The trip was made in the month of Feb. The Bangkok sketchers group has invited sketchers from a few countries to join them in sketching at River Chaophraya, where the old capital of Bangkok was located in the past. Though it has been some time ago, the memories of the visit is still quite fresh in my mind. It was a happy trip and I am looking forward to another trip like this. Anyway here are 2 sketches I did while I was there. Cannot remember the name of the place though.
I love Van Gogh and I wanted to have a toy made of him so I painted a medium sized Munny in the likeness of one of Van Gogh’s self portrait. It is now being shown ay Fullerton Hotel as one of the exhibits that pay tribute to Van Gogh’s life as an artist. This Munny is sold already. I am sad to part ways with it. Time to make another.
These colors are from W&N Enamel coated mobile palette box and I am testing them on this rough watercolor paper that I got from Straits… cannot remember the name of the paper already. Fabriano rough? Judging from the texture, you would expect to get lotsa granulation. But you don’t see much due to the absorbency of the paper. Colors faded just slightly when they are dried.
Though it looks like I am testing the paper, I was in fact cleaning the paints on my palette box.
Walking and sketching along Short Street when I encountered this interesting make shift fruit stall with the yellow and red umbrellas that stood out among the grey commercial buildings. I stood under the shade in Lasalle College of the Arts to sketch this and filled in the colors at the same time. Many tourists and locals came by to get fruits and juices… but I didn’t see anyone eating durians that time… maybe it was too hot.
Hero Pen and Noodlers Ink on Nude book.. painted with Shinhan watercolors.
This Chinese villa is located at No. 37 Kerbau Road and is named ‘Siew Song’, meaning elegant pine, which is believed to name after Tang Teng Niah’s wife, for whom the villa was built. It is an eight-room villa built in 1900 and has a hybrid of Chinese and European architectural styles according to the archives. The villa was rebuilt in the 1980s and won Singapore Institute of Architects Honourable Mention Award in 1991. It is now donned with a coat of psychedelic colors spanning all sides of the building including the ornamental designs. Today, Kerbau Road, where I sat and sketched this, is closed off and has been transformed into an open air or al fresco eatery, lined with plastic chairs and tables that mirrored the multi colors of the villa. If not for the archives, though the picture shown on the billboard was taken in 1983, I wouldn’t be able to imagine what it looked like in the past.
Only managed to do one watercolor painting in Bangkok during the Chaophraya trip with the other Urban SKetchers from other parts of Asia. Afterwhich I felt quite worn out already so I returned to sketching. This was done on Arches watercolor paper Cold Pressed. And I was using Shinhan watercolor paints. Pretty pleased with the results though I wish I could paint larger.