An inadvertent souvenirPosted: August 11, 2015
I really thought I’d get more painting done in Southeast Asia. Although I filled a sketchbook, the blistering heat prevented me from taking the time to do larger watercolours. I guess my winter car painting is just no training for hot weather. One afternoon at Ayutthaya, in the company of other sketchers, I found some time to paint Wat Chaiwattharanaram, a crumbling beauty of a temple, built in 1630. The light was rather flat with dark clouds on the horizon but there were not too many tourists around which made painting rather pleasant. When I was finishing up the painting in my studio today I noticed a little surprise on the surface: flecks of gold leaf had attached themselves to the paper — no doubt tidbits of the little gold sheets that worshippers place on the Buddha statues in temples all over Thailand.