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Gorgeous. Today was absolutely gorgeous. Today felt like Summer gave Spring a light shove out of the way. Spring was kinda lazy and and didn’t bother to shove back. I had a lunch date in Wan Chai and took the opportunity to draw Hong Kong’s oldest remaining post office. It is no longer a post office and has been converted into an Environmental Protection Agency information center and museum. The have a library with a couple thousand books on environmental issues. I believe they may teach here as well. My clue was the bus load of third graders checking out the dioramas. Plant a seed …

The post office was built back in 1912.  It is typical for the period in that it’s a brick structure covered with a concrete skin. The roof is beams and rafter covered with a terra-cotta Chinese shingle painted black. The present day post office is directly next door in a modern marble building. At the moment and shown in the drawing, the building behind the post office is under repair and covered with bamboo scaffold and nylon netting. But everyone should see this building. Well worth the visit since it is so close to the markets and restaurants along Queen’s Road. This is a link to Wikipedia’s blurb on the subject.

 

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I couldn’t go straight home on a day like today. So I stopped at the squatter village in Shau Kei Wan named A Kung Ngam. House 6B is as well built as any house on the island and has a great view on top of a stone retaining wall. I had to rush this painting in order to get home in time, so it’s a little raw. That’s what a 90 minute watercolor will get you. Have a good weekend.

Old Post Office & 6B, A Kung Ngam Village – drawing and painting
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4 thoughts on “Old Post Office & 6B, A Kung Ngam Village – drawing and painting

  • April 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm
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    A brick structure with a concrete skin? Wild. I love it, as always. 🙂
    Also really like the “raw” painting of the squatter’s village. One person’s raw is another person’s masterpiece! Bravo.

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  • April 1, 2011 at 7:56 pm
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    Both the drawing and watercolor sketch are well done. I am amazed to see how much you achieve in such a short period of time. Your work allows me to see a part of the world that is very unfamiliar to me. Your words help me understand and feel what I see. Thank you for allowing me to tag along on your journey.

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    • April 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm
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      Thanks Linda. Good to hear from you. Glad you’re enjoying the ride. Don’t know that I’m doing the tourism industry any favors allowing you to visit without spending your tourist dollars. 😉

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