Painting of a Mountain Path

      Painting of a mountain path.

      Mountain climbing with the family

      During “Golden Week”, I did some mountain climbing with my family. First we climbed an easy mountain called Ryozen. It was a lot of fun.

      The next day we climbed a bigger mountain called Kuju. It’s in a beautiful national park. This was a much more challenging climb even though we took the easiest route. The first part is especially difficult because it is very steep.

      I was surprised by how many other people had come. The car park was full and we had to park about half a kilometer from the car park and walk back.

      It was a beautiful sunny day.

      We ate lunch near the top of the mountain rather than on the top. This was because I thought it would be colder on the top. Ironically though it was colder where we had lunch than on the top where it was quite warm and mild.

      The view from the mountain top was beautiful. We could see a place called Aso where there is a huge caldera - which is a ring of mountains.

      On the way home, we stopped at a countryside cafe. It was so peaceful there and part of the joy of drinking a coffee there was just the peacefulness of the place.

      There was an old man at the cafe slicing up dried mushrooms. These are a special kind of mushroom which Oita prefecture is famous for. They are called shitake. They are quite big and have quite a strong flavor.

      He was quite talkative and friendly. And he gave us some of these mushrooms for free.

      Below is a time-lapse video I did of me painting part of the mountain route we climbed along. I was so happy to find this dramatic scene because I was very worried that I wouldn’t find anything to paint. Despite being surrounded by beautiful scenery on the mountain path to actually find a scene with a composition that would make a good painting isn’t so easy.

      Happy painting,

      Gareth.

      PS Comments are welcome. I can't always reply but I do read them. I'd love to know which painting is your favorite and why. And if you have any ideas for a title please let me know as I might make that the actual title - choosing a title is so difficult.

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