Taiwan: The Shrine on the Mountain


View from the bottom of the mountain.


Mathilde:

To say I have 100 versions of this picture [see below] is only slightly exaggerating. I knew that day was my day to get our picture - I had some hopes a few days before as it was Taiwan’s National Day but the only worthy picture shows the face of 2 old ladies and I haven’t asked their permission to publish it.


So that day I went hiking in Yangmingshan, a national park in the North of Taipei. When I arrived, a cloud was covering the top so I knew what I was in for. The one thing I wasn’t prepared for was how strong of egg the cloud smelled.


All the way to the top I was hoping the forest would give me some magic. It only gave me a 25% slope up with stairs so I concentrated on that and my breath.


This was on on the way down on the other side of the mountain which was like a wild prairie. I have rarely seen such a magical sight. When this little shrine appeared I thought of you. Here is my photo for Beckie... I will stand in that cold wind until the cloud is where I need it to be...

Beckie:

Just incredible! It’s so amazing to me that you were stood somewhere so completely mysterious and magical and still thought of your friend back in the UK. I really feel like I’m there when I look at those photos! Look at that mist and cloud! I can’t wait to paint this, bit worried I cant do it justice, how do you paint something so atmospheric?


Mathilde:

You don’t stick to it. You add your own magic.



Beckie:

A4 Ink & Watercolour, work in progress status. Sometimes it takes a little longer to create a piece which captures your intention...


Next stop:

New Zealand 🇳🇿




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