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 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.
This is one of a series of Ink on brown paper drawings of a beautiful Temple in San Chong City, New Taipei City, Taiwan. Taiwan has many different sized and shaped Temples and they always amaze me with their beautiful shapes and colours. The skill involved in making these temples is incredible. I decided to start making Ink drawings as it is an enjoyable process to slowly build up the shapes and detail of such a complex subject. It took a lot of intense observation to pick out the different details, but I like the way the colourful Temples look in Black Ink. This was my first drawing of the whole Temple and it was completed in many different sessions over 2 weeks. As I was drawing this picture it gave me lots of ideas and inspiration to create a series of pictures of this incredible Temple.
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 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.
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.