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Jul
11

Yu Garden

I have started dabbling with watercolours and am working through a series of lessons on landscape painting from a DVD course – Watercolour Secrets by Bob Davies, a UK artist.

This is my first attempt at a real “postcard” from Shanghai – my techniques are still hopelessly inadequate, and I have a lot more to learn (and practice, practice, practice), but here goes:

The Yu Garden, or 豫园 – established by a high-ranking official from the Ming Dynasty in 1559, consists of beautiful pavilions and walkways wandering through carefully landscaped ponds, bridges and rocky outcrops. Except for the endless tour groups, it is a “quiet” place in the midst of the noise and bustle of the city of Shanghai!

It is definitely one our favourite places in Shanghai and hopefully the next time I paint it, I will be able to produce a more deserving rendition of this beautiful space.

Further info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuyuan_Garden

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