SUMMER’S FINAL DANCE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Another floral theme, though without the flowers. I liked the idea of the remaining leaves dancing in the sun before they fall and  bitterness and ice struts in. This painting was done fairly loosely, trying to build up texture with spray as well as painting wet into wet. This has inspired me to look at some other woodland scenes I have struggled with in the past.

Other floral and woodland scenes can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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CACTUS DAHLIAS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Realising I need a few floral paintings to help support the upcoming demo I’m doing,  when I spotted some images of cactus dahlias I had taken in the summer I thought that they might be a worthwhile challenge. Indeed they were. I used the same colours as for the Hellebores I did a few days ago. I do find shading yellow quite difficult, but it seems to have worked here. The colour of the dahlias is a lemon yellow which doesn’t pull it away from the foliage much and as I wanted to rise into a light source in the painting I started to lose tonal options in the top part though the subtle changes are growing on me.

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

HELLEBORES REVISITED – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Long standing readers of this blog may recognise this, but I assure you that it is a new version produced for another of my demos I will be giving at the end of the month. I will have another go at this as I think it could do with more variations of colour in the top flowers just to add more interest. Anyway it’s a start and allows me to get the timing right. It may get me back to doing a few more floral paintings ready for the summer.

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

HELENIUM AUTUMNAL – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I need  a few floral paintings so I photographed some heleniums in the garden. I got quite low and photographed upwards into the light and decided to combine a range of views. I wanted to get the light coming through the top flowers and onto the lower ones. As I began the painting  I lost some nerve, feeling that the yellows in shade weren’t that convincing, but as the painting neared completion I regained my nerve and enthusiasm and am quite pleased with the way the light works.

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

GLADIOLI ON PARADE – WATERCOLOUR PAIN

P1020547(1) In my effort to build up a few more flower paintings I decided to have a go at the gladioli I planted in one of my flower borders . There may be a bit too much red, but I was trying to get a hot border with lots of reds and oranges so this looks  like a military  parade.

Other floral paintings are available on my website  grahammcquadefineart.com.

CAMELIAS AND PHLOX – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

I had the good fortune to sell a floral painting the other day at an exhibition I am in but I felt I didnt have a good enough replacement, so I tried modifying a couple that I had with mixed results. In the end I put the phlox up on the wall. I may have another go at the camelias. It’s always the same when you are working up to the wire.

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

 

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PEONIES IN A GLASS VASE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020525(1)I joined a new group who put on exhibitions in the area as working on your own limits the things you can do, particularly if you have to man the exhibition. In that case you need others to do a few days to allow you to get on with some painting. So for the next exhibition I thought I might do a few flower paintings and here is one. The exhibition is in a vacant shop in the centre of town and the group are celebrating the life of one of their members who has recently died of cancer.

The poster is below if you want to come along.

sefton artists poster 2017 WAYFARERSaOther flower paintings are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com