Another painting for the café series.. I loved the light coming in through the leaves in this late summer scene in New York. Other paintings are on my website grahammcquadefineart.com
This is another painting in the café series.However, it could also be part of the Liverpool paintings I have been doing. Last week I had been walking around the Liverpool Biennial, looking at all the art we have in the city, and I was coming back through Liverpool One (The latest shopping precinct) on the way to the railway station, when I turned and saw this. The people were making the most of the good weather and having a drink outside.
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I have joined the Liver sketching group and they are having an exhibition. I have two Liverpool paintings so I thought that I would do one more so that I could submit a small set. This one looks up Lime Street ( the railway station is out of the picture to the left) and up Renshaw Street to the Anglican Cathedral. Catching it in the morning light gives some power to the cathederal as it hangs over the city in menace.
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Another painting in my cafe series. This one is a more considered version of the sketch I did in plein air when I was in New Zealand, which can be found in March in the archives. This time the buildings are a little bit more upright. I suppose I should have focussed more on the diners and drinkers, but the building that housed the cafe was magnificent. It was a cross between Europe and the wild west of America.
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The same model appeared for consecutive sessions at a recent life group. She even almost struck the same pose. Normally I dont like lying poses as they never seem to fill the page well. Looking at the finished results I feel I could have got up even closer, so that the head and shoulders filled the paper. Perhaps worth trying another time.
The top one is soft pastel on blue paper and the bottom one is acrylic on prepared paper.
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The second in my cafe series. I did this a while ago but a friend paid for one of my paintings so I let them have the first version of this for free. It was part of a series I did of France, but I thought that it would be good for this latest project. I like the areas of light and shade.
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This was from some photos I took in Picton, South Island, New Zealand. I loved the evening light picking out the surfaces and glassware. This is one of a series of cafe scenes I am doing. So I will post more in the near future. I started the series some time ago, but got waylaid with other projects. Let’s see how far I get this time.
Another painting I have reworked. I have had this idea of dessicated grasslands and the last time it came out like a wheat field. I certainly think this is an improvement but is it enough? I added the trees this time and whether they complicate matters and detract from the vast expanse of nothingness, I am not sure. The earlier version is on my website for a while before I take it down: grahammcquadefineart.com
I have been looking at a few of the paintings lying around the studio and thought that it might pay to do a bit of reworking. One, that is on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com , is still being worked on needing yet another amendment. This one, which is on the website and was posted on this blog (end May) also fell under the brush again. When I looked at the original posting, the figures seemed very insignificant, so I doubled their size and also increased the strip of sea. I then warmed up the sky and lightened it a bit. I did nothing to the bottom. Overall I like the concept and that is why I havent changed the layout and colour balance, other than increasing the sizes of the players. Just putting stuff on the website gives you another view of the work, almost like looking at it from a mirror.
I saw one of my floral paintings when I visited someone yesterday. I had forgotten about the painting and looking at it afresh was very pleasing. It was a floral like this one. I am a sucker for light on flowers and when I saw this in my garden I had to paint it, even though this must be the fourth time I have painted poppies. I may even have a go at redoing the painting on the client’s wall, but this time a little looser.
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