‘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.