Art: Fujiwara, 38th station of the Tōkaidō, v2 (step by step)

I did a second version of the my painting last week of Fujiwara, 38th station of the Kyoka edition of 53 stations of the Tōkaidō, by Hiroshige.

I later sent it to Isabelle.

Pencil sketch on a white sheet taped to a black cutting board. The outline is of a person on a horse and trees at the sides on a high spot, and a sprawling village at the foot of the high spot.

Rough pencil sketch.

Grey and white gouache paint applied. The ceramic cup I used to mix the paint is visible on the mat.

Grey and white gouache.

The brown ink brushpen I used to colour the horse and outline of the trees.

Brown ink from a Kuretake ink brushpen.

Small areas on the drawing are now coloured in yellow for the crates on the hors and the straw capes a couple people are wearing, and a couple of blue small patches.

The center of the painting features a few spots of yellow and blue.

All I need to add now are white spots for the falling snow and black outlines.

Finished version with black outlines, date and signature. The painting is framed in white wood.
Finished version of the gouache painting of a person on a horse and trees at the sides on a high spot, and a sprawling village at the foot of the high spot. The painting is dated and signed. I put a white mounting card and framed it in white wood.

Art: Fujiwara, 38th station of the Tōkaidō (Kyoka edition)

Fujiwara, 38th station of the Kyoka edition of 53 stations of the Tōkaidō, by Hiroshige.

Final painting propped up against my black piano. The painting shows a caped person from behind, on a horse loaded with crates at its sides. At the foot of the raised area they are is a village and a few people. There is snow everywhere and people wear large hats and capes.

I messed up my stamp and then couldn’t paint over it with gouache as the red stamp ink I use kept seeping through! I had to cover it with acrylic white paint which is like plastic, but also is shinier than gouache, so it shows.


Here is a photo of my work area just as I was done:

Messy work table where we see the finished painting taped to a large cutting board in front of the propped up book I used as reference. The tools I used are scattered around: paint tubes, white acrylic paint marker, black and grey ink pen, brushes.
Messy work table where we see the finished painting taped to a large cutting board in front of the propped up book I used as reference. The tools I used are scattered around: paint tubes, white acrylic paint marker, black and grey ink pen, brushes.

I did a second version of it the following week.