Tea house, Nara

A thatched roof tea-house in Nara, named Mizutani-chaya. Situated near to Nara park and the famous Kasuga Taisha shrine. The watercolour version was made in a small Bockingford spiral pad, 5″ x 7″. Not sure how I feel about this, the values are wrong, they don’t quite make logical sense and there is a weird “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” vibe to┬áit! I really need to be practising a lot more than I am.


Line sketch in ink prior to adding the watercolour.


Initial pencil sketch – proportions were a little off here but I fixed that in the line and wash sketch.



I haven’t posted anything for a few days, although not due to lack of activity on my part. This is actually my first line and wash watercolour sketch, of a delicatessen in Cordoba. It’s supposed to be early evening, just starting to darken, although I don’t think I conveyed that entirely successfully.