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.
As the title suggests this painting was done on a misty day from inside Ferguson Unit 8, Chateaux Tongariro, New Zealand. This is actually the same view as the previous painting, painted from the same spot, but as it was so misty I decided to focus on the few trees, bushes and vegetation that I could actually see! This was our second day in this National Park and as you can see the weather changed from very clear to not so clear very quickly! Personally, I enjoy seeing and feeling the different types of weather (as we can’t control it) and always try to make the most of it and enjoy it as much as I can. Whilst painting this scene I was also fortunate to see many birds and rabbits come out to search for food and play in the rain. As you can see, I tried to show an example of these native creatures in the picture, this was actually much harder than you may think as they constantly kept moving and changing position as I stubbornly tried to capture their likeness in paint. It was a fun challenge that made me realise how much easier it is to capture trees than moving objects! Haha!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.