06-09-11-core-sample

Last night as I fell asleep I had this idea. For months I’ve been drawing and painting around Hong Kong mainly to document the landscape. But when I showed these drawings and paintings to the galleries along Hollywood Road and Soho, I was turned away because landscapes of Hong Kong won’t sell. Well, the idea I had was to look at the city as a series of vertical abstract strips. This allows me to paint my landscapes, but in a format that’s more “modern” and gallery friendly. I am calling them Core Samples. I also found this idea/gimmick does not bind me to paint on location and allows me to work from home. The painting above is from a photo I took along Shau Kei Wan Road East. Painting at home will come in handy as the summer heat makes working outside impractical. Whew! It is hot out!

colored-clothes
I like the colored clothes.
Core Sample – painting
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  • June 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm
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    Is that a typical apt bldg in hong kong? Looks abandoned…..

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    • June 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm
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      Hi Amru, Yes, this style of apartment is pretty common. But this particular unit is high end and the windows don’t open. That’s why there’s no laundry hanging out. That and I abstracted the image some and took out distressed details. But try the google street view to see the actual building or visit my post from the 7th of this month (Stanley St. Flower Market). The photo is of this building.

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      • June 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm
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        oh …ok. I was more concerned on the paint job of the bldg, the authorities do not take care of the way it looks? It looks like malaysia, they build new buildings all the time, but they don’t maintain it. Eh….dunno how to use the google thingy 🙁

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    • June 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm
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      Whoops. I blew it. I thought you were referring to the “promenade” post. This house is typical for neighborhoods build in the 1960’s. There is no paint and little effort is made to upkeep on the exterior mainly because it will be bulldozed and a bigger house put up in its place. Now days land is too expensive to have only 6 floors. Re: Google. Go to any google map. Click and drag the little yellow man in the upper left hand corner to any spot on the map and you will get street view. It’s very cool. There are even drawing and painting clubs that do “world tour” landscapes. Give it a shot!

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