homage to vangogh and keisai eisen

Japanese Woman in Kimono


Inspired by the interesting interpretation by Vincent van Gogh, of one of Keisai Eisen’s woodblock print called “The Courtesan”. Here, I created my own interpretation. Lighter then Van Gogh’s oil painting and lacking the brilliant precision of the great woodblock artist Keisai. My interpretation is more whimsical and free. I hope you enjoy and appreciate it.

Large Original Watercolor & Ink
Size: 24 x 18″ On Canson Watercolor Paper

Frame and mat not included.

Signed: Yes! Front & Back

Also see my painting “Bridge In The Rain” or Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge at Atake 1856

” which is from the same “Japanesery” series

Japanesery) was the term the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh used to express the influence of Japanese art.

Before 1854 trade with Japan was confined to a Dutch monopoly and Japanese goods imported into Europe were for the most part confined to porcelain and lacquer ware. The Convention of Kanagawa put an end to the 200-year-old Japanese foreign policy of Seclusion and opened up trade between Japan and the West.

Artists such as Manet, Degas and Monet, followed by Van Gogh, began to collect the cheap colour wood-block prints called ukiyo-e prints. For a while Vincent and his brother Theo dealt in these prints and they eventually amassed hundreds of them (now housed in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)” read more about the subject at WIKI



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Provence Flower Market Original Watercolor and Ink Whimsical Painting

Provence Flower Market Summer Shower

It’s a beautiful summer day in provence. Flower market is open. The the sky opens up for a quick summer shower.

Large Original Watercolor & Ink
Size: 24 x 18″
On Canson Watercolor Paper

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Cecil the great lion killed by Dr Palmer for his head


Cecil was one of the great lions of Africa. A protector with many years of experience and wisdom. He left behind his pride that included, his baby lions. He was killed to become someone’s trophy, because for some people that is a fun sport. It took hours for Cecil to die, he suffered, since he was only wounded with an arrow. When they hunted the wounded lion down, they finished him off and then decapitated him. Dr. Walter Palmer a Dentist wanted Cecil’s head for his black mane. Very sad.

Cecil was part of a research project and he wore a collar, he was lured out of his protective area with bait in order to be killed, while being blinded with headlights.
No charges were brought against anyone for this cowardly act. 

I grew up with the wonders of wild Africa, images on TV, of a land far away where the most amazing animals still roam. A place like no other, the continent of Africa.

Will children in 30 years only see stuffed lions in natural history museums? Are lions and Rhinos and Elephants doomed to the way of other extinct species? I hope not. It’s up to all of us  to make sure this won’t happen. Really, isn’t it divine to see an animal alive and doing what it is supposed to do. I pitty  Dr. Palmer, he lacks the ability to see the wonder, the magic, how lucky we are to live in a world that gives us so much. 

Individuals like Dr. Palmer only see animals as commodities, something to “take”.
How can he take something that does not belong to him? Like a thief in the night he took Cecil’s life. Many like him do the same every year. What an odd sport where only one side knows they are in a game. Odder yet that it is legal.

We live in such a wondrous world. We are only leasing it for a while, it belongs to the next generation and the next and the next.

“Go into the wild, take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints!”