Chestnut Park

Ink on paper, 41 x 29.7cm

This is so garishly bad I quite like it. The colours could not be further from my intentions. I’ve tried so many times to capture the park’s field of space and every time fail. Here I do so again. Next time.


Tateokayuzawa from Shounji Temple –  Murayama, Japan
Acrylic on paper canvas, 41 x 29.7cm

In May and June of 2018 I returned to Murayama to stay on the rice farm where Yasmin and I had previously visited when cycling through Japan. This time I came to paint for 10 days in the surrounding hills and rice fields.

From the view above I’d made two previous quick watercolours when we’d cycled through which were:

Water colour on paper, 14.8 x 10.5cm
Water colour on paper, 10.5 x 14.8cm

To return after such an elapse of time and was wonderful. This acrylic painting was the first of many I worked on during my stay and lead to my experimenting with other ways of working with paint to capture the springtime colours and light of northern Japan.