Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Despite the cold weather, a group of 20 sketchers got together to sketch the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences today. The building was of Edwardian style and was built in 1906 as a Pathological institute. The building was declared monument in 1990 and in 1995 it was converted into the current Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences. As I was late today, I saw my fellow sketchers already working when I arrived and I decided to include them in my sketch.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
I went to Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens late afternoon and sketched the skyline on top of a balcony near the central fountain. It was nice to sketch some of the most important buildings from this angle. From left to right was IFC2, the twin towers of the Landmark, 9 Queen's Road Central, Standard Chartered, HSBC, AIA and Cheung Kong Centre on the far right. In garden, an Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Island Pine) stands out as it is one of the tallest trees in the garden and it is slanting to one side.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
A merry group of sketchers assembled in front of the old YMCA building in Bridges Street this afternoon and sketched whatever they found pleasing. I chose to sketch this handsome building which was built in 1918, the oldest of any YMCA premises in Hong Kong.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Oil on Canvas
Ladder Street (Chinese: 樓梯街) is a street in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, consisting entirely of stone steps. The painting is based on an old black and white photo.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
It was an overcast day. However, the sun came out briefly and I quickly outlined the shadows cast on the temple before it hid behind the clouds again.
Info from Wikipedia
Situated on the banks of the Ho Chung River,and half a mile from Ho Chung Village of Sai Kung District, the temple is one of the oldest in Hong Kong and worship General Che, his son and his grandson. Initially built in the mid-16th century, the temple predates its popular counterpart near Tai Wai in Sha Tin who is said to worship the grandson of General Che. The present temple structure probably dates largely from 1878, while the temple furniture probably dates from the Xianfeng era (1850-1861).
Monday, December 9, 2013
The theme of this blank sketchbook is Tai O. This one together with the previous one, "Old Aberdeen" are now available at the following outlets:
Design Gallery, Wan Chai Convention Centre
Dymocks Bonham Road
Dymocks MTR Hong Kong Station
Dymocks Hopewell Centre
Popular Book Store
About the notebook:
120 x 170 mm
Expandable inner pocket
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
It was very cold sketching today in the shade of University Hall this afternoon. I was shaking by the time I finished.
Info from Wikipedia
University Hall is one of the oldest student residence of the University of Hong Kong. The building was built in 1861 by a wealthy Scottish trader, Douglas Lapraik and was named Douglas Castle. It was later bought by the French Mission (the Societe Des Missions Etrangere De Paris）. The castle was renamed Nazareth and was enlarged to include a printing house. The first South-East Asia Chinese Bible was printed here. During the Japanese occupation in the Second World War, the castle was once used as a torture and execution venue. It was bought by the University of Hong Kong in 1954 and converted into a male student residence.
香港大學大學堂由蘇格蘭商人杜格拉斯·林柏（Douglas Lapraik）於1861年建成並命名為杜格拉斯堡（Douglas Castle）。1894年，巴黎外方傳教會（the Societe Des Missions Etrangere De Paris）購入該建築物，並易名為拿撒勒樓（The Nazareth House）。拿撒勒樓遭到大規模修葺及重建，更加建了一所印刷工場，印刷工場在其後期間內印刷了六萬多本由二十八種文字編成的天主教書目流傳亞洲各地，全東南亞第一本中文聖經亦出於此。香港日佔時期，拿撒勒樓及伯達尼療養院分別成為香港仔船塢工人宿舍及日本憲兵總部。教士被逐，而底層休息室以及對出庭園更是當日拷打、行刑及停屍的地方。1953年，巴黎外方傳教會撤離拿撒勒樓。香港大學於翌年將之購入，並於1956年正式用作男生宿舍及命名為大學堂。
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Walking into Muk Min Shan in Sai Kung for the first time, I discovered these huts along the way and settled down for a quick sketch. The irregular shapes, the not-so-vertical walls and slanting roofs all made the huts a great sketching topic. They also brought back old memories when I, as a kid, once resided in a hut like this. Shabby yes, but it was all surrounded by trees and wild residents such as mantis and grasshoppers. And our outgoing cat which liked jumping and fighting with neighboring cats from one rooftop to the other in the middle of the night!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
In a fine breezy afternoon, I went with a group of sketchers to sketch the now retired fireboat, Alexander Grantham.
Info of this fireboat from Wikipedia:
The Alexander Grantham (Chinese: 葛量洪號) was a fireboat of Hong Kong's Fire Services Department. The fireboat was named after former Governor Sir Alexander Grantham. The boat has since retired from service and been replaced by other vessels.
Alexander Grantham, the largest in the fleet of fireboats, was built by the Hong Kong Whampoa Dock Company Limited in 1953 and decommissioned in May 2002, after 49 years of service.
Measuring 38.9 metres long, 8.8 metres wide, 15 metres tall and with a loaded displacement of 511 tonnes, it has taken part in numerous fire-fighting and rescue operations, including the Seawise University fire in 1972, the Eastern Gate fire in the 1980s and the New Orient Princess fire in 1993.
Alexander Grantham is also a great example of the Hong Kong shipbuilding industry's achievements in the early 1950s. It showcases Hong Kong's sea salvage history of the past century and provides a glimpse of the territory's social development.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I carried with me my sketchbook, watercolors and pens and finally settled down in this cozy local restaurant in Sai Kung Old Town. After a delicious all-day breakfast, I decided to make a little sketch of the people in the restaurant first before I ventured out to search for sketch topics.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The Sai Kung Fish Wholesale Market was open today for the public to enter. Display boards were placed on the pier, explaining the operation of the government-run fish market piers all around Hong Kong. And there I went, sitting close to the docking boats, sketching quickly before the sky darkened further into the night.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
A merry group of Hong Kong sketchers assembled at the University of Hong Kong today and sketched for an afternoon. I chose the oldest building of the university, the main building and settled in the corridor next to one of the courtyards in the building to sketch.
