This Oil Pastel on Brown Paper drawing was done on a day trip to the very special town of Carmel, California. It was my first visit here and as we arrived I was surprised by the unique beauty of the houses and roads that seemed to have been built as part of the surrounding forest. The town centre is full of Art Galleries and has lots of unique architecture. This drawing was done whilst sitting on the beach during a brief visit with family. The waves were quite strong and choppy, creating a lot of white water and mist, which was a nice contrast to the deep blues and greens of the Pacific Ocean.
This painting was done at midday on a beautiful sunny day. The contrast and reflections of the bright rock cliffs against the water and trees really attracted me to this scene. The white rocks of the cliffs seemed to shine even brighter as the sunshine got stronger and the greens and blues of the ocean sparkled and mixed together. As with a lot of my paintings I will re-arrange or edit some of the parts to make a composition that I like, or to show something that I want. In this case I have arranged the Palm Trees (that were there) to try to add depth and distance into the picture.
This is a painting of the view from Room 322 in our second hotel called The Palau Royal Resort. It was done around midday as we avoided the peak heat of the day and enjoyed the natural beauty (I am finally learning how to avoid sunstroke!) It was an amazing spot with the beautiful ever-changing turquoise green and blues of the ocean lapping against the rocks of the coastline and the beach. Paradise indeed! I love to try to capture the different colours and reflections found in tropical waters as they shine, mix and get deeper as the sunlight affects them. Palm trees are also very special and interesting to me as I had never seen them in Liverpool, England before and I love their forms, shapes and ability to survive.
This painting was done on a recent trip to Green Bay in Taiwan. It is on the Pacific Coast of the island about 1 hours drive from my home in the capital of Taipei City. It is a very beautiful spot, but when we went it was very overcast and cloudy, as you can probably tell from the colours! This is the right hand side of the bay and you can see Turtle Island in the distance and the towering mountains that surround the bay. It is an amazing spot to float in the Pacific Ocean and look back inland at the beautiful mountains that form the Bay.I painted this from the balcony of Room 203 in the Whitehouse Hotel.
This is an oil pastel sketch done from the balcony of Room 118, Holiday Inn, Phi Phi Island,Thailand. It was a hot and muggy day so the view was not so clear. I was trying to show the different tones of blue and green in the ocean and the darker areas of underwater coral.
This picture was done at the same time as the previous larger painting at the same location. A few years ago I noticed that as I paint ” en plain air” one of the issues was having to wait for paint to dry or having excess paint leftover, so I started to experiment with doing more than one picture at a time. This not only allows me to test colours and tones before applying them to the “main” picture, it also allows me to be looser and more free with my mark making, sometimes leading to unexpected results. On this trip I decided to try working on black paper and I like the different feeling it gives these smaller expressive paintings.
This was done from the balcony of Room 516 at the Holiday Inn, Phi Phi Island, Thailand during a trip with my wife. It was a hot and sunny day and I was getting bitten by lots of mosquitoes as I was painting this! Phi Phi Island is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited and you can snorkel right off the beach and see many tropical fish and coral.