Sketchbooks - A Collection

A collection of sketchbook images drawn on a daily basis.

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Gecko 5th year anniversary
Dec 8, 2013

5 years of my Spitting Gecko Studio is celebrated with public events. Philippe and Saffron created artistic poses for us and the Privateers brought the house down with sea shanties!

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rendezvous Paris 2013
Jun 4, 2013
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KL Cooking 2013
Mar 25, 2013

Another great foodie experience in KL. I tried and cooked many Malaysian dishes. Ana at Lazat cooking school is a great hostess and teacher.
also tried Rebung, Bangsar, for delectable Malay dishes and was treated to karaoke! Chef Ismail and Alina Hassan rocked the karaoke stage!

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"Face To Face" Drawing People: 2013 Spitting Gecko Studio
Jan 19, 2013

Face to Face: Eight Artists and one exhibition

John McArthur
www.spittinggecko.com
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“Face to Face: Drawing People”

面對面

人物繪描

19 th January - 23 rd January 2013

JCCAC : Central Courtyard Display of life drawing/costume drawing

During this week, Spitting Gecko Studio was host to a display of artwork related to life drawing within the studio.

The Saturday and Sunday afternoons featured 2 models in a 2 hour session from 2-4 pm. To encourage the community about what life drawing is a free Drawing session was opened to the public for participation

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Italy - Unmasked!

A vist to Italy learning the art of masks! oh...and Simon and Garfunkel for free!

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Malaysian Moments
Apr 4, 2004

A quick trip to Malaysia. KL and Cat City deep in Borneo....

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Kebabs, Fish and chips and Summer 2010

Travels to the UK and Turkey, Istanbul. I did a cooking course at the Sarnic Hotel.

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art @ spitting gecko studio 2012

Recent art happenings in Hong Kong and my studio.

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Bangkok
Dec 20, 2003

Cooking schools, massage course and sightseeing in Bangkok. Two weeks was still not long enough!

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"King of Kowloon" Calligraphic work.
Jan 31, 2008
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Art of Gift
Nov 25, 2005

A group exhibition at Koru Gallery. Masks and more masks from me.

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Committment-Koru 2009
Feb 14, 2009
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The Wedding -2009
Jan 29, 2009

Sanuk Sanuk wedding!

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Canada Eh?
Apr 10, 2002

Easter Holidays in Canada...a flight to Alaska and onto Montreal and Toronto!

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Bohemian Lounge Rhapsody
Dec 16, 2006

A big Bash by the North wrapped up the 2006 year at work.

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Summer Ends: Malaysia and Thailand
Aug 17, 2007

After tripping around Europe, the end of the summer was spent cooking and relaxing in South East Asia.

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Studio Beginnings
Mar 1, 2008

A brand new month and a studio in sight. The JCCAC is welcoming new tennants.

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Thailand Tigers and Bai Pai Bangkok
Dec 25, 2006

Travelled two and a half hours from Bangkok to KANCHANABURI for tigers. The cooking school was in the city, http://www.baipai.com/

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Bangkok 2012
Apr 4, 2012
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Korea - Hugs and More

A quick weekend visit revealed more about Seoul!

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Summer Holidays 2006
Aug 14, 2006

London,Ireland,Switzerland, Prague, Paris

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Fotan - Open studio
Jan 12, 2007
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North to Alaska, South of the Border.
Jul 29, 2007

Summer journey, stops at Yukon and Alaska, east to Osoyoos and south to Mexico.

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A China Weekend
Dec 17, 2006
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The Peninsula Academy
Sep 24, 2004

A wonderful morning observing,learning and tasting. Verandah Chef, Wan Kwok Chung delighted us with culinary creations!

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Hanging Out in Hangzhou
Oct 2, 2004

A mid Autumn trip to Hangzhou.A journal as well! check the journal link.

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Summer USA
Aug 25, 2002

The summer Holidays continue witha visit to California!

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Taiwan Travels
Feb 5, 2003

A quick trip to Taiwan for the first time!

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Hong Kong Fornight
May 14, 2004

Two weeks in Hong Kong.....and a side trip to Bangkok!

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China, one wedding and an Art Exhibition
Nov 25, 2005

Just a few pics of recent things happening around HK. My friend's wedding and a friend's stunning exhibition. Just over the border in China. Also attended a great sculpture workshop by Chu Tat Man in Hong Kong.

