I have lived in Tainan for almost 3 years, but this is my first sketch trip in this city. It took me whole day sketching the lanes and places where I was already familiar with. In today's Tainan sketch, I visited two regions, Haian road and Ming-Shen Green Circle. The following was the travelogue shared with you.
下面為本遊記的四個部分 (Travelogue has 4 chapters)
(1) 速寫作品( Sketch Works)，Link to Album
(2) 寫生用具準備&經驗分享(Experience Sharing)
(3) 海安路周邊 (Haian Road)
(4) 民生綠園周邊 (Ming-Shen Green Circle)
You can refer to "Travelogue : Penang_George Town" for understanding the watercolor sketch tools. Besides using watercolor, I also used monochromatic sketch according to different requirement, as the following shows:
海安路周邊 (Haian Road)
The region of Haian road used to be a river port in Qing Dynasty, and therefore it was the most important transshipment center in Tainan then. The sedimentation of river caused the lose of its position, and the failure of attempt at building an underground mall 10 years ago also caused further decline of this region until the project of art street. In Haian road, tourist can enjoy the restaurants, cafes or drink shops in the open air, and the sidewalks are full of installation art works. All of these make Haian road becomes one of the most popular tourist spots in Tainan. It's the reason why today's sketch trip kicked off from Haian road.
Spot A : 神農街 (Shennong Street)
Shennong street is considered to be the best preserved old street in Tainan. Walking in the street always makes visitors think of old Taiwan decades ago. It is really a very suitable place for sketching. Therefore, Shennong street is my first sketch spot.
Lantern Festival was coming, I saw series of lanterns with different styles in the street.
When exploring in the street, I saw a little store with colorful spring festival couplets. The reflection revealed special aesthetic feeling.
The lanterns with various styles were very compelling. Some were traditional and some were modern. I sketched a child style lantern for memory.
Spot B : 海安路 (Haian Road)
After leaving shennong street, I strolled along Haian road, and sketched a famous installation art work, Blueprint. It was originally just rubble and wall of an old building, but the artist gave it new appearance and life. Now it is the landmark of Haian road.
I also sketched this 2-story drink shop. It should be a wonderful afternoon spending time reading or chatting with friends in the shop.
Besides the famous Blueprint, the other installation art works can be seen everywhere on Haian road.
I discovered a couple of adorable door-gods.
Spot C : 正興街 (Zhengxing Street)
Different from the secluded Shennong street, Zhengxing street was a bustling place. Sure enough, only the snacks can really attract crowd of tourists. Because my purpose was sketching, I didn't eat the snacks. After finishing my work, I departed for Ming-Shen Green Circle.
This is the photo I took on new year's eve last year.
民生綠園周邊 (Ming-Shen Green Circle)
Ming-Shen Green Circle is located in the center of Tainan city. Nearby the circle, there is Museum of Taiwanese Literature, Confucius temple, Koxinga temple and etc. I parked motorcycle here and started sketching.
Spot D : 台灣文學館 (Museum of Taiwanese Literature)
This European-style building used to be the Tainan prefecture hall when Taiwan was under Japanese rule. After WWII, it became Tainan city hall. Now it is the Museum of Taiwanese Literature. I went to the park opposite it for good view to sketch this magnificent building.
As a matter of fact, I already visited this building many times.The following is my previous sketch work.
Few weeks ago, I saw a huge Christmas tree set up in front of the museum when I passed by. The colorful light on the tree made the whole Ming-Shen Green Circle so brilliant and beauty at night. The following is my sketch work then.
Spot E : 孔廟 (Confucius Temple)
Tainan Confucius temple is the first Confucius temple and the first school in Taiwan. It was built by Chen Yonghua in 1665.
Sometimes there is casual concert in small plaza inside the temple. Euphonious sound of sing always make me feel so relaxing.
Spot F : 府中街 (Fuzong Street)
Opposite the Confucius temple is bustling Fuzong street. There are various stores in the street.Chinese food restaurants , Western style cafes, antique stores, groceries or some souvenir stores selling art works are all packed into this small street.
An event happened when I was sketching. Because I stood just in the center of the street, my sketching activity was so noticeable. Therefore, I was surrounded by the passages. After several minutes, I hand out all of my businesses cards, which was beyond my expectation!
Spot G : 延平郡王祠 (Koxinga Temple)
Koxinga temple is where people commemorate Zheng Chenggong, the king of Kingdom of Tungning. It is also a famous historic site built in Qing dynasty. Besides the temple, there is also a memorial hall nearby, which displays the historical relics in Kingdom of Tungning period.
A huge carving of Zheng Chenggong stands outside the temple.This carving is the work of master Yuyu Yang. The environment inside the temple was pretty secluded. Besides displaying Zheng Chenggong's statue in the major hall, his generals' memorial tablets are also displayed. When I was sketching, the sky was becoming darker and darker. After finishing, I returned to the parking lot.
Last summer, I used to visit this temple. The shadow of leafs stamped the beautiful fractal patterns on the red wall, and stark contract implied the hot of air and cool of shadow, which made me feel so relaxing at the time.
Huge carving of Zheng Chenggong. It is master Yuyu Yang's work.
Spot H : 擇賢堂 (Zexian Tang)
On my way to the parking lot, I saw a table wrote 3 class historic site, Zexian Tang. It is a 120 years old small temple.The reason why Tainan is so charming is that the tourists can always discover this kind of small historic sites in the lanes everywhere. However, it was a pity that I visited too late and could not go into the house to look around.
Today's Tainan sketch was over, and it was already evening. However, I could still feel the tincture of artistic literature at night !