[by Peggy Wong of Kuching, Borneo] Last November, about 350 sketchers gathered in Bangkok for the Asialink Sketchwalk 2016. Eight of us from USk Kuching, joined other Asian sketchers in Bangkok for this 3-day weekend of urban sketching and camaraderie. The Thai sketchers welcomed us with hospitality and shared their culture through their architecture, street scene and food.
For that weekend, it was a lot of on-location sketching together, with lots of stories and laughter exchanged. Like the scene below while doing the sketch above at Phraeng Nara Road; where the shophouses were full of character and now lined with urbansketchers.
Below was the Democracy Monument, which was centred in a busy intersection as a roundabout, just outside the Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Centre, the event venue.
That evening, while we were sketching at the Giant Swing, the sky quickly turned dark and almost suddenly the rain chased us to seek shelter in the basement parking of the public square next to it. Undeterred, the sketchers came out after the heavy rain to finish up their sketches.
We had the privilege to capture the last moments of Mahakan Fort community by spending the 3rd morning sketching there and lunch thereafter. This small community was formed 200 years ago by Thai aristocrats and their servants, who built houses near their masters. The fort was one of the remianing two out of fourteen that was built shortly after the founding of Bangkok, to protect the city from foreign invasion.
One of the last locations for group sketchwalk was at the area around Wat Saket, Temple of the Golden Mount, a historic temple in Bangkok built during the reign of King Rama I.
It was an amazing urban sketching experience with the Asian sketchers. Asialink Sketchwalk 2017 will be hosted in Kuching, Sarawak on Borneo.
|photo by Kelvin Tan|