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Shimoda Torii Gate

For the last month and a half, I've been working on a triptych. Three different sized paintings of a beach scene.

The scene is the beach with the red Torii gate on the rocks. These paintings were studied from a panoramic photograph taken at Shimoda, Shizuoka Peninsula, Japan sometime last year.

My client commissioned me to transform the panoramic photo into a triptych scene across three different sized canvases. From left to right, we have 14 x 18 inches, 12 x 24 inches, and 12 x 12 inches.

Shimoda Torii Gate

The trees, bushes and foliage were a challenge, but that is mainly due to my lack of practice with painting them. I normally paint faces, so this was a welcome change, and a discipline. Rocks are a discipline as well.

Shimoda Torri Gate 1/3

The lighting and the grass and bushes took some time. Creating a sense of depth within the bushes and on the rock faces took a few attempts before I was content.

Shimoda Torri Gate 2/3

I love the size and the positioning of the Torri gate in this middle painting. Against the blue sky, it is striking and immediately draws the eye to it. It is the focal point. I blended the colors in the rock well, leaving some details but not many to draw the eye to the Torri gate.

Shimoda Torri Gate 3/3

I'm especially pleased with the white wash of the waves as they crash against the rocks, and as they break in the distance.

It was great to be in this little secret. I love when these paintings and montages are gifts for loved ones. It truly is a delight creating them, and sharing my vision with others.

If you are interested in a commission like this, it runs around $460.00. Please send me an email and we can chat.

Many blessings and colorful travels,


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