Painting in Shiroyama Koen


Shiroyama Koen, within walking distance of Jason’s apartment, offered so many possibilities for painting I decided to visit it several more times. This painting was started early in the morning – before six actually. The sun rises at 4:30 in the morning in Japan and they do not observe daylight savings time here. So, getting out early was a good use of the daylight.

The day began completely overcast which was appealing since I knew the light would not change for most of the day. Of course, as weather does, it changed and by noon the sun was shining brightly. Time to pack up and continue the following morning.

One nice aspect of early morning painting was meeting people on the walk to and in the park. Shopkeepers were up, retired people out strolling and neighbors out walking dogs all offered greetings of ‘Konnichi wa’. And many of them stopped by to take a look and make inquiries about the painting.

Later that day, a friend of mine, Rumiko, met me in the park to pose for a study. Time was short as the sun set about an hour after starting. A study resulted from the sitting:

Thanks, Rumiko!

Next: The incredible visit to Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum

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