Plein Air Painting in SE Asia

In 2010, I took a fantastic four month trip to Southeast Asia. My uncle, who worked as a hydroelectric engineer in Laos and Thailand, had lived there for many years, and it was time to visit. I spent several weeks with him, and the remainder of time visiting all over Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and even an afternoon in Myanmar.

Of course, I brought my paints. I traveled around with a backpack and one piece of small hand luggage and went to a half a dozen different places, where I would usually spend about 10 days exploring, meeting people, and painting. The highlights of this particular trip were definitely Cambodia and Laos. I loved Laos the most, but Cambodia was incredibly interesting, especially Angkor. And I met dozens of extraordinary people. The paintings I’m showing here we’re all done on location, although I did touch them up once I got home.

I posted these paintings at the time, but looking at that previous post I realized that I posted poor quality images. So here are much more accurate ones.

Flood Plains, Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos, 5 x 9 in. or 12.5 x22.5 cm., oil
Flood Plains, Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos, 5 x 9 in. or 12.5 x22.5 cm., oil.

I’m told even in the 10 years since I’ve been there that Cambodia and Laos have become much busier with tourists. There were definitely some visitors there, especially in parts of Cambodia. But when I visited, much of it was dirt roads and grass shacks. It was very interesting, and I hope I get another chance to visit.

My SE Asian trip
Sukhothai, Thailand, 5 x 9” or 13 x 23 cm., Oil.
Sukhothai, Thailand, 5 x 9” or 13 x 23 cm., Oil.

These works are for sale as a group. I realized that the trip and the body of work are really one artwork. I had originally been planning to sell them separately, but a friend encouraged me to try to find a collector interested in the whole group. As of today, Aug. 6, 2020, I have not put up a sale pages for these works, but you should contact me if you’re interested. Collectively they will be priced $150 – $200 per painting.

Nam Ou River Near Muan Ngoy, Laos, 4 x 7" or 10 x 18cm.
Nam Ou River Near Muan Ngoy, Laos, 4 x 7″ or 10 x 18cm.
Mekong River, Luang Prabang, 7 x 7 or 18 x 18 cm., oil.
Mekong River, Luang Prabang, 7 x 7 or 18 x 18 cm., oil.

These paintings are done on shellacked archival museum board. I think they would look wonderful mounted on a linen-covered mat-board with a thin antiqued gold frame.

To see more detail about my SE Asia trip take a look at this blog posts. That’s the first one, and then keep on clicking “next post” at the bottom to read the whole adventure:

https://stephangiannini.com/2010/01/10/indochina-tour-begins/

Published by Stephan Giannini

An oil painter from Maine, USA.

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