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.
This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing was the view from our balcony in Room 141 at the Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook, N.Z. I drew it “en plein air” during the late afternoon after a day of hiking, as the sun was getting lower and lighting up the peak of Mount Cook as the valleys became darker. The snow covered peaks and rock would glow with warmth as the final rays of sunlight illuminated them. This is a very beautiful part of the world and my wife and I love driving through the N.Z. countryside as it is so natural and relaxing. This particular area of Mount Cook Village is at the end of long winding country road, through spectacular scenery and is the gateway to many hiking trails and Glaciers, incredible!
This Oil Pastel on Brown Paper is a view of the coastline near Christchurch from the Red Rock Gondola Café on top of the mountain. It is a very beautiful spot with trails and 360 degree views all around (weather permitting!) The day we visited started very sunny and hot as we took the Gondola up and hiked on the numerous short trails around the top. After this we got a coffee in the Café and sat enjoying the views as I started this drawing. It wasn’t long before the for bank that had been out at sea started to come in land, enveloping everything in a mysterious clouds. This started quite slowly and was very beautiful to have clouds moving around you, although I would have to draw the parts of the view that were still visible! This continued for about an hour with the clouds completely covering and then revealing small parts of the view to me, and being the stubborn person I am I continued to try to capture anything I could! Eventually it became a complete and very bright whiteout and I decided the picture was as finished as it could be!
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.