"Pataua Pleasures" 12x18" Oil on Canvas

Two thirds done.

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/

Happy Painting!


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Comment by Andras Kalmar on October 8, 2016 at 10:19

Very nice Richard, it was pleasure painting there with you. 

I just watched your video lesson, it was very thorough explanation of such an amazing subject. I learned a lot, thank you :)

Comment by Mark Price, on October 6, 2016 at 20:34

Makes me home sick !!! we grew up right there ! What a magic place to grow up in, I like this Richard.


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