A Painting Trip to Dream Suspension Bridge

During a Painting Trip to Dream Suspension Bridge I did a watercolor painting of a Japanese rice field at evening time in a small town called Shonai, in Oita prefecture. This was painted in June, the rainy season.

“Japanese Rice Field” ・  Shonai ・ 31.8 x 41 cm (12.5″ x 16”) ・  $220 ・ I had tried to visit this bridge before but couldn’t despite stopping and asking for directions on two occasions.This time I used the “maps” app on my cell phone and arrived successfully. Although the journey began with the “maps” app repeatedly telling me to make a U-turn […]

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A beautiful, traditional Japanese street

A beautiful, traditional Japanese street in Taketa.

#38 ・ ”A Beautiful, Traditional Japanese Street” ・  Taketa ・ It’s the rainy season in Japan but so far the weather has been fine. It’s very strange weather and hard for the rice farmers.But it gives us the chance to go sightseeing. And last Sunday, we went to Taketa a small town which is famous for a castle ruin called Okajo […]

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Watery Rice Fields – A Watercolor Painting.

A watercolor painting from a trip to Yufuin to change paintings I have at a gallery. This was during the rainy season when you have beautiful watery rice fields.

#37 ・ ”Watery Rice Fields” ・  Yufuin ・ 31.8 x 41 cm (12.5″ x 16″) ・  $220 ・ Last Friday, I drove to Yufuin. It’s a one hour drive.The purpose of my trip was to change my paintings at a gallery, called Dordogne, with some new work.Dordogne Gallery in Yufuin.This gallery is a very beautiful traditional Japanese building. At the back of the building is […]

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Calm Waters – A Watercolor Painting of Beppu Bay

This is a watercolor painting of Beppu bay where I experimented with doing a falling, vertical sky.

#36 ・ ”Calm Waters” ・ Beppu Bay ・ ​”Calm Waters” is the provisional title of this painting.If you have any other suggestions for a good title then please let me know. I really appreciate it. I’ve changed several titles now because of other people’s suggestions.So here is your chance to name a piece of art.This is a watercolor painting of Beppu bay.I […]

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A Taste of Japanese Countryside Life

I went with my family to meet a woman who lives in the Japanese countryside. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed eating biwa and bamboo shoots and picking Japanese plums called ume.

#35 ・ ”A Taste of the Japanese Countryside” ・ Inukai ・ ​Last Sunday, my family and I went to meet a woman who lives in the countryside.She let us pick Japanese plums from her garden which can be used to make plum syrup and plum liqueur (called umeshu).Plum Syrup DrinkWe also used an old machine that threshes wheat.There is a pedal […]

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Longing – A Watercolor Painting of a Sunset over Beppu Bay.

A short cycle ride from my house takes me to the sea where I have seen many really beautiful sunsets. The peace you experience while watching the sun set over the sea brings you to a longing for something deeply precious that we lose so easily in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is an encounter with the sacred and what really matters.

#34 ・ ”Longing” ・  Beppu bay ・ 31.8 x 41 cm (12.5″ x 16″) ・  $220 ・ ​”Longing” is the provisional title of this painting.If you have any other suggestions for a good title then please let me know. I really appreciate it. I’ve changed several titles now because of other people’s suggestions.So here is your chance to name a piece of art.This is a watercolor […]

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Beautiful Grey

A watercolor painting of a very ordinary urban scene that looks surprisingly beautiful because of the light.

#33 ・ ”Beautiful Grey” ・ Oita city​”Beautiful Grey” is the proxy title of this painting.Another idea for a title was “Ordinary and Urban but Beautiful”. I’ve asked on social media what other people would think of as a good title and already received two great titles.One person suggested: “A Pearl Colored Morning” and another suggested “Almost Home”.I will chose […]

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A Ride in a Rickshaw through Fields of Gold

I've visited Yufuin many times but it was only recently that I realised what a good subject a rickshaw would make.

#32 ・ ”A Ride in a Rickshaw through Fields of Gold” ・  Yufuin ・ 31.8 x 41 cm (12.5″ x 16″) ・  $220 ・ ​”A Ride in a Rickshaw through Fields of Gold” is the title of this painting.Is it too long? What do you think?If you have any other suggestions then please let me know.This place is called Yufuin.It is a very popular tourist […]

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Calm Moment in a Cafe

A watercolor painting of a person in a cafe. I have no idea when I painted this or where it came from. But I'm very happy with it.

#31 ・ ”Calm Moment in a Cafe” ・ Small painting ・ $120 ・ ​”Calm Moment in a Cafe” is the title of this painting.What do you think? If you have any other suggestions then please let me know.I’ve found that it really helps to ask others.​I actually have no idea where this painting came from and when I did it.It really is a bit […]

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The Light at the End.

Japan has so many tunnels. This is a tunnel in Kunisaki that was being checked after some big earthquakes in 2016.

#30 ・ ”The Light at the End” ・ Kunisaki ・ 22 x 27.3 cm (8 3/4″ x 10 3/4″) ・ $120 ・ ​”A Japanese Tunnel” was the original title of this painting.It’s just a bit too prosaic right and doesn’t really do justice to what I think is a great painting.So I asked on social media what would be a good title and my […]

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