NAMIBIAN TOUR 2 – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

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The tour continues moving inland to the Brandberg Mountains which contains the highest peak in Namibia. This basalt plug, the remains of an extinct volcano glows red in the morning sunshine giving the impression of it being alight. This was painted in the afternoon in the manicured grounds of the lodge.

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Still further inland towards the Etosha salt flats in the evening light as the distant hills constantly changed colour in the decaying light.

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NAMIBIAN TOUR 1 – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

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Today on the beach at Swakopmund on the Atlantic seaboard and a day off from the tour, having spent the last few days in the Namib Desert climbing dunes and doing the odd bit of painting as can also be seen below. I might even get to do some of the animals if they stand still long enough.

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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

CASTLE STREET ON A SUNNY AUTUMN DAY – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Another Liverpool painting. This is of Castle Street, with the town hall behind me and the law courts looming at the end of the street.

The Liver sketching club, where I do some of my life drawing, has moved and their new premises take me down past the town hall. As I came back to the train station after a Saturday morning session I looked into the sun coming down Castle Street. Our urban streets are taking on a continental air with street cafes and in the warm October sunshine Castle Street was no exception – a little different to the last painting I posted which reflects the normal state of play.

Looking at the painting on the screen, I think the girl’s leading leg could do with a little adjustment – a definite advantage of blogging paintings – it gives you a different view of them and a chance to reflect.

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

LIVERPOOL IN THE WET – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I have been asked to do a number of demonstrations recently, I think I mentioned a woodland scene earlier in the month which I need to do in a few weeks time. Someone else wants a demo on the subject of a townscape in the new year. I was unsure of which subject to tackle and thought I might try redoing a painting I posted in December last year. I made a few changes on this one to speed the process up and in fact I prefer this version to the first one I did.

The subject is good in that it allows me to complete it in a number of washes with the minimum of detail and so I can do it fast and this one was done in just over an hour. I believe I am performing after the AGM, so time might be of the premium. It reminds me of a demo I did a few years ago for  a Round-Table group, who let slip fairly close to the demo that they generally allowed 20 minutes for the speaker. I had to relook at the landscape I had prepared to see where I could shave time. In the event I completed the demo in 19 minutes.

I reckon I have a little more time on this one, but I think the hairdryer might have to do its stuff to keep the momentum going. In the meantime I am considering doing a less frenetic version for sale on my website.

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

AFTER THE STORM – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I put this out in October 2015 on this blog and then entered it into a number of local exhibitions but there were no takers. It also resided on my websites for a year and a half  and with the lack of interest I decided to replace it on my main website, but last week someone saw it on one  of my other websites which I dont update too often and they bought it. It just takes the right person to come along  and see it and you have a sale.

It has made me resolve to check what I do have out there on the web as it might have been embarrassing if I had cut it up and used it as scrap paper which I am prone do when practising techniques or developing paintings.

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THE JAWS OF BORROWDALE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I suppose I wanted to slop some paint around and do a simple landscape and the brooding layers of hills around Borrowdale seemed a good candidate. I had some photos taken from afar so there might be some topographical errors here, but I hope I’m not too far out and anyway the paint had a mind of its own as you know. I had envisioned a more brooding skyscape and it seemed ok when it was wet… . Same old story.

The scene does seem to pose a threat but walking along the banks of the Derwent, in decent weather,  as it flows through Borrowdale for me is a calming and serene experience. Well worth the drive up the M6.

Other paintings of the Lake District are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com