Went to Pataua South today, crossed the walkbridge and painted this great scene with a friend. This is about the fourth time I've painted at this spot. I get a little more expressive each time. Quite a complex scene and easy to get lost in all the details, proving the need to keep squinting at your subject and try to paint what you see when you squint - big shapes. Another thing this reminded me is that I'm not painting objects - I'm painting paint effects. I want each small area of the painting to be an interesting little abstract painting filled with clean expressive brushwork. Say a lot with a little. I zoomed in on the area that interested me most and simplified the background so it didn't compete with the tree.
You can get the video lesson of this same scene here: http://www.masteringpaint.com/northlandsummer/
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