Last night in Japan

Tonight I complete the last news bulletin and I would like to thank the people who have emailed me their comments on the site. It has enabled me to keep in contact with London.

I have spent yesterday and today saying goodbye to my nephew and to my fellow artist residents as I head off back to London.  

To conclude the time was well spent and I hope to continue and develop the work I have started.  


See below images of the last few days.  


Leaves in winter sunshine in the Fukuoka Botanical gardens taken in a temperature of 22C. 



Seeyin and Kit outside the Nishitetsu Grand Hotel


Goodbye to Leão from Columbia  


A local resident I shall not miss


And most definitely shall not miss this local resident. 

Studio Kura exhibition of my work

I exhibited 12 pieces of work as a result of my 4 week stay at the Studio Kura. The opening of the exhibition went very well with my nephew and his girlfriend attending. 

We also had local residents visit and the lady whose garden I had been inspired to produce the exhibited art work. I gave a short presentation on the subject of English and Japanese gardens. 

The talk was translated by Katsura who has been helpful and generous with her time in supporting the artists in the studio. Katsura manages and organises the residency in a manner that is unobtrusive. She is the mainstay of the Studio Kura.


Images of the show are below:  

Entrance to the gallery space

Entrance to the gallery space


Studio Kura Gallery Entranceway 


Title Gingko Tree
Medium Watercolour and inks plus charcoal  



Title Early Morning light see in the bedbroom window

Medium Watercolour and ink with Charcoal



Title Studio Kura Garden 

Medium Colourgraph oil based ink with collage of Washibi paper plus oil pastel



Top left                                Top Right 

Title Winter Bamboo           Title Persimmon Tree

Watercolour and Charcoal   Watercolour and Ink on Japanese paper

77x90cms                              103x104 cams


Large side view of the gallery wall



Opposite gallery wall space


Title Studio Kura Garden Elements Winter

Colourgraph print with oil ink and collage on Japanese Paper



Title Studio Kura Garden Stones 

Colourgraph kprint with oil ink and collage on Japanese Paper



Title Japanese Garden Stones with black ink

Medium Waterbased printing ink and collage with pastel



Title Studio Kura Garden in the sunshine

Medium Waterbased printing ink and collage with watercolour



Title Village at Studio Kura

Medium mixed media Laurel Leaf, stitch and washibi paper



Title Japanese Landscape

Medium Colourgraph oil based printing ink



First and last image of the exhibtion

Photograph taken by Kit and manipulated    I am grateful for Kit Kit to have taken the images of my work as shown. 

Photograph taken by Kit and manipulated  

I am grateful for Kit Kit to have taken the images of my work as shown. 

The Third Week on my stay at Studio Kura

I have spent the week trying to keep warm as the weather has now turned cold and so this has not helped in my plan to work on large pieces in the unheated studio. 


Last weekend I took a break from this studio to visit Nagasaki, a city with a long history of Christian and Western trade. I stayed overnight and I very much enjoyed my stay in a western style hotel overlooking the harbour. The train journey was interesting and a very comfortable experience.

On Sunday I visited the Dejima area which was the designated area for foreigners to live and trade. I then walked the Glover Garden and visited the preserved western style buildings built by British tea merchants and industrial engineers. 

I spent the afternoon in the peace park and visited the centre of the atomic bomb that killed so many people. I enjoyed traveling around on the tram cars and my last visit was to the Catholic shrine of the 26 Martyrs. The story was filmed by Martin Scorsese. Silence was the title of the film. On the site of the shrine was a museum which contains artefacts and documents relating to the long suppression of Christianity.


Nagasaki Harbour  


Western style houses alongside the Hollander Slope


The gardens of the Western Style houses


Camillas in bloom alongside roses in the topsy turvy world of Japan


The view of Nagasaki city from the Glover Garden


Carp in the fishpond of Glover Garden


One of the preserved houses in Glover gaden


A fountain in the peace park was one of the first monuments to be built to represent that the bomb victims were desperate for water. 


The original peace monument with new monument donated from around the world placed in the garden. 


The site of the bomb centre which was a direct hit on the Cathederal which has seen been rebuilt on a new site.  

The second week of my residency

I have been busy visiting local sights with my fellow artists. We have been given generous amount of time by a local supporter Ai Ogawa who works for the government as an official interpreter. She helped me select a Kimono to wear for the private view on the 25th November.  

The local residents of elderly Japanese ladies come each day and have a chat even though I do not know any Japanese. This evening we picked the fruit of the Japanese Persimmon tree of a local neighbour at her invitation. The fruit is very sweet.

I shall post some of my new work this week, I plan to work on a large scale. 


Local beauty spot


Friday afternoon spent sketching this local Shinto shrine on the beach


The evenings are spent eating dinner

I have been trying to make prints using elements from the Japanese landscape the size of the work is A4. 

I have been trying to make prints using elements from the Japanese landscape the size of the work is A4. 


New work using Japanese handmade paper and watercolour

The two work photographs were taken by fellow resident artist Kit

arrived at the Studio Kura and I have met fellow artists from around the worlld.  

Recent work

I have added an image of a painting from the Camino series in which I have added soft pastel to the image. 

Street Procession Spain 2017 42x38cms.jpg

Japanese Garden Society

I attended as a member of the society at the annual conference held at the Murray Edwards College Cambridge. I had a very stimulating time meeting new and old friends. People were interested to hear that I shall shortly be going to Japan on a residency as an artist. 

View from my room

View from my room