Painting process: small landscape, 8 x 8 inches

Step one is a very loose sketch, setting up the composition and using marks to indicate direction and texture.
Step two is blocking in colour with a saturated wash. making the colour a shade darker than what I see.
Step three is adding the thick paint with a small palette knife, starting in the background and getting warmer and more vibrant as I work my way towards the foreground.
Close up of the top of the painting.
Close up of the trees and fields towards the bottom of the painting.
Here is the finished product. You can see that in the distance the colours are cooler and become warmer and more vibrant towards the middle and slightly cooler again as it moves into the foreground.

New work: En plein air

I just had to paint outside. Even though it was a pretty hot day, it was cooler outside than in my studio. I gathered some flowers, grabbed a cold beer, set up my stuff and painted this! Didn’t stay out long, the sun was brutal. I am very happy I took my studio outside.

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

 

To artists, crafters and other creative people in Essex & Suffolk…

Are you interested in quality handmade artist boards for painting or other mix media projects? My Father-in-law has some surplus materials in his workshop, enough to create ten 16 x 16 x 1.5 inch cradled art boards – the same type of board that I paint on.

They are made from 9 layer birch ply and oil tempered hardboard. Very sturdy, professional quality, ungessoed, selling for £15 each.

Please email me if you are interested – info@hwdixonfineart.com

First come first served!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New painting alert!

Just finished this last night.  I makes me so happy!  I loooove this one. See more new work at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London during their Spring Exhibition.  I will be showing with the John Noott Galleries again. Please check their website for more info and images of new work.
Just finished this last night. It makes me so happy! I loooove this one. See more new work at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London during their Spring Exhibition. I will be showing with the John Noott Galleries again. Please check their website for more info and images of new work. 

Something new: Naive style portraits

I have been working on a project involving portraits with a narrative.  The naive style of the portraits gives a nod to illustration and helps the viewer see the painting as a whole and not  a traditional portrait.  I have been painting a few on and off and I think these three are the best.  I am still figuring out where I'm going with these, but I think I'm headed in a good direction. Above: "Red locks and hollyhocks" oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches.
I have been working on a project involving portraits with a narrative. The naive style of the portraits gives a nod to illustration and helps the viewer see the painting as a whole and not a traditional portrait. I have been painting a few on and off and I think these three are the best. I am still figuring out where I’m going with these, but I think I’m headed in a good direction. Above: “Red locks and hollyhocks” oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches.
"Meet me by the tree" oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches
“Meet me by the tree” oil on cradled panel, 16 x 16 inches
"The couple" oil on cradled panel, 30 x 30 inches
“The couple” oil on cradled panel, 30 x 30 inches

Latest painting: “Late Spring bouquet with figs”

Sorry, I haven't been posting too much lately.  I have been focusing more on my art Facebook page and my Instagram. Maybe it is the convenience of being able to post quickly from my phone. Anyways, I wanted to share a recent painting I have done.  I used several photo references to create this one. It was freeing in a way, not having to paint what I see right in front of me. Below is the sketch and you can see I am starting to block in the colour.
Sorry, I haven’t been posting too much lately. I have been focusing more on my art Facebook page and my Instagram. Maybe it is the convenience of being able to post quickly from my phone. Anyways, I wanted to share a recent painting I have done. I used several photo references to create this one. It was freeing in a way, not having to paint what I see right in front of me. Above is the sketch and you can see I am starting to block in the colour.
The colour has been blocked in.
The colour has been blocked in.
Here in the finished piece. "Late Spring bouquet with figs", oil on board, 16 x 16 inches, £635.
Here in the finished piece. “Late Spring bouquet with figs”, oil on board, 16 x 16 inches, £635.
A close-up of the bouquet.
A close-up of the bouquet.