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Provence late afternoon oil painting

Provence late afternoon 15x15cm (6"x6") Oil on box canvas Back to my usual colours today. I aimed for more of a mood painting with this one.

Zorn Palette mixing and study

Yesterday I experimented a little with the Zorn palette. I did some mixing on my palette to discover some of the various hues that can be created.
The palette
The mixes
There are some lovely shades of pink, oranges and peaches in there. The purples are not looking too bad either but I could not make any greens.

Study Painting
Zorn palette landscape study 10x15cm (4"x6") oil on gessoed panel I did this small practice painting to test some of the colours I could make. This time I did manage to get a sort of green that leant towards the yellow ochre.
The surface was too small for this, so I need to repeat this exercise on a larger panel. Compare this painting with a similar scene using my normal colours
Meandering Path, Landscape painting 15x15cm (6"x6") oil on canvas panel Palette knife on a multi-coloured ground 
To purchase this painting CLICK HERE Conclusion
The Zorn palette is much more subdued and would be good for autumn scenes, sunrises and sunsets. I can see that by ad…

Zorn Palette Webinars - St Marks Square

I am participating in an on-line webinar run by Ken Vloothuis over 4 Saturday evenings. It is all about using the Zorn palette to become familiar with values.

The Painting
St Marks Square WIP, 40x50cm (16"x20") oil on canvas Last Saturday's subject was St Marks Basilica. The building was loosely painted with the focus on the activity in front of the church i.e. the people.
It was an interesting exercise and my first time of
painting a complicated building and putting people into a paintingusing black as a major colourThe palette
The Zorn palette uses only two colours
cadmium red and yellow ochre pale plus ivory black and titanium white.  Those of you who know my paintings will realise this is a far cry from the colours I normally use.

Ivory Black
I do find the ivory black very dull and flat, but this may be because of the brand of paint. It was a last minute decision to join in and I did not have any black in my arsenal of oil paints. So I had to make do with the only one I …

Lavender and Olives SOLD

Lavender and Olives, Provence Landscape Painting 18x24cm (approx 7"x11") Oil on canvas panel, painted with a palette knife. SOLD Contact me about commissioning a similar painting HERE

Calm at the Lake rework progress

This is how the painting looked after I scraped back some of the pastel
And after the first stages of the block-in
And this is how it looks at the moment
I still need to work on it a while and will the update in a couple of days.

I used mainly Rembrandt pastel. This is now at the stage where I wish I had some softer pastel to give me a few juicy strokes.

I feel it already looks better compositionally, and would be interested in what you think or if you can see areas for improvement.

Check out the original version and my reasons for reworking it HERE

Reworking 'Calm at the Lake' pastel landscape

I have been participating in on-line landscape tutorials hosted by landscape painter Johannes Vloothuis for some time now. I feel more confident in my landscapes due to his webinars and can look at some of my older paintings with  more critical eye. As an exercise I have decided to rework one of my old pastel painting 'Calm at the Lake'.
Calm at the lake, Pastel on sanded card I liked this when I first painted this and still do to a certain extent, but I can now find several landscape  errors. The painting is on good quality sanded paper so I will scrape off some of the pastel and overpaint.

Things I like about the painting
Colour combination - the purples set of the greens very nicelyThe waterOverall designItems to fix
After studying the painting these are some of the things I want to change.
The sky should be the lightest area in the painting. This sky is light but I feel it is not light enough.The mass of the mountain is too dark and does not recede enough. It needs to be blended…

Camargue Duo Sunrise and Sunset oil paintings

Camargue Duo Sunrise and Sunset Each painting - 18x24cm oil on canvas panel Painted with a palette knife
These two paintings show the difference between the sunrise and sunset over the Camargue marshland. The flamingoes just had a touch of pink, do they change colour with the seasons?

Provence Landscape paintings SOLD

Yesterday I participated in another street exhibition in one of the local villages. I met lots of people who liked my art and sold four small paintings which was nice.
Provence Landscapes by Marion Hedger When I arrived home, I had also sold one of my paintings via my Etsy store 

Camargue Sunset oil palette knife painting

Camargue Sunset 18x24cm (approx 7"x10") Oil on Canvas panel See Here to purchase
A sister painting to Camargue Sunrise see HERE