Pa Beach, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.

Not a bad spot eh!? This is from my recent trip to Great Barrier Island. If you are keen like I am to use this photo for the next online workshop please do click on the image and then use the 'like' button to vote for this. I've also been commissioned to paint a large painting of this so it would be nice to kill two birds with one stone and you'll also get to see how I deal with a large commission from whoa to go.


Thanks guys.


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Comment by marilyn Bonnett on December 5, 2011 at 6:47

Thank you Li, will do that now!!!!

Comment by Ningning Li on December 5, 2011 at 4:31

Marilyn, to pay for workshop4, please  click Workshop at the top of this page and you move down to the domments , and there is Richard's instruction of how to pay in my comment, I am sorry, I do not know how to copy his words to this page for you. Hope you can find it.

Comment by marilyn Bonnett on December 5, 2011 at 1:53

I have not found the link to pay my dues yet, I am worried!!!

Comment by Richard Robinson on November 29, 2011 at 14:50

I'm working on it today...

Comment by Montalvo on November 29, 2011 at 14:43

I can't wait for Workshop 4.  Im ready to paint anything that takes me out of my comfort zone.

Comment by debbie piro on November 27, 2011 at 0:42

Richard,,,when do we log in for workshop 4?

Comment by Dee Berridge on November 22, 2011 at 2:03

I did vote for this beautiful photo but on reflection I agree with others about working with other subjects too. Like Tom I don't just want to paint from the photo/s but also don't have first hand experience of these NZ landscapes.  I live in Brighton, a city on the English Channel which is a very different kind of environment.  I do appreciate that these assignents cover many important basic aspects that apply to almost any painting but I didn't do a painting for either workshop 2 or 3...yet...and I do wonder if it has something to do with feeling detached from the subject.  Excuses excuses...I know!  But there's something in it too. As you say Richard, if I don't love it I don't want to paint it, although of course it's always useful to paint purely as a learning exercise which I do see is the chief aim of these workshops.

Comment by Richard Robinson on November 21, 2011 at 18:06

Yes Tom I hear you. I do have some more photos of the scene which I'll add and I also plan to go back there soon and get some more reference for everyone.

Comment by Tom Semmes on November 21, 2011 at 13:50

Though I love the photo, I have a difficult time connecting to it since I have no feel for this particular New Zealand landscape. I live across the globe in a very different environment (Maryland, USA). I find painting from photos a unique challenge but would want to have some feel for the subject matter first of hand so I don't just end up copying the photo. Scenes with buildings, peoples, are universal and could work. Also would it be possible to send several photos from the same scene? It would give one a better idea of what it would really be like to be there. 

Comment by Annie Cullen on November 20, 2011 at 0:12

I agree that its good to take up any challenge put in front of us - each one present different aspects to consider - always some thought provoking tests of skill. Personally I love the landscape ones - and water -  but wouldn't mind some other subjects - which I'm sure will happen as we go on. Thanks again Richard for these workshops. Watching your demos always re-inforces things I know but don't necessarily put into practice! It's great to see how you work!


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