This Acrylic Paint on 300gsm paper is a view across a semi-dry riverbed and valley done during a visit to Yilan with my wife. It was painted “en plain air” early one morning from our balcony. The scale of the mountains and valleys in Taiwan is incredible and hard to feel unless you visit them. They have a very spectacular beauty and are also very dangerous due to landslides. In this picture you can get an idea of the scale if you notice the horizontal line of the road near the bottom of the mountainside. The beautiful springy looking broccoli like vegetation and trees on the mountain are scarred and marked by areas of orange and brown earth, the results of landslides. The super fertile volcanic earth will ensure re-growth over the past landslides as you can see by the flatter diagonal area of green. It is terrifying to see the power and destruction that is caused by these natural disasters. Typhoons cause most of these and they also swell the rivers and make them rise to unbelievable levels. This piece was made by building up thin layers of Acrylic paint on top of each other.
This Acrylic on 300 gsm Paper painting was done at sunrise from my hotel room in Zion National Park, Utah. We had a beautiful view of the red/ orange rock formations that seemed to glow as the morning sun lit them. The contrast of the green vegetation was interesting and it stood out against the rock. I painted it in one session because we were only there for one night and I wanted to try to capture the beautiful view. As the sun rose the light would change and I built up the detail of this painting by overlaying and adding thin layers of transparent Acrylic paint on top of each other.
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.
This painting is of the sunrise lighting up a valley in Ubud, Bali overlooked by a misty Kintamami Volcano. It was painted from the balcony outside our room in the Kupu Kupu Barong Hotel, over two very early mornings between 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. Each morning when I started painting, the air was quite cool, the valley was still dark and Mount Kintamani would come in and out of view as the morning mists lifted. It was a very special experience to see and hear the valley and forest waking up and revealing itself from the darkness. As day broke on the first morning I was painting, the warmth and rays of the rising sun coming from behind my viewpoint bathed the top of the facing mountainside in an amazing array of warm orange and auburn tones. It was a beautiful contrast to the many green shades of the lower parts of the valley that were left untouched by the sun. This effect only lasted for around 15- 20 minutes and it is the reason I painted it over two days as I really wanted to experience and try to capture that beautiful effect of the morning sun again. The tree in the foreground was the original reason for starting this picture, but the beautifully warm colours of the rising morning sun on the valley turned this into more of a sunrise colour study.