There is a street near the Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong called Cat Street. Although it’s touted as a street to find antiques, and some of the actual shops do sell antiques. The stalls along the street are mostly things made for tourists that appear to be antiques. That being said it is still fun to wander, and look and shop because there is a lot of cool stuff there. But remember, if you do buy anything bargaining for the best price, or what you are willing to pay is imperative! Sometimes what you are willing to pay is still a big profit for the sellers! But, you walk away happy with your treasure and the seller is happy they made a sale.
One seller has a bunch of embroidered shoes. Since I love textiles andthe beautiful colors of these shoes, I went one day to do a plein air sketch of some of them lying in a basket. As I was doing the sketch I knew I wanted to develop this idea further. I took photos and used them, and my sketch as reference for a larger painting.
This is the larger painting, Chinese Shoes, that was exhibited in a summer exhibition at Brushstrokes Gallery, in Hong Kong from an invitation from artist, and my good friend, Isabelle Lim.