The Canadian Rockies
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
There were brides and grooms for photo taking. It was only about 13C and we can see the brides were shaking.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Today I went to the artificial lake in Unionville. It was about 9C. As a person from Hong Kong, I feel it's winter now. Sun was shining and I feel warm under the sun. 2 weeks ago, I was in Lau Fau Shan, Hong Kong for sketching. Today, I am in Toronto and doing the same thing. The difference is no mosquitos here. Sitting on the grass, I could not find any insect. Some people jog here.
Owing to the low humidity, the watercolous dries fast, I need to draw faster. The maple leaves around the lakes are in red, so beautiful. There are some geese and ducks swimming. When I was drawing, there was a duck comes. Maybe she wanted to take a sun bath. Sometimes the flock swims towards me, I feel so countryside.
And I think I cannot go outside soon as the weather is too cold to me.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I have spent few days in Gulianyu, Xiamen. It is a small island with lots of historical buildings from 19th century. Some famous houses were the embassies from other countries. To visit the island, only about 30 minutes from the Xiamen pier to the Gulianyu pier by ferry. For the reason of the environmental protection, there are only 4 small motor cars, around 22 electrical vehicles which can carry about 11 peoples. The islanders travel around by foot.
We walked around from the hotel after we arrived and found a cafe owned by a family. Their house is in old style and was built 80 years ago. We ordered some snacks and drinks and sketched a building in the opposite.
The scene is so beautiful and we found we were in another times. One thing I must said that the drinks we had were not good, tastes were very "chemical". The fried pumpkins had no taste at all.
It was about 6 pm when we got the sketch done. We walked around and reached the centre. There were lots of shops, cafe and restaurant. We tried to get to the electrical car stop to take it. However, it was closed when we got there. We needed to walk to the hotel in another side of the island, it takes about 30 minutes. We were extremely exhausted.
We woke up early next morning and headed to our targeted area for sketching, around Jishan Road. I found a nice old house in flat share. It was a cloudy day and rained in the early morning. The path was wet. A girl left her home and walked on the path. Suddenly, she slipped in front of me. I passed her a tissue paper and checked with her if she got hurt.
|4 Jishan Road|
We had a fish ball noodle in soup as our lunch and then I went to Sanqiudian Pier to draw the coast. I was very tired of drawing the buildings. Sitting on the bench near the seaside and watching to the sea is really really relaxing.
We then headed back to the hotel. This time we could catch up the electrical car.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Cha Kwo Ling is one of the old districts in Hong Kong. We walked from Nam Tin MTR Station for about 15 mins to there.
We took a walk around the village, the weather was not fine, there was a hard shower. Lots of alleys in the village. It is hard for us to sketch the scene where is too close to us because the perpective is hard to catch precisely. The houses in the village are mainly made of iron plates, very unique as a whole. Fews are made of bricks that could be the orginal houses built years ago. As the iron plate is not a good material for noise isolation, there is no secret between families.
We find a place with the canopy and sit down for the sketching. The scene I picked is an alley to the road, there are houses in both sides, not very colourful. However, I like the composition. There were sunshines and showers. During sketching, I was thinking even there is air condition in the house, but the material built is iron plate, it must be very noisy in raining days. Perhaps it leaks too.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010