This mixed media Ink and Acrylic on Paper Diptych was completed over four years as I slowly built it up and created other pieces. I really like the chance to step away from a piece and come back to it after I have had time to consider how I want it to develop. This is a combination of subject and materials that I like to use and it began with an “en plein air” drawing done in my local Yu Cheng Park in the summer of 2015. I would always pass this corner of the park and stare at the amazing trees and roots and also liked how the steps cut across the scene and the white shelters in background added another dimension. So after the initial drawing I worked from photos in my studio, slowly adding many thin layers of Acrylic Paint to build up the colours. After this I drew over the image again in Ink to redefine the shapes, shades and shadows. It is a very slow process to build up the details in this way, but I really like how it allows me to carefully control each layer of shade and I think it adds more to the finished piece than a basic drawing or painting.
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.
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.
This Acrylic on 300 gsm Paper painting was done in the morning from my hotel room in the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. We had a beautiful view of the red/ orange rock formations in the distance and the suburbs stretching out towards them. The contrast of the green vegetation was interesting and it stood out against the rock. In this painting I was interested in showing the different tones and shades of the incoming storm clouds. I built up the detail of this painting by overlaying and adding thin layers of transparent Acrylic paint on top of each other.