Misty Day, Tongariro National Park

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Acrylic on Paper, 30 x 21 cm, 15/1/17 

As the title suggests this painting was done on a misty day from inside Ferguson Unit 8, Chateaux Tongariro, New Zealand. This is actually the same view as the previous painting, painted from the same spot, but as it was so misty I decided to focus on the few trees, bushes and vegetation that I could actually see! This was our second day in this National Park and as you can see the weather changed from very clear to not so clear very quickly! Personally, I enjoy seeing and feeling the different types of weather (as we can’t control it) and always try to make the most of it and enjoy it as much as I can. Whilst painting this scene I was also fortunate to see many birds and rabbits come out to search for food and play in the rain. As you can see, I tried to show an example of these native creatures in the picture, this was actually much harder than you may think as they constantly kept moving and changing position as I stubbornly tried to capture their likeness in paint. It was a fun challenge that made me realise how much easier it is to capture trees than moving objects! Haha!

Sunny Day, Tongariro National Park

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Acrylic on Paper, 30 x 21cm, 13-16/1/17

This painting was done over three short sessions when the weather permitted, and is of a sunny day in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. My wife and I were very fortunate as this was the view from our room, Ferguson Unit 8, Chateaux Tongariro, New Zealand (when the weather was clear!) We could see for miles across the national park, many different colours of vegetation and animals enjoying the environment.

Volcano

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Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5cm, 14/1/17.

This is a steep Volcano drawn from outside Ferguson Unit 8, Chateaux Tongariro, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. The weather was very changeable during our stay and this Volcano would appear and disappear throughout the day. This is a quick Oil Pastel sketch done on one of the occasions it was visible and I wanted to show the prehistoric feeling that this steep cone shape and the open crater at the top gives. You can really feel that the earth is still very much alive in places like this and can only hope for a safe passage through the area. New Zealand is a very volcanic and seismically active land.