DOG WALKING – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Yesterday was spent manning an art exhibition I have a few paintings in. The other person scheduled  to sit in failed to show, so I was on my own. There were not many callers and I spent my time painting this – so not all was lost. It was from a photo I took last year which I altered considerably,  but I loved the figures in the dappled light and the contrast between light and shade. I was quite pleased with the result.

The exhibition is in an unused shop in town we are able to use. I have had some good results in the past, though so far on this exhibition  I have only sold one painting – but there are two weeks to go.

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You can just see the painting in progress on the easel.

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

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A CLUTCH MORE OF LIFE PAINTINGS – PASTEL AND ACRYLIC

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I tried an acrylic painting of this lady at another venue a couple of days earlier  and gave up and walked out as there was not enough time to make radical corrections as things went a bit awry. This version in pastels,  of another pose, seemed to fall into place easier.

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I liked the angle on this pose, in acrylics, as everyone else worked from the front.

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The model asked for a glass of water during this session. I thought that it made a nice accompaniment.

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This guy looked a bit wary, like we were about to whip away his manhood.

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I dont normally like long poses and once again struggled to get all the figure in, but I took a low angle which gave the pose a bit more interest.

Other life apintings for sale can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

A TIME TO REFLECT IN THE SUN-ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Just a bit of fun with this one. I saw some of this as I came out of life drawing in Liverpool and added more bits to it to supply a narrative and add to the pun. I had a bit of a battle with the loose style and all the detail and the detail seems to have won out.

Other street scenes 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.

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

A FEW BREAKS IN THE CLOUD – PASTEL PAINTING

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I was thinking of getting my oils out for this one but decided that first I might just sketch it out in pastels, and here is the result. I certainly like the lost and found edges lending an air of mystery to the piece and the way the land dissolves into the atmosphere.

I took it from a couple of photos combing the best bits although I am a little unsure of the darkness that pervades the bulk of the image even though, as I keep telling myself,  this is necessary to state the highlights.

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

DOREEN AND JULIE – ACRYLIC SKETCHES

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When I turned up for a life session yesterday I was told the model had cried off. Instead, one of the painters, Doreen, had volunteered to sit in their place. I must admit to being disappointed as I had brought paints and was going to play around incorporating some collage. However with the lighting and the way Doreen posed made it a very good study – it turned out ok in the end.

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I decided to move over to doing some life studies in acrylics. The pose was quite stiff, but by getting a low viewpoint something a little more interesting was achieved.

Life painting for sale can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com