ROYAL BIRKDALE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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The final painting of my local series on Birkdale is of the main golf course ( one of many around here). It had to be included in a series on Birkdale. I had painted it before, but from the outside and the 1920’s modernist style with its angular shapes is really set off in the morning light. This time I did it from the ‘playing’ side – so it had to be from photos – they dont allow riff-raff  like me to trample over their lush greens. I wanted a long format to complement the previous painting I did of New Cut Lane, I posted last week and thought that the long clubhouse would fit the bill, but as you can see below, halfway through I didnt feel it was working and turned to a landscape format. Not too sure about this even, but that completes the series. I now have 14 paintings – so that should be enough. The exhibition isnt until December, so I have time to reconsider and change. Now on to the next project…

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Paintings of Southport and Birkdale are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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WAKING UP IN NEW CUT LANE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I am just completing my local series. I wanted some long format paintings and selected this view which I have painted before. It is the road out of Birkdale, across the low lying moss away from the sandduned coast. In the early morning  the light is low and casts long shadows and concocts mysterious shapes in the distance.

Other views of Southport are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

ST PETER’S CHURCH 2 + – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

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Well, I did post a version of this before which was very similar. This is another for my exhibition of local views. I put the first one in an earlier exhibition and it sold – hence the revisit. I am particularly interested in getting this view in, as the exhibition will be held at my framer’s shop, which is opposite the far end of the church – so local interest.

As compensation for a repeated image, it is birthday season in these parts,  so here are a couple of cards I have painted for the celebrations.

 

Paintings of animal, vegetable and mineral subjects are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com or grahammcquadefineart.co.uk

SPRING EXPLODES ON WALMER ROAD – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Yep, another of the local series. Perhaps it was the pollarded tree,  spearing its overgrown branches heavenward, emphasising the outpouring of spring growth, that caught my eye as I walked to the newsagents this early May day. It foretold days of promise with summer yet to come.

Fresh greens and yellows against  purpled shadows – it was pleading to be painted – I couldnt refuse.

Other scenes of Southport are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com and grahammcquadefineart.co.uk

 

 

 

BIRKDALE LIGHT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Back to my build up of local paintings for the  Christmas exhibition. This is just around the corner from the location of some of the previous ones I have posted recently.  In fact, I posted a version of this particular view on one of my first blogs in November 2013. It sold and later I found out is was my next-door neighbour who bought it. That was a bigger painting in acrylic.

Since then things have changed and the grasping claw of big business has pushed itself amongst  the rows of independent traders that make up the commercial community. A Sainsburys opened a convenience supermarket on the other side of the road. The newsagent – next to where the two figures are standing – diversified and became a very popular real ale/cider/coffee shop ( you can see the segregated, outside seating area) when Sainsburys proposed the selling and delivery of newspapers. The cafe/bar still sells newspapers and runs delivery rounds, but now you can get a coffee, or something stronger, if you, like me, pick up your paper. It was a very shrewd move by the owner.

Other local Southport scenes can be found for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com or grahammcquadefineart.co.uk 

BIRKDALE MORNING – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Continuing with my painting of the locality. This one is again of the ‘Village’  with the train station behind the two figures and the level crossing behind the central car. A previous post ‘ Sitting Pretty in Birkdale’ is situated in front of the last house in the main grouping. I did like this mass of buildings with all the internal shapes and the early morning sun shining on one of the faces. I added the two figures and was quite pleased with the outcome.

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

DUKE STREET CEMETERY – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Continuing my series of paintings of local landmarks. This is one of Duke Street Cemetery. I posted a version in May, but had reservations about it. So I had another go. The buildings are a bit more proportional and believable –  the tower is a very peculiar shape and I got some more shots of it to double check the shape. I also got the headstones in better proportion on this one. I still have my reservations about it, but I need to move on. I read an article by an artist who said that when they completed their work they put it away immediately and reviewed it after a couple of weeks. They felt that they got a much more objective view of it after a decent break. So we’ll try that.

Other paintings of Southport are available on my blog – grahammcquadefineart.com or grahammcquadefineart.co.uk