READY FOR THE OFF – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

Whilst on holiday in Portugal I saw this boat moored by a pontoon. There was a feeling of calm about the scene with the gentle lapping waves lazily distorting the reflections. I took some photos to record the moment, as I didnt have time to do any painting.

The other day I thought it might be a good subject to paint whilst sat minding the shop in the pop up gallery. I was there two days consecutively last week. The first day I took everything – except my glasses. So, I could only do some of the washes as I couldnt see much detail.

The second day I made sure I took everything and was able to complete the task. I few of the visitors watched me paint. One lady was commenting on it and during the conversation asked where my paintings were on the wall. I pointed to my group, and she went over to look at them. Then she came back and asked to buy one of them.

Whilst painting the scene, I felt that it looked a little too empty, so I decided to add two figures and change the narrative a little. Now that it is complete, I wonder whether I have lost the calmness that first attracted me to the scene, by adding the activity of the figures.

It’s time to put this painting away now and consider it again later. However, if nothing else, it helped secure me a sale.

Other marine and seaside paintings are available for sale on my website: https://grahammcquadefineart.com

BREAKWATER – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

Just two colours were used to paint this – a warm red and a cool blue. I wasnt sure whether it would come off, but after a lot of dry brushwork and the splattering of masking fluid, it started to take shape. I was pleased with the starkness of the image – you can almost hear the shingle being raked by the incoming waves.

And by way of contrast, a scene from the same beach, but with the tide out and the winter long forgotten.

This was an acrylic study and I used a few more colours here – but not many more.

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

BOAT PEOPLE – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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I was thinking about entering the marine artists exhibition in London. I had a couple of suitable paintings but wanted something a little different so that I could judge what it is that they are looking for a bit better and worked up this idea. Now that it’s complete I’m a little underwhelmed by it. I have got tighter than I would have liked. I’ll prop it against the wall and have a look at it over the next week or so  and make my mind up. I have used motifs that I have used as subjects before, in case you are wondering whether you’ve already seen it.

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

LATE AFTERNOON AND STILL DINNER HASNT ARRIVED – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I made this up from three photos. I loved the light coming in across the sea, illuminating the cracks in the groyne and making the wet pebbles sparkle. However the picture was a little dull without something else going on. I thought about putting some seagulls in, but decided upon the two guys who were fishing nearby who I had photographed, but with the sun. It meant  I had to draw them the other way around and make up some shadow and highlights.

Other paintings are on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com