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.
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.
I had enjoyed going out sketching with friends of my local art group during the summer. Most are in my A4 cartridge sketch book. Some one on 140g NOT watercolour paper.
Acrylic on 20″ x 16″ canvas from a photo taken a few years ago on ship Polar Explorer.
This is a watercolour sketch based on a recently sketch of my recent touring holiday in Scotland. The original sketch was done in our room in a late afternoon. A bird flew in front of the window just the moment I had enough. I couldn’t resist of adding it into the picture. I was thinking of develop the original sketch into a painting and playing with the composition. I tried a tighter crop but people think the original one is better. Not quite make up my mind as I don’t know what to do with the left bottom corner.
There are no escape of castles and churches. They are the charm of the places.
One of the things I like most of touring in Scotland is that they provide plenty of parking along the road for photo shots. We took full advantages of that. Here are some quick roadside pencil sketches done in the car at the parking lot. Some I added watercolour later from my memory and imagination.