The Japanese garden at Chinese garden.
It was built in 1974 on an artificial island in the Jurong Lake area connected to the adjacent Chinese Garden island by bridge named the Bridge of Double Beauty.
I can’t believe we still can find this kind of place in Singapore. The place is by the water and has been considered a jewel by many sketchers/artists. No idea if it is a river or a canal and the whole area is the industrial site. There are a few fishermen live in this run down place. A few steps further to the left is a slaugther house. The animal foul smell and crying noices can be detected and heard clearly while we were sketching. Apart from those, the place is very quiet.
There are main and rear entrances to the Chinese garden. We have been using the rear one to sketch for a couple of times now. I so like it because it is closer to where I live and I don’t have to walk that far. Today sketch is of two red column pavilions. They are just a few steps from where the white bridge is (previous sketch).
I am so happy that we have a mentor now. He comes to the garden daily to exercise and promises to teach us how to sketch. We’ve been told when sketching we need to pay attention to the composition. The subject of what we are going to sketch must be visible in shapes and shades. The rest can be blurred. Our mentor also told us not to sketch exactly what we see. But draw what we think it should look like. It is alright to add and omit things that we see does/not look nice in the composition. Those big trees, boulders and a person were there because I placed them there. Is this what you call improvise? Happy Saturday and take care.