This Acrylic sketch is an attempt to quickly capture a passing rain storm moving across the Rock Islands. These storms would come and totally change the colours of the scenery, making the Rock Islands disappear and re-appear and giving them a magical and mysterious feeling.
This painting was done on a recent trip to Palau with my wife. It was our first time visiting Palau and we first stayed in it’s capital city called Koror. It is a very small capital city and we were fortunate enough to get a free upgrade to a Rock Island View room in the Palasia Hotel. This was the view from our balcony ( with a few buildings edited out!) in room 611. It is part of a very beautiful World Heritage Site that stretches for many miles and consists of hundreds/thousands of these different shaped steep and mostly uninhabitable rock islands that are covered in jungle greenery. The colours and shadows of the islands and water were almost constantly changing as rain and thunderstorms would pass over making the islands disappear and re-appear again throughout the day. It was definitely an amazing sight to wake up to and a great joy and challenge to capture. This painting was done in two afternoon sessions and shows the mangroves leading out to the water and a few different palm trees in the foreground.
This painting was done a few days after the previous Stormy Skies picture from the same spot in Aviemore, Scotland. It was painted after a lot of rain in the late morning as the clouds were clearing to slowly reveal the mountains hidden within. This is the same view as the Stormy Skies painting, but in this part of the world the weather and colours are constantly changing, giving the area an ever-changing freshness and appearance which can be both inspirational and frustrating when working from nature! I tried to be very delicate with the background mountains as I wanted to try to capture the ghostly effect of the misty clearing clouds and the mountains beginning to re-appear.
This is a view of one part of the Cairngorm National Park painted from Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands. I painted it from Room 204 of the Cairngorm Hotel and it was an almost ever changing scene as the rain clouds gathered and poured down or passed over. It is a stunning part of the world with incredible views in every direction, and lots of great old pubs and hotels to pop into for a pint! In this picture the storm was passing in front of the mountain range as the sun was trying to come out from behind, illuminating it.
This is one of a series of Ink and Acrylic drawings that I did on a recent trip around the U.K. This is a drawing of Spud the Bagpipe player as he was doing his nightly 8 p.m. show outside the Cairngorm Hotel in Aviemore, Scotland. He would stand almost below our room’s window and play for around 30 minutes. It was a very special experience to draw him as he played and it added a really traditional feeling to an already amazing area of the world. I tried to first sketch him in ink and add colour using thinned down Acrylic paint as he played.
This painting was done as a gift for my mother and based on photos taken on a day out with family in Melling, near Liverpool. My mother asked me to do it for her because she loved the contrasting dark clouds and light reflections on the canal, the magical rainbow and the barges. Melling is a really beautiful area with canals and fields stretching for miles and a lot of barges can be seen sailing along or moored at the sides. On this day there was a thunderstorm approaching in the distance as we walked by the canal, causing the rainbow and the contrasts in the rain laden clouds above. This was a challenging piece due to all of the small details that was built up using thin layers of Acrylic paint that I worked on (along with other pieces) for almost a year. Canals and barges have always been special to me and it was nice to finally try to capture some.