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.

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

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LAND GRAB – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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My internet connection has been down these last few days, so I have been delayed posting, though I have been painting, At least with painting there is very little that stops you operating.  I remember when I broke my right arm, I started to doodle with my left hand – perhaps it’s something I should have persisted with…

Anyway back to the present; in April I posted a  watercolour sketch called All Sides Now. Above is a variant of this idea worked up into a more finished piece. I am quite pleased with the result here and it has moved the idea on a bit. I will have a go at reworking All Sides Now and also see where this could lead.

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

 

ALL SIDES NOW – WATERCOLOUR SKETCH

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I was doing another painting of our local beach but things got out of control and I washed off what I had done with the intention of starting again, but when I got the paper dry again my heart had gone out of the project and as it was a piece of reclaimed paper I thought that I would try out an idea I had been carrying around in my head.

I am quite happy with the result and though a few of the panels could be improved I think that there is scope for further development and I might even be able to create a small series on the idea. Anyway, I’ll post any further work here.

Other landscapes and townscapes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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

LOW LIGHT ON A YOUNG RIVER – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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This was done in my favourite three colours a warm red, yellow and blue and allowed wet colour mixing on the paper to get a myriad of subtle shades  before picking out some recognisable shapes and forms.

Originally I had an  image of a mountain river I took in New Hampshire  one fall, but I felt the background was too dark. Recently  I saw a woodland scene on the TV and it gave me an idea for a more interesting background. Both were contra jour so fitted well together and  seemed to add up to more than the sum of the parts.

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

 

HEADING TOWARDS RAIN – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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I liked the dark background behind the sunlit fields and path and the way the light was reflecting off the tops of the trees. I tried a block approach, using square brushes, but in hindsight should have primed the paper with a strong undertone. I might then have got a bit of vivacity with the primer showing through, complementing the rough approach.

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

A FEW BREAKS IN THE CLOUD – PASTEL PAINTING

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I was thinking of getting my oils out for this one but decided that first I might just sketch it out in pastels, and here is the result. I certainly like the lost and found edges lending an air of mystery to the piece and the way the land dissolves into the atmosphere.

I took it from a couple of photos combing the best bits although I am a little unsure of the darkness that pervades the bulk of the image even though, as I keep telling myself,  this is necessary to state the highlights.

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