Mist and Laughter
This is a quick watercolor sketch of children playing at a water jet feature outside Oita train station in Japan.
I really love this water jet feature. And this is the second time I've painted it. The first time I probably did about 10 or more paintings and 5 of them were good.
I guess I came back to it because the combination of sunlight, reflections and children running through the mist is amazing and almost surreal. I like it when solid objects such as buildings appear to dissolve into the light and the mist and I have exaggerated that effect in this sketch.
Below are some more watercolor sketches. I love to do sketches because they seem to have a vitality that the final finished painting never has. But I'll let you be the judge of that.
Below is the final finished painting. It is quite large. But I hope in the future to do an even larger version. The one thing I'm not happy about is the figures. They need more of a dynamic feeling so at some point I will have another go.
I also know that you may think the buildings are too dark but I like that. It creates a really powerful contrast with the white mist and the golden sunlight.
A final reflection. Perhaps what I wish to do in this painting is an act of liberation from the here and now into a momentary dream-like state. I remember my daughter as well as other children running through the mist and laughing - these running figures half formed, half lost in the mist and laughing so joyously affected me greatly. It was also late evening and the light transformed the whole scene into a magical, joyful moment. I'll probably keep coming back and painting this scene in an attempt to express more fully that magical moment.
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