Oh! You Pretty Things
Three weeks ago I wrote “I Do” – Art Relationships. The post was about committing to creative endeavours generally and to this drawing in particular. I admit that I began the drawing with no idea how I was going to pull it off – especially the dog. After all, one doesn’t know what will be encountered along the way when one starts out on a creative (or any) journey. All one can do is set off well prepared with an open heart and a prayer for safe passage.
Now, late in the month of March, the drawing is completed. It is a year and a month since my guardian angel put me in the right place at the right time to witness and capture this vision. In a sense then, there are two journeys – the trip to Japan followed by the journey with coloured pencils and paper.
I have a constant arsenal of songs and tunes in my head. Some of these are David Bowie songs. Imagine how much “Oh! You Pretty Things” has gone round and round in my headspace for the duration of this drawing…and even now as I write!
“Oh! You pretty things. Don’t you know you’re driving your mamas and papas insane.”
Afterword: “Oh! You Pretty Things” won 1st place in the US publication COLORED PENCIL Magazine 2020 Art Competition. The Judge wrote: “This image captured the unique scene of Japanese culture, where the old and new blend beautifully. I love the soft and delicate mark-making carefully and consistently happening throughout the image, which goes perfectly with the young lady’s gentle grin. The dog dressed in a hat and sunglasses adds a whimsical element to an image that makes it unique. Even though the mark-making is consistent throughout the image, Podstolski was able to achieve the various textures and precision in the building structures. I appreciate how intense and vibrant the colors are while application of the medium is so light and gentle.”
Second afterword: August 2021: I have a lovely story to share. The owner of the sheltie dog saw this drawing posted on the “Geisha Japan” Facebook page this week. Through him I now know that the dog is Jin-kun – a much loved character in Kyoto where they lived. Sadly, Jin-kun “passed over the rainbow bridge” since I did the drawing in 2016. Now his owner knows that people all over the world have seen Jin-kun posing with Satsuki.