Watercolor painting of a picturesque Japanese village

Picturesque Japanese village in Oita

For a long time, I didn’t used to like painting countryside scenes. And given the choice, I would prefer to paint an urban scene. Urban scenes are easier to paint and usually more interesting. One of the biggest challenges with a countryside scene is painting trees, bushes and grass.

Watercolor painting of two fishermen by a Japanese river

A painting of two fishermen by a beautiful Japanese river

I think that I painted this river scene around 2013. It could have been even earlier. This place is called Kitsuki. It’s a small Japanese town by the sea with an interesting history and a few interesting old buildings. And it has some nice scenes to paint such as this beautiful river.