Monday, April 15, 2013

Springtime in Kyoto, Japan - 2013

Warmer weather is beginning to arrive in the valley where Kyoto lies and the temperature is perfect for painting outdoors.  Here are a few paintings I've done over the past couple of weeks in the various districts of Kyoto.

plein air painting in Arashiyama, about 45 minutes by bike from my apartment. The sakura were just starting to fall off the trees

bridge to Arashiyama

Daikumo-in - 6" x 11" plein air painting in Higashiyama
This is a really unique part of a temple in the Higashiyama neighborhood. It resembles the enormous, traditonal  wooden floats that are built every year for the Gion Matsuri, one of Japan's largest festivals.

Ume (plum blossoms) in bloom at Kitano Shrine.

   Plum Blossoms


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