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Clare McGhee

BOTANICAL & FINE ART



PROCESS

“Design and vibrant colour are fundamental in my work. I enjoy experimenting with different perspectives and unusual juxtapositions to create dramatic art work.

I love the challenge of painting complex subjects exploring their fascinating beauty generally on a magnified scale.


I have been looking for new ways to develop my work and have recently started to paint on Dibond Aluminium panels, which I love! The panels are lightweight and have an inherently smooth surface which enhances the overall graphic finish of the paintings.

Another great advantage is that it allows me the freedom to leave my work unframed which

gives a more contemporary feel that appeals to collectors."


Some examples of how Clare works are shown below:


'Juicy Fruits - Plum' 13cmx13cm SOLD

Gouache on solid aluminium panel

Sketch drawing of a Plum

Stage 1

This was a quick very rough thumbnail sketch just to establish composition & tone. I sometimes do a more finished drawing first especially if it is a complex subject

Image of a blue background with white circle

Stage 2

The circle area was isolated and then the panel was sprayed with the blue acrylic paint. Base primer was then applied to allow the paint to adhere

Image of a Plum painting partially painted with blue background

Stage 3

The main points were then sketched onto the primed area before the gouache (and in this case watercolour too) painting started

Painting of Juicy Fruits Plum with a blue background

Final piece

Once the painting was finished the panel was then varnished with an archival varnish

Baroque Collection - 'Pear' 70cmx70cm

Gouache on Dibond Aluminium panel

Image of an in progress painting of a Pear

Stage 1

I started by outlining the wrought iron background. The panel was then sprayed with orange acrylic paint for the background colour before applying primer

Cropped images of top half of a Pear painting

Stage 2

Once dry, the main details were sketched onto the primed areas before painting in gouache. This is the top half of the Pear

Cropped image of lower half of a Pear painting

Stage 3

Here is an in-progress image of the lower half of the Pear

Painting of finished Pear in progress

Stage 4

Pear now complete and then painting started in the wrought iron background design

Large painting of Pear with a green wrought iron bacground

Final Painting

Painting the green wrought iron ornamental background proved to be a very involved stage! Once I finished painting I then added a shadow to create a greater illusion of depth before finally varnishing the piece. The whole painting took me 3-4 months to complete

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