This Acrylic Paint on 300gsm paper is a view across a semi-dry riverbed and valley done during a visit to Yilan with my wife. It was painted “en plain air” early one morning from our balcony. The scale of the mountains and valleys in Taiwan is incredible and hard to feel unless you visit them. They have a very spectacular beauty and are also very dangerous due to landslides. In this picture you can get an idea of the scale if you notice the horizontal line of the road near the bottom of the mountainside. The beautiful springy looking broccoli like vegetation and trees on the mountain are scarred and marked by areas of orange and brown earth, the results of landslides. The super fertile volcanic earth will ensure re-growth over the past landslides as you can see by the flatter diagonal area of green. It is terrifying to see the power and destruction that is caused by these natural disasters. Typhoons cause most of these and they also swell the rivers and make them rise to unbelievable levels. This piece was made by building up thin layers of Acrylic paint on top of each other.
My wife and I woke up early to see the sunrise on the lake on this day, as you can see, there wasn’t one! It was a very cold and misty morning and the fog cut down the visibility so much that we couldn’t see across the lake. What we could see still looked very beautiful as the fog gave it a mysterious feeling, making the mountains appear and disappear into the mist. You can see a fishing platform with a small hut and a winch in the water, there are many of these platforms around this beautiful lake.
This is an evening view across Sun Moon Lake from the Lea Lea Hotel in Ita Thao Village towards the main town. The lights of the distant buildings on the opposite side of the lake were reflecting and dancing across the surface of the water, almost reaching across the whole length of the lake. The reflections were being disturbed by movements in the water temporarily breaking them up and adding to the dancing effect. I feel Oil Pastels are a good medium to try to capture this kind of Impressionistic scene without too much attention to fine detail.