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Wow. What a great day to paint. Once again the weather report was so far off you begin to wonder if all the weathermen knew what a great day it was going to be and had called in sick, leaving a gloomy secretary to write a foul weather report. No clouds, dry and so warm I was beginning to get hot in only a t-shirt.

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These pieces were done in Lay Yue Mun Village, famous for its vast amount of fresh seafood restaurants. This has got to be the only village of its kind left in Kowloon. It has its own MTR station which make developers very eager to bulldoze the area flat. I’ve included a photo to show how close sky rise apartments have gotten. At this point they share a small public parking lot. On top of that, notice the mountain behind the village has been flattened by years of quarry work. Perhaps Kowloon (9 dragons) should be downgraded to Chuht Bun Loon (7 1/2 dragons). But that’s another story.

lay-yue-mun-quarryI will have to come back and finish painting the interior of the village. The roofs of the houses have long ago interwoven into a long tunnel. You can walk nearly a full kilometer through the village and never see the sky.
Have a great weekend. I’m off to get a big bowl of Shanghai style spicy dumpling soup. ;P

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6 thoughts on “Lei Yue Mun

  • January 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm
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    Once again your art allows me to see a part of the world I may never visit. Wonderful work. Thank you!

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  • January 22, 2011 at 10:26 am
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    Beautiful illustration of these boats! There’s something about the structural complexity of these crafts that always catches my eye. I just got my boat fix in Florida, and the Bahamas. Nice work 🙂

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  • January 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm
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    Really liked this one. The character of the buildings and the working boats just have a “used hard” look to them that really comes through.

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