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.
This Ink and Acrylic on 300 gsm Paper painting was done from my room in the Hotel Zoe over three early morning sessions in San Francisco, California. It was the view from our window and was painted whilst I was visiting the city with my wife. I was interested in the view of Coit Tower and the cool crisp beauty of the morning light in San Francisco before the city woke up. San Francisco is a very special place with all parts of life on show on the streets, highs, lows, and everything in between, and I have been fortunate to have had many great times there. This painting was made by first roughly drawing out the scene in Ink and then adding thin layers of Acrylic paint over the top. After this I built up the layers of paint and redefined areas of the Ink drawing by drawing over the top of the image. This is a combination of materials that I like to use as I like the contrasting effect of the stronger Ink lines and the delicate thin layers of Acrylic paint.
This Ink on Brown Paper drawing was done “en plein air” over three sessions in San Jose, California. It was drawn whilst I was staying with relatives in San Jose and it is in their garden. I was interested in the shapes of the branches on this tree and how the early evening light cast shadows across it. I drew it over three sessions because the light would change as the sun set. I built up the detail of this drawing by overlaying Ink and hatching to define shapes and shadows.
This Ink on Brown Paper drawing is one of a pair done “en plein air” in the foothills of San Jose, California. I had passed these trees a few times and really liked the way the late afternoon Californian sun shone on them and cast shadows on the hillside. I hiked to this spot and set my easel up to draw one bright sunny afternoon. I included a vulture in one picture as there were a few circling overhead as I drew. I used Ink on brown paper as the dry hillside is quite close to this colour and I wanted to focus on the shading and shadows of the trees rather than the natural colours.
This Acrylic and Ink on heavyweight 300 gsm Paper piece was created in my studio in Nangang, Taipei City, Taiwan. It is a painting of a Phoenix statue from one of the Temples in my local area and has taken almost a year to complete due to the amount of detail. I waited for a day with a clear blue sky to visit the Temple and take photographs, as I wanted to capture the contrast of colours between the Phoenix and the sky. I enjoy working in these mediums as I can slowly build up the layers of colour and drawing is a key part of the process. This picture was first drawn in pencil, and when I was satisfied with the size, placement and likeness I defined the outline in Ink. I tried to use a new method for the sky where I painted it all first and then thinned down the areas that I wanted to be lighter. This involved using a special block similar to a “Magic Cloth” that was wet and rubbed over the paint to thin the colour. It worked but has caused some rippling of the Heavyweight Paper, but this will less visible when the picture is mounted and framed. I then added layers of thinned down Acrylic Paint to different areas to create tones, building some parts up more than others where it needed. After this had dried I added the black Ink over the top to redefine some of the details.
This tree branch was drawn on a hike with my wife and friend in Xindian, Taipei City, Taiwan. I found this tree at the peak of the trail and drew it “en plein air” as we rested and enjoyed the views for a while. The trunk of the tree looks like it has been struck by lightning and broken in half with the charred remains surviving. The jagged shapes and textures were very interesting to me and I was drawn towards it.I also liked the shape of the branches stretching away from the trunk and find it quite amazing that it can still survive after being so severely burnt. Only nature knows how.