今日一班 香港 sketchers 匯聚香港大學一齊畫 sketch。而我就選了港大最老的大學本部，坐在其中一庭園徊廊寫生。
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Today I went to Maryknoll Convent School as the school campus was open to public as a participant of Heritage Fiesta, a programme that aims at celebrating the various historic architecture in Hong Kong as well as educating the public about the importance of preserving them. It was a hot dry day and fortunately I was able to settle in the shade of a large tree and sketched the entrance to the school.
今年發展局文物保育專員辦事處邀請了 瑪利諾修院學校 參與「古蹟周遊樂2013」並開放小學部校園給公眾參觀。今天天晴趕燥，好在大門有大樹遮陰，作畫時不至曬到滿頭大汗。
Thursday, October 10, 2013
An old sketch done last year.
St John's Cathedral is the first Anglican church built in Hong Kong. The site of St. John's Cathedral is the only freehold land in Hong Kong which was given to the Anglican church permanently.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
I attended a wedding banquet this afternoon on an outdoor terrace located on the 16th floor of a high rise mall, high above the busy street in the city centre. As the jolly banquet came to an end, I stayed behind and quickly sketched the cityscape behind the glass balustrade.
今日前往 the One 十六樓 Garden Terrace 赴會好友婚宴，婚宴後走到 Garden Terrace 北面玻璃圍欄向下望。景色不錯，便坐下速畫。
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
I spent a quiet afternoon sketching at the Hong Kong Cemetery! It is a nice solemn place to visit on autumn days and a nice place to look at the history of Hong Kong.
The protestant cemetery is one of the earliest cemetery in Hong Kong which was founded in 1845, almost as old as Hong Kong.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
The old town centre of Kwun Tong is about to undergo a big change as the buildings surrounding this bus terminus are soon going to be pulled down for a mega development. Many old small shops are already closed for good and apartments are all vacant here except the bus terminus which is still in operation. Will this area become yet another huge air-conditioned mall?
Personally, I would prefer keeping some old buildings, have them refurbished, adding some new ones, keeping and improving the street life, instead of turning everything into a huge single indoor air-conditioned mall!
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I sat down in this pocket garden sandwiched between old shabby buildings along Soy Street to sketch this sleeping old man. By the time I finished, the sky was almost dark, and even the old man was gone......leaving me sitting in the park, alone!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
It was quite a challenge to sketch this building along Queen's Road East. The sidewalk was narrow and my view was often blocked by double decker buses and lorries stopping right in front of me as the traffic was heavy. At one point, I dropped my water brush and it fell onto the road. Fortunately, I was able to retrieve it with my umbrella before it was crushed by the passing vehicles.
It was the oldest post office building in Hong Kong which was built bwtween 1912 and 1913. It then went on serving the community until 1992. The building is now converted into an Environmental Resource Centre.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This pavilion extends into the sea from the famous Hoi Sham Rock and Fishtail Rock, which are located in Hoi Sham Park. The rocks were originally on an island before the sixties but upon reclamation, the island is now part of the urban area of the city.
The weather was smoggy today as a nearby typhoon brought hot dusty air into the city. I tried to recreate the dull weather by using muddled colors on the sketch!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Time to sketch huge industrial structures and today I went to To Kwa Wan, an old residential area next to the now defunct Kai Tak Airport. The facility is sitting right in the heart of To Kwa Wan, tightly surrounded by old residential blocks. I sketched this gas storage facility inside an old but air-conditioned restaurant where I could hide from the scorching summer heat.
今日走到 Towngas 土瓜灣的煤氣廠畫大型工業建築。煤氣廠位處土瓜灣心藏，緊緊被舊唐樓包圍，都可以話喺香港特色！ 今日天氣悶熱，煤氣廠一帶馬路又沙塵滾滾，好在煤氣廠對面有一間開大冷氣又有大玻璃窗的茶餐廳，否則都幾難慢畫。
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I was looking at my old sketchbooks and found this which I think is quite special! This old sketch was done in 2006 when I was working in a secondary school. I was on duty looking after a detention class and I sketched many of the students as the students were asked to copy classical literature for hours as punishment! What do you think?
Monday, August 19, 2013
The North Kowloon Magistracy was built in 1960 and it had served the Kowloon district of Hong Kong for 44 years before it was closed and later converted into the Hong Kong campus of Savannah College of Art and Design. The building was one of the few surviving examples of neo-classical and stripped classicism architecture in Hong Kong, therefore making it an important historic building in Hong Kong.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Sunday, August 4, 2013
I went with a group of very enthusiastic sketchers today and settled sketching under a banyan tree on Johnston Road, opposite this old tenement building. This building is now named "the Pawn". The old building was nicely refurbished. The old pawn shop housed here has been relocated and now the building houses several high-end restaurants! Would it be better if the pawn shop could coexist with the restaurants in the same building?
Friday, August 2, 2013
After swimming at the Morse Park Swimming Pool, I went to the spectator stand and sketched the spectacular Lion Rock, the iconic mountain of Hong Kong. The sky was full of quick-moving summer clouds and the resulting lights and shadows moving across the mountain and the cityscape was a wonderful sight to look at!