Monarch of our Mind

21st January 2024 Beena


Hello everyone. I posted the painting of the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. Many didn’t recognise this building or were unaware of it. Terry had sent me a few photos of this palace she took while there. I needed a lot of courage to paint this building😨😨. I painted it with watercolours with lots of layering for the building. The trees and garden were challenging😣. In the process, I missed the staircase that comes down into the garden🀣🀣. Nevertheless, I was happy with my attempt, as perspective is a humongous task.


Let’s discuss this Yellow building. It is the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, built by Charles Lichtenfelder (1900-1906); hence, it has a European influence. I wonder why many thought it was a building in MalaysiaπŸ€”πŸ€”. However, Ho Chi Minh refused to stay there but received guests for official reasons. He built a traditional Vietnamese house on stilts with a carp pond.


Some of you thought it was a government building or hospital. Hmm, what a fancy hospital that must beπŸ€”πŸ˜‚. Some felt the palace looked eerie. I agree that when the occupancy is infrequent, it would appear eerie😱😱.

However, I loved what Susan Benjamin commented, ” Our mind is our palace, and we are the monarch over it. The question is, are we despotic or lion-hearted?” I leave you to your explorations on this musingπŸ€—πŸ™. (I realised that the one I had posted on Friday was not my latest version as it didn’t have my signature).

4 thoughts on “Monarch of our Mind

    1. Thanks Susan, to write one needs inspuration. That can come from.any corner. You did it this time. Cheers


  1. I’m going to start my work week with that profound thought😊 thank you for sharing!
    Your painting looks exactly like the palace, aunty!

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