“Lingering Transition”

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“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”

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“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

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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

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

 

Old Forest

Old Forest

We spent our Thanksgiving holiday deep in the woods. Taiwanese forests differ from those in the Western Hemisphere, but they are just as evocative. We spent two days hiking the trails in Shanlinxi, reveling in the company of ancient cedars and colorful metasequoias. To me, the most amazing trees in these woods are the Taiwanese rhododendrons, which grow to such scale that one would think they were oaks.

It has been said that Nature is optimistic, and these woods are proof: whatever can grow, will; whatever fails, fails; but nothing stops the next growth. Nothing. I need to remember that, and emulate it.

I drew this duotone from memory as we rested in our room on Wednesday.

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“Shanlinxi Memory” – Taiwan – Graphite and white charcoal on colored paper – 15×21 cm

Cloud Studies

Cloud Studies

I was going to be on my own for an hour while waiting for an event. I didn’t know what I’d find in this recently opened park but I was prepared to paint plein air, even though the weather seemed iffy. The park itself is essentially a series of city-block-sized, flat-topped artificial “hills” on whose cambered sides is planted what they’re calling a “sea of flowers.” On top are a few bits of sports-themed topiary and some cartoon characters. The current blooms were muted, and the square hills looked more like bunkers to me. I walked the perimeter. I climbed up top again and looked around. Really? Was my imagination so dull that I could find nothing to paint?

Ten kilometers away, however, winds from the northeast were driving heavy clouds across the Tatun Group, a cluster of volcanic peaks that tops out at 1,120 meters (3,675 feet). Glad to be in the rain shadow, I sat on the grass and watched great curls of mist roll down from the summits. After awhile, I pulled out my DIY Inktense Plein Air kit for a couple of small studies. The Arches rough  watercolor paper doesn’t like to be scrubbed, so I worked it as little as possible. Quick though they were, these are among my more successful attempts at painting this kind of weather with the Derwent Inktense ink blocks.

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