digging out old sketches


Hi folks. I was doing some Spring cleaning, clearing out some corners of my studio, and dug up some old sketches like this, back from my early days in Japan. I thought I'd lost this pic, it was a local soba restaurant near my first home here in downtown Tokyo. I daresay it's been pulled down now.

Ah! them were the days, single, plenty of time on my hands, still overawed by the sights of Tokyo. I never seem to have time to sketch like this nowadays (besides, there's precious little I'd want to paint in my current suburban area!).

8 comments:

salmonowen said...

Wow, John, I'd call this more than a sketch -- it's beautiful! And there's nothing like an old drawing to make one nostalgic, is there?

Janet

Breadwig said...

Looove this illustration. Wow. I wish I could "sketch" this well.

June said...

That is a beautifully observed painting John. Not a sketch, a finished piece worth framing. It oozes character and I bet it brought back memories for you, of the time when you worked on it.

Got any more like that? You are such a clever artist.

Consie said...

John - I second, third, and fourth what everyone else has said. What a gorgeous painting. Call it a sketch if you want... but I love it. I'm glad that it wasn't "lost". Like June said - have you got any more? I'd like to see more of this sort of thing...

farah said...

What a beautiful snapshot in time! Much more full of life than a photo.My son was blown away by this painting. (He's seven...but quite the critic...as you will find children of artists to be.)

Paula Pertile said...

This is a sketch? Well, its just beautiful, whatever you call it. Enchanting.

John said...

Oooh, thankyou everyone, you've made me all squirmy now!

It was an afternoon spent very pleasantly in the cafe over the road. It's not often you have a good painting subject just in front of you, and accomodating cafe owners! Thinking back, those days were so much slower paced. I can't imagine spending an entire afternoon painting a sketch nowadays, unless I'm getting paid!

I've a few other paintings like this, but a lot of my sketchbooks were shipping back to the UK and beyond my access. No doubt they're sitting in a box somewhere in London, if my ex-wife hasn't thrown them out :)

If I find any more I'll post them.

MJM said...

Wow, John, that is absolutely gorgeous! I knew you were a talented watercolorist from your illustrations, but this "sketch" is masterful!