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.