THE HARBOUR AT LE CROISIC – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I was taken by the image of the three  sunlit boats against the shade of the harbour wall, but despite mixing colours on the paper the harbour wall has come out rather dead and there is a lot of it. Well, I thought that it was a good idea at the time.

Other marine paintings are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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FARM TRACK – PASTEL PAINTING

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The old tracks and roads which crisscross the Moss behind Southport where I live start to heave and bend as the land around dries out. The poles which adorn the roadside then tip like dancing men. Here is a typical path which disappears  out of sight done in pastel.

Other paintings of the Halsall Moss are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

2017 ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS EXHIBITION

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Well, the opening of the Artists and Illustrators 2017 exhibition last night in London, just off Trafalgar Square. No coconut I’m afraid, but it was a good experience. Thanks to those who casted a vote for me.

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I did notice my painting was the cheapest there and by quite a margin. Maybe everyone costed in their trainfare. But I am taking the opportunity  to look up old friends and relations, so it has been and will be a good trip.

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You also get a better feel for what it is that they are looking for. So maybe next year. In the meantime I’m looking at a solo exhibition in April. I’ll need to get back home and do some painting.

RED SEA – MIXED MEDIA

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Ever taken on a project that has turned into long running saga? Here’s mine – after months of work. I wanted a large piece for a stairwell on a sea theme. I  was intrigued by the structure of waves in water where, within each wave, there are other levels and wavelets – the notion of fractals and ever repeating patterns and forms.

As I built the piece I  was taken by the anthropomorphic array  of the blocks, reminding me of serried ranks of Chinese warriors or in this case the throngs who try to cross seas in search of some form of a normal life. The colours perhaps reflect the failure and success of these individuals.

The wooden blocks were made from a couple of gates that I replaced. My neighbour didn’t want any more of the wood for their stove as the paint on the wood generated a lot of ash, so I took to cutting it down into strips to make the piece. It had an extra kind of resonance that the work is made from a gate.

After all this time, and having been able to mount it on a wall, I think it could be modified further, for better impact, so I fear it could be a few more months of work yet.

Other abstract paintings and sculptures are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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THE PATH TO THE BEACH – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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There was almost as much paint removal as actual painting in this one as I tried to  get the dark textures in the foreground. I added some figures at the end which do draw the eye through. I loved the dark shade leading out into the bright light.

Other coastal and seaside paintings are available for sale on my blog: grahammcquadefineart.com

THREE FIGURES – ACRYLIC AND PASTEL PAINTINGS

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Three figures from recent life sessions, two in acrylic and one in pastel. The top one was playing around in blocks of colour and I decided to reintroduce the background into the figure. I then added more blocks outside and a feeling of disintegration  developed.

Other figurative paintings are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

HARBOUR BOATS BOBBING IN THE FLOW – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I had a number of photos of boats in the small harbour at La Val Andre in Brittany and wondered how they would look in an elongated format. I was taken by the two red boats (off different photos) against the grey green of the water.

Other nautical and beach paintings are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com