Let’s Paint Temple at Tagoegawa Bridge in Watercolour

Temple at Tagoegawa Bridge

Lets Paint Temple at Tagoegawa Bridge

Title: Temple at Tanoegawa Bridge
Medium: Watercolour on 100% Rag Cotton
Image Size: 406 mm (14 in) x 304 mm (10 in)

This piece selected for Federation of Canadian Artists Fall Juried Exhibition (Arrowsmith) 


Paint with watercolour this typical temple and street scene in Japan - a unique and fascinating culture mixing old with new.

The Laws of Japanese Painting By Henry P Bowie:

“There are five parent colors in Japanese art: parent colors Blue (SEI), yellow (AU), black (koku), white (BYAKU), combinations and red (SEKI). These in combination (CHO GO) originate other colors as follows: Blue and yellow produce green (midori); blue and black, dark blue (ai nezumi); blue and white, sky-blue (sora iro); blue and red, purple (murasaki); yellow and black, dark green (unguisu cha); yellow and red, orange (kaba); black and red, brown (tobiiro); black and combinations white, gray (nezumiiro). 

These secondary colors in combination produce other tones and 
shades required. Powdered gold and silver, and crimson made from the saffron plant are also employed. The colors, excepting yellow, are prepared for use by mixing them with light glue upon a saucer. With yellow, water alone is used. In addition to all the foregoing there are other expensive colors used in careful work and known as mineral earths (iwamono). They are blue (GUNJO), dark or Prussian blue (KONJO), light bluish-green (GUNROKU), green (ROKUSHO), light green (BYAKUGUN), pea green (CHAROKU SHO) and light red (SANGO MATSU). 

The use of primary colors in a painting in proximity to 
secondary ones originated by them is color to be avoided, as both lose by such contrast; and when a color-scheme fails to give satisfaction it will usually be found that this cardinal principle of harmony, called iro no kubari, has been disregarded by the artist. Color in art is the dress, the apparel in which the work is clad. It must be suitably combined, restrained, and attract no undue attention (medatsunai). True color sense is a special gift.”


Henry P Bowie: The Laws of Japanese Painting c.1911


First, we have to realize that each of us has assumptions about reality (philosophers call it epistemology) that often prevent us from seeing the generative possibility of the world, and even of God. 

― Makoto Fujimura – arts advocate, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer

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