The Big Easel

The Big Easel

I make big art on big canvases and the easels I have are not always able to hold my work. Help me get the right tool for my job.

We did it!

On 7th Apr 2015 we successfully raised £805 of £700 target with 15 supporters in 28 days

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Whoa! We did it! I am so tremendously grateful! And now I want to tell you what's happening next...

Canvases are expensive. In fact, those huge 5' x 4' canvases I have? They cost nearly £50 each to buy. OUCHTOWN.

All the extra funding above THE BIG EASEL purchase, I'm putting that cash into canvases. Big ones. I'm gonna give that new easel a workout and it's gonna be AMAZING.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart and the deepest, weirdest, artist-iest part of my brain. I couldn't have done this without you.

Namaste. xxx


Project aim

I make BIG art on BIG canvases and the easels I have are not always able to hold my work. Please help me get the right tool for my job.

About the project

I once painted a 5 foot wide by 4 foot tall canvas: the biggest thing I'd ever painted (that wasn't a mural) and IT WAS GLORIOUS. I have another huge canvas desperate to be painted but have no way to support it.

The old method consisted of rigging two easels together (A-frame types) and adjusting them constantly. If I pushed a brush too hard in one place, the easel on that side would wobble and misalign. Repeat this problem over and over and you understand why I continue to have large unpainted canvasses.

Help me raise £700 to cover the cost of a Mabef M/02 Easel.It's sturdy, will last me a lifetime, and help me do my job better than ever.

I know many of you love what I do but can't purchase a painting. 

A gift of support is the next best thing to buying work by an artist you love. It shows your appreciation and helps them continue their dedicated work. A few pounds that may have gone to a coffee shop will help me reach my goal. 

Thank you so much for your support.

Let’s do this! xxx

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Wanna see me in action elsewhere?My portfolio site is at My shop site is Visit my InstagramFacebook, and Twitter accounts. Want to know more about me personally? I have been a blogger for over ten years at

Above: My work storage room. This is where works are filed until they sell or are in a gallery exhibition. The drawers (can be seen in the righthand image) are full of smaller works, mostly in mounts.

Above: Me stretching some small canvases, a big work in progress on an A-frame easel, and me stepping back to make some decisions on a diptych I had temporarily attached to a scrap board for extra support.

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About Jen: American born, internationally-selling artist, Jen Dixon works mostly in mixed media abstract and figurative painting. She is also an illustrator, writer, and teaches life-drawing. Originally from Indiana, she became a British citizen, and lives in a small village on the North Cornwall coast of England.

Having led her first art classes at the age of 6, she carried on with art throughout her school days by selling pencil portraits and sign-painting for local businesses. She taught art to young teens before achieving a degree in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.Jen has been a working muralist, corporate display artist for former national retail giant Musicland Group (US), and a commissions painter.

Jen’s art hangs in private collections around the world and can be purchased directly.

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