A TIME TO REFLECT IN THE SUN-ACRYLIC PAINTING

P1030030(1)

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

Advertisements

THREE FIGURATIVE LIFE STUDIES – PASTEL, ACRYLIC AND CHARCOAL

P1020941(1)a

I managed to get the full figure on the sheet for once with this conte pastel study, but it does reduce the ability to develop detail.

P1020942(1)a

I used the background as a middle tone and so had the figure coming in and out of focus or looking like a piece of  Emmental cheese, depending on your viewpoint.

P1020943(1)a

A charcoal study with strong toplight completes the set of recently completed work  all done in  various life groups around Liverpool.

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

 

HEADING TOWARDS RAIN – ACRYLIC PAINTING

P1190958(1)a

I liked the dark background behind the sunlit fields and path and the way the light was reflecting off the tops of the trees. I tried a block approach, using square brushes, but in hindsight should have primed the paper with a strong undertone. I might then have got a bit of vivacity with the primer showing through, complementing the rough approach.

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

DOREEN AND JULIE – ACRYLIC SKETCHES

P1190947(1)a

When I turned up for a life session yesterday I was told the model had cried off. Instead, one of the painters, Doreen, had volunteered to sit in their place. I must admit to being disappointed as I had brought paints and was going to play around incorporating some collage. However with the lighting and the way Doreen posed made it a very good study – it turned out ok in the end.

P1190945(1)a

I decided to move over to doing some life studies in acrylics. The pose was quite stiff, but by getting a low viewpoint something a little more interesting was achieved.

Life painting for sale can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

HYENA – ACRYLIC PAINTING

P1020731(1)a

I must admit to doing this a couple of weeks ago, after the giraffes, but I thought I’d hold it back and release it on the eve of  the Chinese year of the dog. With global politics being what they are, I thought an hyena carried some resonances.

This particular one was part of a family living in a drainage culvert under a road in the Etosha Pan in Namibia. Apparently they gave themselves away by their white faeces which is a result of the bone they crunch. With the lorry sitting directly over them, the low frequency reverberations of the engine forced them to come out and investigate.

They did have a look of vulnerability, but I wasn’t going to extend an arm in sympathy.

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

A MOMENT TO MYSELF – ACRYLIC SKETCH

P1020730(1)a

I had a great photo of my wife in Simons Town on our hotel balcony looking out over the bay but I lost the memory card and many other photos along with it. I thought I might have a go at recreating the image but sadly failed with this wooden affair. The point was the light falling on the subject, lighting up the figure against the blue of the sea, sky and hills. Still, it was a bit of practice.

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