I’ve traveled many times into the Japanese countryside looking for scenes to paint and for many years was met with disappointment. Only after much searching and a lot of failed paintings did I find beautiful scenes and moments to paint. I love to be out in the Japanese countryside. There is just a feeling of being a stranger in a mysterious land full of history and beauty.
In the future I will do some paintings of Ogata, Kamae, Usa and Taketa which are all in Oita prefecture.
I once got stuck on this mountain all night. It is quite a harrowing story and at some point they’ll be a link here to that story.
A few years ago I tried to travel to Yufuin a “fairly” picturesque tourist town. But nearly every time I stopped about half-way in a place called Shonai because I saw some beautiful scene.
I have been to this tourist town many times. If you look around you can find some really beautiful scenes. Here are a few I found and painted.
This is a beautiful national park. It’s a little far so I can’t often go there but I love this place very much.
This is a beautiful and mysterious place that I love to visit. It has many outstanding beaches.
I have very fond memories of this place. My wife would take my 5 year old daughter here to meet a lady who taught her all about country life. We did a lot of things. My daughter also got the chance to feed chickens and play with the country lady’s dog. She had a lovely time. At some point I’ll add a link to one of those memorable visits. Anyone, on one occasion I saw a farmer next to his fire and that became a painting.