Ricefields, Yilan

Ricefields, Yilan, 23 x 30.5 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 24:5:18 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 23 x 30.5 cm, 24/5/18

This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing was done “en plein air” during an afternoon in the beautiful countryside of Yilan, Taiwan. It is a picture and place that I have wanted to experience and capture for a while. After searching for drawing locations, this picture was actually drawn from the 2nd floor balcony of the incredible Shan-Yen Hotplate restaurant as they kindly let me set up my easel and draw after our meal. It was a godsend to be under a shade as it was a very hot and humid day! I love the rice fields and farmhouses of Yilan and feel they create a very unique and special visual environment. I also want to capture the water filled Rice fields, but we went during growing season in May, so the fields were all beautiful and green! It is always a great surprise and really nice to see how full of life, growth and vitality the fields are during this time of year, and it creates a different feeling than the reflective water filled fields.

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Choppy Seas, Keelung Island, Green Bay

Choppy Seas, Keelung Island, Green Bay, 23 x 30.5 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 9:5:18 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 23 x 30.5 cm, 9/5/18 

This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing is one of two drawn “en plein air” in the beautiful Green Bay beach resort from the Whitehouse Hotel. They were drawn during our Anniversary trip and I tried to capture the overcast weather and the powerful, choppy waves of the day.

Keelung Island, Green Bay

Keelung Island, Green Bay, Ink on Brown Paper, 26 x 19.5, 8:5:18 by David Lloyd

Ink on Brown Paper, 26 x 19.5 cm, 8/5/18

This Ink on Brown Paper drawing was drawn “en plein air” in the beautiful Green Bay beach resort from the Whitehouse Hotel. It is a view of Keelung Island that became very clear and visible for a short period during our visit as the stormy weather passed by. This picture was drawn during our Anniversary trip and I tried to capture the shapes, shades and contours of the rugged island while I could see it! As I drew, the overcast weather and dark clouds increased and I decided to include them because I liked the dark threatening tones as the clouds prepared to burst.

Sunset over Lake the Anau, N.Z.

Sunset, Lake Te Anau, Fiordland National Park,N.Z, 23 x 30.5 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 13:1:18 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 30.5 x 23 cm, 13/1/18

This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing was done “en plein air” on the banks of Lake Te Anau. It was drawn as the sun set after I had finished the Sailboat picture, but from a slightly different location. I always enjoy trying to capture the last rays of sunlight as the sky turns dark and night arrives. I love the feeling created by the contrast and impermanence of the changing light and dark colours that appear at this time of day.

Sailboat on Lake Te Anau, N.Z.

Sailboat, Lake Te Anau, Fiordland National Park,N.Z, 23 x 30.5 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 13:1:18 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 23 x 30.5 cm, 13/1/18

This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing was done “en plein air” on the banks of Lake Te Anau. It was drawn during the late afternoon after a day of hiking, as the sun was getting lower and lighting up the lake. Whilst looking for a subject and location by the Lake I noticed this sailboat and wanted to capture the way the shape broke up the sunlight on the water. I set up my Easel by the Lake and drew it as the sun was getting lower, although it was unbelievably bright! I learnt that in the future I shouldn’t set up to draw facing directly into the sunlight, as after a while I had to hide behind a tree to get a break from the overwhelming brightness and to let my eyes re-adjust! As with many “en plein air” drawing occasions I had the chance to chat with a lot of interested passers by as I was doing this picture.

Late Afternoon, Mount Cook, N.Z.

Late Afternoon, Mount Cook, N.Z. from Hermitage Hotel, Room 141, 30.5 x 23 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 7:1:2018 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 30.5 x 23 cm, 7/1/18 

This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing was the view from our balcony in Room 141 at the Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook, N.Z. I drew it “en plein air” during the late afternoon after a day of hiking, as the sun was getting lower and lighting up the peak of Mount Cook as the valleys became darker. The snow covered peaks and rock would glow with warmth as the final rays of sunlight illuminated them. This is a very beautiful part of the world and my wife and I love driving through the N.Z. countryside as it is so natural and relaxing. This particular area of Mount Cook Village is at the end of long winding country road, through spectacular scenery and is the gateway to many hiking trails and Glaciers, incredible!

Coastline and Fog-bank near Christchurch, N.Z

Christchurch Coast and Fog Bank From Red Rock Cafe, N.Z. 26 x 19.5cm, Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 3:1:18 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 26 x 19.5 cm, 3/1/18

This Oil Pastel on Brown Paper is a view of the coastline near Christchurch from the Red Rock Gondola Café on top of the mountain. It is a very beautiful spot with trails and 360 degree views all around (weather permitting!) The day we visited started very sunny and hot as we took the Gondola up and hiked on the numerous short trails around the top. After this we got a coffee in the Café and sat enjoying the views as I started this drawing. It wasn’t long before the for bank that had been out at sea started to come in land, enveloping everything in a mysterious clouds. This started quite slowly and was very beautiful to have clouds moving around you, although I would have to draw the parts of the view that were still visible! This continued for about an hour with the clouds completely covering and then revealing small parts of the view to me, and being the stubborn person I am I continued to try to capture anything I could! Eventually it became a complete and very bright whiteout and I decided the picture was as finished as it could be!