Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A long sketch in Nam Chung 南涌速寫

A very long sketch I did in a remote village in Nam Chung, a picturesque area with fish ponds and mangroves. Since it's a very long sketch, I decided to make a video out of it.

Hong Kong Bird Series : Eurasian Hoopoe 香港雀鳥:戴勝

A lovely bird to paint!

Hong Kong Bird Series : Eurasian Hoopoe 
香港雀鳥:戴勝 Watercolour on Paper

Friday, December 28, 2018

Old Mansion in Sai Kung Old Town 西貢舊墟舊屋

Large historical mansion in Sai Kung Old Town. Marked by a private property no entry sign, it seems the mansion has been abandoned and is left to crumble. Anyone knows more about this place?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Hong Kong Bird Series: Common Kingfisher 香港雀鳥:普通翠鳥

Hong Kong Bird Series: Common Kingfisher 
A lovely bird with bright blue and orange feathers! What a joy to paint it! 
#commonkingfisher #kingfisher #hongkongbirds #香港雀鳥 #普通翠鳥

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

My Upcoming USkHK 10 x 10 Workshop : Wide Vistas

I'm looking forward to meeting the participants of my upcoming USkHK 10 x 10 workshop in which the participants will explore the topic of sketching panorama. 

For workshop details and tickets please follow this link:

Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff, Wales 威爾斯卡迪夫聖公會座堂

Slowly I am scanning my Welsh sketches. Here's another one. I liked the glorious sunlight in the evening which made the leaves glow.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sketching at Wine and Dine Festival 2018 美食節速寫

A late post of my sketch of the Wine and Dine Festival 2018 Thanks to Lousia for organizing, we spent a nice afternoon sketching till dusk.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sai Kung Yim Tin Tsai Cafe 西貢鹽田梓村露天茶座


It was a great afternoon spent on Yim Tin Tsai Island with Magi, another Sai Kung sketcher. Yim Tin Tsai is a tiny rural island off Sai Kung Town which is famous for its well-preserved Catholic chapel, the salt farm, the largely abandoned Catholic village and its rural environment. I spent two hours sketching the visitors at the outdoor cafe near the pier while having traditional 'tea cakes' and 'cupcakes'. The lights and shadows were wonderful on this dry sunny day and it's a joy to capture them on location. As we were about to finish our sketches, we met two sketchers from Urban Sketchers Belgium who were sightseeing on the island. It's sad that we could not sketch with them as we had to catch the returning boat soon.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Notre-Dame de Paris in the Evening 黃昏的巴黎聖母院

The five days that I stayed in Paris in August was exceptionally hot. As the sun went down, the heat was not so intense and so I walked from where I stayed to Notre-Dame de Paris. I started the sketch.  The setting sun cast a huge shadow on the facade of the cathedral. While sketching, it's interesting to see how the shadow grew and how the sky gradually turned dark. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Haw Par Mansion 虎豹別墅

I visited Haw Par Mansion with a group of sketch friends yesterday. The mansion is an architectural gem in Hong Kong. It was built in 1935 and is one of the very few historical mansions left in Hong Kong. The buidling is a unique mix of eastern and western style architecture. I was completely blown away by the very beautiful and well-kept stained glass and wooden door. The lights that passed through the coloured glass made the picture on the door glowed.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lights and Shadows in Sai Kung Old Town 西貢舊墟光與影

The weather is becoming cooler and it's pleasant to sketch the busy weekend street scene in Sai Kung Old Town. The lights and the long shadows cast by the later aftenoon sun gave much interest to the scene.

Monday, October 8, 2018

A Summer Day in Bath, England 巴夫市的下午

Another sketch from 2018 summer.  Instead of using drawing pens or a fountain pen, I used a lumograph pencil with watercolour on this sketch.  A great sketch meetup with Ed and Jim from Bath too!  Great day and great conversation on art and culture topics!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Grounded Sai Kung Yacht After Typhoon Mangkhut 山竹後擱淺遊艇


An unusal sketch opportunity after typhoon Mangkhut. This yacht blown to the waterfront here on 16 September is still left unattended at the Sai Kung Town waterfront. Close to the two onlookers, an uprooted tree buttress with the main trunk chopped off is left lying on the promenade.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Travel Sketch : Entrance to Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff 英國威爾斯卡迪夫市一墳場入口

The third sketch from 2018 summer sketch trip in Wales is the entrance to Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff. The weather was gloomy which fit the subject matter well and by the time I was about to finish the sketch, it started to rain.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sai Kung Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern 西貢市中秋花燈

I have passed by this Mid-Autumn Festival lantern and observed it quite a bit for a few evenings and finally I decided to sketch it together with the Sai Kung Tin Hau Temple (Goddess of the Sea Temple) behind it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Angel Hotel in Cardiff 威爾斯卡迪夫天使酒店

I finally started to scan the 2018 summer travel sketches I did in Wales and England.  The first one to post is the beautiful Angel Hotel in Cardiff.  I sat on the pavement facing the entrance of the hotel and in the background is the tower of Cardiff Castle.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Scene at the Goldfish Market 金魚街一景

The location is the Goldfish Market in Prince Edward. It’s a haven for those who are into keeping tropical or coral fish as a hobby.

Tai Hang Night Sketch 夜畫大坑

A quick sketch of the Tai Hang night scene! The festive orangy flags contrast well with the cool dark bluish cityscape in the night time! Mid-Autum festival is just around the corner!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sai Kung Town after Powerful Typhoon Mangkhut 颱風山竹過後的西貢市

Sai Kung Town after Powerful Typhoon Mangkhut. The monster typhoon caused widespread damages all around Hong Kong. There's no buses or minibuses connecting Sai Kung Town with the urban areas. Many boats and yachts are damaged, capsized or sunken, fallen trees and debris are everywhere.