Sunny Day, Tongariro National Park

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Acrylic on Paper, 30 x 21cm, 13-16/1/17

This painting was done over three short sessions when the weather permitted, and is of a sunny day in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. My wife and I were very fortunate as this was the view from our room, Ferguson Unit 8, Chateaux Tongariro, New Zealand (when the weather was clear!) We could see for miles across the national park, many different colours of vegetation and animals enjoying the environment.

Twilight, Lake Taupo

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Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 14.5 x 20.5 cm, 20/1/17

This Twilight picture was done from inside our room at the Gables Lakefront Motel after the previous Acrylic sunset piece (because it was too cold to draw outside!) I love the colours in the sky on a clear evening just after sunset and try to draw, paint or take photos of it whenever I get the chance. I like to see the contrast of the dark clouds and the last light of the day fading to black.

Sunset, Lake Taupo

 

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Acrylic on Paper, 30 x 21cm,  20/1/17 

This was painted from a picnic bench outside the Gables Lakefront Motel, Lake Taupo, New Zealand after a day of hiking. This is the largest lake in the country and the mountains that can be seen in the background are Mount Ruapehu, the Volcano and Tongariro National Park that are featured in my other pictures. It was painted as the sun was setting and the warm colours of the sun were reflecting on the water. It was a clear sky with only a few clouds and it actually got quite cold by the time I was finishing this piece as the temperature drops quite a lot in the evening.

 

 

Mount Ruapehu

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Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 54 x 19.5 cm, 14/1/17

This Oil Pastel drawing of Mount Ruapehu was drawn on a very bright afternoon  outside the Knoll Ridge Cafe in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. This is a very beautiful spot and you can drive up to a car park and then take a chair lift further up the mountain to this cafe on Knoll Ridge. You can see for miles across the landscape from here and the rock changes colour from the higher snow covered darker volcanic lava rock to the older more lush green and brown hills. The enormity of this area makes you realise how small we humans are on this earth. This is one of the areas where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed because of the spectacular scenery. There was an eruption here in 1996 and the darker lava rock is the result of that, there is apparently one due every 20 years…Let’s hope no-one gets caught in it when the next one comes.

Volcano

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Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5cm, 14/1/17.

This is a steep Volcano drawn from outside Ferguson Unit 8, Chateaux Tongariro, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. The weather was very changeable during our stay and this Volcano would appear and disappear throughout the day. This is a quick Oil Pastel sketch done on one of the occasions it was visible and I wanted to show the prehistoric feeling that this steep cone shape and the open crater at the top gives. You can really feel that the earth is still very much alive in places like this and can only hope for a safe passage through the area. New Zealand is a very volcanic and seismically active land.

Taranaki Falls

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Ink on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5cm, 13/1/17

This Ink drawing was done during a short break on a beautiful hike with my wife in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. It was a hot, clear and sunny day and after hiking and sitting in the sun for 40 minutes drawing this I had heatstroke! Again! I never learn! It is a quick sketch and hopefully you can make out the waterfall in the centre of the picture surrounded by the dark shadowy rocks.

 

Yang Ming Mountain, Taipei City

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Pastel on Paper, 30.5 x 23 cm, 18/12/16

This is a view of the Yang Ming Mountain range in Taipei City, Taiwan. I drew it from the balcony of my flat on a bright sunny day just before sunset. The mountains were very clear on this day and the colours and shadows were changing as the sun started to set adding more warm oranges into the mix. The sky was very clear with just a few clouds floating by. I like to experiment with different mediums and try to learn the unique qualities of each of them. I find pastels are good for blending colours but can also give a heavier effect if left raw and unblended.