WATERCOLOUR DEMONSTRATION PIECE

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I was asked to do a painting demonstration of a townscape in watercolour which I delivered on Friday night. This picture above was a dry-run I did just to check timings and jot down a running order. I gave the  actual painting I did on the night to the club which is why I’m posting this.

I did the original version  and posted it on this blog in October last year, so this image might appear familiar.

The demo seemed to go well, though the tree I did by throwing various autumnal colours onto  water sprayed paper ran a bit more than I had anticipated as I had the painting at a steeper angle than I normally work at and the paint escaped across the paper.

Other paintings of Liverpool are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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A TIME TO REFLECT IN THE SUN-ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Just a bit of fun with this one. I saw some of this as I came out of life drawing in Liverpool and added more bits to it to supply a narrative and add to the pun. I had a bit of a battle with the loose style and all the detail and the detail seems to have won out.

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

DURHAM CATHEDRAL FROM OWENGATE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I posted a very similar painting a few months back. It was one I did mainly for my own amusement, but I included it in a group of paintings I submitted to  someone who wanted to commission a view of Durham Cathedral. To my surprise they picked the earlier, portrait, version of this but wanted it in a landscape format – to fit the available space. As the lane winding up to the Cathedral is narrow and the towers hang over and dominate the scene it rather fits a portrait format, but anyway…. I managed to fill the space by including more of the Cathedral tower, a scattering of people  and expanding the buildings on the left and right – thank goodness for Google. It might be a bit of a confection, but they seem happy with it, although there are a few things I might touch up before framing and dispatching.

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

DALE STREET IN THE WET – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Returning to the station from a life painting session I was struck by the reflections  on the pavement and took a few photos. The street has some interesting buildings, but the light never seems to be in the right position to bring out their beauty. So I guess this as near as I get to something I find satisfying.

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I also had another go at the pastel I posted a week or ago, entitled ‘Crossing the Strand’ – another snapshot of Liverpool. I agreed with a reader’s criticism that the figures seemed to form a queue across the picture, so have bunched them up a bit and spread the rest out. I did it on a lighter paper which meant I had to fight to get the feel of the early evening gloom.

Other Liverpool paintings are available for sale  on my website: grahammcquadefinert.com 

THE MORNING AFTER ON MATHEW STREET – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I was walking down Mathew Street in Liverpool the day after St Patrick’s day. A feeling of  quiet reflection in the air. I liked the breaks of light and dark down the street where the Cavern Club, a place  the Beatles used to play, was ( there still is a Cavern Club on the site of the old one)

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

WAITING TO CROSS THE STRAND – PASTEL PAINTING

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I wanted to try some more townscapes and get a little more rawness into the image. This is one of Liverpool with the Liver Building silhouetted in the background. I have done this view before and put it on the blog,  but getting figures in this time and making them prominent gives the image more depth and vitality.

Other townscapes including those of Liverpool are available on my website grahammcquadefineart.com

 

 

DURHAM CATHEDRAL – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

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I was asked to do picture of Durham Cathedral or some other Durham church related topic. The request was vague and remained so despite my probing for more direction. I know from old, that my interpretations can be way off the mark than what is swimming around in someone else’s head. Well, I did my best. I showed one painting of the cathedral in  an earlier blog, but that was really done for my own pleasure as I liked the lighting. But you never know it may suffice. Here are another two.

I’ll present these three and see how far off the mark I am. If I present another painting of a Durham subject in the near future, you’ll know I missed. It’s like playing battleships – on half imperial sheets.

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