HUE AND THE PADDY FIELDS, VIETNAM – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

I did most of this by the banks of the river at Hue. Scooters and small motorbikes are a major form of transport here and there are lots of them. The group of people changed in this one, but the woman in the sunhat stayed. They were a family or group trying to sell tourists trips on dragon boats and boy did they try – though they left me alone – perhaps they thought I might sell them a picture.

The land in Vietnam from north to south is heavily utilised. There are paddy fields everywhere and quite a few water buffalo. Many people work on the land. It looks like hard graft – reminds me that there might be some gardening to do when I get home.

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DOG WALKING – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Yesterday was spent manning an art exhibition I have a few paintings in. The other person scheduled  to sit in failed to show, so I was on my own. There were not many callers and I spent my time painting this – so not all was lost. It was from a photo I took last year which I altered considerably,  but I loved the figures in the dappled light and the contrast between light and shade. I was quite pleased with the result.

The exhibition is in an unused shop in town we are able to use. I have had some good results in the past, though so far on this exhibition  I have only sold one painting – but there are two weeks to go.

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You can just see the painting in progress on the easel.

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EVENING STROLL 2 – PASTEL PAINTING

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This is a modified painting which  I posted some time ago. When I first posted it I had some reservations about certain aspects. Then, the other day as I was searching through some old paintings, I came across it again and took a moment to reconsidered it and realised that my issues could be addressed. One problem was the central tree which I modified and then I enhanced the main field and strengthened the top field. It may have moved away from the original scene, but it was a bit of a combination of views in the first place, broadly based on the Wear Valley in Durham City.

Other landscapes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart