Siem Reap from a tuk tukPosted: August 15, 2015
I’ve probably already mentioned that arriving in Cambodia from Singapore was quite a culture shock. The first ride I had from the airport to the hotel was in a tuk tuk, and from there I was hooked, both for the slight breeze provided by the ride (the air was quite heavy when I visited) and the slow panoramic view of the town on either side. We travelled around quite a bit in these open-air vehicles — back and forth to the temples of Angkor, into the town to visit the market — and on a rainy day I even contemplated painting under the shelter of the awning but never got around to doing it. My favourite view of the tuk tuks was from a cafe in town. From there I could see the drivers in the shade of some Banyan trees by the river during their “off” time, which seemed to be mostly sleeping (and included being suspended in net hammocks).
I sketched this in a Pentalic sketchbook given to me by Stephanie Bower (I plan to write about her impressive lecture at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in a future post). If you haven’t tried this book yet, I would highly recommend it. The paper is 140 lb, 100% cotton rag paper and truly gorgeous for painting on — thick and creamy with a wonderful tooth to it. There’s only one format (5″ x 8″) as far as I can tell, but it’s perfect for travel sketching. I haven’t yet found a book that takes the paint as well as this.