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

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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

BEACH DAYS – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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In the end I plumped for something upbeat to start the new year with; the summer days to come – well at least for us poor northerners. This was taken from a place where everyone is currently luxuriating in hot summer holiday days.

It was either this painting or one of a hyena. I might keep that for the Chinese new year, well it is the year of the dog.

I did like the way the primary colours of the sunshade blaze out against the dark sea and the shaded figures contrast against the dry,  hot sand.

Happy New Year.

AFTER THE STORM – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I put this out in October 2015 on this blog and then entered it into a number of local exhibitions but there were no takers. It also resided on my websites for a year and a half  and with the lack of interest I decided to replace it on my main website, but last week someone saw it on one  of my other websites which I dont update too often and they bought it. It just takes the right person to come along  and see it and you have a sale.

It has made me resolve to check what I do have out there on the web as it might have been embarrassing if I had cut it up and used it as scrap paper which I am prone do when practising techniques or developing paintings.

Other seascapes and watercolours are available on my website. Get them whilst you have the chance : grahammcquadefineart.com

READING ON THE BEACH – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I must admit to losing interest in this painting midway through, though I do love the cluster of readers under the umbrella. I noticed that there were a lot of these small libraries on beaches in Normandy, France. This was in Fecamp and there was one in Etretat. The hut had the label:  Lire a la Plage and people came down and read in the sunshine. It seemed amusing to see people fully clothed clustered in a group reading, ignoring the temptations of the beach.

I may have another go, focussing on the people and  cutting out the bulk of beach and cliffs, though the shadow of the cliffs gives a good counterpoint.

Other beach paintings are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

STORM PATROL – WATERCOLOUR SKETCH

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I was watching some TV about seabird colonies in Scotland and the scenes of the wild sea made me want to try some techniques I saw in a book by Nita Engle. There is no brushwork in this painting except to use them to flick paint onto the paper and a little bit to finally render the seabirds. She actually uses an applicator to squirt the paint onto the paper so that you can get regression with the waves – a degree of control  that you cant achieve by flicking.

I did a second painting – Headland – which more reflected the programme, although the headland just appeared out of the marks so I did use a bit of brushwork to bring it to prominence .

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I might use some pipettes I have to mimics the spray application and gain a bit of control with the waves.  However I do love the wildness that this approach brings. So I might bore you with another one soon.

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