This Acrylic and Ink on heavyweight 300 gsm Paper piece was created in my studio in Nangang, Taipei City, Taiwan. It is a painting of a Phoenix statue from one of the Temples in my local area and has taken almost a year to complete due to the amount of detail. I waited for a day with a clear blue sky to visit the Temple and take photographs, as I wanted to capture the contrast of colours between the Phoenix and the sky. I enjoy working in these mediums as I can slowly build up the layers of colour and drawing is a key part of the process. This picture was first drawn in pencil, and when I was satisfied with the size, placement and likeness I defined the outline in Ink. I tried to use a new method for the sky where I painted it all first and then thinned down the areas that I wanted to be lighter. This involved using a special block similar to a “Magic Cloth” that was wet and rubbed over the paint to thin the colour. It worked but has caused some rippling of the Heavyweight Paper, but this will less visible when the picture is mounted and framed. I then added layers of thinned down Acrylic Paint to different areas to create tones, building some parts up more than others where it needed. After this had dried I added the black Ink over the top to redefine some of the details.
This tree was also drawn on a hike with my wife and friend in Xindian, Taipei City, Taiwan. I found this tree at the peak of the trail and drew it “en plein air” as we rested and enjoyed the views for a while. The trunk of the tree looks like it has been struck by lightning and broken in half with the charred remains surviving. The jagged shapes and textures were very interesting to me and I was drawn towards it. I also liked the shape of the branches stretching away from the trunk and find it quite amazing that it can still survive after being so severely burnt. Only nature knows how.
This tree branch was drawn on a hike with my wife and friend in Xindian, Taipei City, Taiwan. I found this tree at the peak of the trail and drew it “en plein air” as we rested and enjoyed the views for a while. The trunk of the tree looks like it has been struck by lightning and broken in half with the charred remains surviving. The jagged shapes and textures were very interesting to me and I was drawn towards it.I also liked the shape of the branches stretching away from the trunk and find it quite amazing that it can still survive after being so severely burnt. Only nature knows how.
This painting was done over three short sessions when the weather permitted, and is of a sunny day in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. My wife and I were very fortunate as this was the view from our room, Ferguson Unit 8, Chateaux Tongariro, New Zealand (when the weather was clear!) We could see for miles across the national park, many different colours of vegetation and animals enjoying the environment.
This Oil Pastel drawing of Mount Ruapehu was drawn on a very bright afternoon outside the Knoll Ridge Cafe in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. This is a very beautiful spot and you can drive up to a car park and then take a chair lift further up the mountain to this cafe on Knoll Ridge. You can see for miles across the landscape from here and the rock changes colour from the higher snow covered darker volcanic lava rock to the older more lush green and brown hills. The enormity of this area makes you realise how small we humans are on this earth. This is one of the areas where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed because of the spectacular scenery. There was an eruption here in 1996 and the darker lava rock is the result of that, there is apparently one due every 20 years…Let’s hope no-one gets caught in it when the next one comes.
This is a view of an Alley that can be seen from my flat in Nangang, Taipei City that I have wanted to paint for a while. I find the combinations of colours and angles very interesting and it seems to shine or glow out of the darkness of its’ surroundings. There are also many different shades and shadows cast across the scene that add to it’s attraction for me. Every time I look out of the window it catches my eye because there seems to be so much going on in such a small area. I painted it from my balcony and used very thin layers of Acrylic Paint to build it up, giving it the soft almost blurry effect. I avoided redefining the edges to keep this softer focus as I wanted to try something different from my previous works.
This picture was inspired by the sun setting over Taipei City one Sunday afternoon. It was drawn from my balcony and started as an attempt to capture the beautiful colours of the setting sun in the sky before they disappeared into the night. As I drew the grey silhouettes of the skyline I wanted to add something that would contrast with these colours. Taipei City is an ever-growing fast paced city and there is always something new being built. The three buildings in progress were just a few of the many ongoing projects that I could see on the skyline. In mankind’s never ending quest for development, it could be asked when will it be enough?