Thursday, 31 July 2014
My website over at carolineparkinson.co.uk (follow the neatly crafted link below) is moving over to Wordpress at the moment so there may be some disruption for the next few days while I get settled. At the moment most of the content is sorted- it just doesn't look as pretty as it could.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
The view from the plane, heading home
My two well travelled sketchbooks
Seven countries, two sketchbooks, one pair of flip flops and many temples, rivers, border crossings, caves, pagodas, beaches, buses, mountains, rivers, rainstorms, bars, palaces, cities and sunsets later, the trip is over.
I've been looking at Tomer Hanuka recently and was inspired to draw some POV artwork. The plan was to draw glasses as a final layer and blur everything outside them, but because of the angle, and as there is no real focus in the picture, it didn't work.
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
The boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa-An has been called one of the most beautiful boat journeys in the world, but that day the monsoon had started and you could see about fifty meters from the boat. When the most cleared once we'd arrived in Hpa-An, some beautiful views emerged. Sadly too late!
Hpa-An was one of the worst places we visited. The scenery is beautiful, the caves are interesting, but the people seemed to stare a lot and not smile much. We'd probably been spoilt, because people were so friendly and kind in most other places.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Here are some young monks near Mandalay. I was told that most men in Burma spend time as a monk at least twice, once between the age of ten and twenty, and once when they are older. It's common for younger monks to be school-aged, as the education in monasteries is usually better than what they would get at home. The top pictures are monks waiting to be served their lunch, at the bottom they are playing Plants vs Zombies.
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
My first sketches of Burma. Here are two monks waiting for the rain to stop in a rare moment of quiet at the Shwedagon Pagoda. Yangon is a big, busy city and the pagoda is one of the most popular tourist stops. After I finished drawing, the monk on the right enjoyed a cheeky cigarette. Burmese monks' robes are usually red, and the deeper the colour, the more senior the monk. Adult monks are usually dark burgundy, so either these were foreign, or they'd been demoted (for illicit smoking?)
This is the view from Mandalay Hill , made famous by the Kipling poem, which hasn't aged well -and is really talking about Mawlamyine. Mandalay is an interesting, laid back city, and it's worth going to for this view alone. Don't listen to the Lonely Planet.