A FLURRY OF LIFE WORK – ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

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I had a cull of some paintings recently and got out the grey undercoat and some left over emulsion and covered them over and took the toned sheets to a few life sessions. Here are the results. Each one took about an hour and a half, allowing for the tea breaks and socialising that goes on. The one above was mainly done with square brushes.

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This one had a warmer background of my left over emulsion, again, mainly square brushes.

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This was done mainly with a palette knife, accentuating the warm background with a cool palette

P1020466(1)aMeditating man, here I coated some of the surface in masking fluid to see what effect I got. I probably didn’t use enough.

P1020467(1)aAgain more masking fluid used and again, not enough  and again the use of square brushes.

Other figurative work is available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

 

TWO LIFE STUDIES – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Two recent life paintings, one done yesterday. As you can see I have just purchased another can of water miscible grey undercoat. It does give a good medium/light tone to paint on and also means I can overpaint old paintings. It has a blue tinge which I must admit I am not fully exploiting on these sketches but in these sessions of just over an hour there isn’t too much thinking time, let alone anytime – but it’s always a challenge.

I like the water-miscible  undercoat as you can take some along with you and use it to correct if need be or work into the painting, as in the second one, without causing solvent smells and being able to clean your brush easily.

Other life paintings are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

LIFE STUDIES OF TWO FIGURES – ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

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I was going to present a café scene today, but I got bogged down with all the tables and chairs so instead here are a couple of life studies. The top one was done today. I wanted to play with liquid acrylics but struggled on my easel and with one eye on the pristine floor of the hall we meet in, I decided to abandon the approach. Despite reverting back to brushes, I do like the effect that the liquid acrylics gave and need to work out a way of application.

The painting below was done with a palette knives and some brushes. It turned out a bit stolid, but you cant win them all.

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SEATED MODEL 2 – PASTEL PAINTING

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A client wanted a figurative male painting in a similar style to another that they own. I originally posted a version of this on 12th January 2015. The pose complements the other painting that they have. Hopefully I have emphasised the muscularity, but I did lose the likeness in the facial features which I felt I captured on the original. I’ve taken years off the guy in this one.

Other figurative work is available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

RECENT LIFE DRAWING – PASTEL AND ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

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I just did this from an old acrylic painting – see below – for a lady who has been buying a number of my life paintings. She told me last week that she wanted one more to accompany one she has bought – Mark posted on Nov 19th 2015. I thought I would do a female in the same style. Hope she likes it.

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Girl on a Hot Green Throw was done in acrylics last week.

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The original from which I did the pastel

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P SEATED ON CUSHIONS – PASTEL PAINTING

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Playing around with watercolours I didn’t have anything to post, but this morning I went to a life group and came up with this. I’m not sure how the model leant on her left shoulder for so long but she didn’t take many breaks. I tried to keep it simple with clean touches of pastel and on a few occasions I succeeded.

Other life paintings can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com