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November 2017
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In the five weeks, I painted 20 pictures on canvas, linen and paper. Of the limited pallet of 11 colours (Ultramarine blue, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red, Cadmium yellow light, Titanium White, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium yellow deep, Cobalt Blue, Naples Yellow, Phtalo Blue Green and Cerulean Blue) I hardly used the Cadmium red and I would leave the Burnt Umber out next time. I found the

HCM Our time in Vietnam rapidly shrinking. Particularly, time for painting, as even acrylic paints need time to harden before the canvases are rolled to travel. With the Mekong Delta taking a couple of days and the last day needed to pack and hand back the apartment, I'm down to a handful of painting days. Afternoon thunderstorms reduce the light levels so that even

Bay of DragonsAcrylic on canvas 150cmx70cm  Vinh Ha Long, means "Bay of the Descending Dragon". The legend says that during the old time when the country was newly formed, Vietnamese had to fight against fierce invaders coming from the North through the sea. Feeling sorry for the country, The Jade Emperor sent the Mother Dragon and her children descending on earth to help ancient Vietnamese

Hi, Jan here. HCM Terry has figured out that Pho, without noodles, is on the menu as 'Chen them' and when ordered with 'Tai', it comes with small pieces of beef. The only problem being that they serve it in a ramekin type dish, which means that I'm not only perched on a tiny chair at a low table, but trying to eat soup from what

Saigon Coffee culture is thriving, with designer places offering inflated priced coffee. There is such a variety, even ignoring the big chains like Starbucks, that it's a taste-by-trial to find the brand, and roast to your taste. Some are too sweet, others bitter. Some are burnt, some are rocket fuel. Fortunately, none seem to be in the dish-water category. Some are terrible and probably

Saigon Back where our adventure started, but different. Embedded amongst the chaos of the inner city, District 1, rather than the gentle District 7, with its Bentleys and French delicatessens. Here, in our apartment for the next ten days, we are surrounded by tattoo parlours, hooters and spots where drug use is tolerated. Stairs wind up at the rear of a 'coffee' shop, between gaps

'Lone Traveler', a woman traveling alone through Hoi An, Vietnam. The safety of a corner in a coffee shop. Light playing across her contemplative emotions. Searching for that perfect line. Inspiration from the stunning Japanese painting 'four seasons', copies of which were in one of the galleries. Fortunately, the painting doesn't reflect the gazillion changes to the composition, or the battle waged during the