This Acrylic Paint on 300gsm paper is a view across a semi-dry riverbed and valley done during a visit to Yilan with my wife. It was painted “en plain air” early one morning from our balcony. The scale of the mountains and valleys in Taiwan is incredible and hard to feel unless you visit them. They have a very spectacular beauty and are also very dangerous due to landslides. In this picture you can get an idea of the scale if you notice the horizontal line of the road near the bottom of the mountainside. The beautiful springy looking broccoli like vegetation and trees on the mountain are scarred and marked by areas of orange and brown earth, the results of landslides. The super fertile volcanic earth will ensure re-growth over the past landslides as you can see by the flatter diagonal area of green. It is terrifying to see the power and destruction that is caused by these natural disasters. Typhoons cause most of these and they also swell the rivers and make them rise to unbelievable levels. This piece was made by building up thin layers of Acrylic paint on top of each other.
This Oil Pastel on Brown Paper drawing is one of a pair that were drawn “en plein air” in the foothills of San Jose, California during the late afternoon as the sun was beginning to set. They were drawn near the same location as my Ink drawings of trees and shadows. After the Ink drawings I wanted to go back and try to capture the beautiful afternoon colours of the countryside. I hiked to this spot and set up my easel facing towards Santa Theresa as I could see many beautiful colours in the hills and mountains. As with the San Jose sunset pictures, I would sing as I was drawing just in case any wild visitors were sneaking around and to let them know I was there!