I visited this lesser known part of Nara by myself and enjoyed all of the old architecture, cats, temples, shrines, craft shops and cafes. After an exhausting and exhilarating day, I drew this map as a souvenir of my delightful day.
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This is one of Kyoto’s prettiest little temples. It is a subtemple of Daikoku-Ji, a huge temple complex in the NW part of the city. I sketched this quickly from the moon viewing veranda (engawa) while others were viewing and meditating on the garden. Maples were so delicate and beautiful and ginko leaves are always charming. Watercolor and ink.
This boat is moored at the head of the Takase River near the Okura Hotel in Kyoto. This canal was dug in 1611 and used to transport goods to various places in Kyoto.
This particular old boat is loaded with sake. The water is fresh and clear and flowing in this canal, with pretty autumn leaves in the water and on the walkways.
I sat on a damp concrete step(lower left) on a cold and damp afternoon and tried this scene.
A quick sketch of the International MarketPlace in Waikiki. This is a favorite spot for tourists to purchase inexpensive and interesting goods. Full of little blue roofed individual carts that sell jewelry and the like. Charming place.
I haven’t been sketching in quite a while, so I went out today to practice and look what I found! People of all cultures are getting interested in Halloween big time.
These are some sketches I did from Chihiro Iwasaki’s book, “Box”. She is a famous Japanese artist of mine. You can see her works at http://www.chihiro.jp/english/chihiro/works.htm
A totally imagined scene in watercolor and ink in my Moleskine.
This is a small colony of cats I met last week in Kyoto while climbing to the top of Fushimi Inari Shrine. There must be 10,000 torii gates placed inches apart and making a long orange tunnel up and down the mountain. It was a noticeably more difficult climb for me this time since I had not done this in 10 years!
This is drawn from a 2009 calendar by Manhattaner’s artist Takashi Kuge. I love his works. The Japanese on the yukata reads “Shigeo”, which is the name of one of his cats.