BIRKDALE PAINTINGS – WATERCOLOUR

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Another medium term project I have set myself is to assemble a set of paintings from around the vicinity where I live to show in my framers shop window around Christmas. The framers is almost opposite the end of this church. This was a first go at St Peter’s Church which I feel is a little stilted.

Another painting which didnt come out as well as I would have liked is a view of Duke Street Cemetery  which is an old municipal cemetery started in Victorian times.

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I was working from a number of photos, trying to get the best view through the trees along with the turn of the path. What I have done is getting the tombstones on a different scale to the chapel building. I did wonder why I needed to slip in memorial stones to fill the gaps. So here is another one for rework – though I am not sure of the commercial value of a graveyard,  I do love the spring sunshine working through the unfolding leaves.

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

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WATERCOLOUR DEMONSTRATION PIECE

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I was asked to do a painting demonstration of a townscape in watercolour which I delivered on Friday night. This picture above was a dry-run I did just to check timings and jot down a running order. I gave the  actual painting I did on the night to the club which is why I’m posting this.

I did the original version  and posted it on this blog in October last year, so this image might appear familiar.

The demo seemed to go well, though the tree I did by throwing various autumnal colours onto  water sprayed paper ran a bit more than I had anticipated as I had the painting at a steeper angle than I normally work at and the paint escaped across the paper.

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

A TIME TO REFLECT IN THE SUN-ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Just a bit of fun with this one. I saw some of this as I came out of life drawing in Liverpool and added more bits to it to supply a narrative and add to the pun. I had a bit of a battle with the loose style and all the detail and the detail seems to have won out.

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

DURHAM CATHEDRAL FROM OWENGATE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I posted a very similar painting a few months back. It was one I did mainly for my own amusement, but I included it in a group of paintings I submitted to  someone who wanted to commission a view of Durham Cathedral. To my surprise they picked the earlier, portrait, version of this but wanted it in a landscape format – to fit the available space. As the lane winding up to the Cathedral is narrow and the towers hang over and dominate the scene it rather fits a portrait format, but anyway…. I managed to fill the space by including more of the Cathedral tower, a scattering of people  and expanding the buildings on the left and right – thank goodness for Google. It might be a bit of a confection, but they seem happy with it, although there are a few things I might touch up before framing and dispatching.

Other townscapes 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

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