Nothing for a month and then two commissions turn up in quick succession. So I’m a bit busy at present. This is the first one which I am handing over today. It is of a local church close to where the customer lives. He had seen something like this view as he travelled home and asked me to look at it. I’ve painted this church a few times, but not from this angle and distance.

Last week I went over to reacquaint myself with the view. Sitting down the bank by the roadside, with passing cars whizzing past my head, I produced this watercolour.

This is a fairly faithful version of the view. The trouble is the hedge from the road runs right across the base of the church and there were no decent trees or hedges to break the vertical plane. The customer specifically didnt want a watercolour, so I then produced two acrylic sketches which introduced some hedges and created zig-zags to inject energy. The customer had seen another painting of mine and wanted the stylised wheatfield in the foreground, which I had used.

I did one version in a landscape format.

And another in portrait format. The customer originally wanted it in landscape, but I managed to persuade him into a portrait format, which allowed for a greater depth of field and allowed me to increase the size of the church without losing the context.

I must admit that I am pleased with the final piece, as is the customer, and the series of sketches helped in getting to this resolution.

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


    • Thanks Felipe. I see what you are saying. I think it is because a lot of it was done wet into wet, almost alla prima, with thin blended washes producing those subtle transitions that you get with watercolour.

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      • They (acrylics) do seem to blend that way nowadays wet on wet; back in the 80s, when I first did acrylics, it was all huge lathering with gel mediums for me, lol! Now nearly 40 yrs later I’ve partially returned to them, and hope I can capture a touch of the luminosity in yours! Thanks, Graham 😊

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      • Thanks Felipe. Perhaps also, when you start you are a little slow and the paint has time to go off. Now, working at speed, I find that it doesnt go off fast enough, particularly when I am in a life session and I have a limited time to paint the figure and continuing will only produce mud.

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      • Oh yes, there is that; the timing of the paint drying out will either be too quick or too slow depending, lol! I got matte and gloss medium, tried it, but just didn’t care much for the final effect. Seems paint & a touch of water is what I like best, sometimes adding literally a dash of watercolor pigment in with the acrylic, though rarely with the latter right now. Either way I end up wasting more acrylic paint than I’d like, with it drying out on the palette etc. Thanks, Graham – very much appreciate the ideas and pointers! 😊

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