This Acrylic on Canvas double dog portrait painting was a commission for my good friends Shawn and Joyce. It is a portrait of their two beautiful dogs named Willy and Sindy. I used many different photos for my colour references and to help make a composition I was happy with. I wanted to create a scene showing these two dogs looking happy together in a setting similar to the San Chong/Luzhuo riverside in New Taipei City, as I knew they often play there. I added the Guanying mountain in Bali into the background to add authenticity to the scene. The painting was done using Acrylic paints which I find to be an extremely versatile medium. I built up this painting using the Acrylic paints both thinly and thickly adding layers to different areas to create different effects as I tried to capture a true likeness of Willy and Sindy.
I am very proud to announce that following on from the above dates the “Taiwan” group Exhibition has now moved on from the American Club to its second venue, The Community Services Center, Tienmu, Taipei City. It will run from Monday 3rd December-Sunday 13th January 2019 and will be available to view during the Centers’ usual business opening hours.
The Center is an incredible place offering all kinds of help and assistance to anyone who needs it from counselling to introductions to Taiwan and much more. Please click on this link for more details of the their many varied events:
This is a group exhibition by international artists who are members of the Redroom Taipei Visual Dialogues Collective. The theme of the Exhibition is Taiwan and all artists were asked to produce works inspired by this beautiful country. It includes a great mix of styles from Abstract to Realism and everything in between.
This painting was done “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel as the annual Swim across the Lake was taking place. It is 5 km across and takes an average person a few hours to do, so I had plenty of time to capture it! It was very special to see this and also to capture it in paint as it gave the lake a very unique atmosphere and view. Seeing so many people stretched across the whole lake was really a sight to behold! Apparently 20,000 people took part in this event and I was very lucky to experience it. For this piece I first sketched it out in Ink and then added thin Acrylic paint over the top, adding to it as the view of the swimmers changed throughout the day.
This painting was done “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel on the day before the annual Swim Across the Lake, as the course was being prepared. You can see the floating platforms spreading across the lake, although they were moved to the side on this day as it was feared a typhoon would cause the event to be cancelled. Luckily, the typhoon never hit and the event took place the following day.
This was painted “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel just after sunrise one beautiful morning. It is a view of the bay and fishing platforms nearest to our hotel with Wen-Wu Temple visible in the background. I find the fishing platforms very interesting and wanted to capture them in this piece using Ink over Acrylic Paint to add detail. This lake is very beautiful and the shades of green change colour all throughout the day. It was an interesting challenge to try to capture this scene with a lot of movement and changes of colour happening as I painted it.
This was painted “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel just after sunrise one bright morning. It is a view of the largest town on the lake called Sway-Sur which was directly opposite our hotel across the lake. I really enjoyed drawing and painting in the bright but soft early morning light as it gave the lake a very serene and fresh feeling.
This was painted “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel just after sunrise one bright morning. It is a view of the bay and fishing platforms nearest to our hotel. I originally planned to add more colour to it, but decided not to as I thought the pale colours captured the effect of the bright morning light quite well.