Alistair McDonald: Near Conical Hill, Routeburn Track

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A little adventure with broad brush and colour….

The Routeburn Track in Fiordland is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. It’s 37km and 3 days worth, or 2 longish ones in my case with the weather closing in (of course some over-achievers run it in an afternoon). The range of scenery – mountains, waterfalls, beech and fern forests, epic glacial valleys and tarns, ending beside Lake Wakatipu in hobbit country – is a bit special. See for example pics at

Many of the impressionist works I saw in Europe last NH summer were, it seemed, finished off with confident brushwork and relatively small brushes given the sizes of the work. I tried mid-sized flat brushes here but reverted more to smaller ones as it developed – partly as the initial can do/confidence ebbed away, although smaller ones made sense for the background. The sky is stolen from Van Gogh…

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  1. JMN says:

    His craft-oriented comments on making this painting helped me.

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  2. JMN says:

    His comments on craft helped me.

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    1. I was interested that he is color blind – so fascinating how he describes his methods. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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