Grandma House – fishing for Crab

Well promise is a promise, this is another one of Grandma house sketch, now this are the man made streams nearby the house, the stream are used for transporting harvested coconuts or cocoa by small “sampan” (wooden boat) to nearby collection point. As seen from the sketch, the stream water level are control by series of dam, especially useful during dry seasons. Lots of mud crab in those streams during those days, well mud crab aren’t that popular in the market back then mostly just consume locally by farmers well all those change now as restaurant now offer gourmet mud crab dishes nowadays. If you can see carefully there is a contraption (next to the man pulling the string from the water), it’s a square curved net with rotten fish head hanging in the middle. This are lowered into the stream and wait for movement on the string. Once they moved, just quickly pull them up there u have your crab. Pretty easy actually especially and they are hungry. Hope you like this sketch.


10 Responses to “Grandma House – fishing for Crab”

  1. These watercolor sketches are wonderful. I like learning about your culture while viewing your watercolors. This landscape is really well rendered. The foreground so detailed and background fades into shapes. Very believable, Francis. thank-you.

  2. Thanks Leslie, glad that you like the painting. I thought of sharing more especially on how those crab really looks like. So i quickly done some sketch just to illustrate the mud crab and the trap which are used to fish them. Since i was on it, might as well done some sketch on some of the old jetties near the area. Hope you like this painting too.

  3. Francis, both of these sketches are fantastic! And I love how you explained each one. It’s so interesting to hear what it’s like where you live.

    I agree with Leslie on how well the landscape is rendered. Can’t wait for more.

  4. Thank-you fro the second picture Francis.That is awesome. I am impressed by the boards of the pier and the shadows they cast. This is really nice composition in an illustration. Poor crabs……

  5. Thanks Leslie, ya poor crab indeed. Well they are delicious, can’t deny that.

  6. You have brought back my one memory of a tiny glimpse of Malaysia seen just from the windows of Kuala Lumpour airport as a stopping point on the way to New Zealand! I remember watching a rain cloud approaching & then the torrential downpour. I also remembering looking across at the trees & wondering about the lives of the people who live there & wanting to be able to go out & explore!
    I suppose if expensive restaurants are taking all the crabs then the local farmers must be suffering?

    • Hi Sonya thanks for coming by my site. I have the same feeling when going abroad too, often wonder how life it’s like for people living there. Wish i can visit and stay on to experience it. Well nowadays demand for crab exceed those catch or rare locally so some restaurant do import from Sri Lanka or from neighbouring countries like Indonesia.

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