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 a Japanese river called Nanase

Paintings of rural Japan from cycling adventures

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.

Watercolor painting of the beautiful autumn foliage in Nanase park

Painting of the beautiful autumn foliage in a Japanese park

I painted this picture roughly around 2010. At this time I was struggling a lot at watercolor painting. And I noticed that I didn’t paint the trees and bushes well in nearly all my paintings during this period. But in this particular painting I painted the trees and bushes very well.

Unusual watercolor painting of a Japanese utility pole in the countryside

Painting of a utility pole in the Japanese countryside

This is an old painting. I painted it on the spot around 2010. And this place is in a region called Wasada. This region is on the outskirts of Oita city. I found this place by chance during one of my bicycle painting adventures. At that time, I would cycle all over the local countryside looking for beautiful places to paint.