"Maiko Satohana", won 1st place in the Winter 2013 Charvin Painting Contest!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I became much more interested in painting from life than drawing from life in Japan in 2012, nevertheless, I still took out the sketchbook from time to time. These are a some of the drawings I made.
bare sakura tree in autumn in Pontocho, one of the most famous Kyoto geisha districts
sakura blooms in Aomori
part of a temple in Tokyo
Rodin bust in at an exhibition in Tokyo
another Rodin bust in Tokyo
Van Dyck study and hand study at the National Musueum of Art- Tokyo
Monday, April 15, 2013
Warmer weather is beginning to arrive in the valley where Kyoto lies and the temperature is perfect for painting outdoors. Here are a few paintings I've done over the past couple of weeks in the various districts of Kyoto.
plein air painting in Arashiyama, about 45 minutes by bike from my apartment. The sakura were just starting to fall off the trees
bridge to Arashiyama
Daikumo-in - 6" x 11" plein air painting in Higashiyama
This is a really unique part of a temple in the Higashiyama neighborhood. It resembles the enormous, traditonal wooden floats that are built every year for the Gion Matsuri, one of Japan's largest festivals.
Ume (plum blossoms) in bloom at Kitano Shrine.