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 piece was drawn “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel just after the sunrise early one morning. It was a beautiful bright morning and the surface of the lake was very calm with only a few ripples. I like to use Oil Pastels because they allow me to apply immediate colours and I can work quickly and freely.
This is the second view of the beautiful Wen-Wu Temple and in this piece I wanted to add more detail to the beautiful dancing reflections that were flickering towards me across the lake.
In another direction I could see the lights from the beautiful mountain top Wen-Wu Temple lighting up the clouds and reflecting across the rippling waves towards our balcony, it is a magical place! This is one of two pieces that were done “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel, trying to capture this beautifully atmospheric view.