Twilight, Lake Taupo


Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 14.5 x 20.5 cm, 20/1/17

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.


Evening Reflections, Sun Moon Lake


Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 20.5 x 14.5 cm, 16/12/16

This is an evening view across Sun Moon Lake from the Lea Lea Hotel in Ita Thao Village towards the main town. The lights of the distant buildings on the opposite side of the lake were reflecting and dancing across the surface of the water, almost reaching across the whole length of the lake. The reflections were being disturbed by movements in the water temporarily breaking them up and adding to the dancing effect. I feel Oil Pastels are a good medium to try to capture this kind of Impressionistic scene without too much attention to fine detail.

Pagoda Reflections, Sun Moon Lake


 Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 41 x 14.5 cm, 16/12/16

This drawing was done on a recent trip to Sun Moon Lake with family. The lake is very beautiful and at night the neon lights of this Pagoda on the dockside were reflecting and shimmering across the water. I used Oil Pastels for this piece as I like the effects you can achieve by rubbing and blending the colours and also it is an very immediate medium that can allow for speedy execution.

Cave and Reflections, Palau


Oil Pastel on Paper, 20.5 x 14.5 cm, 16/11/16

This is an Oil Pastel drawing of a small cave in the rocks of the coastline. It interested me because of the contrast between the darker reflections cast by the cave and the bright reflections of the rocks and vegetation. I also liked the many other darker colours that revealed themselves on closer inspection. These were colours and details that I hadn’t noticed in my other pictures as I focused on the brighter colours of the plants and water. As the water level lowered it revealed how much of the rock has been worn away by the ocean over the years and showed a new variety of coloured rock. I also like how it could be a shelter from the sun and is partially hidden by the over-hanging vegetation.

Misty Morning, Rock Islands


Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5 cm, 11th November 2016

This drawing was done one misty morning as the tide was low revealing more of the rocks and shadows at the base of the islands. The darker colours of the seabed were showing through the shallow sections of water disrupting the skies reflections as the sun tried to brighten up the day. The mountains in the background would disappear from sight as passing rainstorms enveloped them, re-appearing again once the storms had dropped off their load.

Rock Island Sunset


Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5 cm, 10th November 2016

This sketch was a real race against time to try and catch the fleeting colours of the sunset in the sky. I didn’t even have time to clip my sketchbook page down (as you can probably tell from the the crease lines!) Oil Pastels are an interesting medium that can be used in variety of ways, I like to add marks and colours and rub them to blend and soften them. I am starting to feel more comfortable with them and enjoy the speed and the fact that small details are almost impossible to completely control. I like this uncertainty as it can often lead to effects that were not expected and are unique to this medium.

Cloud Tower, Bali

Cloud Tower, Bali

Oil Pastel on Black Paper, 14.5 x 20.5 cm, 7/3/2016

During this trip to Bali with my wife the weather was very hot, humid and stormy. This led to many interesting cloud formations and I really like this one because it echoed the shapes found in the doorways and temples that are traditionally found in Bali. This was also drawn from inside Room 305 in the Mercure Kuta Beach overlooking Kuta Beach and the Ocean. I liked the way the clouds built up into the tower shape and also reflected onto the surface of the ocean. Although they were ever changing as I drew them I like the challenge and uncertainty of working fast and trying to capture certain moments.