A lot of it had to do with studying all the masterful works from art history. It may also be because of its diffused, angled sunlight that bathes the landscape due to the higher latitude. Especially in winter, most of Europe is a land of eternal sunset, which works beautifully with its historic cities and pastoral scenes.
In any case, because of the silly bias, I had a hard time visualizing Japanese landscape as a painting. Well, it finally hit me that it is like any other subject - just find interesting value pattern and color harmony.
"Road to a Temple Gate, Kyoto"
6 x 8 in
oil on canvas panel