Sri Lanka 2016 - Nuwara Eliya

Tea production in Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya is in the center of the country and boasts the most famous of Tea Plantations. Dilma, Lipton, James Taylor are just some names of the tea that you have had in Canada. Plucked by these beautiful Sri Lankan women. 

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Because we were traveling in the heat of the Sri Lankan summer, we were eager to head to the hills. Nuwara Eliya is the destination for locals to get out of the heat. It goes from a heavily humid 35 degrees to a wonderful 18 degrees in the hills. It's even a bit chilly at night for a Canadian. 

We stayed here for a full four days to paint. It takes time to find painting spots during the day, so we would end up traveling around and finding two spots per day and surveying the area for the next day's work. 

Tea! This is what Sri Lanka (Formerly Ceylon) is famous for! The Ceylon tea is grown in these hills and it's an endless carpet of green!

 "Love Story" 11"x14" Mixed media on paper. Sold at my Solo Art Show in April 2018 at Icon Gallery.

"Love Story" 11"x14" Mixed media on paper. Sold at my Solo Art Show in April 2018 at Icon Gallery.

 Sri Lankan tea pluckers abstracted with Mixed media on paper. 

Sri Lankan tea pluckers abstracted with Mixed media on paper. 

 The butterfly in the fields of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. "Emerging once again" 11" x14" Mixed media on paper. Sold at my Solo Art Show April 2018 at Icon Gallery.

The butterfly in the fields of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. "Emerging once again" 11" x14" Mixed media on paper. Sold at my Solo Art Show April 2018 at Icon Gallery.

Sri Lanka 2016 - Location 2, Day 2 - Anuradhapura

Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba

Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, on the outskirts of the main ruins in Anuradhapura, was a great place to visit in the early morning hours when the light was low. Most of these temples and ruins are still active places of worship for the Buddhist monks and general public. You see the monks living within the area and walking among the grounds. 

A Dagoba is the Sinhalese (Sri Lankan Language) name for the Buddhist stupa, a mound-like structure with relics, used by Buddhist monks to meditate.

 For all the plain-air painters out there, you'll have to overlook my painting kit. ;-)

For all the plain-air painters out there, you'll have to overlook my painting kit. ;-)

 Sayyad creating a masterpiece sketch.

Sayyad creating a masterpiece sketch.

A slideshow of the area's key elements. Serene, Joyous and respected.

Another wonderful breakfast served with Ceylon Tea.

 Here's another treat. Egg Hoppers. There's a fried egg in the centre of the flour bowl along with luni miris (a fresh chilli and onion relish) and pol sambol. Deliciously different.   Reference & photo

Here's another treat. Egg Hoppers. There's a fried egg in the centre of the flour bowl along with luni miris (a fresh chilli and onion relish) and pol sambol. Deliciously different.  Reference & photo

 Afternoon painting study. 

Afternoon painting study. 

Art Travel Adventure 

Are you curious about traveling to Asia for a drawing/painting adventure?  I am planning on taking a group along for an adventure. You'll have the opportunity to learn new painting/drawing techniques while expanding your cultural knowledge. After living and traveling in both countries, I have the inside scoop of what works and what doesn't and what can make your journey go smoothly.  

Send me an email at katorempel@gmail.com with your interest.

 "Love story" 11x15, a quick study on paper of Negombo, Sri Lanka. 

"Love story" 11x15, a quick study on paper of Negombo, Sri Lanka. 

Sri Lanka 2016: Art Travel Blog - Location 1

Sri Lanka will always remain in my heart. It was a very special place to spend two years with my family. I learned to golf, studied design with young students at the Academy of Design (AOD) and learned what a kind and generous culture it truly is. 

I decided to return after 11 years and all the things I loved hadn't changed!

My travel partner was Sayyad Shaiek of India. He joined me for a portion of this art travel and taught me how to improve my outdoor sketching techniques. 

We met in Hyderabad, India at the State Art Gallery. I soon hired him to teach drawing skills to the members of my 'Anything Art' Meetup group. He is a well established artist in Hyderabad. He has his Masters of Art in print making but also has strong technical drawing and outdoor sketching skills. 

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Quick sketch
in Sri Lanka

by Sayyad Shaiek

After I arrived from Canada I spent one night resting and getting an idea of where the best locations were to paint. I remembered this great hotel nearby that had amazing Kiri bhat (Milk Rice) and fish curry for breakfast. And after fuelling up, we were ready for our first painting adventure in Sri Lanka. 

We decided to spend the rest of the morning painting on the shores of Negombo Beach tucked under a palm tree. 

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Negombo Beach

The west coast enjoys a colourful fishing culture.

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Sri Lanka

An island nation with roughly 20 million people.

To give you perspective, this island is twice the size of Vancouver Island, BC Canada with a substantially higher volume of people. 

You can drive around the country in a short period of time but you'll find that the lush landscape creates the feeling of space and offers such a vast animal and plant life. 

Sri Lanka is an island that everyone loves at some level inside themselves. A very special island that travellers, from Sinbad to Marco Polo, dreamed about. A place where the contours of the land itself forms a kind of sinewy poetry.
— Romesh Gunesekera
 Find a tree and hide in the shade. But you'll always get spectators. The trick is to stay focused on painting without being rude to local onlookers. It's truly a balance. 

Find a tree and hide in the shade. But you'll always get spectators. The trick is to stay focused on painting without being rude to local onlookers. It's truly a balance. 

Inspiring Photos from Negomboblack sand, sunsets, nature, fishing villages and an incredible grave yard on the edge of the beach

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Travel Blog Introduction

“The gladdest moment in human life,
me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”

– Sir Richard Burton

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Life abroad

Over the past 20 years, I've had the privilege of experiencing new cultures while living with my family in Asia. We spent a total of 7 years in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and India. Life in these countries was fascinating, enervating and mind-expanding. 

But my greatest experiences have included creating ART during my travels. Being on the move, drawing and painting has given me a lot of joy. This type of experience creates a special feeling of freedom. It awakens your senses and makes you feel alive. 

With this travel blog, I want to share some of my experiences with you. Join us here vicariously or join us on our next adventure. 

 2017 - Drawing and Painting at Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple in Hampi, India during sunset. Earlier in the day, we enjoyed a wedding ceremony and delicious wedding food brought to us on our art stoops by members of the wedding party. It was a wonderful day.

2017 - Drawing and Painting at Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple in Hampi, India during sunset. Earlier in the day, we enjoyed a wedding ceremony and delicious wedding food brought to us on our art stoops by members of the wedding party. It was a wonderful day.

The first adventure I will take you on is from 2016. I traveled around Sri Lanka and enjoyed the Buddhist culture, amazing temples, lush vegetation and the kind nature of the locals...