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Original Acrylic:
"Coopers Beach"

I painted this "en plein air" at Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay in January of 2008.

I haven't painted out in the open for years, and with my mom's illness, I hadn't even been to a beach in years, so I'm grateful to Len and Anne for deciding that that's what we should do one sunny afternoon during their short visit from Cambridge, UK.

Len wanted Anne to do some painting, so Coopers Beach seemed the ideal location - not only very beautiful in its own right, but also not far from some good fish and chips cafes at Maunganui :-)).  

Anne and I found a nice bit of shade under some of the great pohutukawa trees that are such a feature of Coopers Beach and set to work.

This was the result - probably just over an hour's work. Back to the reality of getting something down on paper fast, with members of the public passing by and stopping for a look.  Eeek!

I must do it more often, now.

Like "Beach Coast" I had this one for sale on cards in Mangonui, and it sold well.

You can now buy Cards, Giclee Prints and Framed Prints of this work:

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