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-- 09 August, 2006 --

Ocean Theme ATC - After Hiroshige and Hokusai

Ocean Theme ATC 2 - After Hokusai Ocean Theme ATC 3 - After Hokusai
I brought two beautiful little books of prints of the work of two Japanese artists - Hiroshige and Hokusai. When an ocean theme ATC swap came up on Swap-bot these little books came to mind as inspiration. I love the simplicity of Japanese art. I think that my renditions of these prints have a more western flavour to them than I would really like.

Like writers of haiku, these artists were interested in capturing the moment. I have always been intimidated by the very thought of trying to draw water. By using their work as references, I have not followed their philosophy, however I would like to now go and look at water and try to use the techniques that I have learnt from this exercise to try my own original pieces. Maybe I will wait, though, until the weather gets to be a bit warmer. It will be spring soon.

Posted by robynls at August 9, 2006 9:58 AM

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I love your paintings. I had a huge print of the middle "wave" in my bathroom for many years and when we moved couldn't find anyplace to put it. What a great idea to work from them - water also intimidates me.

Posted by: Shirley at August 9, 2006 11:34 AM

these are stunning!!!
I saw an exhibit of these at the National Art Gallery in Canberra a few years back - they are wonderful!
I love the vivid colours!! Lucky recipient!

Posted by: Anastasia at August 9, 2006 1:52 PM

Beautiful work. I especially love the middle one, and I'm kinda fond of the last one too. Your watercolour work goes from strength to strength, you look very comfortable with this style. Great project!


Posted by: Blue at August 9, 2006 4:16 PM

Great job ! You can feel japanese artist there but this is your work present. Very good idea , nice project. I like it, I really like it.

Posted by: JaKo at August 9, 2006 5:20 PM

I don't know why, the picture #1 reminds me of The Hobbit... I love them all Robyn...

Posted by: Bex at August 9, 2006 9:25 PM

I love these as a series. Wonderfully simple, rich colors and contrast.

Posted by: melissa w at August 9, 2006 10:25 PM

What a good concept for this ATC theme - and you drew them so beautifully, too!

Posted by: Karen Winters at August 14, 2006 3:09 AM

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