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Paint Box Studio at the Beach

Students painting still life at Paint Box Studio at Beach Studios.

The Paint Box Studio 2020 winter season at Beach Studios has begun! On a beautiful Friday, our first class featured three painters, two beginners and one continuing from our December series.  The new space has great energy and is full of light and life.  Located above a childcare facility, there are times of laughter and elation from below reminding us to be young at heart and embrace our joy.

We began with a still life of tall white Calla lilies and small red and green apples on a neutral background.  The three painted very different compositions as I focused them on color and the contrasts.  We started with mixing colors, variations of green and an array of reds.   We took a few breaks to step back, look and discuss.  Martha shared her images of visiting the Van Gogh exhibit in Frankfurt, Germany.  It was a refreshing for the beginners and I urged them to open their minds to color, contrast and expressionism.

The class was a great start to my series of classes at Beach Studios.  I am grateful for the space and honor the dedicated artists who use the space in a practical and professional manner.   I am open to new students and encourage all levels of painters to give my classes a try.  Why not create enrichment time for yourself in 2020?  I know I can help expand your vision.

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The Paint Box – Open for 2020

Summer Stillness 2019

Paint Box Studio painting instruction will start the first Friday in 2020, January 3! We will paint at Beach Studio in Middletown, next to Deblois Gallery. Space is limited, so please reply via email if you want to join! If you know anyone who may be interested please forward and suggest they contact me.

Reach out to me about painting instruction

4 Fridays: $220

Paint Box Studio at Beach Studio is scheduled for Winter & Spring 2020 in four week blocks:
Jan 3-24
Jan 31- Feb 28 (no 2/7)
Mar 6-27
Apr 3-24
May 1-22

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Back to the Easel- Sign Up Today for Painting Lessons

Join me in the beautiful light and soothing setting of Pete’s Paint Box, right in the heart of Newport, for small group or private lessons in oil painting and drawing.

Lessons are structured just for you and group settings start at $45 for three hour sessions.

Contact me today- let’s get painting!

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Pete’s Paint Box

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Expand Your Vision

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Saturday, Jan 5  3 – 6 PM

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Winter 2019 :

Painting Lessons with Pete

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Please join us on Saturday, January 5, 2019, for an OPEN HOUSE at the Jewel Box, a.k.a Pete’s Paint Box. Sip some tea and explore the possibilities, Peter is open to creating a special winter oil painting program just for you. Expand your vision and get back to the easel. To inquire: art@peterdickison.com

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Petites Collection

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Newport, RI

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Gratitude

David L Smith at Swain School of Design

I was talking to a painter at Hatch Street Studios the other day who turned out to have studied at the same Art College I had, just a year or two after I graduated.  We had not met before.  As we talked about our art school, the Swain School of Design, which has since been absorbed into the University of Massachusetts in what is now known as the College of Visual and Performing Arts in New Bedford, we realized how much we had in common.  It was affirming how our experiences as young artists at Swain had molded us and how very grateful and fortunate we were to have had the educational experience there. 

Swain was a transformative, special kind of place, where an amazing, devoted and talented faculty came together who brought even more visiting artists and designers at the top of their fields.  We numbered barely 200 students at any given year, and it seemed as if so many great minds had come together just for us.  I have since been reflecting on gratitude, specifically a full measure of gratitude for my chosen path that went through the fertile ground at Swain.

At another studio at Hatch Street I chatted with one of my former Swain faculty of the painting department, Severin Haines.  Sig, as he is known, is a naturalist painter of landscape subjects that are springboards for refined and brilliant color exploration.  We had Sig for painting and also for a special Color Theory class that met in the old stone stable that was our library.  I remembered with my fellow alum Sig’s discussions and the rapture we all held for gorgeous color.  When looking at our color study projects the group often fell into an orgasmic orgy of oohs and aahs.  Color was King, and we pledged fealty to its power.

Now I teach painting to beginners and advanced students.  The understanding and sensitivity to color I developed at Swain is central to me every day I teach.  I think it is important that as a teacher I share my own formative training with students, to reveal the lineage that has brought me to them.  So today my gratitude is full for the teachers who taught me to see, helped me find my voice, and gave me the confidence of knowing I was meant for this.

I could not be the artist I am without Sig Haines, David Loeffler Smith, Dick Dougherty, Ben Martinez, James Bobrick, Leo Kelly, Nicholas Kilmer and the others who made the magic happen at Swain School of Design

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Article Repost: Why Are Some People Better at Drawing than Others?

"Study of Arms and Hands" by Leonardo da Vinci, 1474.
“Study of Arms and Hands” by Leonardo da Vinci, 1474.

Life’s Little Mysteries is a column that “answers fascinating questions about the world around you and the stuff in it.” This reposted article speaks to brain function in drawing activity, and how to unlock your ability to do better at drawing. Enjoy the read at this link: http://bit.ly/1vDemVn

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Painting Class at Whetstone

Late in August, one of my outdoor painting students invited the class out to her summer residence to paint on the grounds overlooking the ocean. I didn’t have to think very hard before accepting, and we all went out on the designated morning on a steamy summer day.

After a brief look around, we all decided it would be best to keep to the shade; the day promised to be very hot despite the nice sea breeze. The view was east toward Sachuest Point with a prominent rocky ridge just at the near coast. The place was quintessentially coastal New England, with the kind of summer light one never forgets. My painting from the morning is shown here.

I felt the need to see some part of the house in the picture. It seemed like being on the porch of the house was part and parcel of looking out at the ocean there. But instead of painting from the porch, I painted the porch itself, along with the wicker chair one would need to spend the morning looking out, reading, writing and considering the eternal.


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Painting class at Whetstone. If you look closely, one student is visible on the porch.

Whetstone painting ©2016 Peter Dickison
Whetstone, 2016, oil on linen mounted on panel, 20×28 cm.

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Color Investigations

Radiolab podcast has an episode devoted to thought provoking discussions of color, both scientific and theoretical.
Prepare to have your mind blown somewhere oer the rainbow.. listen here

or mosey over to radiolab and listen to the Color episode here.

ultraviolet-Gaillardia
The same flower shown in the light range we see and how a bee or butterfly sees it, including the ultraviolet range.