Just finished this one. Tried to really push the colour and brushwork and spent a lot of time trying to get the infused light effect of the sky pushing past the edges of the Pohutukawa tree. To do that I painted a pure blue layer first blocking in the shapes, then a darker layer just inside that one, painted the sky into the edges a little, then redarkened the inner after 2 day's drying, then built up the bark texture within that staying very close the to dark value (just a little lighter and warmer), put in some very cool blue reflected lights in the shadows, built the light areas with very thick paint and then blurred some edges here and there working the sky back in to the edges.

Pretty happy with it - looking forward to the next one and pushing it even further.

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Comment by Amy Hinson on October 22, 2009 at 3:43
i really like the textures and movement... fun!
Comment by Dennis Clark on October 4, 2009 at 7:44
Hi Richard. I see that you going for the blues a lot lately. Yet in spite of that you are somehow getting a warmth into the blues that make it very appealing. The orange and the blues are really vibrating!
Comment by Richard Robinson on October 2, 2009 at 9:50
:-) Thanks Diane - I guess I am on fire! Really enjoying this new direction.
Comment by Diane Boucher on October 1, 2009 at 21:10
You are certainly on fire just now Richard. Helen will have to take you south each year!! Love the effects you are getting.


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