New Version - 2009

Old Version - 2004

Painted this commission today. It's a redo of a scene I've painted a few times - one of my favourite beaches around here - Mangawhai Beach about 20 minute's drive. Redoing older work gives you the chance to experiment with or refine different aspects of a painting - brushwork, colour, value relationships - all of which I worked on in this one. Below it is the older version the client liked so much. He did want practically the same painting, so I had as much fun as I could without leaving the concept. Enjoyed it anyway, and that's the main thing.

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Comment by Jacinta McMahon on February 1, 2015 at 10:35
I'm sorry ....but I love the first one best!!!! I love them both....but the first one is my favorite !!!!!
Comment by Amy Hinson on November 22, 2009 at 8:30
two completely different vibes ... they are both so much fun.. The color and brushwork on the newer one almost makes you taste the salt air and hear the pounding surf while the previous version is so peaceful and natural. The sand in the original version looks so truly wet - brilliant! Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Brandon Nixon on November 18, 2009 at 7:47
Hey Richard,

I can definitely see the Quang Ho influence in this one. The soft edges and bold brush strokes really add a painterly feel to the new one. Love you work and am looking forward to receiving your masters DVD soon.
Comment by John Hunter on November 13, 2009 at 20:00
think both versions are great. Each one has its own feel. Keep up the great work!
Comment by Diane Boucher on November 13, 2009 at 18:38
Wow I like the more intense glow you have from the sun's effect and that looser brush work realy works. I also like the added intrest of the people and birds. They are just there enjoying the subject THE BEACH.

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