This picture is one of a series of pieces made during a recent trip with my wife to Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County, Taiwan. We stayed at our favourite Lea Lea Hotel and had an amazing lake view balcony to enjoy the beautiful lake and work “en plein air” from. During the trip I used a variety of materials including Oil Pastels on black paper, Acrylic Paint and a mixture of Acrylic and Ink to try to capture the different views and feelings of the lake. This lake is a very beautiful emerald/jade green colour and is surrounded by mountains with many great trails to enjoy. This stunning scenery always looks amazing and the views actually change all throughout the day and night.
I love the way the water and reflections were changing all the time with different activities on the water and weather. I drew and painted at all different times of the day to try to experience and capture the different atmospheres and feeling.
This piece was drawn in the afternoon after a rainstorm looking towards the main town of Sway- Sur and there was still a lot of hazy mist around the mountains.
This painting is a commissioned piece that I was very fortunate to get through my good friends at the RedRoom in Taipei City, Taiwan. It is part of a 12 artpiece Mural project that has been installed in a newly built Apartment building on Zhongshan North Road in Taipei City. The brief for the project was to highlight the role of Zhongshan North Road in the history of Taipei City and to include the image of the Taiwan magpie into the piece. We all had to create proposals along these themes and submit sketches showing roughly how the idea would be represented. I was very excited about this project as I really wanted to work on a bigger scale and have always felt a special connection to Zhongshan North Road due to a skatepark being there when I first came to Taiwan in 2001. I originally proposed three different ideas and 6 different sketches because the project really got me thinking and excited and I really wanted to be a part of it. Luckily, one of my ideas was chosen to be part of the project and I was delighted!
The scale of the piece is a total of 196 x 196cm, made up of 4 canvases each 98 x 98 cm.
My idea for this piece was to show a streetscene with the actual Ju Lang Apartment Building in the foreground viewed from an elevated viewpoint. I wanted to create a time-lapse style effect of the passing vehicle lights to suggest the passing of time and to reference how the new Ju Lang Apartment Building is adding a future chapter to the long history of Zhongshan North Road. With the elevated viewpoint I was able to include some of the famous nearby landmarks and also the Keelung and Tamshui Rivers which were historically the main trade route into the city. I also included the Grand Hotel and Yang Ming Mountain range and tried to show a soft dusky sky over the city. It was definitely a challenge to work on such a large scale and within quite a tight timeframe, but it was also an incredibly enjoyable time and project that I feel very proud and honoured to have been a part of.
Thank you to everyone at the RedRoom for this opportunity! We have all created a very varied, interesting and high quality project!
Here is a link to the RedRoom page about the project where you can see all the artworks and a short video.
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.