I don’t know what fascinates me about these cottages, just off the road at the foot of Clieve’s Hills as you approach Ormskirk having travelled across the moss, inland from Southport. I did them as a watercolour (shown on this blog on September 24th) and have previously painted them plein air by the roadside, although the best view point is in the middle of the road, which isn’t much good.
Perhaps the middle bale needs a bit of tidying up as I look at is as I write.
This is another from one of my early morning cycle rides. It is a scene which I have painted in situ before, but to get this angle, with the fence posts, you need to be sat in the road, so a photo was the safer option.
I was attracted to the pattern of light and shadows. It was just a shame there wasn’t a bit of light on the cottages – maybe I should have painted some.
As my with my previous painting, this was painted in three colours, ultra marine blue, cadmium yellow and winsor red.
A painting from a couple of sketches I did the other day when I was out on the bike. I was pleased with the texture of the wheat in the foreground. The background lacks the mystery of my previous Clieves’ Hills paintings, but I’ve tried to keep it together with a limited palette.
I took a number of photos when out painting recently. This is from a photo of a view I have painted before, but not in watercolours. I liked the way the grasses worked against the farm buildings and it allows me to explore the depiction of foreground texture.
This is from a photo from last year. I wanted to have a go at foreground texture. I have posted views from these hills before. They are the biggest feature for miles and I do like painting them. I did post a plein air painting from these hills here a week or so ago. Not sure about the middle distance before the dwellings.
Another view from the hills near my home in Southport. The hills are only small, but as there’s not much around this part of the Lancashire plain, people come for the view. You can see the mountains of Wales and Liverpool and of course the Lancashire plain. The trees here which line the lane, overlooking the plain, are wind sculpted from the prevailing westerly winds -although you cant see it from this angle.
As the sun goes down on a bright day it can make for a great picture
This was from a previous evening’s painting session. I liked the partially obscured trees and buildings that lined the top of the hill and the tight spectral range of the view. There may be even room to increase the green of the cornfield in the foreground to link up closer to the trees behind. Taking a few photos allowed me to paint a long format view which is a format I am quite fond of.
I went out the other evening to do some painting. I went out to some hills to the east of Southport. After painting the view I rode around the top of the hill and took some photos in the evening light. This was the lane that runs up and over the hill. It was a route I took when I went to work, either by car or cycle. I liked the grouping of the buildings with the evening light coming in from the left. I have painted many other buildings in the vicinity as well as views from the hills. It’s a good place to paint.
I did this for a local exhibition coming up in July. I’m still not sure about it. It goes back to earlier work I did on the passage of time and links that and my interest in the local landscape. Clieve’s Hills are some small mounds behind the drained marshlands which are themselves behind Southport where I live and the coast of Merseyside. I have done many paintings of them. Like most projects it started well, but inch by inch I began to lose the control I wanted and it ended up becoming something that I hadnt envisaged or really wanted. I suppose that’s why you keep going – to get a satisfactory outcome.
I will put it on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com. Have a look at what’s there.