"Painting Mark Brown" 10x8" Oil on Canvasboard

Finally got to paint today! As usually happens I flew into the first painting back with gusto, loving just slapping paint down at the expense of good design and drawing, so it's not the best painting in the world but I had a ball doing it and that's the most important part. A couple of painters from Hawaii suggested I give Mark Brown a call and I'm so glad I did - he's one of the nicest most generous guys I've met and also a really good painter. We met with 3 other painters this morning just past the small port of Haleweia. It's so great to finally meet some artists here and get painting again which is the main reason for the trip here. If you have a look at Mark Brown's website you'll see how he uses very bold colour in his work and that and the intense sunlight here inspired my brighter colour choices today.

Two things I have to get used to here are painting in the heat and painting in the wind - both of which got the better of me today. I'm going to have to get one of those big clips you see on Mark's easel holding the palette down - either that or grow another set of arms.

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