Gyantse Dzong (fortress)

Guantze is a historic Tibetan town.  The fortress was constructed in 1390 guarded the southern approaches to the Yarlung Tsangpo Valley and Lhasa.  It is 3,977 meters above sea level.   I remember I came across this town when I studied Chinese history in school along with Shigatse.  It is amazing to visit them to make it real.  They are no longer just names.  They have physical presence.

The following is a A3 Acrylics painting from the photo my husband took in our trip.


We visited the Palcho Monastery in the morning and were left by our guide to wonder about the old town and the local market.  People were extremely friendly.  We were invited by an old lady to share her home brew barley beer but we had to decline as we did not know the local language nor custom.


Mount Everest from Rongbuk Monastry

A A3 Acrylic painting based on a photo we took in our 2007 land trip at Rongbuk Monastry in Tibet.  It was a cold cripy morning.  Rongbuk is about 7km from the Everest Base Camp.  Mount Everest known in Tibetan as Chomolungma, means “Holy Mother”.


Yumbulagang Palace

The first palace of Tibet, built in the 2nd Century BC.  It was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and rebuilt in 1982. It is situated about 12km from Tsetang, on a ridge above the Yarlung Valley, home of the first Kings of Tibet.  Believe to be the birth place of Tibetan civilisation.  The painting is a A3 Acrylics based on a photo taken on the first day of our land trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu a few years ago.DSCN3721

Buddha Head study

A little 8″x8″ acrylics painting using a technique that I’ve learned from the short course at the Watts Gallery.  During the tea break of the last lesson, our tutor showed us two of her initial steps of her portrait painting technique.  Basically it is dry brush the mid tone to serve as guides for dark and highlights.  It was too late for me then because I was too far down the wrong track already.  I think I gave it a try and found that extremely helpful.


Short Drawing course at the Watts Gallery (6)


This is my final lesson.  We have a new tutor today as our usual tutor is on holiday.  We are using water mixable oil!  I never used used it before.  We are told to use neutral colour all over the paper to get rid of the white then block the big shapes.

I started well today and get her likeness.  But I couldn’t get the colours right for the face and lips.  Her face was quite red and her lips are more neutral.  I think I over correct and over worked the face.  She ended up looking very wooden.  Portraiture is not easy particular for naive using unfamiliar media.

Another challenging lesson.  I may go back for more lesson next year.

Short Drawing course at the Watts Gallery (5)


We were using Acrylics to day.  We were told to block the big shapes then put the background colours to get rid of the white paper as quickly as possibly.  After 30 minutes I asked my tutor whether I could have a new piece of paper to start afresh because I was very unhappy of what I was doing.  She said I could but she would teach me how to rescue it first.

She asked me one more time to confirm I really did not want to continue what I was doing then she rubbed the whole paper with paper towel until the whole thing came to a muddy grey mess.  She then started blocking the shapes.  After a while she handed the brush back to me to continue.  She gave me a good base and I decided to continue.

It was challenging but a good lesson.