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Watercoloring Japan

We moved to Japan in 2015. Our 5th floor hosts a lovely view of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding mountain range. I love waking up in the morning and seeing how it looks. The cloud formations change, the sunset colors, and the sunrise hues: they all share very different views and feels of the same landscape. The time of year also adds interesting variation.

I started making 20 minute watercolor paintings on 4 x 6 inch paper of these different views of Fuji. I guess I was inspired by The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, and the rest of Hokusai's 36 views of Fuji woodblock prints. You don't go very far in Japan without seeing the iconic Great Wave printed on something or other.

These quick, 20 minute, Impressionistic watercolor paintings have become very popular, and they have developed into more detailed, more time consuming paintings of Fuji. I've expanded the view from my window to around Fuji-go Lakes, and Chureito Pagoda, near Fuji-Q. I've painted the different seasons of Fuji. I've also started on some Photo Montages taken around Mt. Fuji.

If you're interested in purchasing this print, you can do so through my shop page.

Mt Fuji Autumn 14 x 22 inches 2017 Photo Montage Digital Print

My most recent painting to date is a view from my bedroom window. I was walking through my room to the bathroom, and the afternoon sun was full stream into the room. We have two hanging laterns from our balcony. There was a slight breeze swaying the lanterns, and Mt. Fuji was a clear as could be on a crisp, winter afternoon. There are two large fir trees whose tops just push over the mountain horizon in the distance: a great painting was in the making. Then, in the early morning, when I open my curtains, I sometimes catch the moon setting over the mountains. All these elements together formed my painting. I added a soft (suggested to be) candle light in the lantern.

Moonset Fuji Lanterns 4 x 6 watercolor painting 2017

I've got several more ideas and varying compositions to explore before I'm done with Fuji. You majestic mountain, you!

If you are interesting in purchasing this original painting, please visit my shop page. At this time, I do not make prints of my paintings. Maybe in the future, but for right now, you lovely people get the opportunity to purchase my originals.


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