31 December 2016

My Personal Favourites of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close I would like to wish you all the best for 2017.
A huge thankyou for all your support and encouragement.
. You all allow me to continue in my art journey.

Here is a flashback to my favourites of the year. Which were yours?

Light Catcher


Bluebell Wood

Autumn Gold

Wildflower Fenceline

Lavender and Yellow

A Quiet Place

22 December 2016

Impasto Roses - SOLD

Impasto Roses by Marion Hedger

Old Fashioned
Roses still life palette knife painting
Oil Painting
24x30cm (approx 10x12")
Oil on canvas panel
Sweet Memories - Roses still life
Oil Painting
palette knife paintings

17 December 2016

Poppies Commission Painting

Poppy Trio
30x30cm (12x12) on MDF canvas board

This painting was a commission painting based on a previous painting.

Coincidences do happen...

The orignal was painted a few years back and had no interest. It eventually sold at the end of last month. The next week I received a request for a new version of this for a commission. Funny how something can be ignored for ages and then suddenly two come along at once - a bit like buses.

My collector was so pleased with it, that he has requested another two slightly larger paintings...

The original Painting

He wanted a lighter background and the poppies to stand out more. Obviously he felt I had achieved what he requested. He's happy and I certainly am.


09 December 2016

Varnishing Day

Paintings ready for varnishing

I normally leave my paintings as long as I can before varnishing so that I know the paint surface is nice and hard before I send them, and I usually varnish right before posting. I have a standard 3 day turnaround for sale to allow for that.

Of course, at this time of year there are always last minute orders so today I busied myself varnishing them plus some extras in anticipation... Monday is the last comfortable day to ensure they will arrive in the US/Canada in time for Xmas so the varnish should be nice and dry by then.

I like to use a satin varnish as I feel this gives a nice balanced semi-glossy surface which enhances the texture of my knife paintings. I make up my own mixture usually 1 part gloss varnish to 2 parts matt. My brand of preference is Winsor and Newton and I buy the small bottles which I tip into a jam jar which is the perfect size.

When I painted in acrylics I only used matt varnish which toned down some of the shinyness of the acrylics but nowadays, I find myself more drawn to the more glossy finish. Maybe I shall start using gloss varnish, but I feel that can be a bit harsh when the light shines on it.

What do you use? Do you varnish or not? Leave your comments below.


Lavender Wonderland oil palette knife painting

Lavender Wonderland by Marion Hedger palette knife painting Oil on artist quality 3mm thick MDF canvas panel, Size = 30x 30cm (approx...