Michael Sloan
Sketching in Hong Kong
We're back in Hong Kong for a few weeks. It's HOT! 94 degrees and humid with tropical cyclone Soudelor gathering strength nearby in the South China Sea. Here are some of my sketches.
Left: sketches of passengers on the Hong Kong MTR subway.
Seen in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon.

I’m fascinated by the elderly men and women in Hong Kong who work on the street gathering cardboard boxes and plastic bottles for recycling. Are they all from a single ethnic group? I see them frequently in Mong Kok East, one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world:

Sketch of a recycling shed, in Central, Hong Kong. A majestic banyan tree is growing up and over the shed - truly amazing.
View of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, from our hotel window.

Trees seen from our apartment window.

Stall at a night market in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The money changer, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Nimbus in Gotham
Here's my new oil painting on wood panel. It took about two months to complete this painting, working mostly at night for an hour or two at a time and listening to solo classical piano music. It's a very relaxing and meditative process for me.

What will I do with this painting? For now I'm happy seeing it hang on the wall of my son's bedroom. I might have it professionally scanned and made into limited edition prints. Perhaps I'll get a chance to exhibit it if there's ever a show with a Gotham theme.

It looks good unframed because I painted around the sides of the panel. I've spent so much money on framing art for exhibits, and I'm glad that I've finally found an aesthetically pleasing way to avoid this.
Here's a detail:

Oil on wood panel
I'm experimenting with oil paint on wood panel for the first time. I'm really enjoying the process of working slowly on a painting for a month or longer. The paint dries slowly so if I need to put things away for a few hours or overnight I can pick up where I left off and the paint and brushes are ready to use.

Painting around the edges of the panel is my way of avoiding having to frame the painting. I also like how it looks.

The Travels of Nimbus
Here's the latest illustration in my Travels of Nimbus series.

Here's the sketch:

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