When it's cold outside and you need some company, would you want to go where everybody knows your name? That's probably why these men had gathered around a boiling tea kettle on a stove to shoot the breeze. I don't know whether I was guessing it right, but the very thought motivated me to do this painting.
This is the inside of a rather modest tea house that I found when I went to Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan (click here to see another painting "Fushimi Inari Shrine I" that depicts the outside look of this house). In this painting, I focused on a relaxed atmosphere among old friends that, I hope, would make you want to join in for a cup of tea. Or, was that hot sake in their cups? Cheers!
Cold Day (Kyoto, Japan)
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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)