WALK, PART 3 – PASTEL PAINTING

Here is the final part of our post Christmas walk that I have been describing recently. The muddy, last, stretch along the canal and back to the car. This is a scene I have painted before as the light on the moored boats sings against the surrounding shadows.

When a painting requires such tight detail I would naturally reach for the watercolour or acrylic. I havent the patience finding or making slivers with which to place small, precise marks. Here. I used some conte pencils for the really fine details, though I tried to keep this to a minimum and just hint at the shapes of the boats.

I love the branch which hangs over the canal.

I wasnt as pleased with the other pastel I did of the fields over the moss that we passed. Initially it was the patchwork of greens, interspersed with the winter trees that attracted me, but in the end I found the result a little disappointing. Perhaps I should have made more of the sky and pushed the fields into a tighter mass.

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

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

MEMORY JOGGERS- WATERCOLOUR AND ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

Still on holiday, we visited friends near my home town. One couple have just moved back to the area and they were showing us around their new house and on the wall was a familiar painting – one I did around 2013. It was pleasing to see it again, after all these years. I dug up this image of it from my files. I called it Early Start.

Here is another long forgotten painting I saw yesterday. I sold it to a lady who lived in the same block of flats as my step mother. The lady has since moved to a care home due to dementia and her family cleared her flat for renting out. This painting was then hung in one of the corridors of the block of flats. I just caught sight of it as I was passing and it made me pause. I had to ask my stepmother about it, who assured me it was the painting I had originally sold to Shirley.

Apologies for the light reflections from the glass. I like the almost abstract shapes at the bottom of the painting which slowly evolve into vegetation and buildings. I have used this approach before, and was pleased with the result here.

Landscapes and seascapes are available for sale from my website: https://grahammcquadefineart.com