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Landscape Impressionss V and VI - abstract gouache paintings

These two use the same colour combinations, one with a high horizon line and the other with a low one.

 Landscape Impressions #V by Marion Hedger
12.5x17.5cm (5"x7") Gouache on canvas board
coated with acrylic varnish.
Purchase this painting HERE
These little paintings make an ideal gift
The varnish on this little gouache painting gives it a tough,
resilient coating that protects it from moisture and means it can be framed without glass.
It has been mounted on black MDF board to fit directly into an 18x24cm frame

Landscape Impression #VI by Marion Hedger
12.5x17.5cm (5"x7") Gouache on canvas board
coated with acrylic varnish.
Purchase this painting HERE
These little paintings make an ideal gift
The varnish on these little gouache paintings give a tough,
resilient coating that protects them from moisture and allows framing without glass.
they are mounted on black MDF board to fit directly into an 18x24cm frame
These have given me the idea of doing a series with limited colour combination maybe red and yellow, blue and green and so on.

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