MELLOW FRUITFULNESS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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A view of one of my apple trees in the autumn. I liked the mellow light coming through. Now it’s up on the screen  I think I might need to get a bit more texture in the left hand shadow. Leave it with me .

Merry Easter to everyone. At least we look like we have escaped the threatened snow I hope you all do – well, except for the skiers perhaps.

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WHAT’S GOING DOWN – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I just liked the forms of the ducks and the gentle ripples on the water in this one. I had to go in with a stiff damp brush and do a bit of taking out on the water to make some sense of it.

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DURHAM CATHEDRAL – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

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I was asked to do picture of Durham Cathedral or some other Durham church related topic. The request was vague and remained so despite my probing for more direction. I know from old, that my interpretations can be way off the mark than what is swimming around in someone else’s head. Well, I did my best. I showed one painting of the cathedral in  an earlier blog, but that was really done for my own pleasure as I liked the lighting. But you never know it may suffice. Here are another two.

I’ll present these three and see how far off the mark I am. If I present another painting of a Durham subject in the near future, you’ll know I missed. It’s like playing battleships – on half imperial sheets.

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COCKTAIL HOUR – PASTEL PAINTING

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Just wanted to try this scene in pastels. I liked the light  and the complementary green and reds to which I added to keep the rhythm going.  The figures seem a little stiff now that they are up on the screen, but I was trying  out a subject that was more than a life model pose and which contained some context. This is something I would like to explore  further.

Other pastels of figurative subjects are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

UNDER BRIDGES – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Another canal scene, but this one is the Lancaster Canal as we came back from Glasson Dock. Again I loved the gloomy atmosphere dissolving the distant land and a shot of light in from the right, illuminating  surfaces and edges. All done in just three colours: Ultra Marine blue, Cadmium red and yellow – all on the warm side.

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

HEADING TOWARDS RAIN – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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I liked the dark background behind the sunlit fields and path and the way the light was reflecting off the tops of the trees. I tried a block approach, using square brushes, but in hindsight should have primed the paper with a strong undertone. I might then have got a bit of vivacity with the primer showing through, complementing the rough approach.

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