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 drawing is one of two done at sunset from my hotel room in Las Vegas. I wanted to try to capture the changing light of the sky and show the evening lights of the city turning on. We were very fortunate to have a great view and could enjoy the beautiful desert sunsets and the changing colours of the landscape. The mountains, that would look red or orange in the daylight would be changed by the colours of the early evening sky until they disappeared into the evening darkness.
This Oil Pastel on Brown Paper drawing was done on a day trip to the very special town of Carmel, California. It was my first visit here and as we arrived I was surprised by the unique beauty of the houses and roads that seemed to have been built as part of the surrounding forest. The town centre is full of Art Galleries and has lots of unique architecture. This drawing was done whilst sitting on the beach during a brief visit with family. The waves were quite strong and choppy, creating a lot of white water and mist, which was a nice contrast to the deep blues and greens of the Pacific Ocean.