In 2003, a year before I retired, I took a trip to China – Hong Kong and Shanghai, visiting a friend there. One spot that really impressed me was Chinese city, Zhouzhuang, “Venice of Shanghai” an hour by train from Shanghai. I got some really great images during this trip and it also got me thinking about retiring to Asia. Zhouzhuang looks like a very old city but I was told by a local that the government just built it that way for tourist. Nevertheless it did give me some great photos. So I thought I would try to paint this old home setting on a watery canal. And a full size blow-up, the bicycle seemed to be the most detailed and difficult to get right The stones are easy, their straight brush marks. 20×30 in.