I went sketching with Urban Sketchers Hong Kong in Sheung Wan this afternoon. Stuffy with occasional rain but the weather didn't affect our high spirit at all. I walked around the neighbourhood of Sai Street and met a group of graffiti artists at work in a narrow alley. Great sketch material so I settled down and did two quick sketches of them. Rookie, a graffiti artist from Taiwan posed with my sketch of him. Great work of art they were making!
It was the first time I went to the street market and Cantonese Opera street theatre for Tsing Yi Tin Hau birthday celebration. The locals were all so obsessed with the many street food and snacks offered by the large number of street stalls there! What a very festive sight! I believe most Hongkongese have become bored with the chain stores and air-conditioned malls in Hong Kong! Such street markets should be present in every district and town around the city all year round! I believe they do not just provide an alternative and cheaper choice for the locals but also help preserve local food and cultures!
It's a quite a challenge to paint so many people scattered on the stairs. Based on an old photo, the scene is probably Ladder Street, Sheung Wan. Currently, I'm building the under layer of the painting.