MORE PICTURES OF KRABI, THAILAND – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

One of the limestone stacks just off the beach at Krabi, Thailand. This was painted from a beach in a national park where some of the rules on the sign as you entered were: no food and dont feed the monkeys. How could you feed the monkeys if you weren’t allowed food?

When we got to the beach there were some exclusive hotels – but you couldnt get anything to eat as they firmly said Guests Only. So I just sat on the beach and contemplated the view. It was pretty good and there there was even a long tailed boat in view.

On another day we went on an island hopping boat trip to some exclusive beaches – though they weren’t that exclusive as everyone else was doing the same. So we had small pockets of sand overrun with tourists like us, wondering why they had come. Outside our hotel there was a vast sandy beach with hardly anyone on at all – oh well… .

The second sketch was done whilst we jostled for space on Paradise island, named possibly as it was one of the few islands with a toilet.

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A COUPLE OF NUMBER TWOS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

OK an old image for the New Year, but I wasn’t happy with my first attempt at ‘Entering Ainsdale Woods’. So here’s a second go and a title that saves overtaxing the troll’s sticky fingers.

I always have difficulties with light foregrounds against dark backgrounds and on the first one I had to resort to gouache to make some reclamations. I also felt the background tree trunks were too uniform and the dog needed repositioning. The first one looked quite good on the screen but the original didn’t stand up to close scrutiny – so that’s why you’re getting it again. This one has a lighter touch and brings out the sunlight on the autumn leaves which was something I was after.

So in compensation for repeating work, here’s a second painting, this time a repeat of ‘Receding Tide’. Hopefully I have now got the still wet feel of the shingle which I felt was missing on the first go and I extended the amount of shingle to break up the textures .

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FOLLOWING IN FOOTSTEPS TO FORMBY BEACH – PASTEL PAINTING

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We had some French people staying with us at the weekend and on Saturday we all set off for a walk along the woodlands, dunes and coastline to the north of Liverpool. It was a warm, glorious day and at  lunch time we descended the dunes and had a picnic on Formby beach. Probably the last opportunity this year to do such a thing. This was the view as we searched for somewhere to settle down to eat.

The next day the weather was markedly different as we walked along the Mersey in  south Liverpool. We had to find shelter from the rain and had our lunch in the car. Though later in the day, as we were leaving,  the sun broke the clouds and the exposed Mersey mud glistened, allowing the Oystercatchers to find their evening meal. I might have a go at that view in the coming days.

Other views of Formby and  the coastline are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

TAKING IN THE VIEW 2 – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Taking a break from my series of watercolours, I thought that I would do something with acrylics. I have to give an acrylic painting  demonstration in Blackpool next week and decided to feature this piece which I posted on my blog some years ago.  It is done with square brushes to block in colour and, hopefully, encourages looseness and produces a more painterly piece, which some people prefer. I like to have a run through of a demonstration  to ensure that I can complete it in the allotted time and this one is a bit bigger than the normal size I demonstrate.

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EVENING ON BIRKDALE BEACH – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Well maybe I’m starting to get somewhere on my project  of painting  local scenes. At last a  picture I am happy with. I was aided by some scratching out on this one and I also must admit to using a bit of gouache – but all in the best possible taste.

I did the original version of this on site in May, sitting in the evening sun. It does contain a wide range of colours, but then that is how it is, though on the final version I did some glazing to try and unify it. Looking back I didnt post the original sketch, so here it is.

P1030829aBelow is a snap of the scene, as I sat on top of the dunes.

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STARTING THE EVENING SHIFT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I have decided to do a set of paintings of the vicinity of where I live  for an exhibition at the end of the year and at present I am struggling. I have done two paintings which  I am not pleased with and a third got sold – so very little has progressed.

So after a brief pause I have re started and this is  the first one of the Shrimpers on Birkdale Beach – I  posted a version of this in May.  Recently I went back to the place to get more information and  have another attempt and here it is. Apart from it being a bit less overworked , I still have reservations, but I have decided to leave this and get on with the job; another painting is on the way. It will arrive on your screens shortly.

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BLUE BECKONING – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

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After this dose of waveforms I will return to dry land on my next blog – promise. The handing in day for the exhibition is this Thursday, so I am still looking for a painting to replace the original wave I was going to submit, as I mentioned in my previous blog. After doing this one above, I realised that a simple waveform could convey more energy than the more complex one in my last post. I was certainly pleased with this and the serenity it conveyed but I wanted to have another go at the one with rocks and here it is, below.

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So one goes into the exhibition, well to the selection panel, anyway.

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