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Ancient Xi'An
Dec 25, 2002

A vist to the ancient capital of China!

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Beijing New Year 2006
Jan 31, 2006

A week in Beijing.

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The Wedding - Heng Dai
Nov 11, 2006

The marriage of Chris and Suki. A grand wedding where I and a friend are included as part of the "heng dai" team - a wedding brother!

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Osaka Days
Dec 25, 2009

A fun Kansai visit.

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Eigensinn Farm
Jul 16, 2003

Michael Statlander, Eigensinn Farm
Rural feast set on organic farm.

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"Exposure"
Jun 28, 2003

A record of my debut exhibition.

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The East Coast 2003, Canada and New York City
Aug 28, 2003

The eastern Coast of Canada, and New York.
Travelled to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

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Summer Paris 09
Jul 12, 2009
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Penang-Summer

A sunny start to the summer holidays. Penang....can't you taste the Laksa!?

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London-Town! 2004

After Malaysia- A quick stop in London and a side visit to Brighton.

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Paris Madrid Files - 2011

A few weeks in europe, with a first time visit to Madrid.

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Osaka Yo
Mar 29, 2010

Another Osaka trip with the Canadians.

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Paris

First trip to Paris....wine, art and food!

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Dragon Flies Moon Dances
May 23, 2009

Fringe club exhibition.

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Kangaroos to Karaoke
Aug 15, 2009

Japan , Australia and Malaysia summer 2009

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Sakura 09
Apr 15, 2009
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Qing Dao _ Beer City
Apr 11, 2008
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Australian Contemporary Art 2009
Mar 2, 2009

Koru Contemporary Art & Gaffer present:

Australian Contemporary Art 2009

at The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong


Opening Reception:
Monday 2nd March 2009, 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Guest of Honour:
Mr Les Luck, Consul-General, Australian Consulate General, Hong Kong


Artists in Attendance:
Chen Ping
John McArthur
Rex Turnbull

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Lazat Cooking
Dec 31, 2008
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Tai Po Celebrations
Nov 22, 2008
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Figurative Art - Spitting Gecko
Oct 19, 2008
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Tokyo Moments
Oct 26, 2008
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Spitting Gecko and JCCAC Opening 2008
Sep 26, 2008

The Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre is open. The night involved ceremonies, exhibitions and studio doors opening to visitors.
The Spitting Gecko Studio received many visitors and friends on the evening!
Thank you to everyone.

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Chasing The Fire Dragon
Sep 14, 2008

Smoke and fire and the Tai Hang Dragon appears!
A special feature for Hong Kong with the celebration of the Mid Autumn Festival!

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People Mountain, People Sea
Aug 28, 2008

Exhibition opening for current show at Koru Gallery Hong Kong

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Summer So Far 2008
Jul 14, 2008

A short trip to Paris and Kusadashi, Turkey.

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Three Nights in Sydney
May 5, 2008

A long weekend in Hong Kong equals a weekend in Sydney!

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Sydney: Outdoors and Art
May 1, 2008

During my visit to Sydney I caught the The Pyrmont Art Festival with the theme 'Small is Beautiful'
Various artists submitted work on 12 by 12 inch canvases and it was exhibited in Union Square.
Along with the exhibition of art works,prizes and a variety of musical entertainment was offered.
The Paddington Markets also featured artists and their art work.
Also on exhibition was the popular annual art exhibitions, the Archibald prize 2008, featuring portraits.
Check for more details here: http://www.thearchibaldprize.com.au/home

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HK- Shenzhen Biennial 2008
Feb 23, 2008

A presentation of my art work to a public forum. The venue was the old HK police station, Hollywood Road.

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Hutong - Beijing CNY 2008
Feb 9, 2008

Chinese New Year in a cold Beijing.

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Mountains and Momos- Nepal
Dec 31, 2007
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Shenzhen -Artist Village

The Joy Art Club visited Da Fen Village in Shenzhen today.
It contains many artshops, galleries and artists. Winnie Davies led us on an expedition to the "artists' village" about 45 minutes east of Shenzhen.
We were greeted into the village by an enormous sculpture of a hand holding a paint brush that rises into the sky. We then wandered the streets of what seemed more like a city rather than a village.The lanes and streets are crowded with replicas of the masters, decorative work and some original painters.
A small art cafe and a "latte" finished off the visit for the group's weary feet!


