First Day of Summer 
Oil on Canvas
18.5 x 13"

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Well, it wasn't really the first day of summer but it felt like it, sitting on a rock at Wellington's Day with the kiddies playing around me and families laughing in the warm sunshine - just beautiful. Yesterday I took the plein air painting I'd done and made a larger painting, focusing on enhancing the warmth of the scene and the glowing light.

The plein air study


The design for the studio painting in Photoshop based on the plein air painting. 


The scene. See how the camera loses all the colour in the darks! Yuck.



Progress shots of the studio painting:


Acrylic base coat.







Note: The overall colour change here from the previous photo is due to photographing the painting under different light, not due to glazing or any technique like that. This final shot is closer to the real colours.

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Comment by susie gregory on October 17, 2011 at 0:41
ii love this richard - and it makes more sense to have the high contrast area a bit closer up - i think that was my problem in my first and second attempts - getting ready to post my limited pallette painting - hope to get it done today - i wish i were more versed in photoshop...stu says they have an app for my iphone...i have a lot to learn about this  techie stuff!! - maybe my grandkids can teach me!
Comment by Sandra kelly on October 15, 2011 at 10:08
Thank you for sharing, great work
Comment by Xiao Li on October 15, 2011 at 3:26
Very good example Richard.  Here the activities and interest are at the far end so it is lower in value and contract but it is still the brightest site and eye catching.  The high contract and bright color at the mid ground added the richness and interest site for the eye to wander.  Such great painting! Love it!
Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on October 14, 2011 at 22:01
Richard, ditto Dirk's comment; I really like the sequence shots--very helpful. Stu
Comment by Dirk Rampling on October 14, 2011 at 16:59
Such a playful loose feel. Love the progress shots.


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