I made most of the ink spots in this painting by pressing a plastic bag full of ink against the paper. The bamboo grove in the lower part of the painting was made by patting the paper with a half-wet piece of tissue. I feel it expresses the way the finely divided leaves and branches in a grove of Makino bamboo look like a carpet.
I painted a flock of white egrets under the bamboo by the edge of the stream. Some are resting, and some are spreading their wings to fly. They are full of life and animation.
I colored the sky greenish-black to express a distant thunderstorm. It is right before the arrival of a mountain rain. But we can also see some confidently relaxed clouds in the middle distance. The rain may not come for a little while, so there is time to hurry home from the mountain.＠