This painting was done at midday on a beautiful sunny day. The contrast and reflections of the bright rock cliffs against the water and trees really attracted me to this scene. The white rocks of the cliffs seemed to shine even brighter as the sunshine got stronger and the greens and blues of the ocean sparkled and mixed together. As with a lot of my paintings I will re-arrange or edit some of the parts to make a composition that I like, or to show something that I want. In this case I have arranged the Palm Trees (that were there) to try to add depth and distance into the picture.
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.
This is a painting of the view from Room 322 in our second hotel called The Palau Royal Resort. It was done around midday as we avoided the peak heat of the day and enjoyed the natural beauty (I am finally learning how to avoid sunstroke!) It was an amazing spot with the beautiful ever-changing turquoise green and blues of the ocean lapping against the rocks of the coastline and the beach. Paradise indeed! I love to try to capture the different colours and reflections found in tropical waters as they shine, mix and get deeper as the sunlight affects them. Palm trees are also very special and interesting to me as I had never seen them in Liverpool, England before and I love their forms, shapes and ability to survive.
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.
This Acrylic sketch is an attempt to quickly capture a passing rain storm moving across the Rock Islands. These storms would come and totally change the colours of the scenery, making the Rock Islands disappear and re-appear and giving them a magical and mysterious feeling.
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.
This painting was done on a recent trip to Palau with my wife. It was our first time visiting Palau and we first stayed in it’s capital city called Koror. It is a very small capital city and we were fortunate enough to get a free upgrade to a Rock Island View room in the Palasia Hotel. This was the view from our balcony ( with a few buildings edited out!) in room 611. It is part of a very beautiful World Heritage Site that stretches for many miles and consists of hundreds/thousands of these different shaped steep and mostly uninhabitable rock islands that are covered in jungle greenery. The colours and shadows of the islands and water were almost constantly changing as rain and thunderstorms would pass over making the islands disappear and re-appear again throughout the day. It was definitely an amazing sight to wake up to and a great joy and challenge to capture. This painting was done in two afternoon sessions and shows the mangroves leading out to the water and a few different palm trees in the foreground.