“To Sweep the Sky”


“To Sweep the Sky” – SongShan, China – Pastel on Canson, 16×20″/41×51 cm

“To Sweep the Sky” – Pastel on Canson, 16×20″/41×51 cm
I often wonder what it felt like to be the first human being to set foot here. Some of these trails were blazed thousands of years ago by explorers who returned home to speak of legends. Here, the rocks rise up to sweep the sky. As I hike through the ravines and across cliffs guarded by lofty spires, I am accompanied by the spirits of the first visitors. The legends they told were true. I am witness. To me, such places speak of home.

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#pastel #softpastel #Songshan #China


“Waiting for a Friend”


“Waiting for a Friend” – Pastel pencil on sandpaper, 8.3×5″/21×13 cm

“Waiting for a Friend” – Pastel pencil on sandpaper, 8.3×5″/21×13 cm
From a photo by Roman Rocco Burgan (used by permission)

Ireland has a Slovakian artist in residence: Roman Rocco Burgan. He’s a highly skilled pastelist with an eye for intense color and dramatic clouds. I call him the “Master of the Skies.” Recently, he posted a picture of the sunset near his home, noting that this was why he paints like he does. “How could you NOT paint that??” he asked. He then suggested the rest of us give it a go. I took him up on it.

“Lingering Transition”


“Lingering Transition” – Taipei, Taiwan -Pastel on sandpaper, 5.1×8.5″/12×22 cm

“Lingering Transition”
-Pastel on sandpaper, 5.1×8.5″/12×22 cm

The Four Beasts mark the boundary of the city. Over these, the sky moves every day. They may be hidden, revealed, baked or drenched; it all depends on the day. By evening, we had touched them all. We descended to the foothills in the gathering dusk. (Available for sale. Email or PM for details.)#

#pastel #softpastel #粉彩 #Taiwan #台灣 #Taipei #台北 #FourBeasts #四獸山


“Molto Vivace”

“Molto Vivace”


“Molto Vivace” – Taiwan – Pastel pencil on sandpaper, 5.8×8.5″/124×215 mm

“Molto Vivace”
-Pastel pencils on sandpaper, 5.8×8.5″/147×215 mm
We headed out yesterday morning after several days of rain, climbing up into the volcanic hills as we followed one trail after another. You can do that around here. There are trails all over these hills. On the way down, we passed by this tree. To me, it’s a reminder to live fully!

#pastel #softpastel #pastelpencils #Derwent #steps #Taiwan #Beitou #台灣 #北投 #粉彩 #陽明山國家公園 #大屯山


“Intermezzo” – Soft Pastel

“Intermezzo” – Soft Pastel


“Intermezzo” – Taiwan – Soft pastel on sandpaper, 8.7×5.3″/22×13.4 cm

“Intermezzo” – Taiwan – Soft pastel on sandpaper, 8.7×5.3″/22×13.4 cm

Beitou has a wealth of local trails. Danfengshan is a favorite. In the middle of a busy week, you can walk down past the park and head up into the steep hills. It’s a great workout for the legs, and you’re surrounded by dense woods until you break out on the ridge. The view outward is expansive. The weather’s good tomorrow, so we’re going back up there!

#Taiwan #Beitou #Danfengshan #pastel #softpastel #台灣 #丹鳳山 #粉彩

New Prints Available 2/28/2018

New Prints Available 2/28/2018

I’ve had requests recently about print availability. In response, I’ve added several new pastel pieces to my gallery on fineartamerica.com. These are all small works, so they’re highly affordable as prints!

(The originals are also available. Email me for details.)

#pastels #粉彩 #beitou #北投 #taiwan #台灣 #Alishan #阿里山 #Guizikeng #貴子坑 

Here are links to the specific prints (click on the URL above the picture):



“Local Dragon” – Taiwan – Soft pastel on sandpaper, 8×10″/20.3×25.4 cm



“Ruminant” – Taiwan – Soft pastel on sandpaper, 4.8×8.1″/121×205 mm



“Stronghold” -Pastel on gessoed w/c paper, 5.4×8.3″/13.7×21 cm



“The Better Part of Valor” -Soft pastel on velour, 8×11.5″/202×292 mm



“Goodnight, Owen” -Soft pastel on velour, 7.2×11.2″/18×28.5 cm


“Echoing Moran”

“Echoing Moran”


“Echoing Moran” – Graphite – 5.8×7.7″/14.8×19.5 cm

I’ve got another chance coming up to do some plein air work, so I’ve been preparing my kit for travel. I used to keep a small (1/4 letter size, or A6) spiral-bound sketchbook with me in my pocket, but good ones are getting harder to find these days. This time, I’m going to try using my usual sketch clipboard for drawing on the fly. It’s twice as big as the sketchbook, but the paper will be far superior. I’m hoping I can still do the quick 2-to-5-minute sketches I did when I could just whip out the sketchbook. We’ll see!

Just to practice with this particular paper and pencil combination, I started what was going to be a rough sketch. Not surprisingly, I got caught up in the craggy details (who, me??). This was from a photo taken in China some years back. I’ve been studying Thomas Moran’s work again recently and I think I had those images somewhere in my subconscious while I drew this.