17 August 2017

Autumn Gold, Writing Product Descriptiions

Autumn Gold
by Marion Hedger
24x30cm oil on canvas panel


This panting is featured in a Fine Art America (FASO) newsletter article on writing painting descriptions. Dave Gaeda of FASO is writing a series of articles on why painting descriptions should be written in the third person. He contacted me after I commented I would find it very difficult to do so. It was interesting to go through this process. Going forward I will use some of this in my new descriptions and gradually convert my present descriptions to follow a similar format, a daunting task.

Read the article and let me know what your thoughts are on this type of description.

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12 August 2017

Which Way is UP?


video
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Help me decide which way round to frame this colourful abstract.

Meadow Song
Intuitive Abstract Art
by Marion Hedger
Part of the 'Connections' series
Medium: Acrylic on Panel
Size: 30 cm / 12 inch x 30 cm / 12 inch x 5mm


Finished with a high gloss varnished and polished with wax to give a satin glow.


Framed in a black floating frame, it is ready to hang on arrival.
The overall framed size is 34x34cm and 3cm deep.

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11 August 2017

Wonder, Intuitive Abstract Art

Wonder (5014)
Intuitive Abstract Art
by Marion Hedger
Part of the 'Connections' series
Medium: Acrylic on Panel
Size: 30 cm / 12 inch x 30 cm / 12 inch x 5mm

AVAILABLE

Finished with a high gloss varnished and polished with wax to give a satin glow.

Framed in a black floating frame, it is ready to hang on arrival.
The overall framed size is 34x34cm and 3cm deep.




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10 August 2017

Abridged, Intuitive Abstract Art

Abridged (5006)
Intuitive Abstract Art
by Marion Hedger
Part of the 'Connections' Series
https://artbymarion.co.uk/workszoom/2437391
AVAILABLE

Finished with a high gloss varnished and polished with wax to give a satin glow.


Framed in a black floating frame, it is ready to hang on arrival.
The overall framed size is 34x34cm and 3cm deep.
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09 August 2017

Work in Progress on my easel

Work in Progress
Both are 40x40cm

I am treating these two painting as a diptych at the moment. Time will tell if they will remain joined or go their separate ways.

Let me know if you think they should remain as a diptych or you can see them splitting up.

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08 August 2017

Whispers, Intuitive Abstract Painting

WHISPERS
Intuitive Abstract Painting
by Marion Hedger
Part of the 'Connections' Series of abstracts
30x30cm acrylic on panel


Will they come closer together to hear the gossip? or drift further apart?

Finished with a high gloss varnish and polished with wax to give a satin glow.


Framed in a black floating frame, it is ready to hang on arrival.

The overall framed size is 34x34cm and 3cm deep.

07 August 2017

Abridged, intuitive abstract

 Abridged
Intuitive Abstract
Part of the 'Connections' Series of Intuitive Abstracts 

Sometimes we feel alone, but there are always connections if we make the effort to try and connect

Part of the 'Connections' Series of intuitive abstracts.

Finished with a high gloss varnished and polished with wax to give a satin glow.
Framed in a black floating frame, it is ready to hang on arrival.

The overall framed size is 34x34cm and 3cm deep.

06 August 2017

Beyond What we Know, intuitive abstract painting

Beyond What We Know
by Marion Hedger
Part of the 'Connections' Series of Intuitive Abstracts 

This intuitive painting is an interaction between the painting and viewer. Imagine what you can see.

Finished with a high gloss varnished and polished with wax to give a satin glow.

Framed in a black floating frame, it is ready to hang on arrival.

The overall framed size is 34x34cm and 3cm deep.

05 August 2017

Intuitive Abstract - Escape Route

 Escape Route (5004)
by Marion Hedger
Part of the 'Connections' Series of Intuitive Abstracts 

Making connections is a good thing but sometimes we just need to escape to somewhere quiet. From her 'Connections' series,  this intuitive painting by Marion Hedger captures our interactions in a busy world.

"This painting shows the busyness of everyday life, look closely and you can see lots of activity. At the same time there are escape routes away from all the activity"

Finished with a high gloss varnished and polished with wax to give a satin glow.



Framed in a black floating frame, it is ready to hang on arrival.

The overall framed size is 34x34cm and 3cm deep.

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04 August 2017

Imagining Possibilities

 Imagining Possibilities
by Marion Hedger
AVAILABLE

A contrast between light and dark. Imagine what possibilities this painting conjures up and let me know .

30x30cm (12x12") on panel
framed in a black floating frame and shipped ready to hang


03 August 2017

A Time of Promises

 A Time of Promises
by Marion Hedger
Connections Series of Intuitive Abstracts 

An intuitive abstract painting with a hint of nature. The blues and lilacs of this piece will fit into any decor. 

30x30cm framed in a black floating frame and shipped ready to hang

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30 July 2017

Work in Progress on the Easel


These two boards (40x40cm) are on my easel at the moment. My idea is for a diptych with overall dimensions of 40x80cm (16x32) so I am working on both of them together. Whether or not they remain a diptych only time will tell.

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29 July 2017

Unusual Tool for Mark Making


I like to work on a ground that has lots of suggestions of colours and some texture that will inform what happens next and help to build up the overall finished painting. I add lots of lovely layers of thick paint in different colours and scrape them back sometimes with a spatula, sometimes with sandpaper or steel wool and sometimes using the magic tool in the video.


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28 July 2017

New Abstract Series Published

My first series of intuitive abstracts, 'Connections' are all up and available on my website. Click on the image to view larger version on my site. I am still working on adding more to my abstract portfolio and I think I might be getting a bit obsessed with the proces. I love adding layers and scraping away to reveal previous colours.

 

To keep up to date with my latest paintings (I added a new one today) as they are released, use the "Get New Art Alerts" link in the website menu.


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02 July 2017

New Work Releasing tomorrow


A snapshot of my new abstracts are releasing on Monday to my newsletter subscribers. Subscribe and be amongst the first to view the work and benefit from free shipping. They go on general sale the following week.

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'.