Travel Sketches: From Paris to Bali

I don’t paint often when I’m travelling. Being pressed for time—or, more often, sheer laziness/the social media sinkhole—gets in the way. But when I do make the time, I find that it intensifies the experience. There’s something about capturing a place you’re passing through in the pages of a sketchbook that feels both personal and indelible.

My travel sketching kit generally consists of a Canson Montval watercolour pad (300 gsm, 18 x 25 cm), Koi Watercolour Field Sketch Kit and Da Vinci Kolinsky Red Sable brushes.

Istanbul, Turkey

This historic city—bustling, sublime and chaotic all at once—is one of my favourite places to visit. Each neighbourhood contains a world of its own; its inhabitants are warm and easygoing.

Turkish tea with a view of the Bosphorus

Paris, France

What can I say about Paris that hasn’t been said before? As hackneyed a thought as it might be, it’s true: for those merely visiting or passing by, this exquisite city is the perfect escape from sobering present-day realities.

The café that once drew the likes of Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre, Picasso and Hemingway

Bali, Indonesia

There are two main things that I remember about Bali. One, how incredibly green it was. I haven’t quite come across that spectacular shade of rich green anywhere else.
And two, that I almost collapsed from the humidity.

Bali
Poolside, escaping the heat in Bali

Hong Kong

I’ve never actually visited Hong Kong (hopefully one day), but sometimes I just want to paint a scene from a place I’ve never set foot in, you know?

Hong Kong
Temple Street, Hong Kong

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv is a bubble, and bubbles aren’t usually a great thing. But it can be a relief in a region where politics and religion are omnipresent, and you just want to leave it all behind for a little while to surf and restore your sanity. Of course, not everyone has that privilege.

Frishman Beach, Tel Aviv

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