I am proud to announce that I am currently taking part in a group exhibition on the theme of Red to celebrate the opening of the Redroom Taipei’s new gallery space and venue. It is a very interesting and varied collection of works including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography from an international group of artists from all around the world. If you have the chance you should visit the Redroom to see this exhibition or pop in any time to join one of the many varied events that they have. The “Red” exhibition will run from 2nd September until 6th October. Here is a link to the Redroom website:
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.
This Ink on Brown Paper drawing was drawn “en plein air” in the beautiful Green Bay beach resort from the Whitehouse Hotel. It is a view of Keelung Island that became very clear and visible for a short period during our visit as the stormy weather passed by. This picture was drawn during our Anniversary trip and I tried to capture the shapes, shades and contours of the rugged island while I could see it! As I drew, the overcast weather and dark clouds increased and I decided to include them because I liked the dark threatening tones as the clouds prepared to burst.
This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing was done “en plein air” on the banks of Lake Te Anau. It was drawn as the sun set after I had finished the Sailboat picture, but from a slightly different location. I always enjoy trying to capture the last rays of sunlight as the sky turns dark and night arrives. I love the feeling created by the contrast and impermanence of the changing light and dark colours that appear at this time of day.
This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing was done “en plein air” on the banks of Lake Te Anau. It was drawn during the late afternoon after a day of hiking, as the sun was getting lower and lighting up the lake. Whilst looking for a subject and location by the Lake I noticed this sailboat and wanted to capture the way the shape broke up the sunlight on the water. I set up my Easel by the Lake and drew it as the sun was getting lower, although it was unbelievably bright! I learnt that in the future I shouldn’t set up to draw facing directly into the sunlight, as after a while I had to hide behind a tree to get a break from the overwhelming brightness and to let my eyes re-adjust! As with many “en plein air” drawing occasions I had the chance to chat with a lot of interested passers by as I was doing this picture.
This painting is based on a photo of my nephew Alex taken by his parents Julia and Brian in Hawaii. I really liked the photo and thought it would make a great painting and lend itself well to a more painterly finish. I had planned to paint it in layers and build up areas of thicker impasto to try to make the image pop out from the darkness of the edges. This painting was planned as a thank you to my sister and brother-in-law for very generously letting my wife and I stay with them in the summer of 2017. This painting and the photo it is based on were also the inspiration for the Silent Auction painting that I did. Even though this picture was painted after that event, it was an idea I was working out in my head before I started and I thought the theme and image fitted the live painting/silent auction event.