"Clouds over Laniakea" 11x14" Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson

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Had a wonderful morning painting this one flat out trying to capture those huge clouds rolling off the coast, occasionally copping an easel full of water (you can even see some authentic water dribble marks down the left side of the painting). It really pays to dry off your palette rather than try to mix oil paints on top of it.

Love that feeling when you just have to get a painting out and you're ripping into it in the first big colour blocks - fantastic. The clouds here get a lot more vertical than those in New Zealand, making some really unlikely shapes. I'm thinking this could be a good morning spot for one of the Painter's Retreat days coming up soon because there is shade here till 11:30am and great views both ways. Good times.

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Comment by Richard Robinson on August 30, 2012 at 14:04

Thanks guys - I appreciate the comments.

Comment by diane boucher on August 30, 2012 at 12:12

Love the powerful strokes Richard and the touch of red:

Comment by Melanie Harbin on August 29, 2012 at 18:48

Palm trees look very nice and the red umbrella by the green on the beach really makes that pop out. The cloud above the palm seems to duplicate the shape of the palm. Don't know if that was intentional or not. The colors of the sky are nice but my eyes would rather see the highlights in the clouds softened a bit. Just a personal choice. After that the 2 clouds and the rocks seem to point me out of the painting to the left. I like it but it is not my favorite of yours. Still a nice painting!

Comment by Sharon Coyle on August 29, 2012 at 18:18

I love painting and watching clouds! May I suggest that you use a soft brush to soften and puff the clouds rather than leave them as brush strokes. It will give them a more real appearance.

Comment by Dana Smiley on August 29, 2012 at 18:18
Looking at the palm trees would it be easier to paint the trees with a fan brush. Or do you have a technique with the few brushes that you have suggested we bring.


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