Osaka Castle in the Snow
December 11th, 2020 | Studio blog, World Series

No. 31 – Osaka Castle in Winter

I love the idea of measuring the year in smaller seasons. Prior to the Gregorian calendar, farmers in China and Japan broke each year down into 24 sekki or “small seasons.” These seasons didn't use dates to mark seasons, but instead, they ...

July 6th, 2020 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

Cutting & Construction (Fushimi Inari Taisha)

I remembered to capture a bit more of the process in this Japanese inspired painting of the Fushimi Inari Taisha. The cutting and placement of the raised layers are always a challenge. And for the blog it’s particularly difficult to show the ...

Temples and Torii Gates - Illustration by Jonathan
June 17th, 2020 | Paper Diorama, Studio blog

Temples & Torii Gates

I've always been fascinated with the landscape and culture of Japan. I wrote about it a little in my influences page here. It's lovely to see that i'm not the only one... as the Mt Fuji painting created for my World Series has proved extremely ...

March 13th, 2018 | News and Blog, Studio blog

Shinto Shrine Story

While I was researching images for my Mount Fuji painting I found myself getting sidetracked into reading about the traditions and history of the area around the famous peak. In particular the details of a temple or shinto shrine. The ritual of ...

Mount Fuji, Japan by Jonathan Chapman

No.8 – Mount Fuji, Japan

No. 8 of my 2018 world series challenge is Mount Fuji, Japan. Mount Fuji (富士山 ), located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan (12,389 ft). It lies about 60 miles south-west of Tokyo (and can be seen from there on a ...

Hiroshi Yoshida
February 15th, 2016 | Monday Inspiration, Studio blog

Hiroshi Yoshida – Monday Inspiration

If you follow my twitter account you may have already spotted my recent fascination with woodblock prints. Especially those of the Japanese artist Hiroshi Yoshida. The subtle colouring and quiet nature of his compositions are rather magnificent. ...