The Thai sketching testPosted: August 1, 2015
It’s a good thing I filled my palette with some fresh New Gamboge to paint the saffron wrapped Buddhas and chedi of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon temple in Ayuthaya, Thailand. Ayuthaya was the capital of Siam between 1350 and 1767 so there are plenty of temples to sketch, both active and in ruins. I’m here with a Thai urban sketcher friend as my host and guide, and I think drawing at this temple, on a Buddhist holiday, was a huge challenge. I have never been in a place that was more difficult to draw. The constant flow of people circulating around the temple made it impossible to see what I was drawing. People also gathered around to see what we were doing, which doesn’t usually bother me, unless they are blocking the view. When my sketch was done, it occurred to me this might have been the Thai sketching test. If you can sketch here, you can sketch anywhere! My wifi connection has been difficult in some places during this trip, so if it has taken some time to respond to comments, please understand.