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January 20, 2014

Sketching in Penang

I hope it is not too late to say Happy New Year to everyone! ... hope that 2014 is a great year all round for everyone. I spent my ' Christmas' in Penang and my 'New Year' in Singapore and am back home with lots of scanning and posting to do. (I didn't actually celebrate either in a traditional sense)
 I am still working through all my Penang sketches but here are a few that are already up on my blog.
Go over to my blog here to read day by day accounts. I am trying to post a day a day at the moment.

I had a really special time this trip as I was able to carve out some solo sketching time in the beginning of the trip - 4 days to roam the streets of Georgetown, the historic part of Penang and sketch at will. I really wanted to have some quality time with my ink lines and my watercolour paints this time - pushing myself and trying new times. I had an absolute ball!

So much to draw in Penang -  I love the grand colonial buildings, the elaborate shop houses, the historic clan jetties, the texture, the colour... it goes on. Here are a few highlights!

Another thing that was really special was the friendliness of the people - both the locals and other tourists. I have never had more interaction while sketching - made friends every day! So much fun!

I never feel alone when I am out on the street urban sketching!

It also was really great to catch up with Ch'ng Kiah Kiean on a few occassions and sketch with the wonderful Penang Urban Sketchers group. It is rather special after admiring KK's work for years, to be able to see the places he has captured on the page, but also I have a new appreciation of the Penang-ness of his work! More later....


Shari Blaukopf said...

It's great to see Penang through your eyes too Liz. Wonderful sketches!

Liz Steel said...

thanks Shari!

Asuka Kagawa said...

Stunning Liz! I am loving the movement in the skies. There is a lot of happy energy in your sketches.

Lils said...

Beautiful! Your sketches are so nice and I agree with the earlier comment that they create a lot of happy energy!!

Murray Dewhurst said...

Great sketches - you're a human drawing machine! I'm jealous you beat me to drawing in Georgetown, I'll get there sometime.

kumi matsukawa said...

Great series, so much lively and happy feel there! Looking forward more from your trip.

VHein said...

Agree that there is so much lovely movement and freedom in these sketches, Liz! I can't imagine a better way to celebrate the new year, and not surprised that you make friends wherever you go!

Liz Steel said...

thank you everyone!!! more coming soon!