Things are getting a bit hectic around here. I am off on holiday shortly and I needed to get an exhibition up and running yesterday. I am also just completing a commission that came in last week and when I come back from holiday I have another exhibition. This painting is for that later exhibition. The exhibition is about the local landscape and I need a bit of time to assess this latest effort and see whether I want to include it. I may be forced to as I need 30 pictures.
Assembling the paintings for my landscape exhibition, which starts next week, I was including the painting below. It was an old painting I quite liked, but I wondered about the flat area in the middle and whether the images needed linking better. So I painted in a wind sculpted tree which spread across the centre touching the different areas.
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The old tracks and roads which crisscross the Moss behind Southport where I live start to heave and bend as the land around dries out. The poles which adorn the roadside then tip like dancing men. Here is a typical path which disappears out of sight done in pastel.
A view from one of my recent early morning cycling forays, spurred on by the unseasonal good weather. This is the end of the single track lane that crosses the low lying moss from Southport, inland from the sea. You can just see the steeple of Halsall Church behind the tree.
I did this in three colours, ultramarine blue, Winsor red and cadmium yellow, letting the colours mix on the paper before adding more detail.
This is actually a painting I did a few months ago and the original is on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com. I liked certain aspects and I decided to enter it into a local art exhibition, later this week, but on framing it I had a few doubts. I took it out the frame and started to do more work on it , particularly in the middle ground and tried to link the themes a little better. I think it is now much tighter. The proof of the pudding will be whether the exhibition judges accept it or not.