This Oil Painting on Canvas was done as a Portrait Commission for the subject’s 70th Birthday in 2017. It was commissioned as a surprise by his brother and was very bravely unveiled at Ian’s 70th Birthday Party in front of many of his friends before he had seen it! I feel very honoured to have been a part of this special celebration. I completed this Portrait from September to November 2016 working from photographic references. I really enjoyed painting this Portrait and I find that changing my subjects and mediums helps to improve my understanding and ability with different materials and techniques. I am very happy with the outcome of this portrait and tried to use new techniques and glaze mediums on it.
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 is a view of the Yang Ming Mountain range in Taipei City, Taiwan. I drew it from the balcony of my flat on a bright sunny day just before sunset. The mountains were very clear on this day and the colours and shadows were changing as the sun started to set adding more warm oranges into the mix. The sky was very clear with just a few clouds floating by. I like to experiment with different mediums and try to learn the unique qualities of each of them. I find pastels are good for blending colours but can also give a heavier effect if left raw and unblended.
This is a view of Taipei City from the balcony of my apartment. It is based on a photo taken by my wife and was actually done as a 10th Wedding Anniversary gift for her ( because she loved the little fluffy clouds in this particular sunset). I also added 10 hearts into the picture to signify the 10 amazing years we have been married. The tall building in the picture is Taipei 101, it’s shape is based on bamboo and it was the world’s tallest building for a short time after completion.