LUNCHTIME IN BRYANT PARK – WATER PAINTING

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I did a painting of Bryant Park in Manhattan in July 2014 which eventually sold but subsequently  still got a lot of hits on my blog and website. So I decided to do another. In the bustle and noise of downtown New York, I loved the light coming in through the leaves on the autumn trees and the pigeons meticulously patrolling the ground for crumbs.

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

EASTER BLESSINGS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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If you’re thinking that you may have seen this before, you’re correct I have posted it once already. The reason why I am doing it again is that I entered this painting, along with a couple of others, into a national painting magazine competition and this has been shortlisted. Artists and Illustrators (the magazine) even published the image in their January edition along with a few of the other shortlisted paintings.

It’s the first competition I’ve entered as I have qualms with the validity of such exercises, but if it helps in  sales and exposure then I can be persuaded.

It will be part of an exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London at the back end of January, along with the other shortlisted entries and where a winner? will be announced.

There is also an online, readers’ choice award where you can vote for my entry, or one of the others if you choose, by going to: www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/shortlist2017  

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

 

CROSSING HANOVER STREET, LIVERPOOL – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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A second Liverpool scene. I love the varied architecture as you look up from the dinginess of Hanover Street. Pity about all the student accommodation that now dwarfs the old  buildings, but that seems  to be the main source of income for the city – well that and the consumption of alcohol. They have knocked a lot of the old buildings down to build a big shopping precinct so scenes like this are becoming scarcer.

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

A WET DAY IN LIVERPOOL 1 – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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After the last beach painting I realise I may have run out of steam on the subject, so I decided to take a break and have a go at a couple of Liverpool paintings which I wanted to do after a recent visit.

Coming out of John Lewis’ in Liverpool I spotted the light coming up the pavement, mingling with the forms of the figures and so I  took a few photos. I ran a lot of burnt sienna over this one and was a bit unsure about it, but on completion my  satisfaction rose. We’ll see how the next one goes.

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

GREEN LANE FORMBY – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I was dropping off a painting to a client when I went down this lane- a part of the town I do not venture down usually and I was taken by the sweep in the road and the red brick against the leaves. Once again I used three colours, but in the relatively flat light the greens could have done with some brightness which a warm yellow and blue fail to deliver. So much for dogma. Still I feel I captured the dowdiness of the scene which may have escaped with more punch.

Other paintings of Formby and Southport are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

MORNING IN CHURCHTOWN, SOUTHPORT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I liked the light coming in from behind the trees in this old part of Southport. Perhaps the buildings are a little too light and could go down half a tone and the lighted portion of the road could be warmed up. Again just three colours.

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