DROP IN THE OCEAN – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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I have seen a number of poured acrylics recently and decided to have a go myself. I have always liked the effects of poured paint and experimented with it around ten years ago with oil based gloss paint and below is one of my more successful ventures, Marrakech,  which, because of the lightfastness of the gloss paint, now hangs in my conservatory.

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I did not think you could get the same filigree effects with acrylics that you could get with the more viscous oil paint and so mainly used the liquid acrylics in a more dilute way such as in Dancing the Blues Away, which I posted some time ago, in 2015, on this blog.

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So my prejudice has been exposed and I realise it might be worth experimenting with the liquid acrylics in a more concentrated form. I must admit my first attempt included as much manipulation as pouring as I played around with the paint with a palette knife, but the strands and swirls gave a satisfying result and looking at some of the work other people have produced,  further variations can be had with the addition of silicone oil. I will be having a few more goes.

Other acrylic paintings for sale can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

 

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AFTER THE STORM – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I put this out in October 2015 on this blog and then entered it into a number of local exhibitions but there were no takers. It also resided on my websites for a year and a half  and with the lack of interest I decided to replace it on my main website, but last week someone saw it on one  of my other websites which I dont update too often and they bought it. It just takes the right person to come along  and see it and you have a sale.

It has made me resolve to check what I do have out there on the web as it might have been embarrassing if I had cut it up and used it as scrap paper which I am prone do when practising techniques or developing paintings.

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STORM PATROL – WATERCOLOUR SKETCH

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I was watching some TV about seabird colonies in Scotland and the scenes of the wild sea made me want to try some techniques I saw in a book by Nita Engle. There is no brushwork in this painting except to use them to flick paint onto the paper and a little bit to finally render the seabirds. She actually uses an applicator to squirt the paint onto the paper so that you can get regression with the waves – a degree of control  that you cant achieve by flicking.

I did a second painting – Headland – which more reflected the programme, although the headland just appeared out of the marks so I did use a bit of brushwork to bring it to prominence .

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I might use some pipettes I have to mimics the spray application and gain a bit of control with the waves.  However I do love the wildness that this approach brings. So I might bore you with another one soon.

Other seascapes and landscapes available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

 

TIPPING POINT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020413(1)I was going to do this as a mixed media piece with pastels, similar to an earlier one of waves I did, but as I started painting I wondered whether it could be all done in watercolour, so this is the result. Using pastels allows a more gestural approach with the mark making which I suppose is more reflective of the restlessness of the sea, so I am wondering if this is a little static. I’ll ponder a little further.

Other seascapes and landscapes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

THE PATH TO THE BEACH – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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There was almost as much paint removal as actual painting in this one as I tried to  get the dark textures in the foreground. I added some figures at the end which do draw the eye through. I loved the dark shade leading out into the bright light.

Other coastal and seaside paintings are available for sale on my blog: grahammcquadefineart.com

CLIFFTOP – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Happy New Year to all. I decided to start with something a little uplifting as we in the northern hemisphere are now turning to the sun. I’ll save the fields in winter for another blog for when the hangovers have cleared.

Other seascapes and landscapes are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEET THE SEA – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I  was wanting another painting for my beach series and thought about this one based on the area around Kaikoura on south island. I wanted to play around with the light catching the tops of the hills. It’s a start, but I think I need another go. I did a version of this before and put some people in, so that might be an addition for the next try.

Other landscapes and seascape are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com