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