Heavy snow at Kurama
“Heavy Snow at Kurama” (2012). Watercolor on paper, 38x57cm. Done in 1 day using fieldnotes and photographs. Kurama Village, North of Kyoto, is among photographer’s favourite for taking snowy scenes. This small village is also the site for the Kurama Fire Festival in summer; at that nightly event, thousands of tourists flock into the village’s only road, making it virtually impossible to get a good vantage point or even to move.
“Philosophical Cat”. There are plenty of them along the Philosopher’s Path, Kyoto. Those cats surely did something good in their previous life, cause all that they’re doing everytime we come to visit them is frolicking and sunbathing.
“Along the Ebisumizu-cho road, Kyoto” (2011). Watercolor on paper, 38x57cm. Being located right across the Higashi-Honganji (the largest Buddhist temple in Kyoto), the road is famous for buddhism-related souvenirs such as praying beads, scrolls, and small Buddha statues.
Yasaka Tower, en route to Kiyomizudera Temple, in early winter. Kiyomizudera is the most famous tourists attraction in Kyoto. This is an alternative approach to the Temple; another picturesque street of Kyoto, featured in numerous postcards and even television dramas. I find all the clutters (signage, wires etc) quite interesting, adding textures to this otherwise plain-looking narrow street.
Watercolor on paper, 40X60cm, done in 2 days.
‘The Path not Taken’
The entrance to the Bamboo Forest at Arashiyama, Kyoto, during winter. I deliberately paint the bamboo background to a nice blur using the wet-paper approach not unlike Japanese painting technique. The idea came upon me after I saw some nice paintings on washi (Japanese rice paper) in an artist’s studio at Yoshino. It seems washi is a very porous media to work on; it absorbs water very quickly, blurring any definite edges. This particular work of mine, however, was done on my usual watercolor paper, pre-soaked. Watercolor, 40x60cm. Approx. 6 effective hours in studio.
Morning at Shijo St.
Shijo Street, on approach to Yasaka Shrine. This is my old approach: layered wash, with diluted colors and carefully worked-on details. Compare it with my recent approach in ‘The Sentinel’, also features the same street. Using the previous drawing as a base to capture the ambience, and lots of photographs for details. Watercolor, 40x60cm, 1 days entirely in studio.Watercolor, 40x60cm. Approx. 6 effective hours in studio.
Another dark, dramatic scene inspired by Alvaro Castagnet’s style. It was heavy snowing at Katabirano-Tsuji, Randen tram station to Arashiyama on the morning of the 1st day of 2011. After an all-out, all-night party, most local people prefer to stay at home until the January 3th. And there was a snow blizzard that morning. The sober me, with nothing to do, decided to go to mountainous Arashiyama for a walk and photo-hunting.
Watercolor on Paper, 40x60cm. Done in 2 days at studio.