EVENING ON BIRKDALE BEACH – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Well maybe I’m starting to get somewhere on my project  of painting  local scenes. At last a  picture I am happy with. I was aided by some scratching out on this one and I also must admit to using a bit of gouache – but all in the best possible taste.

I did the original version of this on site in May, sitting in the evening sun. It does contain a wide range of colours, but then that is how it is, though on the final version I did some glazing to try and unify it. Looking back I didnt post the original sketch, so here it is.

P1030829aBelow is a snap of the scene, as I sat on top of the dunes.

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Other paintings of the local area and further afield are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com or my new version: grahammcquadefineart.co.uk

 

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STARTING THE EVENING SHIFT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I have decided to do a set of paintings of the vicinity of where I live  for an exhibition at the end of the year and at present I am struggling. I have done two paintings which  I am not pleased with and a third got sold – so very little has progressed.

So after a brief pause I have re started and this is  the first one of the Shrimpers on Birkdale Beach – I  posted a version of this in May.  Recently I went back to the place to get more information and  have another attempt and here it is. Apart from it being a bit less overworked , I still have reservations, but I have decided to leave this and get on with the job; another painting is on the way. It will arrive on your screens shortly.

Other paintings of the Southport and Birkdale area are available for sale on my websites: grahammcquadefineart.com and grahammcquadefineart.co.uk

 

BLUE BECKONING – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

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After this dose of waveforms I will return to dry land on my next blog – promise. The handing in day for the exhibition is this Thursday, so I am still looking for a painting to replace the original wave I was going to submit, as I mentioned in my previous blog. After doing this one above, I realised that a simple waveform could convey more energy than the more complex one in my last post. I was certainly pleased with this and the serenity it conveyed but I wanted to have another go at the one with rocks and here it is, below.

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So one goes into the exhibition, well to the selection panel, anyway.

Other seascapes and sea related subjects are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefine.com

BREAKER’S THUNDER – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I  was assembling some paintings for the town’s big exhibition which takes place in the main Art Gallery. I had a few lined up for submission but last Saturday  I got a call from my framer who asked if I still had my painting of  a wave. This was going to be one of my entries. I  took it around to my framer who duly sold the painting to a guy who had seen it when it was displayed there in March and who  waited until now to make some enquiries.

It was a nice problem to have and  I thought I would do another couple and see how they turned out. Above is the first one. A second is in progress. I included some rocks on this one and really like their warmth against the cool colours of the sea.

It may be a bit over complicated when compared to the one I sold ( and displayed in February on this blog). I certainly liked the first one’s simplicity, which is  maybe why it caught the eye of the buyer  – see below.

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Other scenes of water and the sea are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

THE SHRIMPERS OF SOUTHPORT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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The project of doing some local scenes has once again taken another backward step, in a similar way as with the last two paintings I posted.

I went down to the beach to observe  the local shrimpers coming back from the sea with their harvest and decided on a scene to paint, but I was disappointed with the result and abandoned it at the sketching stage.

I then cobbled together the  scene which I  painted above, but I made so many changes and additions as I progressed, that  I would need to do it again if I were to contemplate trying to sell it. At least the exercise crystallised my thoughts as I  dragged parts from six  photos but even then I had to make up bits.

In the end I got something which might work and I can now go back and get some more reference material,  aware of what it is I’m looking for.

Other local Southport scenes are a available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

SHORELINE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

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The last of the seaside paintings – well at least for a while – I promise. This is from the sketches I posted earlier.

I also did a painting of the water surface sketch I published in my last blog.

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Other seascapes and beach scenes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

SCENES OF THE OCEAN – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

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When I was on holiday I took many photos of waves in order to paint some seascapes on my return. I had these images on one of my memory cards which I placed inside my computer case for safe keeping. It didn’t work: I lost the card and with it many photos of my holiday. Fortunately I had two other cards full of images, but not many of the sea. Anyway I have a number of images from other stays by the seaside and a few on the other cards so I tried out some sketches.

Here are a few of them. I will try working these up to bigger paintings, in fact I’ve already started on one.

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The last one is mixed media which is what I wanted to explore, but I was happy with the straight watercolours so I have decided to stay with that.

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So there will be a few more paintings of the shoreline in the coming weeks.

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