Ritan Park

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Turbulence over China

As the plane back to Beijing began to shudder and the Fasten Seat Belts lights came on, Jon told me that the air over central China is always turbulent. So I took that as a starting point and doodled a bit.

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Ritan Park, Beijing (Click for larger view)

When we arrived, I dropped my bag at the Guardian office, left Zoupi to help Jon write up the Nushu article, and went into town. With a jillion choices of destination, I ended up at Ritan Park, near the embassy area. The park was used for sacrifices to the Sun, and there's a large circular altar space in the center. I thought of drawing the Divine Kitchen, but the name was its best feature, so I settled myself on a bench and drew a willow and pagoda near a pond where people angle for ornamental goldfish.

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Your sketches are sensational!!

think i need to join you in some of your arty projects when i come over, if thats ok. I love that you always have something on the go...ring making, drawing, blogging and all the rest.
Im a bit of a art dud, but willing to try! :)

think i need to join you in some of your arty projects when i come over, if thats ok. I love that you always have something on the go...ring making, drawing, blogging and all the rest.
Im a bit of a art dud, but willing to try! :)

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