09 May 2017

It's Only Paint


Not only is my course about painting it is also about getting yourself into the correct mindset and not limiting yourself. We are often our own worst enemy, I know I am. That little devil on the shoulder saying 'You can't do this', 'No one will like it' 'What will people think?' etc. You've probably been there as well.

At the end of the day it is only paint on board, canvas or paper. The more you do it the better you will become. Some days you will produce good ones and other days not so good, but don't let this limit you. Enjoying what you do comes with letting go and not being afraid and when you feel good in yourself the world looks a much happier place.

This also applies to life in general don't you think?

Work in Progress
12x12 inch
Acrylic on 5mm board.

08 May 2017

No Rules only Principles


Work in Progress (5012)
12x12in
Acrylic on 5mm board

In the course Nicholas Wilton always stresses that what he is teaching are PRINCIPLES not rules. They are there to be used and should underlie the art but they are only guidelines.

A piece of serendipity this morning when I read Brad Teare's interesting post on debunking the myths on rules in art. I am so guilty of this, I read something and think 'Ah yes, I must do that'. Sometimes it takes me a while to realise it is not my way or my style etc.


02 April 2017

Throw Away Boards

Throw Away board.
Or should I paint over it and continue with it?

Another concept introduce by Nicholas Wilton in the course is the Throw Away Board. Have a board by the side of you as you paint. Use it to wipe your brushes, try out ideas, put your palette paper over it (upside-down) at the end of the day - anything you fancy. Throw it away at the end, or maybe it might just turn into it's own painting.

28 March 2017

Play Boards and loosening up.



The first assignments on the course were to creat an inspiration board and a desire board.

It will be no surprise that my inspiration board included the landscape of Provence, trees, flowers, spring and wildlife. These are well represented in my current art.

My desires - well this was harder. What was it I really wanted - make better art obviously but on top of that I want a larger studio, I want to feel confident enough to enter shows including juried shows, loosen up on my landscapes but without loosing the feel of them. The idea behind this is that if we don't say these things they will never happen, but somehow saying them makes them more likely to happen.

Our first painting assignments was to create two boards (12x12inch) by just putting paint down and not overthinking everything or even thinking about it. We were to call them play boards. In effect this is a loosening up exercise and fun to do. I often overthink my paintings before I start, and changing those ideas as the painting progress is hard.

These are my Play Boards


The two boards have a different feeling to them and are designed to show that it doesn't matter how you start as they will be worked on later and covered over with paint.

Fear - and taking an art course


I've been busy since our return from Namibia, catching up with a 12 week course I've signed up to. I missed three weeks while I was away but I am now on track.

It's a course run by Nicholas Wilton with a team of experienced artist. It is aimed at giving you the confidence to be certain and happy with the choices you make while painting and improving your skills. The graphic above was from a conversation between Nicholas and Cheryl Taves about 'Overcoming Fear and Resistance'.

To quote from Nicholas

"Fear and Resistance seem to creep up in our art process and grab us by the throat, often when we least expect it. It can derail our art making efforts and cause us to feel lousy about ourselves."

This is quite a strong statement but I have found elements of this in myself just lately - not knowing how to take the next steps on improving.

I find the above quote quite motivating, so perhaps taking the course is already having an effect!

Join me in my journey.

14 March 2017

Back from our safari

I'm back from my three week break. Once again enjoyed Namibia with the added bonus of going into Chobe National Park in Botswana. We were on the go all the time, with lots of drive, lots of game watching, lots of early mornings and broken nights listening to the night noises.

I could bore you all for hours, but here are a selection of photos to give you a flavour:

This little creature is a Pangolin. One of the most endangered animals. He was rescued from a restaurant about to become the main course for some Chinese businessment.


Water buffalo. A mean looking fella


About to be charged by an angry elephant... but I think he was only warning us for being too close
A more even-tempered elephant.

this guy posed for us

 And our prize photo. Such a shame they have to be dehorned

02 March 2017

Provence Poppy Extravaganza Throwback Thursday

Provence Poppy Extravaganza
Oil palette knife painting
15 x 20cm (6" x 8") on box canvas
SOLD

This is the last in the current series of poppy paintings. Although, as I get so much pleasure from painting them and I still have lots of photo references, who knows .... LOL

Painted with a palette knife, on a highly textured ground with a pink underpainting which is allowed to show through the finished painting.
Another view of the poppy meadows can be seen HERE 

26 February 2017

Wedding Gift commissions from the groom for his bride

 Commissioned Landscape paintings, all 30x30cm


Looking through my archive of commissioned paintings I came across this collage which I don't think I have posted before.

These four paintings were commissioned as a wedding present from the groom for his new bride. They were all of places that were special to them both.

This was such a sweet and loving gift don't you think?

If you would like to commission a painting of a special place for someone special or why not treat yourself, contact me HERE

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23 February 2017

SUNSHINE SMILES Throwback Thursday

Sunshine Smiles Miniature Treasure painting
4x4" on gessoed panel.
Painted with a palette knife.
SOLD

Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers, although they are not as easy to paint as you may think.  Getting the right amount of detail and looseness right is a juggling act. I like the way this one turned out, with lots of layers and textures.

