For the past several weeks while I have been stressing about my upcoming exhibition, I have also been working on this drawing which I finally finished yesterday. I took the photo for this drawing in Kyoto about two months ago. The source photo was a candid shot of Katsutomo taken ‘on the run’ so to speak -point and shoot – no time to do more than that. As luck would have it, I caught exactly what I wanted. I have written several times in the past how I enjoy playing the game of chance. I like to photograph in the street as I never know what to expect and what riches I might find.
Katsutomo was returning from a dance performance (called Gokagai) hence the white gloves. With these gloves, Katsutomo’s outfit reminds me of gorgeous 1950s fashions and I particularly think of Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
Maiko and geiko are a favourite subject of mine, as are lanterns. How pleased I was to have both Katsutomo and lanterns together in one frame!
Maybe you would like to see the original photo so that you can compare with the drawing. I do not try to ‘copy’ a photo but to make something completely new and better. The photo is simply the (very important) starting point.
It occurs to me that as maiko and geiko personify art – (they BECOME art when they dress as they do and perform the traditional Japanese arts) – the drawing could just as easily have been called “The Elegance of Art” as “The Art of Elegance”. Here is a drawing with an interchangeable title!
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