Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Sketching Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore

How could I resist sketching the yellow house at the end of Bukit Pasoh Road, Chinatown, Singapore. It presently seems to house the OSO Ristorante, a well-regarded Italian fine dining establishment.  This sketch was completed at the April sketchmeet of USKSg (which was part of Singapore HeritageFest 2016).

Unfortunately I haven't been able find out anything about this building's history. Bukit Pasoh Road itself is on a small hill which in the 1830's marked the western boundary of early colonial Singapore. "Bukit" means "hill" in Malay and "pasoh" means "flower pot". This was where earthenware pots used to be made. The road and it's vicinity is now a conservation area.

Every sketchers nightmare! This truck driver came and parked right in front and stayed there despite pleas from the sketchers for him to move. Finally after about 15 minutes another person got in and they drove off. Much relief from the sketchers. 

View unobstructed!

The yellow house was a popular choice of sketching venue. 

Here’s a video of the sketch meet, courtesy of Teoh Yi Chie (of Parkablogs.com):


Pen and ink, watercolour,#Stillman&Birn Beta Sketchbook, 5.5x8.5ins.