華沙 Warsaw CS Host Hania  

上圖是我在華沙(波蘭首都)第一個CS Host,媽媽是Asia,爸爸是Grzegorz,小女兒是Hania,她年僅幾歲,小小的臉龐配上大大的眼珠,簡直像個金髮娃娃。

 

我畫完此畫後,第二天媽媽Asia煞有其事地拉我進嬰兒房,原來Hania見我昨晚畫畫,她也模仿起來,Asia給她買了一整套兒童畫具,小畫碟、小畫筆、畫紙、顏料一應俱全,還附送精美兒童塑膠圍裙。Hania大概是第一次畫畫,她執筆如握拳,整枝筆抓在掌心,大力地將畫筆壓入顏料,然後壓在畫紙。Hania看見我,露出燦爛笑容,開心地在椅子彈上彈落,向我展示她的得意畫作。

 

我從未想過Picture the Host Project能影響他人,那是第一次,有人因為我畫畫而有興趣拾起畫筆,我無意間成了Hania的啟蒙者,真是與有榮焉,雖然Hania不懂我示範的混色技巧,小手指甚至不夠力正確執筆,但也不要緊,最重要是她能在畫畫過程中感到快樂,在她小小年紀時,烙印畫畫等於快樂的記憶才最重要。

 

Picture the Host Project一開始是很實際的想法,因為Couch Surfing要向Host寫叩門信,要令Host對我這個叩門者有興趣,才會收留我,為了令叩門信有噱頭,令Host有深刻印象,才以「為您畫肖像畫」作招徠。

至今歷經莫斯科、倫敦、哥本哈根、奧斯陸、斯德哥爾摩、赫爾辛基、聖彼得堡、塔林、裡加、維爾紐斯與華沙,一路上不停的畫,時光似箭、訪地如流,畫作愈積愈多,我發現這些畫不單是噱頭,更是旅行紀錄,凝聚了沿途明媚風光、温暖人情與難忘回憶,畫簿甚至比錢包護照更重要,錢花光可以再賺,護照不見可以補領,但畫簿不見卻不能重畫,即使重畫也不再是那時那地那人的情懷。

我畫每幅畫也在摸索,要把背景畫下來,以說明人物生活環境嗎?還是只集中描繪人物,感覺更集中?陰影要硬至明顯兩截色,還是循序漸變的深淺色更好?

我希望人物的姿態能顯示他/她/牠們的個性,所以姿態要隨意,最好是個人興趣(芬蘭Mervi的織毛衣),或是日常生活(莫斯科Lily與Olivia的親子閱讀),也要考慮Host坐定定的能力(尤其小孩子),每隔十多分鐘,需小休一陣;還要請Host儘量坐在採光最亮的地方,以察明暗;我也儘量不補筆,時間不夠上色就乾脆黑白(之後的華沙CS Host Fatima),甚至草稿(盧森堡的wwoof Host Thessy),我覺得這系列的人像紀錄最重要是當下,旅行途上一切都是未知數,畫得到是緣分,畫不到也是命。

 

 

Hania一家算是華沙的中產家庭,兩夫妻自組公司,專做網上營銷,家在高層,單位連露台約1000平方呎,有主人房、嬰兒房、開放式廚房等間格。

 

他們帶我去了維拉諾夫宮,那是一個由皇宮改建而成的博物館,藏品精美;我在海報博物館找到了一本關於中國文革海報的英文專書,題材少見,也寫得很好;還參觀了皇家花園,那天剛巧有日本舞表演,在千里以外的波蘭看到日本舞,感覺好奇妙……

甚麼是Couchsurfing? 

This is a drawing of my first CS Host in Warsaw, capital of Poland. Asia is the mother, Grzegorz is the father and Hania is the little daughter. Hania was just a few years old with a pair of big eyes in a small face and she is just as cute as a doll.

 

Asia took me into the baby room in the next day after I drew this picture. It was Hania sitting on a little chair and DRAWING! Hania saw me drawing the other night and she was imitating with a set of drawing tools bought by Asia. There are little drawing plate, little brushes, drawing paper, color paints and even plastic apron for kids.

It was probably the first time for Hania to hold a drawing brush. She held a brush like holding a fist and literately GRAB the brush in her little hand. She pressed the brush into the paints and strongly pressed the painted brush on paper. Hania saw me and gave me a sunshine-smile and show me her lovely colorful picture.

 

I never thought Picture the Host Project can be an influence to other people. That was the first time somebody pick up a brush to draw because I have drew. I became Hania’s drawing inspirator accidentally and I am glad of it. Although Hania didn’t understand the mixing color techniques that I demonstrated for her and her little fingers didn’t even have enough strength to hold a brush correctly but that’s totally fine. The most important thing is she ENJOY drawing and imprint a memory of drawing equal to happiness in a young age.

 

It was a very practical reason for me to start Picture the Host Project at the first place. I have to write Hosting Request letters in Couch Surfing and I have to impress the hosts in my letter to increase the chances of being hosted. ‘Drawing a portrait for the host’ is a gimmick.

I have been to Moscow, London, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Warsaw so far and drawing all along the way. When time pass on and places go by, more and more drawings accumulated. I found out these drawings are more than gimmick. They are records of my travel with beautiful scenes, warm friendship and unforgettable memories. My sketchbooks some how became more important than my wallet and passport. I can earn money back if I spent them all, passport can be re-issued if missing but I can’t re-draw the pictures again if the sketchbooks are missed. Even if I re-draw the pictures I can never get back the feeling of that time, that place and that people.

