Hello, Happy New Year (it's never too late) !
The beginning of the year is the perfect moment to:
- have a look at the previous year, and write a summary of what was achieved, and what wasn't
- make plans for the year to come
You know what ? I have no desire to develop any of these items - I would have the feeling to be at work and to be compelled to write the annual review and the planned workload. And since this blog is about a hobby, I decided to have NO plan and to paint whatever I like... as usual :D
So, the year will begin with something different: a new civilization, and improved scenery.
Today, we have a look at a small Japanese bridge.
I have been deeply interested in Japan for years, and I have been lucky enough to visit some parts of Honshu (the main island), particularly the Tokyo and Kyoto areas. And since I am also interested in History, I appreciated to visit castles, temples and traditional houses, and also the wonderful gardens in which you can sometimes see some typical curved bridges such as this one:
The wooden Japanese bridges are often painted vermilion red, like the tori, because that colour indicates a passage between the world of the Humans and the world of the Gods.
Hence the color of my bridge, a mix of red and orange.
On this bridge, we can see 4 warrior monks standing their ground against invisible enemies (Redbox figures).
I realised, after writing this post, that my inspiration obviously came from Japanese woodblock prints. I'm a big fan of ukiyo-e, particularly the Edo period, and among all, my favourite artist is Kuniyoshi.
Here you are a couple of prints that he designed:
|Kuniyoshi 1839 Biography of Yoshitsune - Gojo bridge|
|Kuniyoshi 1839-41Yoshitsune fighting Benkei on Gojo bridge|
The triptych and the diptych have the same subject: they represent Yoshitsune, a young boy and future famous samurai et fight with Benkei, a Sohei (warrior monk) who will become his most faithful ally.
Let's consider now the technical side of today's pictures. It's good to have a small bridge, but you also need a river if you want to take decent pictures! Therefore, I had to dig in a plate of polystyrene, add some sand, paint, then add some flocking, and paint again... 3 days work for just few pictures! Now you know why I haven't posted anything since Christmas :)
I hope you like the result :)
See you soon.
To answer a question asked by Eric, The bridge comes from a kit by Sarissa Precision Ltd. They have a very interesting range of 20mm buildings, but it would be very nice if they decided to adapt their whole 28mm range to 20mm :)
And I also added some woodblock prints reproductions above.