“Waiting” is a portrait of Satohana who was waiting for (I presume) her family to exit the theatre after a performance of Kitano Odori. The drawing “Rare View” illustrates what happened next; when Satohana and a small girl (perhaps her sister) walked off together hand-in-hand.
I started “Waiting” while I was still in Art Hell before I had finished with “Sakura at Dusk”. It wasn’t until I had destroyed “Sakura at Dusk” that I could put uninterrupted heart and soul into “Waiting”. I had to get the former irritation out of my life first!
I am presently on the opposite side of Art Hell. I am briefly in Art Heaven. (YAY!) What is this state? It is a state of blissful optimism. I am on an art high. The drawing worked. My confidence is restored and I’m pleasant company. I feel inspired to go straight into another drawing and have, in fact, already prepared it today. It is so much easier to be inspired to do a new piece when the work just completed has overcome its obstacles. Being on a high doesn’t last any longer than being on a low. Soon I will even out and be boringly normal again. However this high is lovely while it lasts.
On Work in Progress 6: Waiting you can see the progression of the drawing. I write about chromatic, achromatic, muted and prismatic colours and recommend an excellent book on the subject of colour which I recently found in Helsinki…of all places! I’m sure it can easily be bought on line if you would like your own copy.
“Sakura at Dusk” unofficially became “Art Hell” to me . (Art Hell and Art Hell 2 are the posts referring to this.) Conversely as I’m currently in Art Heaven, to my mind Satohana is my ‘”Blue Angel”. Rest assured, the lady’s not for burning.
Related page: Subject 2: Geisha
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