Hello again! We are now almost done with our first week of May here in Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, or as we lovingly call, the 'Island'. This past weekend was something like a worker's holiday, we had a long weekend and were lucky enough to be invited along on a trip to a nearby city, Kaiping. One of our wonderful professors, Professor He Jian Cheng invited us to travel there with him and his son, Alex. We had a great time!
Our crew in front of one of Kaiping's famous watchtowers or dialou. This one became famous recently from a Chinese film, the english title is "Let the Bullets Fly"
We were able to explore inside a few of them, the families were very wealthy from work in America or Europe. They returned to China and made these watchtowers from cement, they are a unique blend of European and Chinese architechture. I don't think there is anything else quite like it.
Professor He and our wonderful guide for the day.
We also visited a friend of our professor, they had a lovely little tea house built over the river. A very tropical place.
Here are a few pictures from a new art museum being built that we visited. The structure is very interesting, fun to see a building in progress.
We also visited a lovely spot in the countryside of Kaiping. This house will be the spot that Studio one from GAFA will have their landscape painting trip next year, so lucky! It is a lovely place to paint.
Steph and Alex goofing off.
Kaiping is a very interesting city! Great place to visit.
Back to GAFA! A few adventures at school, Robin's last day at GAFA.
Robin with his artworks ready to head back home.
McDonalds Taro Pie... not apple pie anymore haha
Day out with Yan Yan! Here she is playing with a traditional Chinese game.
Yan, Steph and Javier with Steph's painting.
All of us with Javier's painting.
Back to work! Javier working on a portrait.
Javier's still life painting.
Steph's still life painting.
Javier's painting of Steph
Painting Javier outside our studio
Steph's new painting progressing...
So that is all for now, Check up on us later
love from China