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

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THE MORNING AFTER ON MATHEW STREET – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I was walking down Mathew Street in Liverpool the day after St Patrick’s day. A feeling of  quiet reflection in the air. I liked the breaks of light and dark down the street where the Cavern Club, a place  the Beatles used to play, was ( there still is a Cavern Club on the site of the old one)

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

WAITING TO CROSS THE STRAND – PASTEL PAINTING

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I wanted to try some more townscapes and get a little more rawness into the image. This is one of Liverpool with the Liver Building silhouetted in the background. I have done this view before and put it on the blog,  but getting figures in this time and making them prominent gives the image more depth and vitality.

Other townscapes including those of Liverpool are available on my website grahammcquadefineart.com

 

 

DURHAM CATHEDRAL – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

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I was asked to do picture of Durham Cathedral or some other Durham church related topic. The request was vague and remained so despite my probing for more direction. I know from old, that my interpretations can be way off the mark than what is swimming around in someone else’s head. Well, I did my best. I showed one painting of the cathedral in  an earlier blog, but that was really done for my own pleasure as I liked the lighting. But you never know it may suffice. Here are another two.

I’ll present these three and see how far off the mark I am. If I present another painting of a Durham subject in the near future, you’ll know I missed. It’s like playing battleships – on half imperial sheets.

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TOWARDS THE CATHEDRAL – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I went to Durham last week to visit family and also to have a look around in order to paint a city scene for one of the new rooms they have added to their house. I thought that they knew what they wanted, but it was very apparent that they didn’t. We walked around the city rather aimlessly looking for scenes, mainly of the cathedral.

As I approached the cathedral close I saw the light cutting across the courtyard and with the figures coming towards me I thought that here was a great scene. Though I don’t think that they will like it, but it caught my eye and here it is.

Later, as we were passing their church, which is on the bank opposite the cathedral, the light was catching the building. Later my sister in law said she liked that view, so off I went to check it out. Unfortunately when I got there the light had changed and it looked rather flat.

So I didn’t get many images to work off. Looks like this one will be a long time in the making.

Other townscapes are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

 

UPHILL STRUGGLE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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The last day on our first stay in Cape Town, in the early evening, we were coming back up to the hotel in De Waterkant district and I saw these guys pushing this enormous box up the street. I would have helped but I was too busy taking photos.

I did feel very uneasy about the situation in South Africa, particularly as a white. I don’t remember if these guys were black, but by doing some manual work probably meant that they were. It seemed a metaphor for the country: the uphill struggle against poor education and poor housing holding many blacks back. What’s more upsetting and perplexing  is that they have have a primarily black government, but the whites hold the purse strings – certainly the wealth.

So here are these black guys labouring in a rich white neighbourhood, pushing a box up the hill – you hope that they get to the top.

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

EARLY MORNING ON RENSHAW STREET, LIVERPOOL – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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This view of Renshaw Street looking up to the bombed-out Church is a favourite of mine with some of the quirky architecture in this run down part of the city. I deliberately decided to omit the Anglican Cathederal by hiding it behind the tall building on the right.

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