Here is another drawing I did on arriving in Bạc Liêu. This is Cao Van Lau Theater – also called Non La (conical hat) Theatre for obvious reasons. When I saw this I couldn’t resist drawing it. It didn’t come out as well as I wanted…I’m never satisfied!
When I arrived in Bạc Liêu, I had a bit of free time, so instead of crashing out in the hotel (like I usually do), I went out to do some sketching (and find some food). I sat in the square on a supremely uncomfortable metal perch (some architects idea of a vandal free bench) to sketch this, while I ate some sweetcorn. Apparently this sculpture is of a dan kim (a two-string guitar), which is the symbol of Bạc Liêu (I saw it in gold embossed certificates and even wall clocks during my trip). I was a bit dissatisfied with the drawing – and felt it was not bold enough.
This time for my Vietnam work trip, instead of going to Hanoi I flew into Ho Chi Minh City and made a long drive from there to Bạc Liêu. It took a tiring 5 ½ hours, some of which I used up doing this wobbly sketch, the rest of the time snoozing….at least I didn’t have to drive all that way – thanks to Mr. To.
I haven’t posted for a few days – too busy with work and travel. However now I am back home from Vietnam, here are some sketches I did on the way there and in Bạc Liêu in Southern Vietnam. This first one was done at Terminal 2 in the Philippines, early in the morning.
Today I took our car in for a regular service – I drew this while waiting for my turn. The waiting room has comfy chairs all lined up in front of a TV – all the seats were occupied by guys sitting in identical positions.
The title of this doesn’t sound very inspiring – but the view is irresistible. I’ve sat near this spot before (at the local mall) and thought I should paint it. The reflections in the ceiling and floor make it very colourful. Having drawn this I know what each part is but I’m not sure if others would.
Here is my sketch from today…still finding my way round the paper in my new sketch book. This time I tried wet in wet watercolour and using less ink. I also drew with a watercolour pencil for a change.