Monday, April 2, 2018

Cherry blossom trees in the Saho River

Saho river flowing through Nara city.
Fireplaces and cherry blossoms were famous here for a long time.

It is said that aristocrats wrote it as a theme of poetry.

The Japanese love cherry blossoms.

Even now it is crowded with many cherry blossom viewers when the rows of cherry blossoms along the bank are in full bloom.

[Watercolor painting, F4 size]

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple in Nara

As usual, many tourists are visiting Nara Park.

Especially touching deer and big Buddha of Todaiji are popular among students of families and school trips.

I heard that this Great Buddha was founded by the Emperor Shomu in 743 AD.

After that it has repeatedly burned down and rebuilt repeatedly due to civil war and so on.

The Great Buddha is seated on the platform, but the figure overlooking the worshiper from the height of 14.7 m was overwhelming even by modern people, maybe I felt such a prestige as to overwhelm the foundation .

In order to feel such prestige, I tried to draw only the profile face of the Great Buddha.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Chickens drawn by Itoh Jakuchu.

Itoh Jakuchu of an artist who played an active part in the Edo period.

As it was 300 years birth last year

Many have been introduced at exhibitions and TVs.

He was good at drawing chickens,

This work depicts a cuddling chicken lumping together under the branches of Kidney beans.

I painted a watercolor painting by slightly changing the composition of this work.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wind God and Thunder God Screens

Tawaraya Sotatsu is big painter of the early modern times, unknown many points in their lifetime compared to the height of its popularity, it is estimated that born of the 1570s.

Fujin Raijin figure screen (Wind God and Thunder God Screens) is in a folding screen that gold leaf is affixed to one side, the appearance of Fujin that alight while puppet-style ride to black cloud from the right side, the figure of thunder that clang a strong thunder drum from left it has been transmitted from ancient times as a masterpiece of Sotatsu Tawaraya depicting.

Gilt folding screen one side eye-catching luxury while a plane and decorative, feel to those who watch the cosmic three-dimensional space with hidden infinity on the screen.

In addition, the representation of the black cloud that ride of Fujin-Raijin, which is considered to have been painted using a technique Tarashikomi by Gindei and the ink is full of mass feeling, even more emphasize the sense of space by gold leaf.

It is a very creative even at that time in the representation of the Fujin-Raijin, that drew white feel the harmony and symmetry of the figure of God paired with (Thunder) in green (Fujin) was excellent and exceptionally painter In addition it is a sign of color sense, gleefully alight Does God look like gives a strong impression on those who watch.

Cut only the thunder from this large folding screen picture, moreover, tried to replicate is reduced to drawing paper of the F6 size.

Of course, it is not used at all like Japanese painting of material Japanese paper and gold leaf, I tried to write in paints acrylic gouache on drawing paper.

However, the atmosphere of the original story and I think that was drawn is not impaired.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Original landscape of Nagano Prefacture Azumini

In Daio wasabi farm north from Nagano Expressway, Azumino interchange, located at the place of about 10 minutes by car.

As wasabi is said to not be cultivated only in the place where cold pristine spring water is flowing, here from the fact that the water springs is snowmelt of the Northern Alps are suitable for cultivation, but wasabi field boasts the widest cultivation area in Japan so It is.
Generally Speaking of field you can imagine to cultivation and plowing the soil, but a characteristic that in the case of wasabi is grown in the clear stream, the taste will feel the freshness.

And, wasabi is immediately on the horizontal Tatekawa honoring the spring water flows of the field, here there is a water mill of triplicate.
Here is a place that became the stage of the movie "dream" the director Akira Kurosawa has been made, since the original landscape of Azumino can enjoy, has become a tourist spot together with wasabi field.

I tried to draw the original landscape that left the clean water flowing in the water mill the cool taste to wrap around it.