RED SEA – MIXED MEDIA

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Ever taken on a project that has turned into long running saga? Here’s mine – after months of work. I wanted a large piece for a stairwell on a sea theme. I  was intrigued by the structure of waves in water where, within each wave, there are other levels and wavelets – the notion of fractals and ever repeating patterns and forms.

As I built the piece I  was taken by the anthropomorphic array  of the blocks, reminding me of serried ranks of Chinese warriors or in this case the throngs who try to cross seas in search of some form of a normal life. The colours perhaps reflect the failure and success of these individuals.

The wooden blocks were made from a couple of gates that I replaced. My neighbour didn’t want any more of the wood for their stove as the paint on the wood generated a lot of ash, so I took to cutting it down into strips to make the piece. It had an extra kind of resonance that the work is made from a gate.

After all this time, and having been able to mount it on a wall, I think it could be modified further, for better impact, so I fear it could be a few more months of work yet.

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THE PATH TO THE BEACH – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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There was almost as much paint removal as actual painting in this one as I tried to  get the dark textures in the foreground. I added some figures at the end which do draw the eye through. I loved the dark shade leading out into the bright light.

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HARBOUR BOATS BOBBING IN THE FLOW – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I had a number of photos of boats in the small harbour at La Val Andre in Brittany and wondered how they would look in an elongated format. I was taken by the two red boats (off different photos) against the grey green of the water.

Other nautical and beach paintings are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

THE LAST OF THE DAY’S SUN AT LE CROISIC – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I was caught by the orange hull against the blue of the water. I thought by bluing out the background it might further highten the effect of the light on the central boat. The painting is actually bluer than this image suggests. I also like the shot of red on the adjacent boat which brings in some dissonance to the basic complementary pairing and as such I haven’t echoed it anywhere else.

Other nautical based paintings for sale can be found on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

CLIFFTOP – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Happy New Year to all. I decided to start with something a little uplifting as we in the northern hemisphere are now turning to the sun. I’ll save the fields in winter for another blog for when the hangovers have cleared.

Other seascapes and landscapes are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEET THE SEA – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I  was wanting another painting for my beach series and thought about this one based on the area around Kaikoura on south island. I wanted to play around with the light catching the tops of the hills. It’s a start, but I think I need another go. I did a version of this before and put some people in, so that might be an addition for the next try.

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WORKING THE BEACH – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Another in the beach series. I wanted to do someone working on the beach, but I’m not sure about this – probably too much empty space. The guy is sucking up lugworms from their burrows with a pump device. You then use the worm  for fishing bait. In my day we had to dig them out and you had to  dig fast as they went down their holes as you dug. Still, if you dug judiciously you could dig down two holes at once and double your gain. It was certainly good for the biceps.

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