23 June 2014


On the 21st of June, we had another sketching day.
The midsummer day.
I couldn't help but thinking that for the last three years, I spent this day in North Berwick with the Seabird Drawing course members. I would go back to the campsite after a long chat with them at around 11 o'clock but, of course, in Scotland, it was still bright and I didn't need to turn on my torch at all.

In Japan, situated far down south, the sun set at 19:00. And it is in the middle of rainy season! It wasn't just because of that, but this time, we did our sketch inside at Abiko City Museum of Birds.





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11 June 2014


I had a lot to do for the last few weeks. But when you are busy, you somehow come up with things that you really want to do.  Making an illustrated map of Oga Peninsula was one of those things.  And of course, I did it before I started any of the "jobs" I needed to finish!  I'm very bad, but that's what an artist does, isn't it?

I made the map by monoprinting and drew other things with gouache and pen.


4 June 2014


I love mountains. The mountain scenery always makes me happy.
So I climbed one this spring, the 1601-metre-peak called Hinokiboramaru in Tanzawa. The Japanese Beech forest in spring was just stunning and two types of azaleas, pink Rhododendron wadanum and white Rhododendron quinquefolium, were both blooming beautifully.


I found my favorite spot and started to sketch. A few minutes later, I realised that everyone passing the mountain path stopped at where I was to take photos. Some even decided to take a little break there. But there were so many nice places with brilliant scenery almost all the way along the path. They didn't have to choose the exact spot, where I was, to disturb my quiet and peaceful time! I suspect that people are not looking at the beauty of the mountain as they climb unless they are told to do so by somebody or by sign boards at suggested view points. Or they can not decide what is beautiful and worth while taking photos unless someone tells them so!