Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Liverpool painting No. 88. Mersey shore

I went in search of Oglet and followed Brunswick Street to the footpath that led to the Mersey shore. Talk about follow the path less travelled, the place was empty except for a few startled rabbits and the curlews that lifted from the bank in panic at my approach. Here on a small hill was the graveyard of boats, propellers and engines. I would love to have found this place when I was a kid, hours of fun. No doubt it will soon come to the attention of someone in a suit who will order it to be cleared up or fenced off as dangerous.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Liverpool painting No. 87. King Street.

Acrylic on canvas board. 21cm x 14cm

Took a few hours around the Garston area today. It never ceases to amaze me how many places I've never been to or seen before. I was in search of Oglet shore...I've never heard of it, so I had to root it out. I found this scene just down the road. There are lots north shore locations that look quiet and deserve a visit so I think I'll be going back in the future. More on Oglet next post.


Saturday, 23 October 2010

Liverpool painting No. 86. Edge Lane .

Acrylic on board. 21cm x 14cm

The corner of Durning road. Companion piece for painting No. 85

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Liverpool painting No 85. Gladstone Road

Oil on board 21cm x 14cm

Goodbye number 63. The demolition of Edge Lane and the surrounding area continues. As one old guy I spoke to remarked, they're doing a better job than the Luftwaffe.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Liverpool painting No. 84. Northway allotments.

21cm x 14cm Acrylic on canvas board

The allotments at the back of my house coming to life first thing this morning. These particular plots back onto the railway and always remind me of a of a time gone by…dig for victory etc.

During the First World War Germany's blockade caused food shortages which increased the demand for allotments. One source of land suitable for allotments but not large enough for general agricultural use was the land owned by railway companies. These parcels of land were often allotted to the railway workers and this is the reason that you will often see allotments by railway lines today.


Friday, 15 October 2010

Liverpool painting No. 83. Anfield Road.

Originally known as Walton-on-the-Hill Board School - up until the first part of the 20th century.
This school is famous for its Bell Tower - inevitably believed to be haunted. Originally listed as a single school, it is currently separate infant and junior schools located within the same building. Bessie Braddock is one of the school’s most famous pupils. The school was evacuated to the Ysgol Llangynfelyn ('Taliesin School') during the second world war, most of the children living in the main villages of Tre-Taliesin and Tre'r-ddôl. There were also Anfield Road children at Ysgol Tal-y-bont, a little over a mile further south on the Aberystwyth-Machynlleth road.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Liverpool painting No. 82. Castle Street

Watercolour 21cm x 14cm.

Castle Street would have led down to Liverpool castle on the site of the Queen Victoria memorial in Derby Square. It is one of the seven original streets of Liverpool. By the 19th century it was home to the commercial quarter of Liverpool and has many fine buildings which were either banks or insurance headquarters. At its head standsLiverpool Town Hall.
Another one of Liverpools original seven streets.


Monday, 11 October 2010

Liverpool painting No. 81. Albert Dock and the Brocklebank


Watercolour 21cm x 14cm

Brocklebank escorted the Royal Yacht Britannia into the Mersey and pushed and pulled countless liners, warships freighters and tankers around the docks.

Following retirement in 1989, she is now the only seagoing vessel owned by a UK national museum.

Brocklebank sails around Britain’s coast as a floating ambassador for Merseyside Maritime Museum.

She is the last operational example of a traditional tug built for the Mersey.


For Painting Students On the Acrylic Course

Working in the style of Charled Reid, paintings by Steve Strode.

Painting classes have started again and it was suggested that painted examples could be added to supplement the lessons, so here goes for the first time, online lesson extensions. Good luck, see you next week.

For those of you wishing to work from home on the computer remember to blow up the image as large as possible

Working from the Charles Reid paintings which I have duplicated, and using the techniques we have covered, work the whole painting wet in wet. Reproduce either study.


Use acrylic paint diluted at least 3 to 1.
Paint the subject wet in wet.
Shadows are always connected to the subject, and act as an anchor.
Start with the darks and mid value colours leaving the whites till last.
Remember to step back from the painting and review it from at least 8ft or so.
Pure acrylic can be added at the end to regain whites and tint down any colour that is too strong.
Reserve these pure highlights and any splashes of colour until the final part of the painting, which is, adding accents.

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Monday, 4 October 2010

Liverpool painting No. 79. Lime Street.

Watercolour on paper 21cm x 14cm.

I was using watercolour for a change today, finished off with a little white acrylic. It really makes a difference to what you carry around and it's a lot lighter. I had a small hand held watercolour box, one pad, one brush and a small jar of water. I had to be in town all day with only an hour and a bit to spare so minimum fuss meant I could work at this one out doors and out of sight on the steps of St. George's Hall.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Liverpool painting No. 76. Harthill Road.

21cm x 14cm Acrylic on canvas board.

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I thought I'd seen this building before, it was in Kay Parrot's, Village Liverpool.

'This is the lodge to Quarry Bank, designed in 1866...The house, in the local dark sandstone, is built in a muscular gothic style.' p102

The building is now the gatehouse to Calderstones school. The original painting was done a hundred years ago in 1910 by Liverpool painter, Frederick Beattie, 1851 1913.