New Landscapes 2018

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A collage of recent landscape work. Sizes vary from 10 x 10 inches to 24 x 24 inches.  I really enjoy the challenge of creating the various green shades.  When it cools off a bit I will get back out there and do more plein air work, until then I will stay cool painting landscapes in my studio 🙂

Sun Room Gallery, Colchester

I’ve been painting up a storm lately and my small studio in my little cottage is bursting at the seams. My lovely In-laws let me hang my work in their sun room. If you wish to view these paintings in person, private viewings can be arranged by appointment. Located in Colchester.

New small works for sale!

I have been working on a new series of 8 x 8 inch studies on 1.44mm gessoed artist card. They sell for £200 each (unframed) and there is free shipping within the UK, £7 internationally. See more works HERE. I will be adding some landscapes soon. Email me at info@hwdixonfineart.com for more info or to purchase.

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‘Garden Narcissus’ oil on card, 8 x 8 inches, £200

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‘Black Auricula’ oil on card, 8 x 8 inches, £200

 

Small study: Anemone Bouquet, 8 x 8 inches

I ordered a different brand of oil colour than usual last week. I usually use Winsor & Newton or Daler Downey Georgian paints because of the affordability. I decided to try the Schmincke range. I did a little floral still life to test out the paints. Above is how i began my painting.
Last week, I ordered a different brand of oil colour than usual. I usually use Winsor & Newton or Daler Rowney Georgian paints because of the affordability.  I decided to try the Schmincke range and did a little floral still life to test out the paints. Above is how I began my painting.
I am working on the background, making sure to incorporate it in the clear vase.
I am working on the background, making sure to incorporate it in the clear vase.
Background done.
Background done.
Working on the foreground. Remembering to bring those shadow colours into the vase.
Working on the foreground. Remembering to bring those shadow colours into the vase.
The next step is to work on the stems and leaves.
The next step is to work on the stems and leaves.
With highlights added to the vase, it is complete. I complete the flowers and this little study is now finished. I have to admit, I am loving the Schmincke oil colours. The reds are fantastic. I will do another small study before attempting a larger painting with these new paints.
With highlights added to the vase, it is complete. I work on the flowers and this little study is now finished.  It will be available soon in the small works online shop.  I have to admit, I am loving the Schmincke oil colours. The reds are fantastic. I will do another small study before attempting a larger painting with the new paints.

Small landscape: Poppy afternoon-painting process, 14 x 14 inches

So, I painted another small landscape.  This one is full of lush greens and vibrant poppies.  Here is the underpainting.  I left blank spaces for the larger poppies to make them pop.
So, I painted another small landscape. This one is full of lush greens and vibrant poppies. Here is the underpainting. I left blank spaces for the larger poppies, the red paint directly on the white background will make them pop.
I always start with the sky when it comes time to add thick paint with a palette knife.
I always start with the sky when it comes time to add thick paint with a palette knife.
Here is the painting filled in with the first layer of thick paint.  I play around with other colours and move it in different direction in order to add depth and movement.
Here is the painting filled in with the first layer of thick paint. I play around with other colours and apply it in different directions in order to add depth and movement.
With more colour added.
With more colour added.
painting close up
painting close up
Because the foreground is in some shadow the majority of it has cooler greens.  I add a bit of a warmer lime green to hint at some sunlight and also to highlight the path of the poppies.  I don't want too much red on green, the direct contrast can be jarring to the eye.
Because the foreground is in some shadow, the majority of it has cooler greens. I add a warmer lime green to hint at some sunlight and also to highlight the path of the poppies. I don’t want too much red on green, the direct contrast can be jarring to the eye.
cooler green and blues
cooler greens and blues
warmer greens with turquoise and scratches in the paint to hint at blades of grass.
warmer greens with turquoise and scratches in the paint to hint at blades of grass.
Here is the finished painting.  I has quite a different feel from the previous landscape post.  It is mistier, cooler in colour and bold.
Here is the finished painting. It has quite a different feel from the previous landscape post. It is cooler in colour and bold.
poppy field close-up
poppy field close-up
another poppy field close-up
another poppy field close-up

Small landscape: Spring meadow-painting process, 14 x 14 inches

I was in the mood to do a spring inspired landscape.  Using a personal photo reference,  I start with a very simple sketch.
I was in the mood to do a Spring inspired landscape. Using a personal photo reference, I start with a very simple sketch.
Then a wash of colour.
Then a wash of colour.
Starting with the sky, I add thick paint with a palette knife.
Starting with the sky, I add thick paint with a palette knife.
This is how the painting looks before I play around with a bit more colour.
This is how the painting looks before I play around with a bit more colour.
I have added some wonderful turquoise and various greens.
I have added some wonderful turquoise and various greens.
Now, it is time for the wildflowers.
Now, it is time for the wildflowers.
Here is the finished painting.  I think I captured the movement of the grasses and flowers in a spring meadow.
Here is the finished painting. I think I captured the movement of the grasses and flowers in a spring meadow.
painting close-up
painting close-up

My 5 day painting session is complete!

So, I finally finished!  I kept taking breaks towards the end.  I don't like to paint tired, I start making mistakes and I get very frustrated.  Above is a continuation of where I left off in my last post.  After I was done with the two vases I started rendering the objects on the table.
So, I finally finished! I kept taking breaks towards the end. I don’t like to paint when I’m mentally or physically tired, I start making mistakes and I get very frustrated. Above is a continuation of where I left off in my last post. After I was done with the two vases I started rendering the objects on the table.
More progress. The last step is painting the stripes.
More progress. The last step is painting the stripes.
(detail)
(detail)
It's done!  Whew, what a session.  It is too early to say what I feel about it, I am just too tired.  I will take a look at it in the morning with fresh eyes.
It’s done! Whew, what a session. It is too early to say what I feel about it.  I will take a look at it in the morning with fresh eyes.  
It is all about blue and white stripes in my studio!  I am just loving my Old Holland Ultramarine Blue at the moment.
It is all about blue and white stripes in my studio! I am just loving my Old Holland Ultramarine Blue at the moment.