I think it was around 2013 that I discovered this beautiful national park in Fukuoka prefecture. We were visiting my oldest daughter who was studying at Kitakyushu university. On the way home, we took a different route from normal and went through this national park. I was delighted because this is a very strange place with small mountains that are littered with numerous rocks.
Roughly around 2011, I painted these pictures. They are paintings of an area called Wasada. It is a semi-rural area on the outskirts of Oita city. I could easily reach this place via the path by Oita river. And in the past, I often went on bicycle adventures to this area in search of beautiful scenes to paint.
I can’t say I like this painting very much. It’s not particularly well painted. But it was painted around 2011 when I was still learning watercolor painting and struggling very much with this mercurial medium. But I like this painting as a reminder of how I would cycle around looking for beautiful or interesting scenes to paint.