Gareth Naylor

Atmospheric paintings of Japan

Watercolor sketch of some rocks on a mountain by Gareth Naylor. This place is Kuju mountain. It is in Oita prefecture, Japan. I think I painted this picture around 2005. This watercolor sketch was inspired by climbing up Kuju mountain.

Watercolor sketch of rocks on a mountain

I painted this watercolor sketch a long time ago. 

I think around 2005 but that is just a very hazy guess.

I had climbed up a mountain called Kuju in Oita prefecture and it had inspired me to do a painting of a mountain scene. 

I think it was my first attempt to paint a mountain. 

Or at the very least, it was my first attempt to paint a mountain that I had actually climbed up and taken some photos of.

It was quite an intimidating subject for me to paint. 

So I did a watercolor sketch to begin with before I began on the actual painting as practice. 

It would also hopefully improve my skills a little too.

Ironically, this rough watercolor sketch turned out better than the final painting.

 And I have long since thrown away that final painting but kept this initial watercolor sketch.

I wish though that this sketch didn’t have that patch of green in the upper part of the picture.

I left it though because it’s just a sketch and if I tried to remove it I might spoil the painting.

For a long time I was so pleased with this sketch and that’s why I have kept it. 

However, I can’t say that I like this sketch anymore.

I keep it now though as a record and perhaps also for nostalgic value.

That’s all for now,

Gareth.