"Haleiwa, Epilogue" 9x12" Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson
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Went for a brief surf this morning and got out in time to paint with Mark Brown again in Haleiwa. The light continues to amaze me here - it's so strong it bounces the colour around everywhere making for vibrant shadows and strong warm lights - very beautiful, and hot!
I put this painting together piece by piece without laying down any base colours first - no washes, just a light line sketch and then placing each small piece of colour in the right place, comparing it for colour with the previous piece and so it came together just like a jigsaw (or a paint by numbers). It's a good way to preserve vibrancy but it takes some patience because you can't see a truly coherent picture until the last pieces go in.
The last piece was the surfer. There were plenty of different people using the shower but I had the idea of a surfer with his bright white board being the centre of focus and eventually a guy came along and stood with his board just as I had sketched him out on the canvas as if I had wished him into existence. Nice when that happens.
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