I took some watercolour paper and covered it in red, also adding some splashes of greens, blues and yellows. The figure was into the light and allowed me to use the highlighted edges to define the outline. I let a lot of the background come through with the risk of  underworking the forms. I like the head as it turns away and restricted its size to get the hands in. Perhaps I should have just made a portrait of it. I brought some of the greens and yellows into the figure. Perhaps I could have used them to create form rather than decoration.

Other life paintings are on my website grahammcquadefineart.com


  1. Thanks for the complements. I do some abstracts, if you look on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com on the gallery page – oil section- there are a number. But I mainly do landscapes, figures and flowers


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