Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last of the China Sketches

This page is from temples, restaurants, museums and what not. The horse and rider was a large brush painting and I added color to the flower which was a stone block. The orange shape is a carrot garnish from lunch.
We went up the mountain to the Kumbum Tibetan Monastery. No cameras but I was ready to sketch. My favorites are the door knocker with the silk scarves, the cubbies holding the prayer scrolls and the monk's
"Happy Face" kneeling rug, no really!

Then we went to the Tibetan Medicinal Museum which was quite interesting. There were walls of dried plant displays. The red silk banners and colorful tassels were hanging around most of the room.

Next was the Tea House in Mei Jia Wu village. Only the top two leaves with a little growth at the top are picked for the emperor's tea. The more mature the leaves the lower quality of tea. Then on to West Lake for a stroll and boat ride.
In Hangzhou after the lake we visited the Lingyin Temple. Yin and Yang, incense, pagodas, and lots of lotus and bats designs. I am amazed I only sketched 13 pages in 21 days. Not quite up to par for me but a grand trip and memory.

Robert Bateman 6" x 9" sketchbook
Pen and Watercolor


Linda T said...

These are great sketches. What a wonderful way to remember all you saw!

Alex said...

Yet another set of beautiful sketches to retain such wonderful memory of an awesome trip =) Thanks for sharing Deborah!

raena said...

Only thirteen, but they are delightful. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful we are used to from your trips! An of cpurse, your unique way of setting them on the page is always so creative!

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