9:23 - 11:23 = August 8, 2006 - Mermaid light olive green - 42cm
I am glad to have done this one as there are so many rice fields in Niigata
and few manholes with rice fields on them. I saw a nice fireworks show
at this river.
6:12 - 7:22 AM = August 16, 2004 - Mermaid - 27cm
They have many great designs in this city, but it was raining and the only
manhole I could find under a covering was this one. Some cities, especially
in areas that get lots of snow, have covered sidewalks.You can find this
design all over Japan, but the top center area is different as that is
the city symbol/crest. Each city has their own crest.
11:28 - 1:08 = August 4, 2006 - Mermaid warm gray - 42cm
I didn't particularly like this design but it was the only game in town
as I was hoping to get 3 drawings done this day. I was able to reach that
goal. This was towards the center of a street which I don't usually do
as drivers get upset but I couldn't find this design in a decent place.
10:45 - 12:25 = August 25, 2006 - Canson - 38cm
This was a hot day. On a really hot day I pour water on the manhole before
doing the drawing to cool it a little.
2:45 - 3:45 = August 5, 2006 - Mermaid sky blue - 28cm
This one is of a harp like bridge in the area ( near Niigata city )
5:10 - 6:25 = August 8, 2006 - no name - 33cm
I had driven most of the day without finding another manhole to do when
I came across this city just before dark. This summer was perfect for doing
drawings as there was almost no rain, just hot sunny days. I often had
to drive up into the mountains to find cool enough places to sleep. ( Many
days I just sleep in my car as it is cheap and convenient.
2:30 - 5:20 = August 15, 2006 - Watson - 64cm
Nice design with the four seasons: spring flower, summer mountains, fall
rice fields, and winter snowflakes. Across from a produce stand where I
was able to pick up a watermelon for the Isesaki Johnsons. Hope it was
7:02 - 9:27 = August 7, 2006 - Mermaid tan - 41cm
The ferry out to Awashima was from near here so I did this one before catching
the ferry. Once on the ferry and on the way, I realised I had forgotten
to put my memory card back in my camera, so I had a digital camera with
no memory and Awashima is a small island with no such stores.
8:47 - 10:07 = August 6, 2006 - MBM - 36cm
I did this one before the morning worship service. After the service and
lunch(At most churches in Japan, the people stay and eat lunch together),
the pastor and his wife let me take a nap there, and then I drove up the
coast to the beautiful rocky coast by Sasagawa Nagare. They also let me
spend the night there. Thanks.
3:00 - 4:00 = August 7, 2006 - ? -27 x 35cm
This is a sketch of Tateshima from Hotokezaki. I had rented a bicycle for
the day and this was on the back side of the island. I had run out of water
and there wasn't any to be found. Of course it was a scorching hot day
so I almost got heat exhaustion as the road around the island was very
hilly and then I had to do this drawing standing up holding the sketchbook,
as there was tall grass in the foreground.. The woman running the inn I
was staying at hoped I would give them the drawing but I am not that generous.