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Rising Sun Series by Nara Pilgrim Wood
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Evening Declaration
A lot of people respond to these paintings of red-crowned cranes. This is another commissioned piece, and I loved doing it. I am excited to explore these Japanese screen-inspired images further using brilliant color and bold landscape elements with the gold leaf clouds. I get dazzled in the process!
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Evening Declaration

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

"Evening Declaration" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

"Gods of the Marshes" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Evening Declaration
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    12" x 6"
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Gods of the Marshes
My love of Japanese screens, or “byobu” is reflected in “Gods of the Marshes”, which is what Red-Crowned Cranes are known as. This is the first of this series, which is named “just now…” for lack of a better idea. The paintings will be mostly vertically oriented, narrow in their width, as if they are being painted as a panel in a Japanese watercolor and gold leaf screen. I am loving the play of vibrant watercolor and gold.
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Gods of the Marshes

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

"Gods of the Marshes" is a "one-of-a-kind" painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

"Gods of the Marshes" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Gods of the Marshes
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    12" x 6"
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One of the Three
My love of Japanese screens, or “byobu” is reflected in “One of the Three”. This is a commissioned painting based on the two previous paintings that I have done of red-crowned cranes.
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One of the Three

Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

"One of the Three" is a "one-of-a-kind" is a commissioned painting. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

"One of the Three" is painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

One of the Three
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf    14" x 11"
Narathon
Century Watercolor Extravaganza

In an expansive effort and mood I painted a new watercolor every day from June 16 to September 23. An email was sent out each day announcing the new painting and making it available for sale. The first painting was priced at $1.00 with subsequent increases in price of $1.00 each day until the final painting was priced at $100.00. It was great fun to interact with friends and collectors as they vied for the painting of the day.

If you would like to see the Century Watercolor Extravaganza series follow the link to the NARATHON.

Century Watercolor Extravaganza
      100 Paintings in 100 Days

Inspiration

in homage to the masters

  • Japanese Screens (Byōbu)
    Japanese Silk Screen Panel showing Red-Crowned Crane in Foreground with gold foil surrounding.

    I have always been impressed by the delicacy and refinement of byōbu, the silk screen paintings done by Japanese masters. They make liberal use of metal foils in many of them, and the effect is beautiful and dramatic. Gustav Klimt, an artist that I also admire, was equally inspired by their use of gold leaf.

    Japanese Silk Screen Panel showing Red-Crowned Crane in Foreground with gold foil surrounding.

    The scenes depicted in the screen paintings are beautifully composed and delicately rendered, a delight to the eye.

    Japanese Silk Screen Panel, floral composition with liberal use of gold foil.
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints (Mokuhanga)
    Mt Fuji Island River, Woodblock print by Hasui
    Mt Fuji Island River 1942 - Hasui

    A few years ago I visited an exhibition of mokuhanga at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. There was a display of one of the creations of the great Hokusai. Each of the carved woodblocks for a single print was displayed in a glass case. I think there must have been 12-15 individual blocks, precisely carved and stained with the pigment that was used on that block. That single image represented the skilled work of numerous people.

    Full Moon in Magome, Woodblock print by Hasui
    Full Moon in Magome - Hasui

    I have loved the "feel" of Japanese woodblock prints, the soft pastels, the beautiful full moon night scenes, and the deep and long perspectives since childhood. Hiroshige first caught my attention, and then Hasui. They are my favorites. But many other woodblock artists have done work that enchants me and inspires my imagination.

    The Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Tsugi Bridge - Hiroshige
    The Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Tsugi Bridge - Hiroshige
  • Mughal & Rajasthani painting
    Emperor Jahangir weighing his son Prince Khurram by Manohar Das
    Emperor Jahangir weighing his son Prince Khurram - Manohar Das

    Rajasthani and Mughal paintings, particularly of the 17th and 18th centuries are the epitome of romantic art, especially the Kishangarh school paintings. Typically they depict court life during Mughal rule. Although Mughal in style, many of the paintings depict Krishna and Radha, a favorite subject of the era's painters. The tales of Krishna and Radha are the world's greatest love story.

    Full Moon in Magome, Woodblock print by Hasui
    Mughal Miniature Painting

    The Rasa Leela is represented in many paintings of the era. The romance of court life; the beauty, serenity, and peaceful love that is communicated in these paintings is the stuff dreams are made of.

    Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love - Nihal Chand
    Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love - Nihal Chand
  • Claude Monet
    Water Lilies - Claude Monet

    I was wandering through LACMA one afternoon. I turned a corner and was confronted by a huge canvas of Monet’s Water Lilies. In fact, Water Lilies consumed my entire field of view. It was breathtaking. And, surprisingly, I wept. That is not typical of me, but that is how moved I was by that vision.

    Garden Path at Giverny - Claude Monet

    I was already mesmerized by water before I really noticed Monet’s work. In my early teen years I gained a great appreciation for his use of color and his technique, especially his paintings of his lily ponds.

    Water Lilies 1906 - Claude Monet
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
    Yellow Calla Lily - Georgia O'Keeffe
    Yellow Calla Lily - Georgia O'Keeffe

    O’Keeffe’s watercolors , her close-up paintings of flowers, and the desert landscapes she painted have been an enjoyment that I have returned to throughout my life. She had the knack.

    Pawpaw Tree, Iao Valley, Maui - Georgia O'Keeffe
    Pawpaw Tree, Iao Valley, Maui - Georgia O'Keeffe

    O’Keeffe’s sensibilities and her expressiveness were unique. Her paintings communicate a simple and uncomplicated approach and relationship to her work; that’s what I see in her work. I think that living in New Mexico was a wise choice for her. It allowed her and her art to “flower”.

    Jack In the Pulpit #4 - Georgia O'Keeffe
    Jack In the Pulpit #4 - Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Gustav Klimt
    Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer - Gustav Klimt
    Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer - Gustav Klimt

    Klimt is another painter whose work I fell in love with at first sight. His paintings are so strong and bold, yet delicate and refined, also. Of course, his use of gold leaf set him apart. He tired of being asked to always include it in his commissions, but whether or not he was weary of being constrained he never failed to deliver a beautiful image.

    The Kiss - Gustav Klimt
    The Kiss - Gustav Klimt

    Klimt’s figurative work with the inclusion of bold patterns makes a compelling combination. I have worked with the Neue Galerie in the publication of numerous books and catalogs. Neue represents the best of the 19th and 20th century Eastern European painters, and Klimt is one of them. The association that I have had with Neue Galerie has fanned the flames of my interest in Klimt and many other pre-WWII Eastern European artists. Woman in Gold is a fascinating movie about Klimt's painting, Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer.

    Golden Apple Tree - Gustav Klimt
    Golden Apple Tree - Gustav Klimt
  • Pacific Ocean
    Smithereened - Nara Pilgrim Wood
    Smithereened - Nara Pilgrim Wood

    The Pacific Ocean has been a source of wonder and inspiration for my entire life. When I am far away from the ocean I miss it. When I return I can feel the ocean from a hundred miles away. It is a part of my home.

    Everywhere, All At Once - Nara Pilgrim Wood
    Everywhere, All At Once - Nara Pilgrim Wood

    The sea is always changing. It is unpredictable; extraordinarily powerful and beautiful, both. It is best to approach the sea humbly, understanding that it, without any intent, can humble you in a moment. The sea requires respect and reminds one of his or her place.

    Rise and Fall - Nara Pilgrim Wood
    Rise and Fall - Nara Pilgrim Wood