On Saturday I received an anonymous wordpress comment on my email. I assumed it was from Troll and deleted it. Then it struck me that it had arrived in the middle of the day and Troll unleashes it’s invective at night, probably fuelled by alcohol. I decided to chance a look at the comment.

It was from a lady who had seen a copy of this painting, of one of our local parks. Posted in 2016. She asked if it was available for sale. The image she had seen was the one below which was half imperial. Since then I had cut it down to quarter imperial – the one you see above.

But the story begins much earlier. After blogging the painting, I exhibited it at my local framers. Someone quickly decided to buy it, but wanted it in another frame. Glyn, my framer, obliged, without taking a deposit. However, when I packed up the exhibition some six weeks later they hadnt returned.

In the meantime, an acquaintance, after visiting my exhibition, gushed that she would have bought the painting of Hesketh Park if it hadn’t been sold. So I contacted her and told her that the painting was now available. It became quickly apparent that what she had told me contained as much bullshit as the promise the first ‘buyer’ had given to my framer.

So the painting came back home. I told Glyn to contact me if the first punter returned, but they never did.

I then put it into other exhibitions, cut down, in an attempt to sharpen it up. To no avail. I even removed it from my website. So when I received this enquiry I had a bit of a frantic search trying to locate it. Fortunately I still had it, but at first I didnt realise the painting the lady was looking at was the old one.

Anyway, all’s well. The lady should receive the painting today. It is a present for her son, to remind him of the days when they visited the park.

Sometimes it pays not to throw things away.

Other local paintings are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com



This is a local park in Southport I visited early one sunny morning. The glass-house has  been restored and I have exhibited paintings there over the years. The painting was done in three colours –  red, blue and yellow all on the warm side.

I decided to try a painting using  three primaries,  but on the cool side: winsor yellow, alizarin red and Prussian blue. This was of a farm near Little Crosby on a bright evening.



As the colours were more staining and not pigments which contained heavy metals I noticed that they moved about much more readily on my first wash – which is very loose. In fact there were some areas which lost their pigment completely – so I had to go back in. I then made heavy work of the ragwort ( well I think that was what it was) in the foreground. In hindsight I should have used more masking fluid and got the lit surfaces to sing  against the shaded areas. Maybe one to try again.

Other local scenes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com