Plein air Dunlop Street, Little India Singapore (watercolour painting)

A group of watercolour enthusiasts comprising of amateurs and veteran painters are meeting on Tuesday and Thursday on a weekly basis to paint in watercolour. Every painting session will begin with breakfast and end with lunch, starting from about 9.30am and ending 12.30pm. I joined them once in a while to paint and to network. The core group of people are mainly men and women in their  60s. Today they were painting at Little India, one of my favourite location to paint because of the grittiness and colours of the place. We chose to settle at corner junction of Dunlop Street and Perak Road, a 4-way junction with shophouses in every direction.

The pointy building is a newly opened Little India Heritage Center that took about a year and a half to build. The street in front of it is closed for traffic now so it is a good place to sit and sketch. When the street gets busy, you would be blocked by trucks stopping to load and unload their goods. However my favourite junction is show on the pix above. Right below the squarish building is a shop selling all kinds of vegetables. Up close you will be mesmerised by the colours.

I painted on a quarter sheet hot pressed watercolour paper (Arches) because I have some in my bag. I would prefer cold press for the paper texture. The photograph below shows my setup. Let me recall what I forgot to bring, my rag. I was left with using a soggy paper towel throughout the painting session.

We have Miachel, Peng Koon, and Mr Hoe in the picture. A happy bunch!

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