Saturday 8 August 2015

Singapore: A few more souvenir sketches

The Buddha Tooth Temple sketch

The Buddha Tooth Temple in the rainThe four day Jubilee holiday is also my last weekend in Singapore - just enough time for a few more souvenir drawings. The view of the front of the Buddha Tooth Temple is now blocked by construction work for the new Maxwell MRT station, so I stood for a few hours in the HDB block behind the temple overlooking the back of the building.  Despite being sheltered, I had to stop occasionally to prevent my sketchbook and brie baguette getting soggy from the rain which was blowing into the balcony. The sky few down impressively for several hours.

Clarke Quay sketch
Once I reached the 'know when to stop' stage of drawing, I did a bit of last-minute shopping for the family before strolling to Marina Bay to kill a few hours before the fireworks. It started to drizzle again so I returned to Clarke Quay to eat and ended up with dismal  food with overpriced beer. I should have known better than eat on Clarke Quay. At least there was time for a quick doodle of the opposite side of the river through the bar.

At 8pm, I watched the fireworks looking towards the Marina Bay Sands hotel. I didn't have a clear view of the Padang or Marina Bay, but the display looked nothing like the performances I had seen at the rehearsals over previous weekends. It was a disappointing end to the day. I'd had been out for over 11 hours - I just wanted to go home.

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