The title of my drawing “Diamonds” refers to the diamond shapes in the footpath and also to the three maiko who walk upon them. The elegance and grace of Satsuki, Katsutomo and Mameroku, coupled with their rich fabric ensembles, make them a vision to behold. Even a thoroughly urban Kyoto street is transformed by their presence. They glow.
When looking at the source photo, the diamond-shaped paving stones caught my eye first and – as chance would have it -the almost diamond-shaped grouping of the three maiko which “spoke” to those stones. What a lovely conversation of shapes!
I made many changes from the source photo to the drawing; cancelling unnecessary shapes and people plus pushing and pulling colours around to emphasize or minimize areas as required. The whole process was a joy, from start to finish.
May 15th, 2015. “Diamonds” was awarded the ‘Works on Paper Commendation’ at City of Wanneroo Art Awards. The judges comments are as follows: This work on paper is created in coloured pencil. The technical use of the medium is unsurpassed. The softness of shading and capturing of light and shade is excellent. There is a wonder to the geisha walking through the modern landscape.”
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