December 22nd, 2015 / posted by paularath
Ha Long Bay   Photos by Jerry Mayfield

Ha Long Bay
Photos by Jerry Mayfield

As you may remember, Jerry is never without his sketchbook on our trips and his sketches often segue into watercolor paintings. He travels with a sketchbook, palette, a few favorite brushes and a loose leaf binder with watercolor paper.

This blog features some of my favorite paintings from his Southeast Asia sketchbook and notebook. I asked him to comment on his work.

Ha Long Bay – “These rocky islands, with their extreme vertical interfaces, combined with the atmospheric perspective of light and dark, prompted me to do this painting.”

SEAsia J art boat

Tonle Sap  boat -“The strength of these boat people, combined with their agility to maneuver every kind of boat, was the inspiration for this painting.”

SEAsia J Art river house

Bangkok khlong – “This painting, primarily painted with a water soluble ink and an accent of watercolor, was inspired by the TV satellite dish in contrast to the old wooden structure.”

SEAsia J art Ta Prohm tree

The famous tree at Ta Prohm Wat – “This tree, spreading its massive roots  and its towering trunk, inspired this painting, as it crept over the old temple ruins.”

SEAsia J art coolie

Coolie in the street – “The transport of objects in this on-the-shoulder method seen everywhere in Hanoi, was the key to this painting.”


SEAsia J art image


Monk going to pray in Angkor Wat – “The contrast of the red-orange monk’s robes against the gray of the temple ruins prompted this painting.”

SEAsia J art paddler

River people – “The conical hats are everywhere in Southeast Asia, on both land and sea.”

And that’s a taste of what keeps Jerry creative when we travel. My multi-talented husband!

– Paula Rath

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Jerry Mayfield
December 23rd, 2015 at 8:11 am

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Jerry Mayfield
December 23rd, 2015 at 8:13 am


December 23rd, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Stunning impressions! Love the monk at the temple.

Patrice A Federspiel
December 23rd, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Jerry, your colors are so juicy! I love the way the brights pick up steam when juxtaposed against the grays. The satellite dish painting made me smile (odd world in which we live); your tree looks very alive; and your River People is my favorite. Yummy!
Great job! Patrice

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