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This is another in my café/France series I started a few months back. I put some of those paintings in a small exhibition at a local Bistro, though nothing sold. They were in the blocked style I have been experimenting in which may not be to everyone’s or anyone’s taste, but undeterred I thought I’d do another one.
This was at a café in the south of France where we were eating and three musicians came by and started to play. Within seconds a couple jumped up and started to jive. It brightened up a dull day.
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I published the first version of this on 29th June and although I was happy with the style I felt I had included too many extraneous bits in the image. I wanted to concentrate on the three people enjoying their drinks in the sunshine and some other figures to provide the context. I also wanted to cut down some of the foliage, if you can excuse the pun, as well. Really, in the end it was just about making the central figures larger and focussing on what really matters.
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About a year ago, on August 20th 2014, I did a version of this image in watercolour. I thought I’d give it a go with the style of acrylics have been playing with. I did the original watercolour in portrait format, but decided on a landscape format for this one. In hindsight the portrait format could allow more focus on the point of action. I also wonder whether I am getting too dark in the shadow areas. I think I need some darks but I think I am going too uniformly dark. I will try a more varied approach on my next painting. Well it keeps you busy and off the streets.
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I did this on white paper and so dont have patches of undercolour showing through. The guy in yellow with his hand behind his head, half in and out of shadow, attracted me at first, but as a worked, his dining companion, the lady with the sunglasses, took over as the focal point.
I am not sure whether a unifying undercolour might help here. It seemed to make it more laborious covering all the surface with paint rather than being able to leave slivers of another colour. I also had concerns over the large areas of shadow and the rather crudely painted roadway, but I will give it some space and look at it again later. With acrylics reworking areas are very straightforward.
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This was from some photos I took in Calvi, Corsica. I have posted a set of café scenes last year on this blog but a number of them were disappointingly flat. I recently saw an article in the UK magazine Artists and Illustrators by Hashim Akib. I liked the vibrancy in his paintings – I presume it is a him- using chiselled brushstrokes and juxtaposing tones and hues.
So I thought I’d have a go with this street scene in Calvi. I was pleased with the result. I can feel the heat amid the slabs of colour and it has forced me to be less descriptive. I am pleased enough to try again and do a version of the boules players I did a few weeks back in situ, whilst on holiday. I’ll post that when I’m done.
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This is the tenth and last in my café series. The myriad of passages in Venice have many small shops and cafes and this was one in a dingy and worn walkway that ran between the canals. On the outside the buildings look almost derelict, but inside they are immaculate – or at least the ones I went into. The numbering of the houses is also very strange. Numbering is not just for a passage, but for the whole district, so the numbers go down one side, come back up the other side and then continue into the next passage and the next one until you come to the perimeter of the district. It certainly confused me at first.
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This is the ninth painting of my café series. As I painted it I thought that it wasn’t going to work as it just seemed to be a series of rectangles. Then as I added the details the image started to look interesting. I also changed the colour of the central figure’s blouse which was blue and taken from another photo. I also added a glass of wine to start packing more colour into the central area and it seemed to come out better.
I liked the light cutting into this shady square in France at a high and low level, especially as it bounces off the parasols. I was tempted to put something or someone in the foreground as it looks a bit bare, but resisted. I hope it gives the feeling of the quiet you get in France when everyone is at lunch.
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This was a painting I did some time ago and is on my web site: grahammcquadefineart.com. Now as I was looking for subjects for the Café series I thought that it was quite relevant, but the original looked a bit insipid so I thought that I would redo it. It was a hard job and this took me two goes. Looking at this it could still do with a bit more work. However it does capture the heat quite well, so I am moderately happy.
Another painting for the café series.. I loved the light coming in through the leaves in this late summer scene in New York. Other paintings are on my website grahammcquadefineart.com