In May of 2014, I went on a bicycle ride up a hill to visit a famous shrine. It was an arduous ride! But it was worth it. The shrine is called Yusuhara and it is a very beautiful place. I painted several on the spot paintings during this trip.
In 2014, I visited a place called Ogata. My purpose was to paint a beautiful display of tulips. However, I was too late and most of the tulips had gone. So I wandered around this place looking for other painting subjects. Luckily, there were some beautiful painting subjects. And I painted a suspension bridge, a waterfall and a Japanese Torii which was in the river. It ended up being a great painting trip despite my initial disappointment.
I have a friend who is a metalwork sculptor. He will soon have an exhibition in a small Japanese town called Yufuin. And he will show two of my paintings in his exhibition. So, as I’m a landscape painter and the exhibition is held in Yufuin, I thought it would be a good idea to visit this town and do some paintings of the place. This story is about that trip.