How it would look framed in a floating frame

21 February 2017

Off to visit the rhinos and elephants

Coastal Morning
Namibia Impressions Series
50% of proceeds go to Save The Rhino Trust Namibia


As you read this I will be in Namibia visiting the rhinos and elephants again. Or at least I hope so. We were there two years ago at the same time of year - THE RAINY SEASON. That time we were lucky (well for us not the locals) as the drought was in full swing. This meant that the animals would all congregate around the waterholes making it much easier to spot them.

This year the drought has broken and it is much wetter, although it seems to be easing up so we may not get as wet as we first thought! This of course means that the animals will be more widely dispersed and more difficult to spot, but we are still hopeful.

This time round we are taking in the Savuti Channel and going into Chobe national park in Botswana. Keep your fingers croseed for us.
Namibia Impressions Series
Coastal Heat
12x12inch

20 February 2017

SHADY WALK oil painting

Shady Walk
Oil on box canvas
40x50cm (16x20inch)

We visited Hanbury Gardens in Italy, last summer on a blistering hot day. The gardens didn't have any parking and the only parking was on the street It was a long uphill walk to the entrance. Imagine our delight when we found this beautiful shaded pergola.

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17 February 2017

The Traveling Chickens have come to the South of France

Guess who flew in today for a visit? Senor Azul and friends. They arrived in a specially chartered jet all the way from America. I was so happy to see them but I was horrified to learn there had been a mishap on the journey and the pilot broke his arm as the plane skidded in to land and also resulting in some propeller damage.


The pilot immediately went into intensive care and the plane to the mechanics workshop.

While the pilot was getting some tender loving care, the chickens went out to stretch their legs in the garden. They were so happy playing around in the sunshine with squawking coming from all around.

To find out what this is all about and to read more fly over to The Traveling Chicken blog

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16 February 2017

Distant Shores oil pastel landscape - throwback Thursday

 I used to have 3 painting blogs - my daily painting blog (which changed to the present version), a blog for my florals and a blog for my landscapes. Having three blogs defeated me so I amalgated them into this Joy of Colour blog. In a bit of Nostalgia I was wandering through my landscape blog and came across this one painted about four years ago before I I started using oils. I used oil pastels for a while in the mistaken belief it would be easier than oils.

I reworked it from it's original version thinking about composition and leading your eye through the painting. Looking at it again, I think this might be worth doing again in oils.

Distant Shores Painting by Marion Hedger
Oil Pastel on beige Ingress pastel paper

 "A reworked painting of one I painted as part of the landscape challenge on wetcanvas.com. I added a closer headland and worked some more on the sky.
Here is the original painting"
I hope you think I improved on the original.

15 February 2017

Staying Loose with 'Paradoxical Surrender' via Brad Teare

Sky Reach
30x60cm
Oil on box canvas
SOLD

Brad Teare's latest post hit a note with me. I feel that my paintings can often be very 'tight' and it is  a constant struggle to stay looser. Often, I find myself overthinking the scene and so the painting gets tighter and tighter. Often if I scrape off the paint the resulting image provides a good loose underpainting that helps the process along. I do have to fight with my logical mind telling me that I am wasting all that paint, which with a palette knife is quite thick, but often the result is worth it.

Brad talks about not trying so hard and often this results in a better painting. This rings true as when I convince myself to just 'go for it' I am often pleased with the result.

Today's painting is one of those where I told myself to just go for it and it worked. It is one of my favourite paintings and I had it on my wall for a couple of years before I was ready to let it go.

Let me know about your experiences with just 'letting go'.

14 February 2017

Summer Meadow Painting and Painting Larger

Over the past few I have been striving to increase the size of my landscape paintings. My main size was 7x10inch and often 10x12 and I painted many smaller ones. These two are 6x6inch


Summer Meadow 1 by Marion Hedger
6x6 inch
AVAILABLE 
Summer Meadow 2 by Marion Hedger
6x6 inch
Oil on box canvas
AVAILABLE

When working smaller you really have to think of the design and paint loose in such a way that you can say what you want with less details. This can be harder than it sounds. After painting smaller it can be difficult to get back to the larger paintings.

Some of my first paintings I were on full sized mount board (50x70cm) and I didn't think anything of it, but for some reason, at the moment I have a mental block about going larger than 30x40cm (12x16"). So my aim this year is to paint larger.

I have steadily been working upwards with some 40x50cm and 50x60cm and I have purchased some large canvases 76x1000cm (30x40") - did I tell you I was addicted to buying art supplies - and they have been staring at me in the studio daring me to make the leap. Stay with me and follow my journey.

Let me know about your journey with painting large sizes. Do you do it? Do you have to change your technique or just use larger utensils?









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13 February 2017

Provence Poppy Meadow WIP

Provence poppy meadow work in progress by Marion Hedger.

Rescuing a failed underpainting Started well over a year ago. Working on this to bring it back to life. Has potential as my teacher used to say.

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07 February 2017

Abandoned Garden 2 Acrylic Painting Finished


Abandoned Garden 2
20x30cm acrylic abstract


The second half of Day 11's painting - Lots of lovely texture


 Close-up showing the texture.

