This is where it all began...Sky Pond 2014
And this is where we are...Sky Pond 2016
Good Night Sky Pond!
Sky Pond, the third pond at Dix Baines Studio was first opened in Summer of 2014. For the past two years it has provided a continued abundance of subjects to paint. Everything from birds, to flowers, to spectacular Colorado sunsets, are possible paintings. We enjoy our paradise daily and thought others might enjoy a daily snap shot of our views. ENJOY!
Good Night Sky Pond!
When I start a painting, after the gesso is dry, I cover the entire space with a tinted wash. This is what I use to carve out the initial image. This image was taken early on the first day.
In progress 24x30 oil on board
Starting where I left off last week on the new painting. Working through some light values that will remain in this silhouette piece.-DIX BAINES
In progress 24x32 oil on board
It's hard to believe, but the week has abruptly come to an end. It's always great to know what I'm working on come Monday morning, so after going through some images, I decided to revisit a smaller piece I did last year and expand both the image and the size. Even when painting a similar image, it's a bit like snowflakes, in that no two are ever exactly a like. This particular image is actually a view of Sky Pond looking to the west. A great place of inspiration for an artist. -DIX BAINES
Tinted 24x32 board painted with gesso
I have watched Dix Baines paint for the last 34 years, 19 of which he has painted full time, and the magic of the whole process never ceases to amaze me. That someone can first conceive the image mentally and then bring it to a tangible physical creation, continues to leave me awestruck. As he paints from life, anything that captures his eye can be the subject of one of his paintings, but as his work is exhibited in The Broadmoor Galleries, located at the historic Colorado Broadmoor Hotel, images of the property are always in high demand by patrons and often included in his repertoire of images. Located on the property is the beautiful Pauline Chapel, a favorite wedding location, which has been the subject of many of his small paintings for the property. Like many artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, Dix Baines often revisits an image in different sizes, formats, and light. This particular view is to be at twilight.
Once the image and size are determined, the process to start a painting is always the same. After cutting the board, it is painted with gesso and a tinted wash is applied. A scratch sketch follows and this part always seems a bit like he is carving out the image, just like a sculptor carves the image out of stone. Finally, paint is applied. His signature signifies that the painting is complete and can be shipped to the gallery. Eventually, it will find it's way to the wall of a collector and every time they look at the painting, it will transport them back to that time, that place, that moment when they escaped life and enjoyed the beauty of The Broadmoor Hotel. - Kathlyn Gogarty-Baines @ Dix Baines Studio
1. Cut 8x6 board, painted with gesso, and the wash beginning to be applied
2. The sketch
"Pauline Twilight" 6x8 oil on board $650
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“I am drawn to the things which speak to the senses; the light and atmosphere of landscapes, the impressions of a moment or place, and the spirit of nature and of people. It is important to me to strive as an artist to paint a variety of subjects and to paint each equally well. I paint often on location, or from life. Whether researching sporting life images, landscapes, or places from abroad, painting directly from the subject is essential to capturing the impression of what I see.” -DIX BAINES