I have been playing with this idea of chasing the unattainable of late. It started with an earlier post – Evening on the Beach on 16th November –
where I had some images of a family on the beach. I added some gulls for narrative and I liked the notion of the younger sister chasing the older sister in her endeavours. The painting didn’t satisfy me and I thought of focussing in on the two children in their chase.
I began a painting in this vein but still wasn’t happy with the composition. Here is a half completed version still in a portrait format and very similar
I felt I wasn’t close enough to the action and needed to approach it differently to get some feeling of involvement. I had to find a whole new set of images to cobble together the composition. l also decided to dispense with the blocking approach I have been using with acrylics recently as I couldn’t get the textures I wanted for this piece.
I’m still not sure if it is complete, but I need to rest it for a while and look at it later, but I think I’ve made a few steps forward, or at least sidewise, crablike.
Other acrylic paintings can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com