The Great Wave of Kanagawa, looking east.

The art of Japanese wood prints always fascinated me, ever since I first encountered them. On my walls are a few cheap prints I bought almost twenty years ago. The best known master of the art of Japanese wood prints is Hokusai.

One of the best known pieces is “The Great Wave of Kanagawa“, which comes from the series “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji“. I know these are a ton of wikipedia links, but looking for things to draw I found myself wondering if it would be worthwhile to do watercolor renditions of the art of Hokusai. The serie consists of the aformented 36 plus another 10 made later when the original series turned out to be very successful. A total of 46 drawings.

Considering the Perfect Sketchbook has 44 pages but also is covered in watercolor paper on the inside of the front cover and I can tear out the back pocket and replace it with a sheet of paper I have lying around, I could do 46 water color paintings in the one book and thus a new project was born.

This is 1/46 and it was great fun to make, looking forward to the coming months while I do them all.

Daniel Smith paints: Pthalo Blue GS for the waves, Buff Titanium and Jane’s Grey for the boats, Moon Glow for the lower sky, Quinacrodone Gold and Quinacrodone Rose for the upper sky.

Author: Koen

human, putting down lines, splashing pigment on page, exist.