Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Toji Temple, Kyoto 京都東寺

I sat near the gate of Toji Temple which is quite close to the ancient five-storey pagoda. The pagoda is said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Japan. I really like the plain old wood of the structure. The surrounding foliage framed the pagoda well. I made the initial sketch and put on the first layer of watercolour on site then I went inside a nearby cafe which had views of the pagoda to finish the sketch.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery 萬彿寺

This is the second sketch I did at Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong. I walked up the hill and reached the end of the monastery. A statue of a white meditating Buddha sat in front of a waterfall. The water passed around it and under a bridge and cascaded down the slope. In front of the white Buddha, there was another statue of a reclining Buddha resting on the bridge that arched over the cascading water.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Cheung Chau Pak Tai Temple 長洲北帝廟

Pleasant weather in the morning, it’s perfect time for sketching at Pak Tai Temple (god of the sea) on Cheung Chau Island. Thanks Sketcher Ben for organising and Walter Koditek for the in-depth briefing!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Sai Kung Village House

On 14 April, a group of Hong Kong urban sketchers gathered in Sai Kung Town. It was a great day sketching outdoors except there was rain for a while in the afternoon.  A few of us walked to this village house in the outskirts of worn and spent roughly two hours sketching this house.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Tin Hau Temple in Tin Hau 位於天后的天后古廟

This Tin Hau Temple (Sea Goddess Temple) is located in a district which is also called Tin Hau near Victoria Park. I like how the ancient temple is surrounded by residential high rises today, a sight which is very much Hong Kong. 

#discoverhongkong #tinhautemple #hongkongheritage

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Tang Ancestral Hall 鄧氏宗祠

The Tang Ancestral Hall in Ping Shan was impressive. Built 700 years ago, this hall is one of the biggest and oldest in Hong Kong. This quick small sketch was done in the inner courtyard of the ancestral hall where the architectural features on the roof were interesting.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Ping Shan Heritage Trail: Kun Ting Study Hall 屏山文物徑覲廷書室

A great day out with a big group of sketchers today along Ping Shan Heritage Trail. I settled in front of this old study hall and captured the lovely lights and shadows cast on the building. Located in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong, Kun Ting Study Hall was one of the many historic buildings built by the local Tang clan. This particular building was built in the old days to provide better education to their children. Today the hall is carefully refurbished to show its former glory. 
#urbansketchers #watercoloursketch #pingshanheritagetrail #屏山文物徑 #覲廷書室

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Sai Kung Tin Hau Temple During Lunar New Year 農曆新年西貢天后廟

People come to offer joss sticks and prayers at Sai Kung Tin Hau Temple on the third day of the Lunar New Year. Tin Hau is a sea goddess widely worshipped in Hong Kong and this temple is one of the many in the territory.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sai Kung Lunar New Year Flower Market 2019 西貢花市2019

Wish you all a happy and prosperous year of the pig ahead!  

A great afternoon spent at the Sai Kung Lunar New Year Flower Market.  Nice flowers, festive mood and enough space for me to get very close to the flowers.   

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.