"Makapu'u Point" 11x14" oil on canvas by Richard Robinson
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We drove an hour to the other extreme of the island this morning to paint with Mark Brown and a few others at Makapu'u Point. A very windy and mostly grey day greeted us but we had fun anyway. Below you can see my new painting technique. (just being silly). Note the rope coming off the back of the easel tied to a big rock which is stopping the easel from flying away and the tripod there helping to steady the canvas.

 

 

I do feel these blogs are hugely self indulgent but I do love to see the painting up on the screen afterwards - I get a similar feeling of closure and satisfaction as when I see my painting framed. More than that I enjoy the feedback from everyone who comments on my work. Every one of us from the beginner painter to the greatest master gets a kick out of knowing someone else appreciates their work. We're such social animals aren't we? Call it what you will it comes down to love in the end - the need to receive it and give it. I sure felt the love on that windy hill today and am looking forward to more of the same - painting with other painters and I encourage you to get out and do the same.

Getting your images on the computer also gives you the opportunity to play around with the image and see what improvements might br possible. The easiest to play with is the cropping. Personally I think the image below looks stronger and more dynamic cropped to a square. What do you think? 

 

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Comment by Dorian Aronson on August 15, 2012 at 19:19

I prefer the uncropped one, I like the water being  the focal point..........smiles to you dor:))

Comment by Karen Kestermann on August 12, 2012 at 4:44

Beautiful! I love the colors in this work. I agree, I think the cropped image makes the slope and color of the water more intense. Thanks for sharing your work and inspiring me to head out to my studio to have fun!

Comment by Steinunn Einarsdottir on August 11, 2012 at 10:36

This is a wonderful painting Richard and great brush work so free and light.

I would love to be there but a bit far away for me at present.  You lucky guys!

Happy Painting!!

Comment by barbara grazer on August 11, 2012 at 5:01

This is beautiful. My eye is drawn right to the cozy beach and then out and around the painting. I do like the square one better. The painting seems more open and finished looking.

Comment by Melanie Harbin on August 10, 2012 at 20:49

The color in this is soooo beautiful! Good work Richard! For some reason the square one seems to make the lights brighter and more beautiful maybe because they are more centered ?? or just larger ?? but I like the composition better on the other one. Plus I like the the green and blue in the water a lot and it is cut off in the square one. I would either keep the square one or go back and just put a "ding" of color in the  emerald ( on the bank) or white in the rectangle one. BUT then again I can't even paint a landscape so what do I know!! What I do know is that it is awesome either way!

Comment by Dirk Rampling on August 10, 2012 at 18:03

Love this one Richard. Use of colour! Beautiful large brush strokes! The square crop seems to keep the eye focused on the spot lit beach. Keep em coming i say.

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