We left the enchanting town of Luang Prabang on the banks of the Mekong and travelled into the hills on some very dodgy roads to Vang Vieng on the Nam Song River which looks quote impressive with boats going to and fro along it. Then you see people wading across it , sometimes barely knee deep. The town looks down at heel compared to Luang Probang, but I managed to hire a bike and explored the surrounding countryside. This is the dry season and those who cant afford irrigation pumps leave the paddy fields for pasture for their cows. The fields have raised sheltered decks dotted about.

This small roadside farm could have been anywhere in the world, except that the fencing was made of bamboo. I was cycling back to Vang Vieng and had an hour to spare so why not paint it. I like the almost meditative aspect of sitting down painting, pausing a while, and studying the view in front of me. Even if you come out with nothing the time spent in contemplation is worth it.

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  1. What a lovely part of the world Laos is and what lovely watercolors. I prefer to paint than to take photos when travelling but I didn’t manage to make as many as you. It was easier for me to bring out the pencil when I traveled in Laos. So I admire that you got to do so many paintings. Do you have any tips on how to make time/ or get in this mood for painting?

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    • Thanks Magny. I perhaps should do more pencil sketches myself, but I have got into the habit of doing watercolour sketches instead.
      You have to be ruthless and determined to do something. My wife likes to read in the sun, so she is happy to read whilst I work, though if I go on my own I would do 3 paintings – whereas if she`s with me it will only be one.
      I try to paint simple subjects – not much detail. If there is detail I try and work into the sun so I am dealing with shapes and only a little detail. Also build up big washes, light to dark, and knock out detailed areas with a tissue and then go back in, rather than fiddle around with smaller brushes.


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