One of our favorite painters, the exuberant and lively Amy Dixon, called us a few months ago to tell us she was coming to town.
Amy in her studio (with assistant)
She had graciously donated one of her iconic wine bottle paintings to the High Museum Wine Auction, which is a huge fundraiser for the museum and a really big deal around here. She was planning on flying in to attend the auction and shindig.
Amy’s well-known for her loose and luscious portrayals of wine bottles, beer bottles, martini glasses and steins…she donated this painting to the High Museum of Art Wine Auction.
Amy has lots of friends and fans here in Atlanta, and she agreed to our idea of having a painting demo here at the gallery. We love doing painting demos: it’s so fun to watch the artist get into their special place - and learning about techniques and tricks is invaluable if you’re a painter.
Sure enough, we had a full house of artists and we all hung on Amy’s every word. Amy brings an entertainment value to the whole demo concept: she dons her painting outfit (which consists of paint-spattered jeans and a top that are so cool and edgy that she’s often stopped by people asking her if she bought them at Neimans…)
She’s also lots of fun and chats away the whole time she’s painting. She welcomes questions and shares plenty of little tips. We loved watching her mix her palette and, with deft strokes, create little masterpieces.
She’s a very painterly painter, and we have always loved the texture, drips, layers and light she incorporates into her work.
My Pleasure, 12 x 12
Lost Love, 10 x 10
Amy’s also got a great sense of humor, which we think translates beautifully into her work. Her renditions of our fave bubbly had us all salivating:
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Amy also paints the most delicate and ethereal figures that are barely there on the canvas.
By The Window, 36 x 48
After about two hours of hard painting, Amy packed up her brushes and paints and dashed off to the auction, leaving behind some very happy people. Amy’s joie de vivre is contagious and we all think we caught a little of it last Friday. Thank you, Amy.