MOVING OFF FROM THE SARACEN’S HEAD – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

My last post – a canal scene – caused troll to ouze out from under its stone and lob another tired jibe at my handiwork. Narrowboats, in their opinion are contemptuous and, so naturally, troll’s self bestowed and illogical concept of good art – whatever that means – was affronted and it needed to act.

The upshot of this latest beef is that: I AM DOING ANOTHER CANAL SCENE. So my advice to troll is to slide further beneath the slab as another similar scene may follow this.

I sold a couple of canal scenes recently so stocks are low. This painting shows the gastro pub – the Saracen’s Head – on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal where, these days, more and more narrowboats seem to moor up. It is just a few yards from my last canal-side painting in my preious blog.

Other paintings of the Leeds Liverpool and other canals are avilable for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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HALSALL MOORINGS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

I had been working on another version of Shasta daisies I published in May, but things went from bad to worse to unprintable. So last night I started sketching this and it seemed to tumble out. I posted a version of this done on site at the end of May, but the lighting wasnt what I wanted. To get this view – and with it the light – you need to get further back down the canal, so far that the subjects became just dots. So the telephoto lense came in handy here.

Now I might go back to the daisies or then again…

Other canal scenes are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

BACK TO THE CANAL – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

Another from my early morning outdoor starts. I had spotted this the day before and there was much more tonal contrast when I first saw it. I still like it and there might be scope to work this up into a more finished piece.

Some old cottages spotted across the fields. The power cables in the hedge were a good lead in and I was able to sit painting undisturbed whilst taking in the early morning birdsong and sipping my tea.

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

EARLY MORNING AT HASKAYNE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

Well, my last post brought out the incisive, measured and constructive criticism I have come to expect from troll:

Onsnist@hotmail.com March 15, 2019 at 19:48 Edit

Yeah…the usual “bhaji” shite

So spurred on by their encouragement here is another canal-side offering which could feature in my upcoming exhibition. I have done this scene before, but wasnt satisfied with the result. This time I washed in three primary colours onto wet paper and mixed them with water from a spray. You get some lovely misty colour mixes. When dry, I worked specific areas in a similar fashion but without the spray, gradually building up the colours by mixing them on the paper and also increasing the detail.

In the past I stuck to just 3 primary colours, mainly to get cohesion. I was a bit dissatisfied with the results. This time I added other colours in the later stages and I am much happier with the result.

I really like the ethereal early morning quality I have achieved here and may be putting this up next week.

I opened up the local paper today and there was a big spread put out by the venue advertising my exhibition. So just a little pressure.

… and troll will think it’s their birthday.

Other canal scenes are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

GOING NOWHERE, FOR NOW -WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

The exhibition looms and I was unhappy with some of my canal scenes and decided to add a few more and make a decision from a wider field. This is another version of one I did plein air last May/June and posted. I really liked the light on the tarpaulin and the weeds growing around the boat.

Other canal scenes are available for sale on my website, as indeed is this one, grahammcquadefineart.com

A SHADY PLACE TO MOOR – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

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More paintings for the exhibition. I thought one of the canal might be worth a punt, so I need to chose between these two.

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Though I may do a series of canal scenes for later in the year so I could always use the one left over, but – and here’s the good news – I will need a few more to make up a series. That’ll cheer the troll up if nothing else.

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

 

VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I wanted to continue with my local paintings but had nothing ready and being out of sorts with a persistent cough, I thought  I’d take a break, have an easy time, and try this scene. I find these vertical extended paintings sell well. Perhaps they fill awkward spaces and this view, with a bit of juggling, seemed to fit a long format well. It also helps me in adding to  the selection  of  canal scenes I am also working on for an exhibition later in the year. I liked the different layers of interest in this with the background landscape, the canal and narrowboats and then the dogwalker – who came in from another couple of photos.

Other canal scenes and landscapes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com or grahammcquadefineart.co.uk