 

06 February 2017

Abandoned Garden 1, Finished from Day 11

Abandoned Garden 1
Acrylic Abstract painting
20x30cm (approx 7x12in)


Remember this painting from Day 11?


I added more colour and created larger 'flowers' and then cut it into two.
Abandoned Garden 1 is the first half of the painting.



Close-up

04 February 2017

DURING THE STORM Finished


DURING THE STORM
Abstract painting
30x40cm (12x16in)
Acrylic on mountboard

Contact me to commission a larger piece

I put the finisishing touches to this painting and it is now available in my Etsy shop. There is a lot of texture on the black 'cloud'.

Some close-ups

 

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03 February 2017

Valentine's Day Gift Voucher





Art Gift Voucher for Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day would you like to surprise your loved one with a beautiful painting but you are not sure which one to choose or have left it too late? Let them make the decision or even order a custom painting of their own!

Giving the gift of an Original Art Gift Voucher from Artbymarion shows you care and will have a special meaning to the one receiving the voucher. They can choose a painting from my shop and use the voucher towards the price. Or they can commission their very own piece of art that is unique to them.

01 February 2017

White Roses Commission Painting

White Roses for Paola Commission Painting
30x40cm 
oil on canvas panel

This is the first of the additional three floral paintings requested by my collector who commissioned the poppy painting.

I love painting roses in using thick thick paint and a palette knife, there is something therapeutic in it.

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31 January 2017

30 in 30 Collage

30 paintings in 30 days, January 2017 Collage

The challenge is over and I managed to paint every day.

My personal challenge was to experiment with abstracts and experment I did. I tried several different techniques from collage and assemblage through to intuitive works and onto drawing. I liked all of my works, although some were more successful than others. Now the hard work begins of assimmilating what I learnt and putting the final touches on my most successful paintings.

Thank you once again to Lesle Saeta for hosting the challenge, the rewards in participating outweigh the self-induced stress.

To peruse the other participants paintings vist Leslie's blog and have a peek.

Thank you all for following my progress.

30 January 2017

CLOSING IN Day 30 of the 30 day Challenge


CLOSING IN
40x40cm

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Day 30 of Jan 2017 30 paintings challenge
Click Here to see Day 29's painting
The final painting for the 30 day challenge. It's been an interesting one for me and thanks for sharing my personal explorations into abstract art.
Yesterday was a miserable day and the light disappeared around about 4pm so I had to leave 'Towards the Light' to be finished another day. I had a lot of white paint left and I never like to waste anything. I grabbed a canvas I had repurposed with some gesso and started covering the canvas in broad strokes with the white dipped at random into the small piles of paint left on the palette..

This was the result:

The pastel colours appealed to me, so this morning I went with it.

Next steps enhancing the colours




The colours are getting a bit strong so I washed over them with white, diluted with lots of medium, to mute the colours slightly. I kept going like this (thought I had another photo I must have been so involved 'in the moment' I forgot to take one.

I went back and forth and the final stage was to add some thin lines and swirls. I wondered if I could achieve this with oil pastel. Oil pastel doesn't dry so I coated the painting with Liquin, left it a few moments and drew into that. The liquin will dry the oil pastel. 

Well that didn't work, so quick as a flash I rubbed all that off. I then used the oil pastel to add a few marks.

I think it needs to sit and meld for a while for me to see what, if anything, it needs.

29 January 2017

TOWARDS THE LIGHT WIP, Day 29 of the 30 day challenge

TOWARDS THE LIGHT
Work in Progress
2x50x60cm (overall 100x60cm - 40x24in)
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Day 29 of Jan 2017 30 paintings challenge
Click Here to see Day 28's painting
The underpainting:


I had an idea for this. I wanted lots of colour and raised swirls on this one. So  at this stage I went to the nearest town to see what I could find in the way of relief paint. The local art store was closed - it closes between 12:30 and 3pm for lunch - only in France! There is another store, part of a supermarket chain, that sells art materials, books and mixed media. Their art supplies are gradually dwindling but I did find some white relief paint. Triumphant I got ready to try my artistic swirls. The relief paint was TRANSPARENT not white. Ugh!

Undaunted I added more colour and, no surprises, I think it is turning into an abstract floral.

Will it become a floral? Or can I resist the urge and do something different?

By the way, does anyone know what to do with transparent relief paint?

28 January 2017

AFTER THE STORM Diptych WIP

AFTER THE STORM DIPTYCH
Work in Progress
2x50x60cm (overall 100x60cm - 40x24in)
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas



Day 27 of Jan 2017 30 paintings challenge
Click Here to see Day 26's painting

Well... I failed in yesterday's task of completing my painting. What did I do instead? Created another one of course!

Living in France the expense of shipping outside of France is high and it makes it difficult to ship large pieces, as Colissimo parcel post do not take very large parcels and DHL fees would be a large percent of the cost of the painting. I would like to paint larger. Some of the ideas this month, in my humble opinion, would look great larger.  To stick my toe in the water, I am trying the diptych and maybe triptych idea, if that works maybe then I'll be ordering those larger canvasses - I told you I was addicted to art supplies.