Forever Flowers: New Paintings by Peter Dickison

The Dahlia Caper oil painting copyright 2018 by Peter Dickison
The Dahlia Caper

My newest paintings are featured in a new show at the Tiffany Peay Jewel Box in Newport.  “The Dalia Caper” (above) renders a close, intimate experience of a floral motif that is part of my approach.  My paintings plunge the viewer into exploring these blossoms in all their variety of color, light, translucence and structure.  Come experience my Forever Flowers for yourself at The Jewel Box, including the Petites Collection of 4×4″ oil paintings on panel.  On view through December.

View my paintings at
Tiffany Peay Jewel Box, 152 Mill Street, Newport, RI

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:

Art After Dark at the Museum 

Last night the museum highlighted several of the classes that are taught at the museum’s Coleman Center. My Portrait & Figure Monday class had a great time drawing and painting the main gallery and invited museum guests to take a shot at drawing the portrait of our model. You can see a couple of photos of the evening at Instagram.

Our model Leelee has been an intern in our MUSE program since last year, and assisted youth art teachers this summer as well. She enthusiastically stepped up to be our portrait model for the evening. Below is my drawing of her. 

Leelee drawing  ©2016 Peter Dickison
Leelee in profile, 35x28cm. graphite.
Leelee portrait by young Faye 2016
Faye Dickison, Leelee’s Portrait, 9/9/16

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.

painting class at Whetstone
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.


pocket knife sketch
Day 1, something found in my pocket. My opinel pocket knife.

Back in the winter of 2015, I accepted a challenge from my friend George to do one sketch a day for 100 days on 3×3″ post-it notes. Each week we were presented with a theme, and by searching #stickysketch100 one can find all manner of sketchy people taking this challenge. I find sketching and doodling an opportunity for humor and wit- I had a lot of fun doing these little squares in different drawing media.

My tumblr blog documents the whole thing. The post-its are numbered for each day. Those wishing to start at day 1 can start at the archive for February, 2015.