EARLY EVENING ON HOPE STREET, LIVERPOOL – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Hope Street stretches between the Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals. The morning light on the Anglican Cathedral makes it a great subject. I’ve even painted it into the afternoon when it glowers over the city in full sun. However, I have never seen the Catholic  Cathedral in an inspiring light. That is, until I saw it against the evening  darkness as I waited to cross the road to the Philharmonic pub which can be seen on the left. The lights on the Catholic Cathedral show the crown against the night sky. This is another Liverpool night scene. Like most cities it has a buzz in the evening as people are rushing to get home, do some quick shopping or get a drink.

Other Liverpool scenes are on my website grahammcquadefineart.com

 

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BACK LANE, LITTLE CROSBY – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I was taking some paintings to an exhibition at the Crosby Hall Educational Trust, which opens tomorrow, when I turned down Back Lane which leads to Crosby Hall and saw the autumn trees in the sunshine. With the shaded areas in blues and purples there was a great clash of complementary colours giving the scene even more zing. I tried to paint the distant trees on damp paper whilst splattering the foreground trees. The light on the wall also gives a focus.

Other paintings of little Crosby can be found on my web site under the sold section – Artists page- grahammcquadefineart.com

ESTUARY – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I was reading about a painter who was using raw pigment with watercolour. I thought that I would have a go and scraped some of my soft pastels ( which is mainly pigment with some binder) over the wet sand area and then sprayed it loosely with water to add some texture. It has given some nice effects but the pigment hasn’t bound very well as I was unwilling to press it in because I would lose the texture.. I might experiment by adding some gum arabic to the spray. As I live by the shifting sands of the Mersey Estuary it would be great to capture some of the effects you see in the sands and this technique might open up some possibilities.

Other paintings can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com 

FLEET STREET, LIVERPOOL -ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Walking up Hanover Street after Life Drawing on a Thursday evening now that the nights have got darker earlier has taken on a different perspective. The  drab buildings are now illuminated  with shots of light and their old style of architecture is picked out in interesting shapes and shadows. Fleet Street runs off Hanover Street and old warehouses have been converted into clubs and bars. Cabs often wait up the street to join the rank in Hanover Street when a space becomes available. The street has a look of the decay that is belied under the street lights and illuminated signs.

Other Liverpool paintings are found on my website grahammcquadefineart.com in the gallery and artist-help sections.

THE CANAL AT LATHOM – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Exhibitions are coming thick and fast and my framer said he would take some paintings  to put in his window. Canals are quite a popular theme with the Leeds Liverpool canal running along close-by. I was a bit short of suitable paintings and had this image. I like the narrowboats  against the backdrop of the old mill.  I did a similar theme a long while ago where I got up close to the narrowboats, again with the mill in the background and the trees giving deep shade to counterpoint the lit surfaces. It was a favourite painting and sold quickly. This view pulls back a bit, but I thought that it would still make a great subject. Anyway it is in a frame now along with eight others. Now I need to focus on the next exhibition. Thankfully they only want two.

The other  canal painting is in the sold section of paintings on the artist page of my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

TWO FIGURES – PASTEL PAINTINGS

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I was impressed by the stark work of Mark Demsteader  and I wanted to try out a similar style. I did the one of Arthur first and although I haven’t got the aggressiveness of Demsteader’s style I like the stark tonal work on the warm background.With the second model I added more colour and did far more on the torso, but as I only had a part face to work on I wanted a more of a challenge,  besides, I was taken by the folds in the model’s flesh.

Perhaps I should try mixing the pastels with water and reduce some of the intermediate tones. Another day.

More figurative work is on my website grahammcquadefineart.com

COMINGS AND GOINGS – OIL PAINTING

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It was a year ago yesterday I started this madness – and I don’t mean the painting. I started with an oil so here is another oil. I keep meaning to do more but never get around to it. I did this with multiple glazes,  but it got a little ragged trying to glaze  around small objects. I would definitely tackle it differently if I did it again.

Other oil paintings are available on my website grahammcquadefineart.com