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Olive Trio, Day 13, 30 days hath September challenge

Olive Tree Trio
30x24cm (approx 12"x10")
Oil on gessoed panel
palette knife painting
Day 13, 30 days hath September challenge

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After completing the last four tree paintings, I realised I hadn't included any olive trees. So for day 13 I selected a prepared panel I had gessoed earlier.
Olive Trees
This is an amalgam of trees from different photos but I quite like the way it came together. I wanted to show how olive trees are blue, turquoise and green all at the same time, particularly if there is a slight breeze blowing.
It is slightly larger that the other four paintings (which can be seen HERE) and this allowed me to concentrate on the form of the trunks. I love the rough, tactile, gnarled bark of the olive trees, a product of the hard pruning they receive.
Niçoise speciality
Here around Nice the olives produced by the trees are very small, but they are delicious and are a Niçoise speciality. We have three olive trees in the garden but I have never preserved the olives as it takes ages to get them to the edible stage. Raw they are extremely bitter and have to be soaked in brine.

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