The Artist Village website.
http://www.cndafen.com/

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Thai Cooking/Sketchbook 2007
Oct 16, 2007
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Around the World in One day

Shenzhen visit to Windows of the world.

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Guangzhou Art Adventures
Jun 19, 2007

An early morning express train bound for Guangzhou, introduced me to a day of Art and inspiration!
Winnie Davies from Joy Art Club, Hong Kong, organised a visit to the painting studios of Guangzhou Art Academy, followed by an afternoon of life drawing in a private studio. It was great being surrounded by many artists and seeing a variety of great work. It made a big impression on me. Winnie not only organised the group day, she also ordered a delicious lunch, including DRAGON BOAT DAY rice dumplings!

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The Langham Files
May 19, 2007

For more details about the night, check here
http://www.spittinggecko.com/news.php

I will be drawing and painting with Victor Lai and Ann Williams at the Portal- Work and Play, Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, HK.
The hotel is running an Artist in Residence programme, supporting local art in Hong Kong.

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Shanghai-ed
Feb 23, 2007
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Perth
Dec 29, 2006

First time visit to Perth. The pictures so far!

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Kansai Capers 2006
Aug 20, 2006

A summer visit to Kansai. I caught up with old friends, visted Miyajima and Hiroshima, and spent time drifting about in Onsens!

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Opera art Project
Jun 20, 2006

New Art work based on an obsession with cantonese opera masks1

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Singapore Sights
Apr 13, 2006

Short holiday in Singapore....lots of walking and some tasty food!

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Australia-Art and About
Apr 4, 2006

The Australian Trade Comission hosted Australian artists in a Hong Kong based show.
I was one of the artists to show work.

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Nan Hai - One Night
Feb 12, 2006

Just over the border for a brief visit to visit friends. Nan Hai hospitality at its best.

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Cuba and Bahamas
Jul 24, 2005

Sunny Cuba and the Bahamas- hurricane season!

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Transitions 2005
Jun 24, 2005

Second exhibition I have had, this time hosted by Koru Gallery.

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Sapporo Countdown
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CounterSpace-in progress
Dec 4, 2004

work in progress

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End of Year

The end of the year, party and dragon dance

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japan 2004
Jan 21, 2004

Tokyo, cold winds and bright sunny days! A Chinese New Year visit, catching up with friends, making new ones and seeing more of Japan!

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Vietnam- Ha Noi
Oct 25, 2003

A week in Ha Noi and Ha Long Bay.

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Malaysia
Feb 8, 2003

A three day trip to Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu!

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Once , twice 3 times Japan
Oct 18, 2002

Another trip to Japan

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Taiwan Tourist
Oct 11, 2002
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Aussie Oi oi oi
Dec 25, 2001

A visit home from Hong Kong and a few pics to bring back!

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Summer 2002-Episode One
Jul 1, 2002

Dry pictures of a very damp Germany, Italy and Greece.

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Go Korea!
Jun 29, 2002

A short trip to Korea, which happened at the same time as World Cup Finals! Dalhyun looked after me, on the quick tour of Seoul. Traditional food, markets, Museums and lost in a car park were all part of the package!

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Buddah's Holiday
May 18, 2002

A weekend away on Buddah's Birthday....The GuangZhou Experience with real chinese Guides...sort of!

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Discovery Park Journey
Jan 4, 2002

Off on an Excursion to discover outlying Hong Kong Islands!

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Tourist Hong Kong
May 12, 2002

Canadians friends came to visit,so here is some of the real Hong Kong ! Cheung Chau, Tai O and downtown Guangzhou China are all here!

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2002 Japan!
Feb 19, 2002

More travel pictures in Japan...

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Italian Kitchen
Oct 10, 2001

These are a series of photos taken in Arezzo, beneath the Tuscan sun!

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Summer 2001
Oct 10, 2001

Italian Travels and UK visit!

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Shanghai Scenes
May 5, 2001

3 nights in Shanghai makes a ....Oh..that was Bangkok!.

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Japan
Apr 11, 2001

First trip to Japan! Osaka and Kyoto area.

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