|Andy and Jason on the Chao Phraya River in a taxi boat, Bangkok, Thailand|
|Jason and I at Safari World, Thailand, with our fabulous Orange friends! Jason is just one month away from turning 5 years old!|
|Chatuchak market (JJs), Bangkok. The food is awesome, the craft and art supplies, even more awesome!!|
So what does living in Bangkok mean to me right now? Well, you could say I've landed in one of the world's largest art and craft supplies MECCA! The markets: Pahurat, Soi Wanit 1 (Sampheng Road), JJs and the fabulous Pinn Shop and B2S are currently my favourite haunts.
|Just one tiny aisle of many in this bead shop - photo taken down Sampheng Lane, Bangkok|
It really is a collector and hoarder's dream. And it's all about creation, baby! The artist's calling to express the essence of being; to channel the unknown into the known, to flavour the world with all its colour and vibrancy is more than being served up here in Bangkok. My muses are everywhere - from the towering temples through to the peeling paint and dubious dark alleyways of the slums. Everything exists here and nothing exists here. It is the Buddhist's precinct - where contradictions abound and the ghosts are just below the cracks in the path or between the slits in the wall. The overwhelming stimuli and the hidden and not so hidden voices of the past are coming through to me - like a steam train cranked up with an over-abundance of coal - and I'm struggling to channel it all into my art. Truly! It's sometimes just too much.
|Beauty and spirit abounds in Bangkok!|
However, during the quiet periods of my life, when I have time to reflect (like now: 11:50pm) I know I'm assimilating and turning the magnificence of Thailand into art. It's all happening in my brain and very slowly it's beginning to flow down towards my fingertips. Sometimes it's leaked out a little. Like here:
|Illustrations: graphite, ink and collage - originals and prints soon to be sold on Etsy|
and finally here:
|Unfinished paintings: left, The Wat. Right: The Dancer (2013)|
Till the next installment then!