Twilight, Lake Taupo

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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.

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Sunset, Lake Taupo

 

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Acrylic on Paper, 30 x 21cm,  20/1/17 

This was painted from a picnic bench outside the Gables Lakefront Motel, Lake Taupo, New Zealand after a day of hiking. This is the largest lake in the country and the mountains that can be seen in the background are Mount Ruapehu, the Volcano and Tongariro National Park that are featured in my other pictures. It was painted as the sun was setting and the warm colours of the sun were reflecting on the water. It was a clear sky with only a few clouds and it actually got quite cold by the time I was finishing this piece as the temperature drops quite a lot in the evening.

 

 

Misty Morning, Sun Moon Lake

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Acrylic on Black Paper, 20.5 x 14.5 cm, 17/12/16

My wife and I woke up early to see the sunrise on the lake on this day, as you can see, there wasn’t one! It was a very cold and misty morning and the fog cut down the visibility so much that we couldn’t see across the lake. What we could see still looked very beautiful as the fog gave it a mysterious feeling, making the mountains appear and disappear into the mist. You can see a fishing platform with a small hut and a winch in the water, there are many of these platforms around this beautiful lake.

Evening Reflections, Sun Moon Lake

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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

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 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.

Beach and Coast, Sunny Day, Palau

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Acrylic on Paper, 30 x 21 cm, 18/11/2016

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.

Cave and Reflections, Palau

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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.