DUKE STREET CEMETERY – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Continuing my series of paintings of local landmarks. This is one of Duke Street Cemetery. I posted a version in May, but had reservations about it. So I had another go. The buildings are a bit more proportional and believable –  the tower is a very peculiar shape and I got some more shots of it to double check the shape. I also got the headstones in better proportion on this one. I still have my reservations about it, but I need to move on. I read an article by an artist who said that when they completed their work they put it away immediately and reviewed it after a couple of weeks. They felt that they got a much more objective view of it after a decent break. So we’ll try that.

Other paintings of Southport are available on my blog – grahammcquadefineart.com or grahammcquadefineart.co.uk

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MORE LOCAL IMAGES – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

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The heatwave continues -not good news for my garden – forcing me  up early to explore the local area. I see these cottages when I travel by train into Liverpool and their shapes always catch my eye, so I set my stool up along the lane which leads to the railway line, As I painted  a dog came along and attacked me, knocking over my cup of tea, and water container.  It wasnt very big – just a nuisance. The owner followed and kicked the dog away and wanted some info on my website and prices  – but as to yet no sales,

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The next day I set down by the River Douglas, warily watched by grazing sheep – though none attacked.  which meant I could drink my tea

. Wading birds stilted the muddy flats and squabbling ducks caused a heron to fly off for more  peaceful fishing.

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This is a bit further down the River Douglas . I wanted to get closer to the moored boat, but despite over half an hour of trying I had to settle for this  original view. I have a rule where I dont paint things I can barely see, but after all my efforts and the sun getting higher,  I let slip this rule, though with my telephoto lens I did get enough should I want to paint it at home.

Other views of the Southport area and other landscapes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

THE SHRIMPERS OF SOUTHPORT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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The project of doing some local scenes has once again taken another backward step, in a similar way as with the last two paintings I posted.

I went down to the beach to observe  the local shrimpers coming back from the sea with their harvest and decided on a scene to paint, but I was disappointed with the result and abandoned it at the sketching stage.

I then cobbled together the  scene which I  painted above, but I made so many changes and additions as I progressed, that  I would need to do it again if I were to contemplate trying to sell it. At least the exercise crystallised my thoughts as I  dragged parts from six  photos but even then I had to make up bits.

In the end I got something which might work and I can now go back and get some more reference material,  aware of what it is I’m looking for.

Other local Southport scenes are a available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

BIRKDALE PAINTINGS – WATERCOLOUR

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Another medium term project I have set myself is to assemble a set of paintings from around the vicinity where I live to show in my framers shop window around Christmas. The framers is almost opposite the end of this church. This was a first go at St Peter’s Church which I feel is a little stilted.

Another painting which didnt come out as well as I would have liked is a view of Duke Street Cemetery  which is an old municipal cemetery started in Victorian times.

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I was working from a number of photos, trying to get the best view through the trees along with the turn of the path. What I have done is getting the tombstones on a different scale to the chapel building. I did wonder why I needed to slip in memorial stones to fill the gaps. So here is another one for rework – though I am not sure of the commercial value of a graveyard,  I do love the spring sunshine working through the unfolding leaves.

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

SUMMER ON LORD STREET – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020555(1) I started this before I went on holiday, but as we had guests progress stalled. This is at the centre of Southport where I live.  I liked the flags on the hotel adding a bit of colour to the scene.

Other paintings of Southport are available on my website: grahammcquadefinneart.com

DAWN ON PLEX MOSS LANE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020531(1)Temperature inversions on the low lying land behind Southport causes mist to hover in the morning. The fields drop because of the drainage, but the buildings and roads remain at their original height on their foundations – well most of the time – so you see buildings and roadside trees popping up  like figures in a mirage surrounded by haziness.

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

BEECHES BY THE BROOK – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020502(1)This view is from an early morning outing I did  at the end of April and from which I’ve already posted a number of paintings, around 6 I think  so it was a productive morning although I paid the price as my bike got a puncture and I had to walk the last 4 miles home.

This view  allowed me to play around with some textural work, something that I am experimenting with watercolour at the moment.

Other landscapes are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com