Visiting the LAF artists: Dawn Hall

By Sally Pudney on 4th March 2016

Down to Walton on the Naze yesterday, to visit Dawn Hall, whose paintings focus on her coastal surroundings – boats, waves, and beach and marina views.

Dawn works in acrylic, oils and pastel, and often works on a large scale. For our exhibition, though, she has painted a number of smaller pieces, as we do not have the space to accommodate very large pieces. Dawn told me she has other small paintings planned, which she intends to get finished in time! She showed me some of the paintings she is working on in her lovely spacious garden studio. I was interested to see that Dawn is trying out the new Ampersand boards, which I was looking at the other day in our local art supplies shop, Tindalls. She has found them a useful surface for acrylic painting, so I think I will give them a try! Like me, Dawn also paints on mdf and hardboard, though unlike me, she also paints on stretched canvas, which I find too ‘bouncy’!

To find out more about Dawn and her work, check out her website

When I left Dawn’s house I couldn’t resist going down to the Naze and onto the beach as it was such a lovely day. The tide was quite a long way out, but I still got a few useful sketches and photographs. The Naze Tower, which has been having a lot of restoration work done over the winter, is now free from its net of scaffolding and looking very fine, and I was interested to see the new Essex Wildlife Centre which has been built next to it, and is due to open – I think –  in April!

Another week has whizzed by! – how can it be Friday again! Well, hope you enjoy your weekend 🙂

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