This is one of the few old style homes that sit at the base of Diamond Head along with upscale mansions that have replaced most of the others. These places catch my eye and today I had my sketchbook to record it.
My friend and I mistakenly entered the men’s outdoor bath early one morning at Osawa Onsen on the Izu Peninsula. We were happily chatting away when a naked man appeared. We politely excused ourselves and left, but I’ll bet he had a good story to tell!
A little map I made of an exquisitely beautiful walk I took in the Sagano district of Arashiyama, Kyoto. It is a preservation district and a little off the beaten tourist path, but well worth the time and effort. I want to do this walk again in the fall season.
Watercolor and ink
It’s papaya time again in Honolulu! This is the Wednesday morning market in Kapiolani Park, which I stumbled upon while taking my walk around the park for exercise.
Watercolor and oil pen
Several blocks of Ginza are closed off to cars on Sundays beginning at noon, and people can freely walk, shop at big department stores, or sit at tables under umbrellas in the street and just people-watch. There is quite an amusing display of fashion, including dog fashion going on, as well as a great sketching opportunity.
This is one of three unfinished sculptures by Michaelangelo that I saw in Florence Italy. I was on an art trip and our job was to sketch these. This is a bit of a blind drawing as that is all I could pull off at that time. An old one.
This is a Shinto ritual that I had the chance to participate in at the Tsubaki Grand Shrine. It’s done in a grotto-like setting in the dark of night, with lit candles burning in spaces between the rocks of the surrounding wall. Men and women do this separately and the women wear a white kimono-like garment while the men wear this diaper-like garment. Exercises are performed about 30 minutes beforehand along with chanting. With the help of priests, you are escorted one by one over the rocks in the pool until you get to this larger center rock under the snowmelt waterfall. There you chant what they have taught you for about 20-30 seconds and then you are released and supposedly purified. No photos of this process were allowed so I grabbed a quick sketch. I had a cold at the time and was not able to participate, but it was an awesome experience nonetheless.
Watercolor and ink