I have recently returned from an incredible sketching tour of Cambodia and Vietnam. I took a dedicated, inspirational and interesting group - what more could I ask for? Often it is the wonderful people you meet or get to know on your holidays that make it that much more special.
The sketchbooks contain personal memories of a special time and for me, and I am sure others, the sketches are far more personal and meaningful than a photo.
I can always visualise exactly where I was when sketching, what the weather was like, who was around me and also aromas.
So I would like to share with you a few of my sketches done on this latest sketching tour.
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
|Buddha in Preah Prohn Roach, city temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia|
|Angkor Wat temple, near Siem Reap|
|Kompong Phluk stilt village, Siem Reap|
When the river rises the water comes up to the houses, the streets are flooded and the children row to school in boats. See below a photo of more stilt houses.
HOI AN, VIETNAM
|Hu Hua temple in the old town on Hoi An|
The villagers were constantly watering their crops from the wells situated around the vegetable area. This area also boasted a temple, a wonderful cafe, a cooking school and the greenest, healthiest crops I have seen.
|Gom Thanh Ha pottery village, Hoi An|
The pottery village is a 16th-17th century traditional occupational village. They still use the original potting wheels which are operated by foot, and the original wood fired kilns.
This is a 92 year old woman still making pots. Notice how the wheel is turned by foot. There might be a message here for us in the modern world - on how to stay bright and healthy in later years.
Isn't she wonderful?