Everlasting mother earth – Luoyang Yellow River
Suburban Luoyang, China
Dimensions: 93.0cm X 103.0cm
Location: Nagoya City Art Museum
Once every two years, I go on a trip to China with the graduate conservation students of Tokyo University of the Arts. It is a study trip and our main destination is Dunhuang. But, we always have problems deciding where to go before and after visiting Dunhuang, on whether to go to the desert in the west or greenery landscapes in the south. These study trips are organized through Hiyrayama Ikuo Sensei, therefore we enjoy comfortable trips considering the cost. This is a painting of the Yellow river that we went to make sketches after visiting the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang. The Yellow River gets so wide by the time it reaches Luoyang area that you cannot see the other side of the river, and the ocher colored thick water flow in a whirl. I sat by the yellow river with my sketch book open, however I could not start with my sketches because of the vastness of the river. I spent quite awhile staring at the small whirls that formed repeatedly.