Y esterday I went out for 3 hours with my plein air group to another Bangkok canal community, called Klong-Bang-Luang. So here are the two plein airs were done using Holbein watercolor paints on 9x11 inch Bockingford 140lb CP block.
Aj.Chumpol is the owner of the canal-side gallery/cafe that let us hang out to paint. He has put a tremendous effort to rally the local people think of how the preserve the old Thai way of life along the canal but yet sustainable for the modern economy. Some of the nowadays passing by long-tail boats are bringing foreign tourists to see the canal-traditional life. Sometimes, these boats stop at Aj.Chumpol's gallery and buy his paintings or postcards, to give him sustainable income. Some houses also are converted to a charming canal cafe, which sell Thai handy crafts. Now all the houses can also be accessed from the road on the back, so to keep the community to actively use waterway and boats are quite an effort of sustainable preservation of traditional Thai life.