Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Sleeping Old Man 老翁睡著

A Sleeping Man

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

Old Wan Chai Old Post Office 舊灣仔郵局

Old Wan Chai Old Post Office

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.  




Old Wan Chai Old Post Office

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hot Smoggy Day at Waterfront Pavilion 天昏地暗海心亭

Hot Smoggy Day at Waterfront Pavilion

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

Sketching a Gas Storage Facility from a Restaurant 茶餐廳內畫土瓜灣煤氣廠

Sketching a Gas Storage Facility from a Restaurant

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。

Sketching a Gas Storage Facility from a Restaurant

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Detention Class 留堂!

Detention Class

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

Magistrate's Court Turned Into an Art School 法院變藝術學院

Magistrate's Court Turned Into an Art School

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.

北九龍裁判法院建於1960年並服務九龍區四十四年至2005年關閉。2009年,美國薩凡納藝術設計學院投得此建築物的使用權並成立香港分部。北九龍裁判法院屬西方新古典式多層建築,香港現全此風格的建築物已所剩無幾, 是香港重要的歷史建築物

Sketching on Site

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sea and Clouds at Sai Kung Waterfront 西貢雲與海

Sea and Clouds

The waterfront was windy today.  Summer clouds were moving fast.  By the time I finished the sketch, the sky was completely overcast.


Costa Bello, Sai Kung Town, Hong Kong

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Quiet Alley in Sai Kung Old Town 西貢舊墟光與影

A Quiet Alley in Sai Kung Old Town

A lazy weekday afternoon, I sat here and sketched the lights and shadows cast on this small quiet alley in Sai Kung Old Town!


A Quiet Alley in Sai Kung Old Town

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Pawn on Johnston Road 莊士敦道和昌大押

The Pawn on Johnston Road

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?


Sketching the Pawn on Site

The Pawn on Johnston Road

Friday, August 2, 2013

Lights and Shadows Under Lion Rock 獅子山下的光與影

Lights and Shadows Under Lion Rock

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!