So, from time to time, I will be including some of the sketches I am considering for the book in this blog. Your comments are welcome.
This one is of my visit to Hong Kong in the 1980s with my husband, father-in-law and sisters-in-law. It turned out to be, for the most part, a shopping trip. I still have the set of porcelain statues I bought of the Chinese gods of prosperity, wisdom and health and had just discarded an earphone I purchased there (boy, that lasted a long time). I loved shopping at the night market where you can get a 'Rolex' watch for 10HK$. Tempting. We also did touristy stuff like visiting Victoria Peak, sailing on a junk boat at the Hong Kong Harbor and dining at one of the floating restaurants. Hong Kong was a dichotomy of cultures, but in spite of the strong British influences, I felt it is so much more Chinese.
|Shopping in Kowloon, Hong Kong circa 1980|
Since I had not started sketching when we went to Hong Kong in the 1980s, years before China took over after Britain, I used a photograph from our album as reference to sketch this. I imagine there has been great changes since. The signs, of course, were more colorful and I do apologize for my attempt at Chinese writing. Hong Kong was always a hive for commerce and shopping was an adventure. One of my most indelible memories was having late lunch at one of the restaurants in the area. Eventually, we were the only remaining diners in the upper floor and it surprised and amused us to see all the dining tables in the restaurant being transformed for the game of mahjong.