I went back to an old life drawing group and because you never know what time you have for a pose I took my pastels because I can get something quickly down with colour. Fortunately the group decided to have a two hour pose, so I was able to work on a decent size and this means you can get some small details down which can give the painting a bit more punch. The model was up on a plinth and I took a low position to exaggerate the foreshortening. I was quite happy with the outcome, although it was a shame I didn’t get her feet in, despite measuring out the painting before I started. Maybe next time.
A change of pace and materials. My old pear tree succumbed to honey fungus and I got myself a new one and decided to make something out of the trunk. As it wasn’t very big I was a bit limited to subject and thought about carving a backbone. In the end I opted for the easy option.
Other carvings and ceramics are on my website grahammcquadefineart,com
The bandstand on Lord Street is a well known landmark in Southport. A few years ago we staged some art exhibitions here, displaying our paintings around the bandstand. We sold a few paintings on the first morning but very little thereafter. It was very cold standing around in May and after a couple of years of poor sales we gave up.
It was only when I looked at the photo that I saw that the area behind the bandstand could better blend in with the shrubbery around. I will need to get the brushes out again.
There are other paintings of Southport on grahammcquadefineart.com
I saw an image of pine trees in the winter, after a snowfall,l and I was taken by the soft cool colours denoting the background trees. I decided to have a go, but when I completed it the trees were not native to the UK and I was not happy with the foreground trees, they lacked some authenticity. I had another go, this time making the pines our local variety and felt happier with the result. As there are a lot of pine trees behind the sand dunes on the nearby beaches, I decided to ground it in our local area with the title. I have done a number of forest scenes with mixed success, some sell others don’t. I think the darkness of the subject puts people off. Still I’m happy with the outcome and might do a few more.
On my wanderings around town I was taken by the contra-jour effect of figures walking in the arcade. The cafe blinds added further darkness making the lighter area brighter and the soft shadows cast by the people seem to imply a wetness.
Other townscapes can be seen on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com
I went into Southport to get some more information for a painting I was working on and then wandered around with my camera. I have done a similar scene to this in winter, when the trees are leafless and the sun comes in low at the end of the road you see. The light can be fabulous. I was pleased with that earlier painting. This one got a bit too busy, even though I started out determined to cut out the detail. The other painting is on my website grahammcquadefineart.com in the sold painting section
I have been trying some pen and wash work at the life drawing sessions I attend with mixed results.Here are two. The male was done in pencil, then with an ink wash. I am disappointed with this. The clear lines on the female done with the pen gives some clear demarcation which I prefer. I will be trying some more. Each one was completed in 25 minutes.
Other figurative work is on grahammcquadefineart.com