MORNINGS ON THE CANAL – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

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Well, we have been suffering a few days of good weather around here, so I have been getting up early and getting down to the Leeds to Liverpool Canal to do some early morning painting. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, this is a project I am doing on views of the canal – so this is the fact-finding part,

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In earlier days I took my bike and combined painting with some exercise, but for a variety of reasons I have taken the car and gone directly to a particular stretch of the canal.

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As it has been at a more leisurely pace I have taken a flask of tea with me. At the time of getting up – around 5-30, by the time I get to a suitable site and sit on my stool, a cup of tea really helps me to focus. I am quite pleased with these sketches and the tea may have something to do with it.

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I may work some of these sketches up into paintings – so you have been warned. I have also taken a number of photos as well, so I am accumulating the information,

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Paintings of the canal and narrowboats  are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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THE SWING BRIDGE AT LATHOM – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I  sat by the Leeds Liverpool Canal one sunny morning  the other week and painted the canal by the swing bridge. The on site sketch is below. I thought that the second painting might be better as a wide format image.

On the morning when I came to leave, a narrowboat was coming up to open the bridge. With the wide format  I thought that something on the left hand side might balance up the painting a bit more, so I included this boat

in the painting. It now seems to have taken over as the subject of the painting.

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The original sketch.

Other canal paintings are on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

THE CANAL AT LATHOM – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Exhibitions are coming thick and fast and my framer said he would take some paintings  to put in his window. Canals are quite a popular theme with the Leeds Liverpool canal running along close-by. I was a bit short of suitable paintings and had this image. I like the narrowboats  against the backdrop of the old mill.  I did a similar theme a long while ago where I got up close to the narrowboats, again with the mill in the background and the trees giving deep shade to counterpoint the lit surfaces. It was a favourite painting and sold quickly. This view pulls back a bit, but I thought that it would still make a great subject. Anyway it is in a frame now along with eight others. Now I need to focus on the next exhibition. Thankfully they only want two.

The other  canal painting is in the sold section of paintings on the artist page of my website: grahammcquadefineart.com