Sketchbook Tour

Sunday, September 29, 2019

One of my goals this year was to fill up my sketchbook with paintings of places I’ve seen.

Nevermind filling it up now though, because I only have approximately 3 months till the year comes to a close. I think I’m happy with the fact that I even got to paint on it at all. I wanted to share these paintings with you dear reader, even if they aren’t a lot. I think what matters is that I actually enjoyed painting them and I didn’t put so much thought in it.

This is the Waterlily house from Kew Gardens. I remember that it was hot inside, since waterlilies cannot survive in cold weather, and it can be quite cold in London. 

This street was from York City. What I remembered most was the fact that it was easy to spot the cathedral at any area within the city, because it was just so huge and was probably at the center of everything.

This was from my favorite tea shop in 14 Ton That Dam. Looking at this scene while sipping my cup of tea during that time felt so serene, and I felt that similar kind of peace while painting because of all the green.

This is from the Hào Sĩ Phương alley. I loved it so much for its architectural style and colors. I cut them up into smaller pieces, even. 

I hope to paint more before 2020 comes!

Dear reader, here's a few more things I want to share with you:

  • A lovely 6 minute song by The Black Skirts which doesn't feel like 6 minutes at all when I listen to it.
  • Dean's Instagram song covered by Joytastic Sarah and it's in English. Now I understand the lyrics and I liked the song after listening to this version.
  • This lovely vlog by pyperbleu, on going around museums and taking in everything through the senses. I'm guilty with taking snaps around the place then that's that, I'll just research more when I get home~~~ but what a waste of sensory energy! Nothing beats seeing the real thing with your two eyes instead of seeing it on your phone screen. 
Have a lovely rest of your Sunday! 



  1. I love the paintings you have in your sketchbook! I have been trying to get into watercoloring but haven't been successful in it. I love the texture of your paint, as well as the detail, like in the flowers and roofing. I love that you took inspiration from real places to make the artwork pop. Keep doing a great job!!

    Nancy ♥

    1. Thanks Nancy! The first two paintings are watercolor, while the rest are gouache. Gouache is a tricky one; it can easily be either watercolor or acrylic depending on the amount of water haha! Hope you get to paint too some time :)

  2. Aww, what a lovely idea!! Your pictures are amazing <33
    Ann xx

    1. Hello Ann, thanks for dropping by! I'm glad you like them ♡♡♡