Sunday, June 3, 2018

Isonokami Shrine where a chicken is located

This shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan.

This shrine has been believed as a guardian deity such as healthy longevity.

The precincts are surrounded by abundant evergreen trees and have a sacred atmosphere.

And the chickens were released freely in the precincts.

Chickens have been holy as birds telling the time early in the morning.

It is a sight that this chicken is greeting worshipers.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Cherry blossom trees in the Saho River

Saho river flowing through Nara city.
Fireplaces and cherry blossoms were famous here for a long time.

It is said that aristocrats wrote it as a theme of poetry.

The Japanese love cherry blossoms.

Even now it is crowded with many cherry blossom viewers when the rows of cherry blossoms along the bank are in full bloom.

[Watercolor painting, F4 size]

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple in Nara

As usual, many tourists are visiting Nara Park.

Especially touching deer and big Buddha of Todaiji are popular among students of families and school trips.

I heard that this Great Buddha was founded by the Emperor Shomu in 743 AD.

After that it has repeatedly burned down and rebuilt repeatedly due to civil war and so on.

The Great Buddha is seated on the platform, but the figure overlooking the worshiper from the height of 14.7 m was overwhelming even by modern people, maybe I felt such a prestige as to overwhelm the foundation .

In order to feel such prestige, I tried to draw only the profile face of the Great Buddha.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Chickens drawn by Itoh Jakuchu.

Itoh Jakuchu of an artist who played an active part in the Edo period.

As it was 300 years birth last year

Many have been introduced at exhibitions and TVs.

He was good at drawing chickens,

This work depicts a cuddling chicken lumping together under the branches of Kidney beans.

I painted a watercolor painting by slightly changing the composition of this work.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wind God and Thunder God Screens

Tawaraya Sotatsu is big painter of the early modern times, unknown many points in their lifetime compared to the height of its popularity, it is estimated that born of the 1570s.

Fujin Raijin figure screen (Wind God and Thunder God Screens) is in a folding screen that gold leaf is affixed to one side, the appearance of Fujin that alight while puppet-style ride to black cloud from the right side, the figure of thunder that clang a strong thunder drum from left it has been transmitted from ancient times as a masterpiece of Sotatsu Tawaraya depicting.

Gilt folding screen one side eye-catching luxury while a plane and decorative, feel to those who watch the cosmic three-dimensional space with hidden infinity on the screen.

In addition, the representation of the black cloud that ride of Fujin-Raijin, which is considered to have been painted using a technique Tarashikomi by Gindei and the ink is full of mass feeling, even more emphasize the sense of space by gold leaf.

It is a very creative even at that time in the representation of the Fujin-Raijin, that drew white feel the harmony and symmetry of the figure of God paired with (Thunder) in green (Fujin) was excellent and exceptionally painter In addition it is a sign of color sense, gleefully alight Does God look like gives a strong impression on those who watch.

Cut only the thunder from this large folding screen picture, moreover, tried to replicate is reduced to drawing paper of the F6 size.

Of course, it is not used at all like Japanese painting of material Japanese paper and gold leaf, I tried to write in paints acrylic gouache on drawing paper.

However, the atmosphere of the original story and I think that was drawn is not impaired.