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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Other landscapes available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

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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.

Other seascapes and watercolours are available on my website. Get them whilst you have the chance : grahammcquadefineart.com

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

FISHERMAN’S WALK REPRISE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Yes, you’ve seen it before but not quite like this. Someone wanted to buy the original, but then wanted it bigger and whilst I was at it could I put their parents in – along with the dog. So anything to oblige… I also took the opportunity to work out how to do it as a demo as a local group want a landscape demo in watercolour, so all in all, hopefully it was time well spent.

Other landscapes are available on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

HELENIUM AUTUMNAL – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I need  a few floral paintings so I photographed some heleniums in the garden. I got quite low and photographed upwards into the light and decided to combine a range of views. I wanted to get the light coming through the top flowers and onto the lower ones. As I began the painting  I lost some nerve, feeling that the yellows in shade weren’t that convincing, but as the painting neared completion I regained my nerve and enthusiasm and am quite pleased with the way the light works.

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