Fishing Platforms, Sun Moon Lake

Fishing Platforms, Sun Moon Lake, 23 x 30.5 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 2018 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 23 x 30.5cm, 2018

This piece was drawn “en plein air” from our balcony in the Lea Lea Hotel just after the sunrise early one morning. It was a beautiful morning and the surface of the lake was reflecting the colours of the fishing platforms, trees and mountains of the bay near our hotel. This is a more detailed view of two of the fishing platforms that can be seen on the lake. I was particularly drawn to this scene because of the many different colours that were reflected in the water.


Hazy Afternoon Reflections, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Hazy Afternoon Reflections, Sun Moon Lake, 30.5 x 23 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 2018 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 30.5 x 23 cm, 2018


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.

Hidden Temple, San Chong, Taiwan

Hidden Temple, San Chong, 23 x 30.5 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 2017-18 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 23 x 30.5 cm, 2017-18

This is another of the many beautiful Temples that can be found in Taiwan. This one is situated at the end of a small alley in San Chong, New Taipei City. I found it one day as I was on my lunch break from teaching English and decided to get lost in the small alleys to see what I could find (this rarely disappoints and I have found many gems including great drawing spots and new spots to skateboard). This temple is really hidden and I only found it by seeing a strange looking one lane tunnel like road and going down it. As I emerged I realized I was actually under part of the temple and an apartment building that had been built almost touching it, crazy! As you can see from the drawing, to the right of the temple is a small dark road that actually connects to a large road behind. I assume the Temple was there first and everything else was built around it. This location and almost hidden temple really interested me and I set my easel up in the street to draw it using Oil Pastels during my break times, returning over a few sessions. It was an interesting challenge and I met a lot of interesting people from the area and Temple who told me that it is also in a film.

Ricefields, Yilan

Ricefields, Yilan, 23 x 30.5 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 24:5:18 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 23 x 30.5 cm, 24/5/18

This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing was done “en plein air” during an afternoon in the beautiful countryside of Yilan, Taiwan. It is a picture and place that I have wanted to experience and capture for a while. After searching for drawing locations, this picture was actually drawn from the 2nd floor balcony of the incredible Shan-Yen Hotplate restaurant as they kindly let me set up my easel and draw after our meal. It was a godsend to be under a shade as it was a very hot and humid day! I love the rice fields and farmhouses of Yilan and feel they create a very unique and special visual environment. I also want to capture the water filled Rice fields, but we went during growing season in May, so the fields were all beautiful and green! It is always a great surprise and really nice to see how full of life, growth and vitality the fields are during this time of year, and it creates a different feeling than the reflective water filled fields.

Choppy Seas, Yeliou, Green Bay

Choppy Seas, Yeliou, Green Bay, 30.5 x 23 cm, Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 9:5:18 by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 30.5 x 23 cm, 9/5/18


This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing is one of two drawn “en plein air” in the beautiful Green Bay beach resort from the Whitehouse Hotel. They were drawn during our Anniversary trip and I tried to capture the overcast weather and the powerful, choppy waves of the day.