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    David Rupert
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Work in progress
Work in progress
A painting I've been playing around with, trying out some different ideas.
A painting I've been playing around with, trying out some different ideas.
A little piece of a painting I am working on.
A little piece of a painting I am working on.
Anagama Vase with Flowers

I wanted to enjoy the process more on this painting and tried to paint in a way that draws the viewer in with enough detail to make it hum and vibrate, while allowing the viewer to  see something new each time.

Acrylic on canvas. 24” x 24"

Also, thank you to everyone who follows me. I really appreciate it!
Anagama Vase with Flowers I wanted to enjoy the process more on this painting and tried to paint in a way that draws the viewer in with enough detail to make it hum and vibrate, while allowing the viewer to  see something new each time. Acrylic on canvas. 24” x 24" Also, thank you to everyone who follows me. I really appreciate it!
This is part of a painting I am working on
This is part of a painting I am working on
A glimpse of something I'm working on in the studio
A glimpse of something I'm working on in the studio
Standing in an amazing field of flowers overlooking a Marsh painting and wishing I could stop time for a little while.
Standing in an amazing field of flowers overlooking a Marsh painting and wishing I could stop time for a little while.
I went outside to paint tonight, but tried to paint more loosely and work through the mistakes as they come. Im curious to see where this goes
I went outside to paint tonight, but tried to paint more loosely and work through the mistakes as they come. Im curious to see where this goes
Travel sketch 10 of 10:

Lotus Pond Pavilion

Botanical garden lotus pond, Taipei, Taiwan 
This is a different view at the Taipei botanical garden. I painted this sketch on a Saturday afternoon and the place was packed with many people crowding around to watch me paint, take pictures, and chat. It is was very different from painting in my studio and a bit more pressure when the painting is going downhill with so many eyes watching.
Travel sketch 10 of 10: Lotus Pond Pavilion Botanical garden lotus pond, Taipei, Taiwan This is a different view at the Taipei botanical garden. I painted this sketch on a Saturday afternoon and the place was packed with many people crowding around to watch me paint, take pictures, and chat. It is was very different from painting in my studio and a bit more pressure when the painting is going downhill with so many eyes watching.
Travel sketch 9 of 10:

Beautiful Sadness

Botanical garden lotus pond, Taipei, Taiwan 
It was oppressively hot and humid when I painted this. I sat for a long time trying to decide if I really had the energy to paint it, but the setting was just too beautiful not to try. I stumbled for a while and finally started to feel good about what I had painted, but as I finished, a woman I was taking with finished our conversation with; “Did you know the government dumped many bodies of the protesters killed in the 228 uprising here?” I packed up and left with a sudden change in mood.
Travel sketch 9 of 10: Beautiful Sadness Botanical garden lotus pond, Taipei, Taiwan It was oppressively hot and humid when I painted this. I sat for a long time trying to decide if I really had the energy to paint it, but the setting was just too beautiful not to try. I stumbled for a while and finally started to feel good about what I had painted, but as I finished, a woman I was taking with finished our conversation with; “Did you know the government dumped many bodies of the protesters killed in the 228 uprising here?” I packed up and left with a sudden change in mood.
Travel sketch 8 of 10:

