A few weeks ago, I suddenly found myself with some free time. It was late afternoon and cold. So I jumped on my bike with my watercolor gear and started roaming the streets looking for a scene to paint.
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.