31 August 2016

Here we go again - will I never learn!

 30 paintings in 30 day challenge
Collage of all 30 paintings
What was I thinking! I've signed up for another of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge.
I probably won't complete 30 paintings, as my family visitors are here until the 9th September. If I'm lucky I might be able to cheat and paint a couple over the next two days when they are all staying in our holiday apartment in Nice. I have not been painting much this year as my father was ill and passed away in February and I have been organising the probate, add that to never having time in the summer anyway and I now feel I need a kick to get started again. 

These challenges can be hard, the pressure is all self inflicted, but it certainly helps to boost confidence and increase skills. 

I have taken part in 30 painting in 30 days challenges before and afterwards and always amazed at what I have achieved. They are not all winners of course, but many of them are. The collage above is of last Septembers challenge. Read the original post here.
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30 August 2016

Ikebana 4 - Burnt Orange Chrysanthemums

Ikebana 4 - Burnt Orange Chrysanthemums
Oil on canvas panel
by Marion Hedger
24x30 cm (approx 10x12inch)
Palette knife painting
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16 August 2016

Working Loose on Peonies, Bowl of Beauties


Bowl of Beauties floral still life
by Marion Hedger
Peony oil painting
20x20cm deep box canvas (1.5inch)
Edges painted purple
Painted with a palette knife.
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Soft Edges
Obtaining soft edges with a palette knife is difficult, so I first painted the peonies followed by the background. Where I wanted soft edges, I swiped palette knife across the edge to soften it and mix the paint. Where necessary I added extra paint on the knife before swiping going from the petal into the background and sometimes vice versa.

Close-ups
Here are some close-ups showing this



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