 

I was always exploring how to draw best in every picture. Shall I draw the background to show the living condition of the figure? Or shall I leave a white background to focus on the figure? Shall the color be a rigid line or smooth transition between dark and light?

I hope the posture of the figure can show their personality and the best posture is to relax. The best posture is to show their personal hobby (Mervi is knitting in Finland) or daily life (Lily and Olivia’s reading time in Moscow).

And the host’s ability to pose have to make into consideration too (especially kids). Break time must be taken every 15 minutes.

It is best for the host to sit in the brightest place for observing lightness and darkness.

I don’t usually re-draw when I leave the drawing spot. If I don’t have enough time for coloring I would make the picture into black and white (Fatima, my next Warsaw CS host) or simply a sketch (Thessy the Luxembourg wwoof host).

PRESENT is the most important element in this series of portraits. Traveling is always expecting the unexpected. To finish or not to finish a picture are both fate.

 

 

I think Hania’s family is in the middle class in Warsaw. The couple own an online company which specialise on internet marketing. They live in a high-rise building on an around 1000 square feet apartment with a master bedroom, a baby room and an open kitchen.

 

They took me to Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanow. That was a museum reconstructed from a palace and the collections are beautiful.

I found an English book about posters in Chinese Cultural Revolution in the Poster Museum. That was a good book with a rare topic and well written.

We visited the royal garden and saw a performance on Japanese Dance. It is an interesting feeling to see Japanese Dance in a far country (for me) here in Poland...

What is Couch surfing?

華沙電話咭Warsaw SIM card
華沙電話咭Warsaw SIM card
去看了此戲Saw this musical
去看了此戲Saw this musical
但對白是波蘭文,睇到一嚿雲The dialogue are in Polish, no idea what they are singing at all...
但對白是波蘭文,睇到一嚿雲The dialogue are in Polish, no idea what they are singing at all...
型!Cool!
型!Cool!
熱吻塗鴉kiss grffiti
熱吻塗鴉kiss grffiti
古典圖案下的塗鴉Graffiti under a classical pattern
古典圖案下的塗鴉Graffiti under a classical pattern
古城區Old Town
古城區Old Town
華沙一景Warsaw
華沙一景Warsaw
好多大廈都有這種花紋lots of buildings have this kind of pattern
好多大廈都有這種花紋lots of buildings have this kind of pattern
靚呀beautiful
靚呀beautiful
好特別的花紋Stunning pattern
好特別的花紋Stunning pattern
同形same shape
同形same shape
靚beautiful
靚beautiful
窗windows
窗windows
封死的窗sealed windows
封死的窗sealed windows
新舊藝照Warsaw is really city who 'saw' 'wars'...
新舊藝照Warsaw is really city who 'saw' 'wars'...
重建大廈總有遮醜布A covering cloth wraped the repairing building
重建大廈總有遮醜布A covering cloth wraped the repairing building
華沙的二手衣服店A second hand clothing store in Warsaw
華沙的二手衣服店A second hand clothing store in Warsaw
七彩!colorful!
七彩!colorful!
好靚的牆Beautiful wall
好靚的牆Beautiful wall
華沙書店,裝修好有心機Book store in Warsaw with a beautiful decoration
華沙書店,裝修好有心機Book store in Warsaw with a beautiful decoration
呢本書超正!An amazing book!
呢本書超正!An amazing book!
全書無字,華沙同一位置的鳥瞰圖,綜覽千年變遷No words. Warsaw in a thousand years in same bird view location.
全書無字,華沙同一位置的鳥瞰圖,綜覽千年變遷No words. Warsaw in a thousand years in same bird view location.
好靚的書lovely book
好靚的書lovely book

奇遇!去郵局寄手信返港,點知郵局無紙箱賣,正傍偟時,此人幫我搞掂哂,仲拒收我錢!Amazing! I went to a post office to mail the souvenirs back home but they don't sell mailing box. I was worry. And this guy help me fix everything without charges!

佢帶我入間健身中心包手信,見到幾個猛男圍住,都有啲窒,但人真的不可貎相,佢地真的好好人!He lend me to a fitness centre. I was a bit alert that I was surrounding by a few muscles men. But people can't judge by their look. They are really nice guys!

呢隻模型勁呀Amazing model
呢隻模型勁呀Amazing model
可愛娃娃lovely dolls
可愛娃娃lovely dolls
我的頭號大敵My big enemy
我的頭號大敵My big enemy
由華沙飛去布魯塞爾From Warsaw fly to Brussels
由華沙飛去布魯塞爾From Warsaw fly to Brussels
華沙窩My bed in Warsaw
華沙窩My bed in Warsaw
The family & the picture
The family & the picture
一齊去看皇宮We visit the palace together
一齊去看皇宮We visit the palace together
Kawaii Hania好可愛呀~
Kawaii Hania好可愛呀~
Kawaii Hania好可愛呀
Kawaii Hania好可愛呀
我愛媽媽I love mama
我愛媽媽I love mama
交涉Negotiation
交涉Negotiation
草地上的孩子Child on grass
草地上的孩子Child on grass

Hania似乎無興趣看日本舞表演Hania seems has no interest

乾脆睡覺了and go stright to sleep
乾脆睡覺了and go stright to sleep
去看日本舞表演seeing a Japanese Dance performance
去看日本舞表演seeing a Japanese Dance performance
lovely Hania
lovely Hania
伸脷妹Kid with a tongue out
伸脷妹Kid with a tongue out
繼續伸脷Tongue still out
繼續伸脷Tongue still out
得意妹lovely
得意妹lovely
被捉走了Be caught away
被捉走了Be caught away
食飯啦dinner time
食飯啦dinner time