We often go with Kana to used books stores to find interesting materials. Last time I bought an old album about Japanese bridges and found in it one that I know pretty well - The Full Moon Bridge in the Koishikawa Korakuen Japanese garden. I go there to paint often because it’s one of the few gardens that don’t mind if you use a tripod (or two).

I did this picture during a pretty long session (about 5 hours). I first made a really basic sketch in 2H pencil and then painted with my Schmincke set. The foliage proved to be really difficult to paint in this style with just watercolours so I used some white poster colour paint (NIKKER brand) and mixing it with the watercolours added some details.

The light kept changing drastically because of fast moving clouds and I got rained upon halfway through the painting. I managed to finish it somehow just before a huge storm approached.  

Technical stuff:

  • Medium: HOLBEIN saunders WATER FORD natural 300g/m2 cold pressed F4
  • Sketch:  Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni pencil 2H
  • Colours: My Schmincke 48 colours watercolours set
  • White details: NICKER poster colour





  • 紙:ホルベイン工業(株)ウォーターフォード水彩紙 ナチュラルホワイト 300g 
  • 下描き:Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni 鉛筆  2H 
  • 着色:48色のシュミンケ水彩セット 
  • 白ディテール:ニッカー ポスターカラー

On one of the days when Kana was busy teaching (workshop on making clay accessories), I went to do some outdoor sketching near Enoshima. I knew there is an interesting river near enough to just walk there.

It was VERY hot so my main priority was just to find a good spot in the shade to set up my two tripods (I use one for painting and another, simpler one for recording with my iPhone). I ended up painting the bridge, a mansion block and a Buddhist temple (?) on a hill in the back. It was an interesting composition - the pink mansion block was literally the only high building in the neighbourhood and it really sticks out.

I decided to paint this scene in a similar way to a sketch I did in Manseibashi (near Akihabara) by drawing the lines only on the objects in the foreground and painting the rest only in watercolours.

In the end, I was chased out of the shady spot by mosquitos and it was so hot that I was tired for the rest of the day - I guess I will have to work indoors until this hot summer goes away a little.

Technical details:

  • colours: My portable 24 colours watercolour set
  • lines: Copic Multiliner 0.5mm
  • paper: Watercolor paper landscape Moleskine sketchbook





  • 紙: 水彩用 モレスキン 横長 スケッチブック 
  • 線画: コピック マルチライナー SP 0.5
  • 着色: 24色カスタムセット (主にシュミンケとウィンザー&ニュートン)