A STAND OF TREES – WATERCOLOUR SKETCH

p10203981I was working on some bigger and more intricate paintings when I saw an advert for travel which depicted a river valley. I loved the colours in the photo where green was the mother colour but didn’t overwhelm. I felt I needed a rest from my acrylics and banged out this sketch this morning. I decided to add a stand of trees as a focal point which I masked out, but in hindsight should have just protected by keeping the area dry instead. I intended using only three colours, warm red warm blue and warm yellow but quickly realised I needed a cool blue to help out and get the depths of colours that were needed.

Other landscapes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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REEDS AND LAGOONS ON THE ESTUARY’S EDGE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

p10203721Here is another painting in preparation for my upcoming exhibition of landscapes from around this area. These are the reed beds and lagoons out on the Ribble estuary. Maybe it could do with a bit more life in  it, it looks a bit stolid, though I do like the reeds against the water and the sky.

Other landscapes of the Southport area are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

MARTIN MERE AT THE CLOSE OF THE DAY – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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This is Martin Mere, a bird sanctuary to the North of Southport. In their reception area they allow art exhibitions and I’ve taken up a slot in April/May. I have decided to focus on the landscape between the Mersey and the  Ribble Estuaries of which Southport is a part..I thought that I might do some of the wetland areas  here which is close to the Ribble Estuary.

Other landscapes of the area are available for sale  on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

WINTER TREES – WATERCOLOUR SKETCH

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I was watching TV and there was an artist Norman Ackroyd painting some watercolours of woods in winter. I loved the greyness of these images along with the bare trees and after the programme I made up an image, just using washes of greys blues and purples just to see where it went.

Norman Ackroyd  is  a printer and I think he coordinated this year’s Royal Academy summer show. Some time ago there was  an infrequent series on the tele called “What do Artists do all Day” – a title which amused me. He was featured in it and it showed him  working on an etching of seabirds encircling a far flung Scottish Island. Needless to say some of his day was spent in a hostelry whilst he was waiting for things to develop. It’s a hard life, but someone has to do it.

Other landscapes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

OUR FAVOURITE TABLE BY THE WINDOW – ACRYLIC PAINTING

p10203771I wanted a break from the landscapes I am painting for an upcoming exhibition and had some images of when I went back to my home town of Hastings a couple of weeks ago. We stopped off in the old-town and had some lunch at a small café and there was this couple seated across the café, next to the window, which I thought might make a good subject.

Other acrylic paintings of café scenes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

THE WINTER SUN AT FORMBY POINT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

p10203751I mentioned in my post of Birkdale beach how, if the marram grass doesn’t establish you get sand that extends into the sky. This is another painting for my upcoming exhibition on local landscapes. I originally did it half imperial, 52×36 cm, but wasn’t happy with it so I cropped it to 25x36cm. I think it says the same thing only more eloquently.

Here is the original:

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Other paintings of Southport and beyond are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com