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Originally this painting started as plien air. I find the West Coast inspirational. Particularly the Nikau Palms and small clearings dotted with cows.
Towards the Arawata, West Coast of NZ. I have a friend living at Haast, one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand accessing the relatively undiscovered rough rivers and dense New Zealand bush. A wonderful place to paint.
This work uses scarffito to draw the image prior to applying layering acrylics wash and glaze.The work was drawn on site near the tank on the hill above the Reserve cliffs. With Totara Reserve in the left for ground. The river is the Pohangina.
Summer in the Manawatu, these lovely jersey cows were picnicking in the afternoon. A plien air beginning and the painting was finished in the studio.
Fabulous warm tones complete this beautifully lit composition. A joy to paint.
An energetic gestural painting, inspired by Van der Velden, my favourite early New Zealand artist. He, however would not approve of the colour nor expression. This work is a current favourite of mine.