My latest paintings

It’s been quite hectic since I got back from Japan, but I was able to have a relaxing weekend.

My monthly pages look more lively with the new stickers I bought in Japan↓

While I was in Japan I took a lot of photos to get ideas for my paintings and really enjoyed sketching and colouring over the weekend.  I actually brought my watercolour set to Japan and painted a few pictures while I was there, and my father got really jealous of my compact watercolour set.

So I decided to leave it in Japan for him and ordered a new set for myself.  When I came back to England a small parcel was sitting on my desk,  and there was a new watercolour set inside!   I bought the Rowney’s set this time, not the Cotman’s set which I didn’t really like to be honest.

When I first used it I was surprised that it was really different from the Cotman’s watercolour!  It’s so much better!  I used to use a Rowney set before, and I’m very happy that I’m using one again.

It’s a “horumon” restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo.  The man in the picture is preparing to open for business.  (The printed version is avaitable at my shop: HERE)

And I did this one as well.↓

(The printed version is avaitable at my shop: HERE)↓

Above are food stalls I saw at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo.  There was a Hozuki (Chinese lantern plant) Market that day, and there were a lot of people buying hozuki plants and eating food near the food stalls.  The stall furthest to the right in the painting is selling yakitori (chicken shish kebab), the middle stalls is selling takoyaki (grilled octopus) and the furthest stall is selling jaga-butter (potato with butter).  It was such a hot & humid day, and I started feeling dizzy that I couldn’t visit the Skytree (the big new tower in Tokyo) afterwards which was quite near there.

That’s the Tokyo Skytree, and it just opened in May this year↓.  I always take a highway bus from the Narita Airport to get to the nearest train station to my dad’s house when I come back to Japan from overseas, and I could see the Skytree from the bus this time.  It’s blueish because I took it through the tinted window.

I already miss Japanese snacks and I was happy to find this at the supermarket today.  (There is no oriental supermarket, let alone a Japanese supermarket where I live!)

Thanks for reading!

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