Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sham Shui Po Tenement Buildings 深水埗密集舊唐樓

I spent a few hours with a sketch friend at the top floor of the Pei Ho Street Municipal Building.  It offers spectacular view of the old tenement buildings in the Sham Shui Po district.  

今日下午與畫友前往深水埗北河街市政大廈頂樓速寫。 望向窗外,盡是深水埗密集舊唐樓。

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Old Hong Kong Style Cafe in Mong Kok 老牌港式冰室「中國冰室」

A great afternoon spent in this rare old Hong Kong cafe in Mong Kok. By the time I finished, the sky had become very dark as the amber rainstorm warning was up.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Sha Tau Kok San Lau Street 沙頭角新樓街

I went sketching with a few sketcher friends in the restricted area of Sha Tau Kok, the border between China and Hong Kong. Since tourists are rare and only a few thousand locals reside here , the whole area is particularly quiet.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Roman Baths in Bath 英格蘭巴庫市羅馬浴場

Time flies! It's almost a year ago that I visited the Roman Baths in Bath! It's fun to sketch the Great Bath and also the artifacts from the Roman Period inside the bath museum.

不經不覺是一年前的事了,我在Bath羅馬浴場寫生, 除了畫主浴場之外,還畫了博物館內古羅馬時期遺留下來的文物。

Monday, June 5, 2017

San Po Kong Factory District 新蒲崗工業區

Sketching the San Po Kong skyline. Once a vibrant factory district in Hong Kong from the sixties to eighties, now factory buildings here have become warehouses, art studios, offices and some are redeveloped as residential high rises.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hong Kong Fire Engine Escape Ladder F36 香港消防雲梯車 F36

A very charming vehicle once used by the Royal Fire Services of Hong Kong before 1997, it started service in 1958 and retired in 1985. After retirement, the vehicle was once used as a hearse for those who passed away while fighting fires. The vehicle was manufactured by Dennis Specialist Vehicles in Britain and equipped with Rolls-Royce V8 engine. Apart from sketching the vehicle, I also included two emblems of the Hong Kong Fire Services Department, one with the Crown of Queen Elizabeth II at the top while the other with the Bauhinia flower.

將軍澳消防學校內的博物館擺放了一架1958年出廠的消防雲梯車。出廠後消防車一直服役至1985年。消防車由英國丹尼士Dennis Specialist Vehicles所生產,配備勞斯萊斯V8引擎。退役後此消防雲梯車曾一度成為英勇救火不幸殉職消防員的靈車。除了畫消防車外,我亦畫了兩個不同時期的消防局鰴號,一個是香港主權移交前擁有英女王伊利沙伯二世的皇冠以及英獅手持東方之珠的鰴號,另一個是現時以洋紫荊花取代皇冠的鰴號。

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Beautiful Caribbean Flamingoes at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden 嘉道理農場美麗的紅鸛

The beautiful Caribbean Flamingoes at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, a generous donation to British Hong Kong from the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sketching at Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course 滘西洲哥爾夫球場速寫

A great day out with parents on the island of Kau Sai Chau. After the nice Mother's Day buffet at the cafe, I went out to sketch the wide vista of the golf course and a golf course car parked nearby. 


Monday, May 8, 2017

Evening Sketch of An Old House in Sai Kung 黃昏畫西貢老大屋

A lady walked out from this house when I was half done and she said to me, "Don't sketch my house!" "Why? It's a beautiful house!" I said and tried to please her."No! It's my house. You cannot sketch it!" she said. What a pity that she didnt allow me to continue! I retreated to the other side of the road and behind the trees to quickly colour my sketch.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Banyan Tree, Rocks, Tin Hau Temple and Victoria Harbour 天后廟、大石、大榕樹同維多利亞港

It was a fine sunny day at Sam Ka Village at the eastern entrance to Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour.    The entwining roots of this banyan tree growing on the rocky cliff were a joy to sketch!  This Tin Hau Temple (Tin Hau is the goddess of the sea and is widely worshipped in Hong Kong) is also a special one as part of the temple actually stands in the water.  The temple, the rocks, the Banyan tree and the winding waterfront trail together they formed an interesting composition. 


Sketching Dim Sum 飲茶畫點心

A food sketch crawl at Yum Cha Restaurant in Central.  The bunny dumplings were cute and delicious.  By the time I finished the initial blocking, two of the four bunnies were already consumed!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dukling the Only Remaining Wooden Fishing Boat of Its Kind in Hong Kong 鴨靈號捕魚船

Born in 1955, Dukling was once a fishing boat and a fisherman's home.  It's now the only remaining wooden fishing boat of this kind in Hong Kong.   Dukling has witnessed Hong Kong's changes for 60 years and now it has taken up a new role as a sigh-seeing cruise ship which travels around Victoria harbour.


