Category Archives: Thailand

Chedi at Wat Pan Tao

  “Chedi at Wat Pan Tao” size, mixed media,* 28″ x 42′ The pra chedi of Wat Pan Tao was under repair. Bamboo scaffolding echoed its elegant shape pointing up to the heavens. From around the corner, the chedi appeared unexpectedly, towering over buildings and businesses. It was my favorite view. I returned to the […]

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The Old and New

In Thailand, the old and the new are layered like a patchwork quilt. Many days I passed this scene, at scooter speed, failing to notice the northern Thai dwelling hidden between more contemporary elements: hotel, water tower, fence. A magnificent drawing challenge, I crouched in the shade across the road, head bobbing up and down, […]

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Bowing at the Shan Temple

  Bowing at the Shan Temple I hadn’t planned on drawing today; there were too many other things on the agenda. But it called me, the city so inviting, my body longing for the physical. Lately I’d been spending far too many hours in front of the computer.  Stuffing my pack with art supplies, folding stool, […]

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Hotel Rattanasin: In the Mirror

Ranong, Thailand.  A town that shares a border with Burma and is gateway to some of the prettiest islands off the coast.  I stayed a few nights at the Hotel Rattanasin, an aged beauty with steep wooden stairways and high ceilings.  It’s halls and rooms are now empty of decoration or fancy furnishings, only the barest […]

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Monks at the Mini-Mart

Living in Thailand I’ve become accustomed to the sound of monks chanting.  On any given day in the old city of Chiang Mai, you can walk by one of many wats (temples) and hear their deep voices reciting the words of Buddha.  I find it very soothing. But this morning, I sure didn’t expect to […]

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