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?
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 version of the same view as the previous painting made on a bright sunny day. The light was beautiful on this day and the colours and reflections of the trees, mountains and rocks were really vibrant as the sun illuminated them. For this picture I blended some of the colours and areas and also tried to use the original oil pastel marks to show the vibrancy and abundance of the tropical plants and vegetation on the rocks.
This is a large twisted tree next to Lake Geneva in Switzerland. I am really fascinated by the shapes and angles that can be found in nature and wanted to try to show it here. I find trees very interesting and they are a huge source of inspiration in my artwork. I like to see how nature overcomes and survives in the many different climates around the world.