Evening at Sai Kung Waterfront 西貢黃昏

Evening at Sai Kung Waterfront

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bath Abbey 英國Bath大教堂

This is another scanned sketch from my UK sketch trip in 2016. The square in front of the Bath Abbey (The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul) was filled with holiday makers. The facade of the abbey was brightly lit in the warm afternoon lights.

2016 英國之旅 在Bath畫的速寫。八月下午Bath大教堂廣場遊人處處,下午溫暖的陽光照射大教堂正面牆壁,令大教堂顯得格外輝煌。

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Diocesan Boys School 男拔萃書院

A wonderful sunny day after a night of rain! The cool lights and sharp shadows were fun to sketch. The huge tree (Flame of the Forest) gurading the front entrance of the school was so commanding that I simply had to draw it.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Black Sugar Coffee, Peace Avenue 勝利道黑糖咖啡

Sketching at Black Sugar Coffee. Instead of sketching the inside, I sat outside of the cafe and sketched the reflection of the street including myself, a bit of the interior of the cafe through the entrance and the bended streetscape where the cafe is located.


Evening at Sai Kung Waterfront 西貢黃昏

Evening at Sai Kung Waterfront

Monday, March 20, 2017

Trafalgar Square 倫敦 Trafalgar Square

Another scanned sketch from last summer's UK sketch trip.   Quick Sketch of Trafalgar Square.

另外一張旅遊英國時畫的速寫。倫敦 Trafalgar Square。

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ap Lei Chau Hung Shing Temple 鴨脷洲洪聖古廟

After sketching the Aberdeen harbour, I went with a few sketch friends to the Ap Lei Chau Hung Shing Temple to sketch. Hung Shing is the male sea god of the South Sea. I sketched not just the temple but also the Banyan tree and the very affectionate temple cat.


Monday, March 13, 2017

York in the Evening 約克的黃昏

Another scanned sketch from my UK sketch trip last summer. I stayed with a group of very dedicated sketch friends in the square sketching this charming scene of the old city wall of York and the cityscape until dark.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ap Lei Chau Waterfront 鴨脷洲海傍

It was my first time sketching at Ap Lei Chau Waterfront. Interesting floating Pier, a lot of Sampans in the Aberdeen harbour and lots of high rises on the other side of the harbour, a truly Hong Kong scene! 

Hong Kong


Saturday, March 11, 2017

All Saints' Church, Pavement, York 英格蘭約克一古老教堂

Finally I started to scan the sketches I did in England and Wales. It was a fine day with occasional sunshine. When the sun came out, I quickly put down the sunlight and shadows. 

All Saints' Church, Pavement, York


Sunday, February 19, 2017

To Kwa Wan Elver House 土瓜灣愛華大廈

To Kwa Wan will soon undergo a big change as a new MTR station is being constructed in the district.  A number of the old tenement buildings in the area are already made vacant and awaiting redevelopment.  


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunlight on St. Mary's Church 黃昏陽光照耀聖馬利亞堂

After the watercolour dried, I quickly captured the evening sunlight on the facade of St. Mary's Church with a marker before it disappeared.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

New Oil Painting Old Hong Kong: Ping Shan Pagoda 舊香港新油畫:屏山聚星樓

A new painting based on a historic photo of Ping Shan. Second session. Building the under layer and establishing lights and shadows.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Yau Ma Tei Tin Hau Temple 油麻地天后廟

Nam Chung Sea Dragon Kings Temple 南涌海龍王廟

A man offering joss sticks to the five sea dragon kings. They are the king of the west sea, the king of the east sea, the king of the north sea and the king of the south sea. The one which sits higher up in the middle is the chief sea dragon king. In order to include more detail of the sea dragon kings, I decided to sketch only three of them.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Hung Fook Street Tenement Building 鴻福街舊唐樓

Hung Fook Street and its proximity is about to undergo great change as another new MTR train line is being constructed in this area. What will happen to the communities here and what will happen to these old tenement buildings? 


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cantonese Opera Gala in front of the Sai Kung Tin Hau Temple 西貢天后廟前面青年新派粵劇大會演

I did the Illustration at home based on one of the photos I took at the Cantonese Opera Gala in front of the Sai Kung Tin Hau Temple last night.

昨晚欣賞粵劇影了一些相,之後跟相畫了一段折子戲中演員造型。西貢天后廟前面青年新派粵劇大會演: 七月七日長生殿