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Painting Live Motion

June 21, 2019
By Richard Robinson
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Garrapata, California

Painting Live Motion

Often when I’m feeling overwhelmed by a panoramic vista such as we found at Garrapata, I find it much more rewarding to zoom in on the smaller subject - that which I find the most compelling from the whole scene.

Painting waves from life, or anything that moves, is pretty tricky. Waves have the advantage of a repeating movement, which helps, since you can focus on a particular area with each wave, gleaning more shape, edge and colour knowledge as you go.

For subjects that don't repeat their positions, like seagulls for instance, I often take a video and pause it at just the right moment to capture the position, but will rely more on plein air studies for the colour information.

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