This Oil Pastel on Black Paper drawing was done “en plein air” on the banks of Lake Te Anau. It was drawn during the late afternoon after a day of hiking, as the sun was getting lower and lighting up the lake. Whilst looking for a subject and location by the Lake I noticed this sailboat and wanted to capture the way the shape broke up the sunlight on the water. I set up my Easel by the Lake and drew it as the sun was getting lower, although it was unbelievably bright! I learnt that in the future I shouldn’t set up to draw facing directly into the sunlight, as after a while I had to hide behind a tree to get a break from the overwhelming brightness and to let my eyes re-adjust! As with many “en plein air” drawing occasions I had the chance to chat with a lot of interested passers by as I was doing this picture.
This Oil Pastel on Brown Paper drawing was done on a day trip to the very special town of Carmel, California. It was my first visit here and as we arrived I was surprised by the unique beauty of the houses and roads that seemed to have been built as part of the surrounding forest. The town centre is full of Art Galleries and has lots of unique architecture. This drawing was done whilst sitting on the beach during a brief visit with family. The waves were quite strong and choppy, creating a lot of white water and mist, which was a nice contrast to the deep blues and greens of the Pacific Ocean.
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 picture of one of the many stunning views that I saw on the Cloggi Coastal Path in St Ives, Cornwall. St Ives is a beautiful seaside town and harbour and this spot is about 30 minutes walk out of town along the cliff tops. This is a great spot to come to clear your head as you watch the patterns and movement of the ocean and ever changing skies. I really enjoyed drawing this picture in the open air and could have easily stayed for hours soaking in the views and fresh air. This Ink drawing for this picture was done outside on the Coastal Path and I took photos and added colour to it the next day using thin layers of Acrylic Paint.
This is a view of the cliffs, bay and ocean in Newquay, Cornwall done from Room 131 of the Best Western Bristol Hotel, Tolcarne Bay. Newquay is the surf capital of England and is a beautiful town perched along stunning cliff tops and coastline. This picture was done over two days by first sketching out the details in Ink and then adding thinned Acrylic Paint to add colour, slowly building it up in layers. After this I re-defined the details in places with Ink to give it more definition and depth. I like to come back to pictures after they have dried to give the colours a chance to settle and see which parts have worked or need changing. This is a combination of media I like to use when working from life and I like the effect that it can give.
This is the left hand side of the aforementioned Green Bay painted from the same spot as the right hand view. Here you can see towards a very special area called Yeliou. This area has an incredible geo- thermal rock formation park that features incredible rock shapes formed over many years by the Ocean, including the Queen’s Head. You can see some of the same sandstone coloured rocks in this painting. As you can see from the sky there were rainstorms all around us, but it is always a beautiful place to visit no matter what the weather!
This painting was done on a recent trip to Green Bay in Taiwan. It is on the Pacific Coast of the island about 1 hours drive from my home in the capital of Taipei City. It is a very beautiful spot, but when we went it was very overcast and cloudy, as you can probably tell from the colours! This is the right hand side of the bay and you can see Turtle Island in the distance and the towering mountains that surround the bay. It is an amazing spot to float in the Pacific Ocean and look back inland at the beautiful mountains that form the Bay.I painted this from the balcony of Room 203 in the Whitehouse Hotel.