24June2018

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I switched off the iPhone when it rings before dawn. Then it woke me again at quarter past five. I dizzily jumped out of bed without doing the morning exerciser on bed and immediately prepare to work at the rooftop. At the rooftop, I saw thick clouds suspending low above the mountaintops exposing a pale clear sky above. Hoping that it would be a fine sunny days after almost ten rainy days, I stuff the bulk of stinky laundry in side the washing machine before starting to paint. This morning I selected one of the undone sketches, which was the segment below the one I did yesterday. I added the drapery head on top of the mop stick, which pinkish red tones highlighted the atmosphere of the picture. As expected that the sun rose to cast bright light, it dispersed the dark clouds and tint the sky cobalt blue. Meanwhile apart from the roaring noise wafted from the washing machine, the chirp of the birds overwhelmed the drone of the cicada. Fine weather seemed to stabilize for the moment, and cruise vessels began to pull off shore, carrying passengers to spend a joyful day.

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23June2018

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I heard the iPhone rang a several times early in the morning. I lay on bed without bothering about the time because it was still dark. Then the iPhone rang again at quarter past five. Rain fell like cats and dogs throughout the night and temporarily stop when I got out of bed to do the morning exerciser. Since rain flooded the rooftop that I did not want to step on the soaking floor to access to the balustrade for snapshots while the sky was gloomy and dull.  Besides, the rainwater also flooded around the stools that I used to sit for painting. So I tiptoed carefully to approach the stool and sat down there to paint the view locating at the back of the rooftop. The segment to enhance this morning was the underside of the roof canopy again, which situated at above the shabby canopy of the nasty neighbor.  Meanwhile the pains on my back began to ache, it reminded me not to bend the spine but to sit straight, especially when I looked up to observe the subtle tones on the canopy. Thick clouds continued to cover the sky preventing the sun to emerge and showers fell in separate intervals. However bad the weather was, marine activity began with the cruise boat pulling on the seawater approaching the pier to pick up the golf players…

22June2018

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The iPhone rang waking me at quarter to five while the sky was still very dark. I drowsily lay on bed hearing the iPhone rings a several times. Through the window of my bedroom, I saw dawn crept in and so I get out of bed to do the morning exerciser. Inside the sitting room it was so dark that I need to turn on the lamp while researching for one of the washy sketches to work at the rooftop.  I wearily climbed to the rooftop finding the floor wet after the midnight rain. Therefore, I did not bother to take extra snapshots but sat on the stool and start to paint immediately. On the left hand side of me, I saw a cluster of pinkish clouds floating amongst the thick dark clouds upon the pale grey sky. Not knowing if the sun might emerge from behind the clouds to cast blasting rays to blink my eyes that I began to capture the subtle tones on the underside of the roof canopy. Meanwhile I was confused to hear the roaring wafting from the airoplane flying amongst the thick clouds or the thunders flashing in the sky. By the way, I surely heard the birds chirped aloud while the cicada raises their droning noises to echo. However, I felt as calm as the surface of the seawater, though the wind blew to raise ripples…

21June2018

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The iPhone woke me at quarter to five before dawn. I went back to sleep after taking the gastro resistance tablet. Then instead of ringing at quarter past five, the iPhone rang at nine minutes past. I suspected something wrong with the iPhone. Anyway, I got out of bed to do the morning exerciser and prepare to work at the rooftop. Once again, I selected one of the washy sketches to emphasis the tonal contrast against the pale blue sky when daylight gradually intensified. On the staircase ascending to the rooftop, I heard birds whistling cheerfully without cicada drone to disturb. Arriving at the rooftop, I sniffed a gust of fresh air as I open the glass door, and I saw clouds remain thick preventing the sun to emerge to shine its hot rays on earth.  Absent from cool breeze, I did not feel hot when the sky was dull and gloomy. I quickly opened the set of drawing kit and start to capture the shading tones at the underside of the roof canopy before daylight might intensify to deepen it. Meanwhile I wondered if the time was too early for Marine activities, when the seawater was still calm and quiet. However people and vehicles strode on the street began to vitalize the town.

20June2018

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The iPhone woke me at quarter to five as usual. I lingered on bed until five o’clock while dawn begin to break. I got out of bed to take the gastro resistance tablet. Instead of returning to bed, I did the morning exerciser and prepare to work at the rooftop. Since the tonal contrast depicted on the underside of the rooftop was not up to my expectation that I selected one of those washy sketches to redo. At the rooftop, clouds dispersed exposing the cobalt blue sky. The town was quiet and the sea was absent from marine activities. I saw a bird resting on the TV antenna, carrying a caterpillar in his beak, and looking for his nest of birdies. Though the sky was dull and gloomy, I felt happy to watch the view without the blasting sunray shine to blink my eyes. Meanwhile the sun began to emerge from behind the mountaintop, and so I tried to capture the reflective tones on the underside of the roof canopy before it might rise to cast hot rays on earth and at the same time intensified the tonal contrast….

19June2018

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At quarter to five the iPhone rang in the dark. I drowsily fell asleep while hearing the iPhone rings again. I put my hand under my pillow to search for the iPhone. Dawn was breaking at five in the morning, so I got out of bed to do the morning exerciser and daylight gradually turns bright in the gloomy sky. The lamps shone from the window of the Marine Police quarter becoming dim.  I took my gastro resistance tablet with a couple glasses of water in the kitchen, put on the waistband to protect my back before preparing to paint at the rooftop. Meanwhile the cicada droned mingling with the timid chirping of the birds together with the roaring of the aeroplane flying high up the sky and the vehicles down the road overwhelming the sounds in town. At the rooftop, the wind dropped but the noise of the cicada raise. Under the cloudy sky, I caught up with the time before the sun might rise to cast bright light on me, and therefore I started to paint without taking extra snapshots by the balustrade. I kept on adding tones trying to create a deeper contrast between the shads reflected on the underside of the roof canopy and the cloudy sky, which was turning bright. Since I failed to achieve the effect after a several trials, I decided to use lots of washy paints to emphases the tonal contrast, which was then finalized by the end of the day though the result was still a little vague.

18June2018

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The iPhone rang at quarter to five in the dark. I drowsily heard the iPhone rings again at five o’clock while dawn began to turn bright. Through the window of my bedroom I saw the sky bright and clear. So I got out of bed to do the morning exerciser, and then went to the kitchen to make a cup of tea. Together I took with me the camera and washy sketch to the rooftop. At the rooftop, the air was cool and the sea was absent with marine activity at the day of the dragon boat festival. I took a few snapshots while the sun began to emerge from behind the mountaintop. I patiently tried enhancing the tones on the underside of the roof canopy when the sun cast bright light to reflect a strong contrast again it.  Meanwhile I heard neither bird chirped nor the cicada drone, and the sky turned cobalt blue though clouds float in shading the sun and its bright rays….