P1020549(1)a  This was a painting I almost completed  whilst I did my stint at an exhibition of works by a small group of painters I recently joined. So far I’ve done ok selling four, five if you include the one I donated for the hospice  that they are collecting for.

This was from an amalgam of an advert I saw and some of my own photos. I did  like the light on the glasses and subjects, but I am not too excited by the end result.

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It’s not that  I’ve been idle  of late. I actually have two paintings on the go and painted a birthday card as well, but all I  have to show is  todays painting from the life session -very similar to the last one but the sex is different  in case you hadn’t noticed..

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Well, back to the Liver Sketching Club last Saturday. They have a great studio on the seventh floor with a window the full length of one wall. This allows for great tonal contrasts. Pity that the owner is selling to a developer and they will have to vacate shortly.

I don’t have much of a selection of paintings to show as I started on another version of the camellias, I put up the last time. Here is the result. I think that that is enough.

P1020543(1)a  This is  watercolour, quarter imperial, 25x36cm.

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I have been doing a lot of walking as part of my recuperation from  a hip operation. This means looking into gardens as I slowly pass by. On one occasion  I saw a great view through a gate into a sunlit back garden and wondered whether I could make some kind of painting from it . I then realised I needed a point of interest for the view, but when I decided on a slumbering subject I realised that perhaps a fence and a gate didn’t make for a very interesting foreground.  So I opened  up the foreground and put some peonies and catnip  there instead. So the painting bears absolutely no resemblance to what I saw – except perhaps a sunlit lawn –  it has just been built up out of necessity. Well, it amuses me anyway.

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Last week I discarded the last crutch and the doctor gave me the ok to drive, so I started to return to the life sessions. I eased myself in with some charcoal drawings.


I might even have a look at a portrait group which meets weekly, now that I can drive again.

P1020537(1)aOther life drawings and paintings are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com



P1020512(1)My mobility is rather restricted at the moment so I haven’t been to any life sessions – its bad enough lugging an easel to them so the added restriction of crutches just makes me stay at home. What I thought I’d do is have a look at some of the quick 2 minute sketches and see if I could make anything of them. This is the first one I tried. It is rather plain, but I did intend a stark image – perhaps even starker – but I did like the calmness of the pose. In this one I included a hint of the face.

The original sketch is below, done without measurement, so I think the top of the arm is a little short. I might have a go at another and try a different style.


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