Tuesday 10 April 2018

milford sound

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Here is a true New Zealand icon - Milford Sound (Piopiotahi), with Mitre Peak standing proud on the left and The Lion guarding on the right.

I did a watercolour sketch of this classic view from next to the harbour earlier in the summer, and yesterday I repainted it on beautiful Fabriano paper. I've painted this view and many others in the mountains near the fiord many, many times, but I'm really pleased with this one.

Milford Sound and the surrounding Darran Mountains are a very special place for us and we visit many times each summer for sketching, climbing, hiking and adventuring. I've lost count of the number times we've visited over the last 20 years and the number of paintings I've done here. While for many it may seem strange to repaint the same scene again and again, for me there is such joy in the process, in variations on the same theme, in the challenge of capturing mood and light changes and in seeing the slow progress as you get closer to the image you have in your mind.

"Summer morning, Milford Sound"
Watercolour and ink on paper
Paper size 23 x 31cm

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