Friday, February 21, 2014

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay
by Jane McElvany Coonce

Halong Bay is one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen.  It's a place with large rock formations and it looks mystical and magical at the same time!  It looks like something out of National Geographic with thousands of limestone formations soaring from the beautiful water.  It has many grottoes and caves and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.  It's definitely something everyone should see.

by Aliana Turkel
This was probably one of the most difficult lessons my students had to paint.  But they did a great job.  Take a look and see what you think.
by Norma Lowe
by Louise Kitchen
by Barbara Coates

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Rice Paddies in Vietnam

Rice Paddies in Vietnam
by Jane McElvany Coonce
by Barbara Beckingsale
by Lin Cole
by Louise Kitchen
by Norma Lowe
The 3rd lesson we did on the cruise ship was called "Rice Paddies."  The ship advertised it as "Rice Patties", so I was afraid a lot of people might think it was a cooking class!  But my old regulars showed up with a few new ones.  Once again, they did an amazing job.
by Kate Hamblin

When you travel outside of the cities, women can be seen working in the rice paddies.  It's hard work because they are out there all day in the sun.  They wear the cone shaped hats  to keep the sun off of their faces.  
by Barbara Coates
by Anne Cullen
by Ali Turkel
by Sue Stuart
by Jean Randal

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Vietnamese Fisherman

Vietnamese Fisherman
by Jane McElvany Coonce
This was the 2nd lesson I taught on the Azamara cruise ship on our trip to Thailand and Vietnam.  It is typical to see these cone shaped hats on the people everywhere.  We took a bicycle ride in the small rural town of the Tra Que Village.  We saw men and women fishing, working in the rice field, tending to their water buffalo.  It was an amazing experience.
by Louise Kitchen

by Kate Hamblin
My students did an amazing job back on the ship.  I'll put a few of the paintings up.  I didn't get to photograph everyone's work.  But the ones I did get did a fabulous job.  Keep in mind, most of these people have never painted before.  I was so proud of them.
by Aliana Turkel
by Barbara Coates
by Mike Beckingsale
by Norma Lowe
by Sue Stuart

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