Taipei Southern

Mao Kong, Taipei, Taiwan 
This is a quick sketch I put together. I wanted to get a better feel for proper color, value and vibrancy needed to paint mountains at this distance. As you can see in the second photo, I focused just on the mountains and cut out all the ugly buildings etc. As well as the stray dogs and person who kept yelling at me as I left.
Travel sketch 8 of 10: Taipei Southern Mao Kong, Taipei, Taiwan This is a quick sketch I put together. I wanted to get a better feel for proper color, value and vibrancy needed to paint mountains at this distance. As you can see in the second photo, I focused just on the mountains and cut out all the ugly buildings etc. As well as the stray dogs and person who kept yelling at me as I left.
I had an hour to paint outside tonight and started this little painting. It would be nice to spend a lot more time at this spot, but an hour was all I had, so an hour was all I got.
I had an hour to paint outside tonight and started this little painting. It would be nice to spend a lot more time at this spot, but an hour was all I had, so an hour was all I got.
Travel sketch 7 of 10:
Taipei Tea Field
Mao Kong, Taipei, Taiwan 
I lived in Taipei for a number of years. This sketch was painted at the edge where the densely populated city of Taipei ends and the mountains begin. I’ve hiked in these mountains more than anywhere else in the country and I know how to find the temple that sits in a cave behind a waterfall, how to get to the old tea house made of mud and stone, which series of trails lead to the local summit, where to find tiny temples hidden along the trails that are dedicated to the local mountain God that watches over as we pass through, where the Pagoda that holds ashes of those who have passed before us resides, and where to see waterfalls... I guess this sketch is the most dear to me because this location holds a special magic for me
Travel sketch 7 of 10: Taipei Tea Field Mao Kong, Taipei, Taiwan I lived in Taipei for a number of years. This sketch was painted at the edge where the densely populated city of Taipei ends and the mountains begin. I’ve hiked in these mountains more than anywhere else in the country and I know how to find the temple that sits in a cave behind a waterfall, how to get to the old tea house made of mud and stone, which series of trails lead to the local summit, where to find tiny temples hidden along the trails that are dedicated to the local mountain God that watches over as we pass through, where the Pagoda that holds ashes of those who have passed before us resides, and where to see waterfalls... I guess this sketch is the most dear to me because this location holds a special magic for me
Travel sketch 6 of 10:
Central Mountain Waterfall
WuLing, Taiwan 
I wish IG wouldn't crop this photo, swipe  left to see the top half. I hiked about 2 miles into the mountains to paint this waterfall. The paint wouldn't dry well so close to the mist from the waterfall and I started a second sketch a ways back on the trail, walking back and forth between spots, all the while worrying about monkeys vandalizing my easel when I wasn't around. 
I met a nice family while finishing my sketch and was sort of shocked when the wife asked if I would autograph her jacket. I’ve never been asked to autograph anything, so it was a really fun experience. I ended up hiking out and chatting with them back to the trailhead. Special thanks to Pearl for making my day!
Travel sketch 6 of 10: Central Mountain Waterfall WuLing, Taiwan I wish IG wouldn't crop this photo, swipe  left to see the top half. I hiked about 2 miles into the mountains to paint this waterfall. The paint wouldn't dry well so close to the mist from the waterfall and I started a second sketch a ways back on the trail, walking back and forth between spots, all the while worrying about monkeys vandalizing my easel when I wasn't around. I met a nice family while finishing my sketch and was sort of shocked when the wife asked if I would autograph her jacket. I’ve never been asked to autograph anything, so it was a really fun experience. I ended up hiking out and chatting with them back to the trailhead. Special thanks to Pearl for making my day!
Travel sketch 5 of 10:
Central Mountain Tea Fields
Central Mountains, Taiwan 
I only got 20 minutes into this sketch and it wouldn't dry. It was too cool and humid and I only had an hour to give. I packed my belongings up and headed back. On the way back, the bridge I crossed earlier was filled with maybe 30 monkeys. I'm not a big fan of monkeys, especially when they associate people with food and was worried I would have to show them that my tiger style beat you monkey style, but they ignored me as I strolled on through.
Travel sketch 5 of 10: Central Mountain Tea Fields Central Mountains, Taiwan I only got 20 minutes into this sketch and it wouldn't dry. It was too cool and humid and I only had an hour to give. I packed my belongings up and headed back. On the way back, the bridge I crossed earlier was filled with maybe 30 monkeys. I'm not a big fan of monkeys, especially when they associate people with food and was worried I would have to show them that my tiger style beat you monkey style, but they ignored me as I strolled on through.
Travel sketch 4 of 10:
Bee Hive Roadside
Central Mountains, Taiwan

I remember getting out of the car at this spot and quickly realizing the air was filled with bees. Taiwan has large two inch long hornets that can kill people, so I quickly scrambled back into the car. However looking behind us I realized this was a honey bee farm. It was quite a treat to sketch this amazing landscape while being surrounded by 17 honey bee hives. Also, the farmer and her son were so kind and friendly - I will always remember you guys!
Travel sketch 4 of 10: Bee Hive Roadside Central Mountains, Taiwan I remember getting out of the car at this spot and quickly realizing the air was filled with bees. Taiwan has large two inch long hornets that can kill people, so I quickly scrambled back into the car. However looking behind us I realized this was a honey bee farm. It was quite a treat to sketch this amazing landscape while being surrounded by 17 honey bee hives. Also, the farmer and her son were so kind and friendly - I will always remember you guys!
Travel sketch 3 of 10:

Koi Pond, Taipei Taiwan and

I've always wanted to paint at this location. The koi pond with bridge, the Opera House in the background followed by the huge blue capped gates makes this a beautiful spot. To top it off, the set up spot was nestled between large Asian rock garden boulders and shaded where I stood with light still hitting the canvas. Truly a beautiful place to sketch out a small painting, but much more difficult to execute than I imagined.
Travel sketch 3 of 10: Koi Pond, Taipei Taiwan and I've always wanted to paint at this location. The koi pond with bridge, the Opera House in the background followed by the huge blue capped gates makes this a beautiful spot. To top it off, the set up spot was nestled between large Asian rock garden boulders and shaded where I stood with light still hitting the canvas. Truly a beautiful place to sketch out a small painting, but much more difficult to execute than I imagined.
Travel sketch 2 of 10:

Sunrise, Big Island, Hawaii

The place we stayed at in Hawaii is higher up at 1,000 feet with a 180 degree view of the ocean. I woke up with cows and roosters welcoming the first rays of morning light and decided I would get up and do the same. 
I headed out to a nearby farm. With the skies behind me threatening rain I began to paint the sunrise. Eventually the skies carried out with their threat, resulting in an amazing rainbow behind me (see second picture) as I continued painting. After about 45 minutes I realized I had forgotten to put sunscreen on and was starting to burn and that was the end of the session. 
This is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places I have ever been. Special thanks to our good friends Yoko and Eric for inviting us to stay with them in paradise for a wonderful week!
Travel sketch 2 of 10: Sunrise, Big Island, Hawaii The place we stayed at in Hawaii is higher up at 1,000 feet with a 180 degree view of the ocean. I woke up with cows and roosters welcoming the first rays of morning light and decided I would get up and do the same. I headed out to a nearby farm. With the skies behind me threatening rain I began to paint the sunrise. Eventually the skies carried out with their threat, resulting in an amazing rainbow behind me (see second picture) as I continued painting. After about 45 minutes I realized I had forgotten to put sunscreen on and was starting to burn and that was the end of the session. This is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places I have ever been. Special thanks to our good friends Yoko and Eric for inviting us to stay with them in paradise for a wonderful week!