“Intermezzo” – Soft Pastel

“Intermezzo” – Soft Pastel

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“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

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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):

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/local-dragon-mark-ivan-cole.html

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

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/ruminant-mark-ivan-cole.html

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

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/stronghold-mark-ivan-cole.html

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

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/better-part-of-valor-mark-ivan-cole.html

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

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/goodnight-owen-mark-ivan-cole.html

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

 

“Echoing Moran”

“Echoing Moran”

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“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.

“Steadfast” – Pen & Ink

“Steadfast” – Pen & Ink

20180210_Steadfast_PearLk_PI_140x104mm“Steadfast” – Pen & Ink, 5.5×4.1″/104×140 mm

It took hours to hike in, and it was worth every step. At lunch, we sat by an emerald lake in silence. A few more miles brought us here, surrounded by peaks that–eons ago–had been buried under heavy ice. These were the stalwarts, those that remained standing after all else had been scraped, carved and carried away. They stood cracked and broken, yes, and crumbling even as we watched, but steadfast nonetheless. This peak was but one of many. So are we.