“Dixon Dining Room” 24″ x 18″ oil on canvas

I recently completed this oil painting and wondered, what made me choose this room to paint? Why did my heart respond to this image from a magazine, and not others? I believe it’s the personality of the designer shining through, combining his love of beautiful things with his decorating skills. The creator of this sumptuous room is Barry Darr Dixon. As Victorian era art critic John Ruskin wrote, “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

Years ago the talented Mr. Dixon decorated a dining room for a showhouse in Washington, D.C., which was featured in a magazine. I liked the dining room so much I saved the photos so I could look at them again and again. I loved the walls, with seven coats of paint layered and blotted down, giving the appearance they’d been aging for years. The warm colors he chose gave me the feelings of happiness and optimism. And the iron mirrored screens reflecting all that beauty? Sublime! I had to paint it.

Now that the painting is hanging on my wall, I enjoy looking at it everyday.  It has an old soul, and is elegant without seeming to try. I haven’t met Mr. Dixon, but my intuition tells me this not only describes his room, but him as well!

I stained the canvas, then drew the room in pencil.

I applied silver leaf  to recreate the reflection of the gorgeous screens.

Starting a painting is so much fun because you see quick progress.

In the studio, work in progress.

The finished painting. Click here if you would like to purchase a fine art print.


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