BIRKDALE MORNING – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Continuing with my painting of the locality. This one is again of the ‘Village’  with the train station behind the two figures and the level crossing behind the central car. A previous post ‘ Sitting Pretty in Birkdale’ is situated in front of the last house in the main grouping. I did like this mass of buildings with all the internal shapes and the early morning sun shining on one of the faces. I added the two figures and was quite pleased with the outcome.

Other paintings of Birkdale and Southport are available for sale on my websites: grahammcquadefineart.com or grahammcquadefineart.co.uk

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DUKE STREET CEMETERY – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Continuing my series of paintings of local landmarks. This is one of Duke Street Cemetery. I posted a version in May, but had reservations about it. So I had another go. The buildings are a bit more proportional and believable –  the tower is a very peculiar shape and I got some more shots of it to double check the shape. I also got the headstones in better proportion on this one. I still have my reservations about it, but I need to move on. I read an article by an artist who said that when they completed their work they put it away immediately and reviewed it after a couple of weeks. They felt that they got a much more objective view of it after a decent break. So we’ll try that.

Other paintings of Southport are available on my blog – grahammcquadefineart.com or grahammcquadefineart.co.uk

SITTING PRETTY IN BIRKDALE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Another in my series of local paintings I am doing for a show later in the year. This one is of Birkdale Village, a vibrant cluster of shops and restaurants, some under a Victorian- style  veranda. I frequently walk around here in the mornings and, on one occasion,  the early summer light shining on the newly unfurled leaves played well  against the buildings in shadow. I populated the bench with a figure sitting in the sunshine. There is a beauticians called Sitting Pretty on the corner  –  you can see the name board in the background – so I thought that might give it a bit of a hook.

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VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I wanted to continue with my local paintings but had nothing ready and being out of sorts with a persistent cough, I thought  I’d take a break, have an easy time, and try this scene. I find these vertical extended paintings sell well. Perhaps they fill awkward spaces and this view, with a bit of juggling, seemed to fit a long format well. It also helps me in adding to  the selection  of  canal scenes I am also working on for an exhibition later in the year. I liked the different layers of interest in this with the background landscape, the canal and narrowboats and then the dogwalker – who came in from another couple of photos.

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EVENING ON BIRKDALE BEACH – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Well maybe I’m starting to get somewhere on my project  of painting  local scenes. At last a  picture I am happy with. I was aided by some scratching out on this one and I also must admit to using a bit of gouache – but all in the best possible taste.

I did the original version of this on site in May, sitting in the evening sun. It does contain a wide range of colours, but then that is how it is, though on the final version I did some glazing to try and unify it. Looking back I didnt post the original sketch, so here it is.

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STARTING THE EVENING SHIFT – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I have decided to do a set of paintings of the vicinity of where I live  for an exhibition at the end of the year and at present I am struggling. I have done two paintings which  I am not pleased with and a third got sold – so very little has progressed.

So after a brief pause I have re started and this is  the first one of the Shrimpers on Birkdale Beach – I  posted a version of this in May.  Recently I went back to the place to get more information and  have another attempt and here it is. Apart from it being a bit less overworked , I still have reservations, but I have decided to leave this and get on with the job; another painting is on the way. It will arrive on your screens shortly.

Other paintings of the Southport and Birkdale area are available for sale on my websites: grahammcquadefineart.com and grahammcquadefineart.co.uk

 

EARLY MORNING SKETCHES – WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

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With the light not  as good of late and other commitments, I havent been out early morning  painting recently, though this Friday I woke to a glorious morning, but I was unprepared as the weather forecast hadnt been that good and  I had to let that slip by.

Here is what I have in my new sketchbook, done earlier in the month. The one above was painted  with my back to the canal, taking in the country around Downholland in Lancashire.

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Another one looking away from the bridge over the Leeds Liverpool Canal onto one of the many barn conversions.

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But I couldnt resist the canal for long, not in this early morning light.

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This was a barley field, looking over to Clieves’ Hills. When I completed this I had a ride around on my bike and saw the path cut into the barley and the view was more into the sun. It was this that was the subject of the pastel painting I put on the blog a week ago.

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Finally, this was a view of a field I painted that I found when I discovered a footpath on my map I had never tried before. It gave me some other views I might paint later. It started to cloud over as I painted so I returned home, only to find the cloud gone by the time I got back.

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