JOHN, RECLINING – PASTEL PAINTING

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This is a painting of a guy I was at art college with and who occasionally models. He stepped in last week when the original model pulled out. I was pleased with the face as it captured him really well, the trouble is with the hands, which I could have tidied up later, but as I gave him the painting at the end of the session, it’s too late.

Other life painting with better hands is available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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LIFE AND PORTRAITS – ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

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As well as attending life sessions I have joined a portrait group, so here are a few of my recent paintings all done on a grey undercoat in a similar style, mainly using just three colours, alizaren red, raw sienna and ultramarine blue as well as white of course.

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I managed to get  the feet in on this one, which for a standing pose, for me is a minor miracle.

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Below are the portraits. The first one was a bit over ambitious, trying to maximise the head on the paper and with flat lighting. I have managed to convince the guy who runs the session that he can get more sympathetic lighting on the subject. Hopefully that will show up in the ensuing weeks.

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Last night’s session was a bit better, less ambitious in  size

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

TWO MORE LIFE PAINTINGS – ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

 P1020562(1)a These two paintings were started on a ground of grey undercoat to which I added some blue and white. They were done on different days but the grounding seems to have driven similar styles and colour choices without me being conscious of the fact. I bought a big tin of undercoat so I must try and alter my approach on the next one.

I also must try and get both feet in -I’m always trying to maximise the form and invariably miscalculate.

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Other life painting can be found on my a website: grahammcquadefineart.com

READING ON THE BEACH – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I must admit to losing interest in this painting midway through, though I do love the cluster of readers under the umbrella. I noticed that there were a lot of these small libraries on beaches in Normandy, France. This was in Fecamp and there was one in Etretat. The hut had the label:  Lire a la Plage and people came down and read in the sunshine. It seemed amusing to see people fully clothed clustered in a group reading, ignoring the temptations of the beach.

I may have another go, focussing on the people and  cutting out the bulk of beach and cliffs, though the shadow of the cliffs gives a good counterpoint.

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

EVENING DRINKS ON THE VERANDA – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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.

Other figurative  paintings are available on my ẃebsite: grahammcquadefineart.com

SEATED MODEL 2 – PASTEL PAINTING

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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..

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

SEATED MODEL – PASTEL PAINTING

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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.

Other figurative and floral paintings can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com