Monday, October 22, 2012

New Chinatown



For the 37th Worldwide Sketchcrawl, Joburg Sketchers went to 'New' Chinatown - old Chinatown in the city centre has fallen into dilapidation, but in the suburb of Cyrildene, a busy, thriving community has sprung up over the last few years. Fantastically fresh vegetables spill out onto the pavements, grown in the gardens of the surrounding houses - and tea shops, restaurants, fishmongers, hairdressers, Chinese massage and therapy studios, supermarkets full of strange, unidentifiable products, so much to draw. A good turnout of seven, we started on the veggie shop near our meeting point, then trickled up the road finding other viewpoints. We met up for lunch at 'Northern Chinese Restaurant', a humble looking place, but with delicious, plentiful and very reasonable food. We should have kept it for last - we all ate far too much, sketching after that was a bit slow and most of us felt the need to go home for a little nap soon after.

7 comments:

Benjamin J. Melgares said...

Great sketches. Thank you for sharing

Hani Hani said...

Hi cathy,

I always love your sketches. Everything is very smooth.

carolking said...

Wonderful, colorful sketches! Funny how the Chinatown here is exactly the same!

Bridget Hunter said...

And it's always amazing what a soporific effect lunch with friends can have. You must have been enjoying the company. Lovely sketches.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks Benjamin and Hani Hani - Carol, yes, Chinatown sketches around the world seem to have lots in common!
Thanks Bridget, it was great company - but we ordered way too much food!

Sue Pownall said...

Great sketches Cathy. Love the colours.

Cathy said...

Beautiful as usual!!!