Sorry, no more posts :(

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I am sorry to say that I will no longer be posting on this blog. It will remain up for the time being for those who want to look back at my journey. I have created a new website which incorporates a blog and an online store. It is the same web address, hwdixonfineart.com, the new layout should be online in a few days. I share my painting process and videos though Instagram these days, you can find me @hwdixonart. I will post some studio shots, art processes, everyday life, upcoming events and art material reviews on my new blog. In my online store are small paintings priced between £175 – £250 with free domestic and international shipping. Soon I hope to include archival high quality prints to my store and introduce a subscription to full length video lessons. It’s all very exciting, I hope you make the switch and follow along! I have truly enjoyed your support and encouragement over the years. Thank you!

 

 

I’m back on Twitter!

I’m back on twitter with a new profile. I was taking a hiatus from social media, but with fresh ideas and more energy I am back to sharing my work and upcoming events. Twitter and Instagram are both another great way to connect with me and get updates. I will still be doing blog posts as well. See you on Twitter!

Video: Painting delphiniums

Here is a short video of me painting delphiniums. I know it’s a quick clip but I hope it gives you all some insight into how I use the palette knife.  If there are any other things you would like to see please get in touch via my contact page or email me at info@hwdixonfineart.com.  I am planing on doing longer instructional videos in the near future. In the meantime enjoy the clip below:

Video: First day out-17th of Feb.

The video below is from my first attempt getting back into painting en plein air.  I thought, “Ya know what?! I’m going to paint outside today!”.  I grabbed what I had, fashioned a support for my canvas board, dragged my husband along and headed out to find a spot to paint.

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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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.