08-03-11-blue-house

I woke up to the rain pounding the tin roof of my house. A great sound to slowly wake up to. Even better: for rolling over, pulling the covers over my head and going back to sleep. I did neither. The rain passed by about the time I made my morning coffee and headed out to the bus stop.

I had planned on drawing at the Wan Chai Cemetery today but only got about halfway from the MTR when I came across The Blue House. How could I pass this up? With a full bottle of fresh mango juice and a couple of pork buns I set up shop and began to draw. This drawing took 2 hours not including the lunch break I took (Japanese eel set).  To get the view over the parked cars and vans I climbed up a cage surrounding some exterior plumbing. Some metal workers in the shop I was drawing next to didn’t trust my balance as much as I did. One of the workers handed a plank of wood up to me to bridge the gap at the top of the fence. This saved my butt a lot of grief. A big thanks goes out to the guys at the sign shop there!

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The Blue House is built in an architectural style know as Tong Lau. This style is particular to Southern China in the 1960’s and this is one of a few remaining in Hong Kong. It is registered as a Grade I historical landmark. Click the link for more info on historical buildings in Hong Kong.

The Blue House, Wan Chai – drawing
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