was intermediate, worked in oils and wanted to loosen up. Above is a photo of a work in progress.  This is the second of two paintings completed.
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Above is the finished student painting.  Click HERE for more info about private lessons.