Motif of Japan
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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
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
The nature color of arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan
The arashiayama in Kyoto is very beautiful in every season. So there are a lot of visiter to here.Do you think when this illustrations season ?
Beautiful nature and people, dance, dance, dance.
Konpukuji is a temple in Kyoto where I expected to find many cats sunning themselves on the veranda after a rainy day, so I visited on just that kind of day. Only one cat greeter was there for us, but she meowed her greeting right away and led us directly to the entrance fee window. She was extremely affectionate and in desperate need of some petting, so she and I played on the tatami and I took many photos of her. This is a quick drawing of our first glace at her.
Watercolor and oil pen
This is an upscale neighborhood outside the Yamanote Loop in Tokyo. I visited there on a weekend when they were enjoying a Marie Claire Fair and it was crowded with people, dogs, cats, bicycles, young and old, lost of booth etc. and great weather to boot. Great visuals all over this town.
Autumn on Fuji
Drew and coloured over two weeks.
Originally I had a scholar sitting there, but I just couldn’t finish him so I painted around him and just finally erased him.
It looks like Fuji, but it could just be Mt. Taranaki. Pass the chups.
Materials: Watercolor moleskine, Raphael 830, W&N mixed with Sennelier greens and golds